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Episode 233: It’s Peter Framptons All the Way Down

March 17th, 2017 | Robin

The Gaming Hut goes abstract as we discuss metagaming.

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4 Responses to “Episode 233: It’s Peter Framptons All the Way Down”

  1. Robin says:

    Books on Ken’s shelf this time around:

    The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon, by Stephanie Dalley
    Hellenistic Science and Culture in the Last Three Centuries B.C., by George Sarton
    Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, by Edward Kritzler
    Ada, the Enchantress of Numbers, by Betty Alexandra Toole
    The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, by Amir D. Aczel
    A Century Less a Dream: Selected Criticism on H.P. Lovecraft, ed by Scott Connors
    The Face of the Earth and Other Imaginings, by Algernon Blackwood AND Incredible Adventures, by Algernon Blackwood
    36 Faces: The History, Astrology, and Magic of the Decans, by Austin Coppock
    Chinese Alchemy, by Jean Cooper
    The Language of the Corpse, by Cody Dickerson
    The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic, by Claude Lecouteux
    The Grimoire of Arthur Gauntlet, ed. by David Rankine
    Long-Lost Friend by John Georg Hohman, Complete Annotated Edition by Daniel Harms
    The Magical Battle of Britain: The War Letters of Dion Fortune, ed by Gareth Knight
    Children of Cain: A Study of Modern Traditional Witches, by Michael Howard

  2. Hi Ken,

    The answer to the hanging gardens location on the Seven Wonders list may lie in the book The Seven Wonders of the World by John & Elizabeth Romer.

    This cites Philo of Byzantium’s list of seven which includes the Walls of Babylon and Hanging Gardens with no specified location. Philo has no Pharos on his list. Romer argues how later chroniclers added the Pharos, then combined those two entries into the Hanging Gardens at Babylon.

    All the best

  3. Den of Earth says:

    Meta gaming replaces the terms min-maxing or “munchkin”. My definition is playing the game rather than your character.

  4. bwgustaf says:

    “We all have our own chicken thresholds”. I need to find a way to turn that into a meme or something. 🙂

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