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Episode 275: Convenient Anti-Harpy Shield

January 12th, 2018 | Robin


In the Gaming Hut we mull the process of scenario writing, specifically the differences between writing first, or playing first.

Backer Fred Kiesche takes advantage of his Patreon priveleges in Ask Ken and Robin, seeking deeper info on Ken’s current 13th Age campaign, Poikila Hellenistika.

We take our seats in the Cinema Hut to reel off a mere smattering of our favorite character actors of the classic Hollywood studio era.

Finally in Ken’s Time Machine Patreon backer Rich Ranallo demands details on our resident chrono-agent’s involvement in Grover Cleveland’s secret nautical surgery.

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Snag Ken and Robin merchandise at TeePublic.

In Atlas Games’ wickedly different cooperative deck-building game Witches of the Revolution, you and your doughty coven fight the American Revolution the way it was really fought: with spells aplenty! Resurrect Ben Franklin, cure Paul Revere of lycanthropy and keep those red-coated witch hunters at bay.

It wasn’t on the maps. No one talked about it. But now you live there. Cthulhu City. Where the mayor goes everywhere with twin sacred jaguars, and the chief of police blinks at your with fishy eyes. Where the cultists run city hall and the investigators are hunted criminals. Cthulhu City, the new Trail of Cthulhu sourcebook from Pelgrane Press, by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan.

In Highway Holocaust you are Cal Phoenix, the Freeway Warrior, champion and protector of Dallas Colony One. Defend this fragile convoy from H.A.V.O.C. bikers with this exclusive hardcover (with dust jacket and book ribbons), the first choose-your-own-adventure-gamebook in Joe Dever’s post apocalyptic series. From the fine folks at FENIX, now available from Modiphius.

With your Handlers Guide already at your side, it’s time to assemble some operations to spiral your Delta Green operatives into paranoia and Mythos horror. Delta Green: A Night at the Opera features six terrifying adventures from the conspiratorial minds of Dennis Detwiller, Shane Ivey, and Greg Stolze. Preorder before it’s desperately too late!

10 Responses to “Episode 275: Convenient Anti-Harpy Shield”

  1. Alden Strock says:

    How do you spell “bibliocephaleon”, and is that a thing I will find anywhere else on the internet, or is it something Ken invented for his 13th Age game? Cuz I want one in my game. 🙂

  2. Douglas Sundseth says:

    I think the first place that I heard of the idea of using character actors to evoke personalities in roleplaying games was in Aaron Allston’s Lands of Mystery supplement for Justice, Inc. A truly brilliant piece that was almost certainly the greatest single influence on my GMing.

  3. Chris 'Vulpine' Kalley says:

    Thanks to Ken for giving me a rabbit hole to chase down, with the Samothrace mystery cult. (Wiki article at I also found a book today that sounds like something he would like, ‘Greek and Roman Necromancy’ by Daniel Ogden.

  4. Fred Kiesche says:

    Thank you for responding to my question about PH. I’m really hoping that when Ken is done with his current paid project, this becomes either a Pelgrane project on its own or a Kickstarter project for Pelgrane. The wallet stands at the ready!

  5. Phil Masters says:

    Just out of interest, was Peter Lorre classified as a character actor or what?

    Growing up on British 1960s/70s TV, I came to think of Robert Morley as a solid dramatic/comic actor who mostly played substantial establishment figures. Hollywood used him very slightly differently, presumably because of the English accent. I note that he bagged an Oscar nomination for his first film role, which isn’t bad going.

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