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Episode 283: It’s Just a Tumor Tree

March 9th, 2018 | Robin


We gather suspiciously in the Gaming Hut to ask if and how GMs can assist players in horror games who want their characters to exercise a Scully-like skepticism.

We break into the History Hut at the behest of Patreon backer Andy Young, who seeks the scoop on fresh-faced 19th century burglar Edward Jones.

In Ask Ken and Robin Andy Bates seeks help incorporating the Witches Tree, which haunts his hometown of Louisville, into his gaming.

Speaking of mysteries, how the heck have we done 283 episodes without getting around to Springheeled Jack? We finally remedy that oversight in the Eliptony Hut.

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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.

Navigate your love of the Lone Wolf game books and/or fantasy inspired by medieval Italy with the Sommerlund Map set Kickstarter from Askfageln. Revel in 1o gorgeous maps inspired by Joe Dever’s classic fantasy setting and the city of Bologna.

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!

4 Responses to “Episode 283: It’s Just a Tumor Tree”

  1. Douglas Sundseth says:

    One of the things about a monarchy is that the laws are at least notionally the commands of the sovereign. (The monarch doesn’t have to pay taxes, because the taxes are paid _to_ the monarch, for instance. Even today, the royal family has just been voluntarily donating an amount equivalent to the taxes that they would have to pay were they not royalty.)

    I suspect that the law was something like, “It shall be a felony for anyone to unlawfully break into and enter the dwellings of our subjects.” Since the palace is not the dwelling of “our subjects”, it’s not covered. In earlier times, the response would have been, “His presence here offends us. Hang him.” But by the 1830s, that was not the done thing.

  2. Bryan Lovely says:

    My first introduction to Spring-Heel Jack was in high school, where my AP Physics teacher used him as a character in story problems about, well, springs.

  3. Jan Pospisil says:

    Prague apparently has its own version of Spring Heeled Jack!
    (I even remembered seeing the comics version being made, the art is quite nice.),_the_Spring_Man_of_Prague

  4. LJS says:

    Robin refers obliquely to Castle Loma in Toronto. I recall when I visited during the Toronto worldcon, the guide pointing out the replica of the English throne, complete with replica Stone and mentioning it was one of 8 or 10 that had been given as gifts by the crown. I have not been able to find where the others are. Aside from the obvious which one is the real throne and why does it matter — what other plot seeds does it suggest?

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