Abraham Lincoln

Episode 288: Grift the Pope

April 13th, 2018 | Robin

Another all-request episode begins in the Gaming Hut, as Patreon backer Ruth Tillman asks us how we might game Annihilation in both its film and novel iterations.

We head into the Book Hut at the behest of backer Sean Gomez, who wants to know more about Ken’s recent William Haggard fixation and spy thriller inspiration for Fall of DELTA GREEN more generally.

In Ask Ken and Robin backer Louis Sylvester asks Robin, and also Ken, about devices to incorporate weird sounds and other subtle horror moments into games and fiction.

Finally, in the History Hut, with indulgences purchased by backer Jacob Ansari, we investigate the career of the pretender-monk Paul Palaiologos Tagaris.

Want to pose a question to the show? Get your priority question asking access with your support for the KARTAS Patreon!

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.

Ken’s latest roleplaying game, The Fall of Delta Green, is now available for preorder from Atlas Games. Journey to the head-spinning chaos of the late 1960s, back when everyone’s favorite anti-Cthulhu special ops agent hadn’t gone rogue yet, for this pulse-pounding GUMSHOE game of war, covert action, and Mythos horror.

Grab the translated riches of FENIX magazine in a special bundle deal from our friends at Askfageln, over at Indie Press Revolution. Score metric oodles of Ken Hite gaming goodness, a cornucopia of articles, complete games, plus the cartoon antics of Bernard the Barbarian. Warning: in English, not in Swedish. In English, not Swedish.

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!

3 Responses to “Episode 288: Grift the Pope”

  1. How about a segment on Nicklaus Olahus, particularly as a candidate for Dracula in a Dracula Dossier campaign?

    • Stacy Forsythe says:

      I looked that guy up based on your question, and he seems like a fairly beloved archbishop of his day. What aspects of his story make him a possible Dracula?

  2. Ken R says:

    The Annihilation segment had an unwholesome bounty of ideas. I especially liked the gradually unfolding list of disorders. And putting the hypnotic control element in the hands of each player instead of one psychiatrist character is a great way to work that element into the story without actually removing too much agency.

    Altogether, I feel like Ten Candles (slightly modified) could provide a great way to handle the Annihilation experience. Each player could secretly contribute an aspect of strangeness to the shimmer (instead of Them as the game default). If you add in the lists of disorders sketched in the episode, I think you’re most of the way there.

    Visually, I like the idea of substituting the burned cards for a bowl of water where the ink would run together – though the candles (or an equivalent) would still be needed for the pacing.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Film Cannister
Cartoon Rocket
Flying Clock
Film Cannister