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Episode 289: CHRONOCA$H

April 20th, 2018 | Robin


Picking up a thread left hanging a few episodes back, the Gaming Hut looks at ways to make a mundane solution to an apparently occult mystery work satisfyingly for your players.

The Tradecraft Hut peers behind the headlines of the Skripal poisoning case.

In the Cinema Hut Patreon backer Chris Camfield asks for the 101 on heist flicks.

Then Ken’s Time Machine gets back to its core business, the alternate timeline, by finding out what would happen when William Duer’s 1791 attempt to take control of the Bank of the United States succeeds.

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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.

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!

9 Responses to “Episode 289: CHRONOCA$H”

  1. Alex Hickman says:

    For Heist films, may I recommend The League of Gentlemen (1960), a lot of planning and set up and The Italian Job (1969) a bit more comedic, but great.

    • Thomas Vallejos says:

      I expected K&R to list the Italian Job in their choices. Interesting choices nevertheless

  2. Joe Webb says:

    I immediately purchased the Glowering Portrait shirt and love it! I received many what I will take as appreciative glances at the local IKEA.

  3. Phil Masters says:

    Talking of tradecraft; Can Ken expiate on the concept of the Useful Idiot?

  4. I love me a good Heist film, but I’m aghast that neither Ken nor Robin talk about Sneakers (1992) with Robert Redford, Dan Aykroyd, Ben Kingsley, Mary McDonnell, River Phoenix, Sidney Poitier and David Strathairn. Not sure if it is the earliest heist film with hackers as a major component, but it definitely makes good use of them with “semi-realistic” hackers stuff.

  5. The film I would add to the their list is Michael Mann’s Thief (1981), but I can see that it’s more of a “you can’t be halfway a mobster” movie wrapped around an amazing safecracking challenge. And it doesn’t have the playful, rewarding “look how clever we are” payoff of most heist films–there’s no long set-piece of the plan playing out (or not playing out), just the grinding work of the crime.

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