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Episode 291: Where Magic Goes to Die

May 4th, 2018 | Robin


In the Gaming Hut, Patreon backer SR points us to an archived trove of CounterSpy magazine and asks how to make use of it in Fall of DELTA GREEN.

We wouldn’t lead you on in an elaborate scheme of deception, and so have returned for the second part of a Cinema Hut question from backer Chris Camfield, laying down our 101 of con man films.

In Ken and/or Robin Talk to Someone Else, Ken talks to designer Alex Roberts about her RPG Star-Crossed, The Two-Player Game of Forbidden Love, on Kickstarter until May 10th.

Then the Consulting Occultist goes West Coast as we examine the ley line implications of the L.A. Times leaving its iconic art deco headquarters.

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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.

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!

5 Responses to “Episode 291: Where Magic Goes to Die”

  1. S R says:

    I’m going to throw my hat in the ring for movies about con men as well. Rian Johnson’s “The Brothers Bloom” with Adrian Brody, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel Weiss is a really fun movie with some hefty emotional weight, great performances from all involved, and a mood that feels lifted from a Wes Anderson movie. It also features one of my favorite lines of dialogue to quote, “You are constipated… in your fucking soul.”

    (please don’t bring up tlj – that is not what we are here for right now)

  2. Allen Wilkins says:

    No love for “Paper Moon”?

  3. Hank Harwell says:

    Possibly also classified as “frothy,” what about the stage magicians-as-con-men films like Now You See Me?

  4. Tom Bagatelle says:

    Alex Roberts and Ken were hilarious! More talking to other people, please, especially Alex next time she has a project. Also G. Ryder-Hanrahan and Chris Spivey.

  5. Allen, I second the suggestion of Paper Moon, though given that K&R’s list focused so much on long cons, perhaps the life of a smalltime hustler was out of place.

    I would also suggest The Lady Eve, though they had a screwball rom-com already on the list.

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