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Episode 302: Jack the Riffer

July 20th, 2018 | Robin


In the Gaming Hut we look at how the same adversary can play very different roles from one game to the next. Serving as an example is Red Jack, created for Night’s Black Agents but presently contemplating a killing spree in The Yellow King Roleplaying Game.

The Tradecraft Hut examines China’s latest hacking coup against the US, snaffling up 614 gigs of tech specs on the Sea Dragon submarine munitions project.

In the Narrative Hut we weigh the various definitions of the word protagonist, deciding which one of them is the most useful to writers.

Finally Ken’s Time Machine surveys the adjusted timeline that would result from  rescuing Polish resistance hero Witold Pilecki from execution by the Soviet-backed regime in 1948.

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One Response to “Episode 302: Jack the Riffer”

  1. Phil Masters says:

    So, by the first order pedantic definition, the protagonist of most Sherlock Holmes stories (and similar) is whoever committed the crime, Holmes (or maybe the victim) is the antagonist, and the identity of the protagonist is only revealed at the end of the story?

    No, I don’t think that is a useful definition.

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