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Episode 319: Eventually You Run Out of Zigs

November 16th, 2018 | Robin

Under the black stars of Carcosa, we celebrate the impending publication of Robin’s The Yellow King Roleplaying Game and the manuscript completion of Ken’s The King in Yellow Annotated Edition with an all-Pallid Mask edition of our decadent podcast.

In Among My Many Hats, Ken shares what he’s learned about Chambers and the Hyades while working on the aforementioned project.

Then in How to Write Good he lays out the steps involved in creating an annotated edition of an existing work.

The Food Hut explores what your Belle Epoque Yellow King characters might be eating and, more likely, drinking.

Finally the Consulting Occultist changes identities to embark on a series on the wizards and paranormalists you might encounter in 1890s Paris. First up: pioneering trickster Leo Taxil.

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Snag Ken and Robin merchandise at TeePublic.


If you dig clever, take-that game play and/or ironic Soviet robots, Atlas Games’ new card game Cogs and Commissars was made for you. Buy it at a brick-and-mortar game store and send a selfie to Atlas, to get a special Neon Botsky promo card.

Ken’s latest roleplaying game, The Fall of Delta Green, is now available in print or PDF or both from Pelgrane Press. Journey to the head-spinning chaos of the late 1960s, back when everyone’s favorite anti-Cthulhu special ops agency 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.

Just in time to save the world, though perhaps not your team of hardened covert agents, from the Mythos, the Delta Green Handlers Guide from Arc Dream Publishing is now in print and either at or headed to a game store near you. The slipcase print edition includes both the Handlers’ Guide and Agents’ Handbook, fitting snugly into your go bag along with your extra passports and list of weapons caches.

4 Responses to “Episode 319: Eventually You Run Out of Zigs”

  1. Phil Masters says:

    Turns out that “muslin” sauce would simply be a literal translation ofmousseline, with which I’m sure our epicurean hosts are familiar. The association with muslin is simply tha the sauce is whipped up to be frothy and airy, like a lightweight muslin fabric.

  2. Phil Masters says:

    Also, a glance at Larousse Gastronomique shows that 19th century French chefs were fully prepared to cook lettuce, to within an inch of its little green life — so the idea of a lettuce mousse (whipped up with cream and served in pots) wouldn’t have been that odd.

  3. Ethan C. says:

    As for the American vine roots saving the French wine industry: you can specifically thank the Missouri wine industry, which provided both the expertise and the rootstock to make it happen. You can specifically thank Missouri state entomologist Charles Valentine Riley for diagnosing the problem as coming from the New World-native phylloxera aphid, and thus identifying phylloxera-resistant New World root stock as a solution; and a number of Missouri vintners for organizing massive-scale rootstock shipments and perfecting the grafting technique. You’re welcome, France!

  4. John F Rauchert says:

    According to my searching so far no one seems to know what makes up a Bombe Valkyrie, but there is a bit of a discussion here (in French):

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