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Episode 323: They Pecked the Anglo Saxons

December 14th, 2018 | Robin

Jet-lagged and full of pudding, we return from our latest trip to Dragonmeet to issue a Travel Advisory about the Anglo Saxon Kingdoms exhibit at the British Library.

In the Gaming Hut we pursue a request from Patreon backer Mikey Hamm to talk about chase rules.

If we were just in London, our hero must have come home with a metric oodle of tomes to share with you before he files them up on Ken’s Bookshelf.

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5 Responses to “Episode 323: They Pecked the Anglo Saxons”

  1. Justin Akkerman says:

    Hello Good People,

    Recentlyt I was in the Central Andes of Colombia. It was really early in the morning because we have to get out of the Bogota city limits before the licensplate restrictions came into force on our car. Being up so early, I was ina bit of a weird head space, and it was misty. There are painted on the rocks on the side of the road political propaganda from campaigns past. In the midst of this dross, there was a patch that had been painted a cyan. In the middle of this was some sort of flaming heart that had flames of primary colours. Above it was a single word GNOSIS and below was a cell phone number. I did not get the number but I could tell it was a cell phone from the prefix. I immediately thought of Kenneth Hite. I thought what a great hook for Trail of Cthulhu or what ever.

  2. Phil Masters says:

    1. Actually, a seax isn’t an ax; it’s a somewhat machete-like blade, from knife up to sword length. Or, in heraldry, by artistic mutation, it’s a curved sword with a notched in the back — as seen on the coat of arms of Essex, among other places.

    2. For chase rules — GURPS Action actually has a pretty good set, built on the standard GURPS skill/task resolution system.

  3. Robin says:

    Books in this year’s haul are:

    Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States, by James C. Scott
    Crimes and Criminals of 17th Century Britain, by Daniel J. Codd
    Persia in the Great Game, by Anthony Wynn
    Mossad: The Greatest Missions of the Israeli Secret Service, by Michael Bar-Zohar and Nissim Mishal
    The Secret Paris of the 30s, by Brassaï
    The British Museum Book of Cats, by Juliet Clutton-Brock
    Gods and Robots: Myths, Machines, and Ancient Dreams of Technology, by Adrienne Mayor
    After Alexander: The Time of the Diadochi (323-281 BC), by Edward Anson and Victor Alonso Troncoso
    The Jason Voyage, by Tim Severin
    Legend: The Genesis of Civilization, by David Rohl (moved from original order for smoother ad break)
    Dragons, Serpents, and Slayers in the Classical and Early Christian Worlds, by Daniel Ogden
    Hekate Soteira: A Study of Hekate’s Roles in the Chaldean Oracles and Related Literature, by Sarah Iles Johnston
    Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic, by Dr. Stephen Skinner
    The Dancing Goddesses: Folklore, Archaeology, and the Origins of European Dance, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber
    The Myth of Disenchantment: Magic, Modernity, and the Birth of the Human Sciences, by Jason A. Josephson-Storm
    Haunted London Underground, by Alan Brooke and David Brandon
    They All Love Jack: Busting the Ripper, by Bruce Robinson
    Jack the Ripper: A Psychic Investigation, by Pamela Ball
    A Supernatural War: Magic, Divination, and Faith during the First World War, by Owen Davies
    Aleister Crowley in America: Art, Espionage, and Sex Magick in the New World, by Tobias Churton
    The Red Church, or the Art of Pennsylvania German Braucherei, by C.R. Bilardi
    Palo Mayombe: The Garden of Blood and Bones, by Nicholaj de Mattos Frisvold
    Jinn Sorcery, by Rain al-Alim

  4. committed hero says:

    Regarding chases, would Robin recommend creating a player-facing skill like Insurgency for a QuickShock game that’s separate from Driving or Athletics?

  5. […] Ken and Robin Talk about Stuff name-checked me in a recent episode. I’m flattered to think that I’m Ken Hite’s one phone call on Pennsylvania German folklore, but I’d suggest he contact Patrick Donmoyer, who is fluent in German and Pennsylvania German, lives in the region, runs a museum and library of Pennsylvania German buildings and artifacts, paints barn stars (a.k.a. hex signs), etc. […]

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