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Episode 348: Marsupial Valley

June 14th, 2019 | Robin

The Gaming Hut manifests somewhere between Balla Balla and Yagga Yagga as Patreon backer Bill Cohen asks us how to lure RPG characters to adventure in Australia.

The Crime Blotter profiles Dai Cathay, the young Number One of the mid-sixties Saigon underworld.

Ken and Robin Recycle Audio with a panel excerpt from Carcosa Con covering post-Lovecraftian additions to the King in Yellow mythos.

The Eliptony Hut looks back on the career of paradigmatic nuts-and-bolts UFOlogist Stanton Friedman, who passed away this May.

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Over the Edge, the twisted game of counter-culture conspiracy, returns in a completely remagined edition by its original creator, Jonathan Tweet. Grab it wherever fine Atlas Games are sold, on June 1st.

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.

The treasures of Askfageln can be found at DriveThruRPG. Get all issues of FENIX since 2013 available in special English editions. Score metric oodles of Ken Hite gaming goodness, along with equally stellar pieces by Graeme Davis and Pete Nash. Warning: in English, not in Swedish. In English, not Swedish. While you’re at it, grab DICE and Freeway Warrior!

Arc Dream Publishing presents a gorgeous new edition of Robert W. Chambers’ The King in Yellow, a deluxe hardback in delightful faux snakeskin, with a foreword by John Scott Tynes, annotations by our own Kenneth Hite, and stunning full-pate color  illustrations by Samuel Araya. Grab it while it lasts in the Arc Dream store.

5 Responses to “Episode 348: Marsupial Valley”

  1. Justin Mohareb says:

    Great episode as always. Can we get a list of those King in Yellow stories?

  2. Andrew Raphael says:

    We don’t talk about Harold Holt disappearing much, because we make jokes about him instead, like naming a municipal swimming pool after him.

  3. John Rauchert says:

    Being stuck haunting Pearson Airport would be a horror worse than death (almost as bad as having to travel through it).

  4. Phil Masters says:

    The bit of Australian cryptozoology I like best is the very occasional reports of very, very large monitor lizards. It seems highly unlikely that Megalania prisca could have survived to the present day, but a one-ton komodo would be no joke.

    No mention of Uluru in that segment, by the way?

  5. Rob Mammone says:

    – mention was made of teleportation and dimensional rifts, which leads to Picnic at Hanging Rock

    -there are apparently Aboriginal legends of a tsunami striking the east coast, from memory about 500 years ago – perhaps a slumberer in a sunken city rolled over in his sleep?

    -there’s a famous UFO case where a fellow was flying across Bass Strait, radioed in a sighting of ‘something’ in the sky, and of course, sadly, he and his plane vanished.

    -creatures from the Dreamtime, such as the Rainbow Serpent, abound.

    -the Brownout Murder – an American soldier who murdered 3 people in Melbourne and was executed after trial – the name is evocative enough to pin a scenario on.

    -the Pine Gap joint Aust-USA facility is tasked with tracking all manner of things – some of them less than human. Or perhaps more?

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