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Episode 352: We’ve Still Got that Other Folder

July 12th, 2019 | Robin

The Gaming Hut starts us strong as we look for ways to avoid stock scenario openings.

In the Culture Hut we examine the way critical terms lose their meaning when they penetrate popular consciousness.

Ask Ken and Robin satisfies Mrs. Obed Marsh’s need to know how to run The Fall of Delta Green with 60s radical PCs.

Then the Consulting Occultist calls for order in the court as we hear the confession of a Livonian werewolf.

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Be cute! Be cunning! Be fierce! Most of all, be someone backing the Kickstarter for Atlas Games’ Magical Kitties, the roleplaying game of supernatural felines. Suitable for play with young children, it pits its four-footed heroes against robots, witches and more!

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.


2 Responses to “Episode 352: We’ve Still Got that Other Folder”

  1. Unsurprisingly, I have thoughts on the term “Mary Sue”. As you note, it was a critical term used by female fanfic writers to criticize one bad thread in female-written fanfic, and it got transformed into a bludgeon to beat every possible female character in fiction. That blows.

    The best summary I’ve heard for the original sense was “Ensign Mary Sue is braver than Kirk, smarter than Spock, more empathetic than McCoy, and she screws all three of them.”

    And the best illustration of the difference between a Mary Sue and an authorial self-insert is in the Harry Potter books: Hermione is an authorial insert, but Ginny Weasley is a Mary Sue. Hermione has flaws, and struggles, and failures, and triumphs; Ginny wanders in, doesn’t do much anything, and on her unimpeded path to marry the narrative’s hero, even the villains take time out from their villainy to comment on how beautiful she is. Mary Sues warp the plot around themselves.

    Finally, one of the best fanfics I’ve ever read is Limyaael’s “The Game of the Gods”, a Tolkien legendarium ‘fic which begins with Morgoth, in captivity, trying to break free by playing games of writing Mary Sues into The Lord of the Rings.

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