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Episode 383: Not Quite Doctor Cowboy

February 21st, 2020 | Robin

Longtime listeners know that “Start with Earth” is a Thing Ken Always Says. But in the Gaming Hut, beloved Patreon backer Nicola Wilson wants to know exactly where.

In the Conspiracy Corner estimable Patreon backer Steven Roman seeks bookshelf recommendations for all things recent and conspiratorial.

The Consulting Occultist continues to wear suspiciously Robin-like facial hair as we enter the penultimate edition of Belle Epoque magicians series, as inspired by The Yellow King Roleplaying Game, with the scene’s fun couple,  Moina and Samuel Liddell Mathers, of Golden Dawn fame.

Placed spoilererrifically at the end, in case your childrearing duties have prevented you from catching the flick yet, the Cinema Hut trains an analytical lens on The Rise of Skywalker.

Want to pose a question to the show? Get your priority question asking access with your support for the KARTAS Patreon!

Snag Ken and Robin merchandise at TeePublic.


Your survival depends on separating heisting criminals from undercover cops in Never Bring a Knife, the action-packed new social deduction game from our ever-sneaky friends at Atlas Games. Available from Jan 17th at your friendly local game store or online.

You’ve heard him talk about it. Now you can get it at retail or in the Pelgrane Press store: The Yellow King Roleplaying Game. Shatter your world with this eerie, physically imposing GUMSHOE game of decadent art and multiple existences. For a limited time only, enter the voucher code YELLOW at the Pelgrane shop to get 15% off all Yellow King items when you combine the core set with Absinthe in Carcosa and/or The Missing and the Lost.

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.

One Response to “Episode 383: Not Quite Doctor Cowboy”

  1. Doug Sundseth says:

    The Johnson County War was in Wyoming, the New Mexico one (with John Tunstall, Billy the Kid, Lew Wallace*, et al.) was the Lincoln County War. Note that the Cheyenne Social Club (which was its own fascinating nest of vipers) was heavily involved in the Johnson County War.

    I suspect that Ken knows this and just misspoke, but I mention it because the Johnson County War is not anywhere near as well known, so it probably fits the prompt fairly well in its own right.

    Another period that would be brilliant for gaming is the period just before and during the War of the Austrian Succession. Swashbuckling, espionage, and world war, and not centered in Paris.

    * Lew Wallace was obviously a player character. He was a Civil War general, on the court martial board for the Lincoln assassination trials, best-selling author (Ben Hur), and governor of New Mexico Territory during the Lincoln County War.

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