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Episode 410: My Uncle Never Had an Owl

August 28th, 2020 | Robin

The Gaming Hut dares to risk horrific ill fortune to answer beloved Patreon backer Kevin Greenlee’s request for tips on game mastering powerful but cursed objects.

The History Hut looks at ways to incorporate the Bay of Pigs into The Fall of Delta Green.

The Culture Hut gets a stained-glass makeover as extremely on-brand Patreon backer Noel Warford asks for the truth behind France’s storied tradition of blind church organists.

Finally the Eliptony Hut takes a close look indeed, at the behest of insightful Patreon backer Bryan, into the pseudoscience of iridology.

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3 Responses to “Episode 410: My Uncle Never Had an Owl”

  1. Michael Cule says:

    Re iridology

    My dad used to tell of the time he went to have his eyes checked and the lady opthalmologist looked into his eyes and murmured gently to him in a sweet Irish accent:

    “Have you ever been troubled with piles?”

    I dunno. I’m just sayin’

  2. Phil Masters says:

    I have heard of one medical condition (aside from eye disease/damage) where diagnosis involves examining the iris, sort of; look up Wilson’s Disease, and especially Kayser–Fleischer Rings. It even feels sort of subtly Lovecraftean; Have you seen the copper ring?

  3. Gord Sellar says:

    Bit late to the party, but as far as organists and the occult in Belle Epoque Paris:

    Erik Satie was the main composer for Péladan’s splinter group of Rosicrucians, and also wrote church organ music—specifically, a very odd and (and weirdly mathematical, and also to some people quite creepy-sounding) piece titled “Mass for the Poor”:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZesZvGLkrqQ

    Satie as the connective tissue for the Belle Epoque era of a YKRPG campaign could be quite interesting, actually!

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