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Episode 499: The Easily Discouraged Ones

June 3rd, 2022 | Robin

In the Gaming Hut, beloved Patreon backer Bill Durfy asks us to provide advice for budding professional GMs.

The Tradecraft Hut looks at John Stonehouse, a British MP who spied for the Czechs and wound up ineptly faking his own death.

In Ask Ken and Robin stylish backer Joe Webb asks Robin if his head exploded when the Met Gala paid homage to the era of the King in Yellow.

Finally in the Eliptony Hut mysterious markings in the Sahara have discerning backer Michael Gemar wondering what lies behind the flimsy rational explanation They used to veil out this story.

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Delta Green Iconoclasts, a campaign of horrors modern and ancient, brings a team of Agents to a scene of horrors all too real: Mosul in 2016, held by the self-styled Islamic State in a reign of depraved brutality. From a small base at the Kirkuk airfield, the Agents must research the horrors to come and prepare for a harrowing infiltration. Terrors and new supplementary material await, now in PDF, hardback now in preorder.

2 Responses to “Episode 499: The Easily Discouraged Ones”

  1. Tim Emrick says:

    The Flattery expedition? So Ken, are you saying that Flattery got them nowhere?

  2. Justin Mohareb says:

    I do love that Stonehouse’s Wiki entry lists “Faking own death” and “actual death”.

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