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Episode 501: Go Toward the Omen

June 17th, 2022 | Robin

The Gaming Hut mines a new source of mysterious, danger-laden plot hooks: Reddit’s WhatIsThis forum.

The Horror Hut takes the unusual step of profiling a real person, as beloved backer Louis Sylvester asks for the lowdown on the explorer, linguist and polemicist Arminius Vambery, described by Bram Stoker in Dracula as a knowledgeable vampire hunter.

In the Narrative Hut we find another way to define fictional characters, by the various outcomes we want for them.

Finally at the behest of estimable backer Tennant Reed, we follow up Episode 482’s look at the Soviet Space program by sending Ken’s Time Machine to see what would have to happen for the Russians to beat America to the moon.

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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.

3 Responses to “Episode 501: Go Toward the Omen”

  1. malkav11 says:

    The weird bug as omen that leaps immediately to mind are the weird vividly colored bugs that turn up as harbingers of the corruption the Color is wreaking in the recent Color Out of Space movie.

  2. Jeb says:

    Arminius Vambrey and the Vampires of the Silk Road

  3. Jeb says:

    Now, we must speculate on the co-host for Nek’s podcast, Petirrojo – a Mexican game designer with a fondness for IPAs and Luchador movies.

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