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Episode 511: I Just Wanted to Say Astrosome

August 26th, 2022 | Robin

Foul sorcerers flee the Gaming Hut as beloved Patreon backer Jesse Lowe asks for the best Earth-based setting for swords and sorcery—the Hellenistic Era excepted, of course.

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The Monster Hut gets philosophical for a look at egregores in mythology and gaming.

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Track down foul sorcerers in a corrupt city, clamber through underground ruins and investigate the intrigues of your decadent rivals in Swords of the Serpentine, the GUMSHOE game of swords, sorcery and mystery, now available from Pelgrane Press.

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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.

One Response to “Episode 511: I Just Wanted to Say Astrosome”

  1. Doug Sundseth says:

    Rather than Gibbon, I’d recommend John Julius Norwich’s histories of the Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire. The three-volume history is excellent, but he has a very good one-volume version as well.

    Another decent choice would be the the period of Swedish rule in Novgorod/Kiev: Viking successors as the plucky new civilizing element, the Byzantines to the south as the declining and decadent old empire, and a variety of Slavs and steppe nomads as the barbarians at the walls.

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