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Episode 75: The Don Cheadle of Creepy Tunnels

February 7th, 2014 | Robin

A curious case study, in which a regrettable glacier incident leads listener Joe Tyne to a Call of Cthulhu stumbling block, warrants treatment from the experts in Ask Ken and Robin.

At the request of listener Benjamin Blattberg, we essay a hidden gems segment of the Cinema Hut.

In Among My Many Hats, Ken quizzes Robin on his latest creation, The Gaean Reach: The Roleplaying Game of Interstellar Vengeance. Death to Quandos Vorn!

Finally, with a nod of the chrono-helmet to Kevin Kulp’s TimeWatch RPG Kickstarter, Ken’s Time Machine unscrambles the Ossian hoax to, somewhat reluctantly, restore the literary reputation of 18th century poet and Scottish revivalist James McPherson.

Once again Fenix Magazine occupies the coveted anchor sponsor slot. After ten years delighting the Swedish gaming scene, they’re now bringing the Best of Fenix to English-language GMs and players with their now-active Indiegogo campaign.


Our next sponsor, Sand and Steam Productions, is now well into its Kickstarter for their Fate-powered mythic Norse RPG, War of Metal and Bone.


Also aboard the sponsor train is Atlas Games, who in a dappled fairyland warehouse discovered the need to liquidate still perfectly fabulous copies of Once Upon Time 2nd Edition, as the 3rd Edition glimmers on the horizon. Take advantage of this special deal for Ken and Robin listeners!


17 Responses to “Episode 75: The Don Cheadle of Creepy Tunnels”

  1. Tim Daly says:

    Long time CoC Keeper here. I wanted to comment on what might seem a blasphemy here but I think the reason the original CoC is great is not the game itself. It’s the great adventures that were written for it. Playing Trail has made that even more evident, as you don’t have the comical adventures of the inept (insert whatever character concept you picked.) The adventures for the original CoC were the real draw. I’ll go further out on a limb and say great adventures make ANY game for me. I’m a middle aged guy with two kids, I don’t have time to write my own adventure. Give me great adventures, and I’ll buy and run your game.

  2. Leó Páll Hrafnsson says:

    So i want to ask Ken and Robin:

    do you feel that you don’t enjoy role playing games as much since it is your Job?
    do you feel that you enjoy role playing more sins you have a better insight into the Hobby?
    what are your other hobby’s?

  3. Leó Páll Hrafnsson says:

    So i want to ask Ken and Robin

    you both have worked on large “Handouts” in The Dracula Dossier and The Armitage Files what value do you think handouts bring to the role playing game?

    is a handout only useful for adventures or could/should it be tied into a core-mechanic of a system?

  4. Leó Páll Hrafnsson says:

    So i have a suggestion for Ken and Robin

    could you make a hut (or perhaps a interrogation room) wear you look at a “villain” in history and “profile him/her” so they can be plucked out of there own setting and placed into a game as the villain of the story in any other genres?

    having a fleshed out real villain, which you can read more about, with ready made motivations in a game is easier then coming up with all of it on your own.

  5. Scott says:

    I want to second the suggestion of profiling villains to use in games. That’s brilliant! It could also be expanded to heroes, leaders, movements, tragedies, etc, just picking historical whatevers, profiling them to draw out the essential elements, and repitching them in new (gaming) environments. But, really, villains is obviously the place to start.

  6. Brett Evill says:

    To Ken’s examples of people in Britain in the 1770s who despised Lord North and supported the American colonists in their reasonable demands I would like to add William Pitt the Elder (after whom Pittsburgh is named), John Wilkes (after whom John Wilkes Booth was named), and our mutual favourite sherry-sipping Scottish polymath, Adam Smith (PBUH).

  7. Theron says:

    Would it be possible to get a list of the films mentioned in the Hidden Gems section? Or a pointer to where such a list might be if it already exists? Thanks!

  8. Seth says:

    Seconded for a list of the hidden gems from the cinema hut, I listen on the move so don’t have a chance to take a note of the titles.

  9. Jacek Brzezowski says:

    Could you guys list all the great movies you talk about in the episode description? Sometimes I can’t note them down and would like to see them. It would be perfect to have a list to review after I’m back at the computer. Thanks for great show.

  10. Thanks for those lists! Now to make it perfect, could we have the onliner to distinguish those out? I don’t remember which it was that was Tarkovskij-esque. I hate Stalker and would really not like to sit through anything like it…

  11. Mr. Luxembourg says:

    I’m eagerly awaiting the appearance of GURPS Horror: Madness Dossier, and I have a question. I’d think I’d like to run it using Night’s Black Agents; Ken, do you have any thoughts to share about running Madness Dossier as an NBA “drift”?

  12. Greg says:

    With great appreciation for the show, I’d like to make a request for the cinema hut segment. I would really appreciate more comments on which features are most accessible to non-geeky spouses or teenage children and which aren’t. Thanks!

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