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Episode 76: Hunker in the Bunker

February 14th, 2014 | Robin

We start this episode in the Gaming Hut, where we bat around ways to activate your player character’s character hook.

In our new segment, Crime Blotter, we examine the four categories of hit man, as proposed by a recent Birmingham City University study of British hired killers.

Tropes face off against cliches as we once again tell you How to Write Good.

Then Ken dons his Consulting Occultist regalia to tear the lid off the djinn menace.

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.


Clank about in chivalric armor in fealty to Atlas Games, now unveiling Enchanting Tales, the exciting new expansion for their classic Once Upon a Time card game.


9 Responses to “Episode 76: Hunker in the Bunker”

  1. Eoin says:

    Hey guys, now that we’re on the run-up to Paddy’s Day, would a Ken’s Time Machine to see what would have happened if Ireland was never colonised by Britain be in order? Bearing in mind that one of Arthur Griffith’s regrets at Ireland’s loss of sovereignty was that it never had colonies of its own…

  2. Mike Thompson says:

    Ghost Dog – is an excellent film about a hit man, there is even an old RPG supplement about the film (which I’ve not got or taken a look at).

  3. Terry O'Carroll says:

    Are a djinn’s aberrance points held in a djinn pool?

  4. Yunus says:

    Djinn, better spelled jinn, is pronounced Jin, never Jeen. The initial letter is best pronounced like an English J for classical Arabic, and vernacular Arabics vary between J, Zh like you guys seemed to be popping for, or a hard G.

    Crazy is ‘majnūn’ and etymologically it is a passive participle ou can translate ‘be-jinned’, like bedeviled.

    The `Uwaysi strand of Islamic mysticism does not propose a separate route to heaven, where did you come up with that?? Uwaysism is, in the first instance, the tendency for a mystic to have an initiatory encounter with `Uways al-Qarani the ur-mystic of Yemen, and in the second instance the tendency to take on disciples and form an institutional fraternity exactly like every other Sufi order, but with an initiatory lineage going only to the founding mystic and thence to Uways, and not ‘diluted’ through centuries of shaykhs living here and there across the world.

    Some Uwaysi groups may well be more heterodox than others, I wouldn’t be surprised, but it’s not what the typology is about.

    Ken and all interested in Sufi orders should read The Sufi Orders in Islam, J. Spencer Trimingham, which traces the main initiatory lineages up till colonial times. There are a thousand books on Sufism but pretty few on the institution that made mysticism the norm for so long.

  5. Tom says:

    On the Voynich Manuscript:

    A proposed partial decoding of the Voynich script (Jan 2014)
    Stephen Bax, Professor in Applied Linguistics, University of Bedfordshire – 2.5Mb PDF

    An academic paper and an exercise in Suppressed Transmissions-style pattern matching.

  6. John Fiala says:

    In the text you say they’re unveiling “Enchanting Tales” where the image clearly says it’s “Knightly Tales”. (And on the podcast, I originally thought you were saying “Nightly Tales”.)

  7. Fridrik says:

    I’m surprised that no one has spoken out about the obvious Jinn conspiracy.

    Jinn are manifestations of smokeless fire. And what is nuclear energy but smokeless fire? That puts the Iranian nuclear program into a whole new perspective.

    Now excuse me while I make myself a tinfoil hat.

  8. […] to this episode of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, and they do an incredible job of laying out how players can develop hooks in their backgrounds for the GM, and how the GM can help coach their players about it. Definitely worth a look for that […]

  9. Jeromy French says:


    Imbrogno, Philip J. and Rosemary Ellen Guiley (2011) – The Vengeful Djinn: Unveiling the Hidden Agenda of Genies.
    Powers, Tim (2013) – Declare: A Novel
    Zarabozo, Sh. Jamaal and Dr. Umar Sulaiman Al-Ashqar (1998)- The World of the Jinn and Devils

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