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Episode 77: All the John Waynes

February 21st, 2014 | Robin

They said it couldn’t strike twice, but the Ask Ken and Robin lightning round is back, tackling game designer payment, Day After Ragnarok, book hunting, and a Rob Ford mini-update.

In the wide open spaces of the Genre Hut, we look at ways to nerdtrope the Western, including Ken’s Once Upon a Time in the North from Fenix magazine. We fit in all the John Waynes!

Reserve your kitchen outlets as Ken and Robin talk gadgets and appliances in the Food Hut.

Then look up, way up, to the paranoia of chemtrails in Conspiracy Corner.

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.


Don your chivalric armor to also thank sponsor Atlas Games, now unveiling Enchanting Tales, the exciting new expansion for their classic Once Upon a Time card game.


16 Responses to “Episode 77: All the John Waynes”

  1. Robin says:

    My kitchen recommendations from this episode:

    Breville Milk Frother

    AeroPress Coffee and Espresso Maker

    Black and Decker All-in-One Automatic Breadmaker

    Crock-Pot Slow Cooker that fits your size needs

  2. Donny Van Zandt says:

    Aeropress rules. It’s become my go-to daily coffee maker after years of hunting for the perfect tool. The weird thing about them–it’s the same company that makes Aerobie Frisbees. Frisbees and coffee makers.

  3. GB Steve says:

    Can we have a 30 Days of John Wayne?

  4. Cambias says:

    Best kitchen gadget we own is the electric knife sharpener — ours is a Chef’s Choice brand but there are others. Being able to always have a perfectly sharp knife has been a revelation to me.

    As to chemtrails, that was one reason I left a newspaper job in 2000. The free weekly I was working on ran an entirely serious and credulous article about chemtrails (written by the dude who normally reviewed rock bands). I asked the editor if that was really what they wanted to do, and he said yes . . . so I began to seek new opportunities.

  5. John Willson says:

    U-oh, Ken and Robin are talking about food again. Quick folks, submit more gaming questions before they start arguing about restaurants!

    I have just been to the consulting occultist for a reading, and he assures me that next week’s topics, at least, will be more proximate to gaming. (Or should I admit to zapping ahead a week in Ken’s Time Machine for an early peek at Episode 78’s blog post?)

    • Robin says:

      And after we answer your question next week and everything…

      Food Hut is a surprisingly popular segment, so I’m afraid you’ll have to work out how to scrub forward in your podcast player.

      • John Willson says:

        I’m pleased to have been able to pose an interesting question! I hope others find the resulting discussion as enjoyable as I will.

        As for ribbing you gents over culinary tangents: I didn’t mean to be saucy. I’m just banging the pans for my favourite kind of content, which all fans of the should do (as long as it doesn’t turn into a roasting).

        Thanks for a consistently delicious podcast.

  6. The original nerdtroped Western was the “Bat Durston”, which is to say the story that is nominally SF but is really just a Western in which the horses are wearing spaceship costumes.

    Moving forward from those, it’s worth noting that Roddenberry repeatedly described STAR TREK as “WAGON TRAIN to the stars.”

  7. Rich Evans says:

    After 77 episodes there’s nobody in the Cthulhu hut. Understandable, I guess, with it being all sunken and dreaming. I also notice nobody in the Fun With Science hut. Why is science no fun?

  8. John Willson says:

    My most recent kitchen gadget that I could no longer live without is a Silpat, a food-grade silicone mat that you lay on a baking tray before spooning on the cookie dough. Nothing sticks to a Silpat (as long as you don’t wash it with soap — it comes clean with the wipe of a wet cloth). Also good for fish sticks, chippie potatoes, roasting vegetables, etc.

    If I’m baking cookies, it’s probably game day. 🙂

  9. darren t. says:

    Great episode guys & been a fan of the Aeropress & other fun coffee related products thanks to the folks at Tested & friends who put up a few videos on how to get the right cup of goodness along with trying out other products.

    playlist #
    #36 How to Make a Perfect Cup of Coffee with the Aeropress
    #23 How to Make an Even Better Cup of Coffee with the Aeropress

  10. KenH says:

    Something about all these John Waynes tends to attract more spammers than most. The Waynes enjoy shooting them, but I’m closing comments here anyhow.

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