Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Season 8, Episode 7: The Blood of the Gods by Robert E. Howard



Welcome adventurers to the latest Cromcast! Today, we join el Borak as he searches a creepy cave for his friend Al Wazir. It's never that simple when it involves Borak though! There are raiders, greedy Brits, and a cave demon to stand in his way. Oh yeah, and the blistering heat of the desert!


This one has it all, revenge, madness, and camels! Tune in!!





One Things
Josh: The heavy metal band Hermodr 
Luke: The Joaquin Phoenix vehicle, "You Were Never Really Here
Jon: The DC Comics mini-series "Electric Warriors"

Next time: One last stop on the road east, read along as we cover "The Sowers of Thunder"! Plus... a special guest? Tune in to find out!!

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Outro: "El Paso" by Marty Robbins (a tip of the cap to el Borak's hometown).  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 1: A Bildungsroman Begins in the Borderlands

Greetings, adventurers! Herein, we meet new characters, revisit familiar environs, and set a proper beginning for a derivation of "I6: Ravenloft" in coming episodes.
Check out this map for reference points / locations mentioned in the recording!
In terms of the immediate sessions, we're going to play through this mini-module, entitled "Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds," as a way for our party to build rapport and establish some bonds. A low-res image of the dungeon is below; download the free pdf here! If you are interested otherwise, check out the "One Page Dungeon Compendium 2018 Tenth Anniversary Edition." You can get our module as well 160 other dungeons for a meager $3!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Gnarled Situation" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Our final track is "Warrior" by Wishbone Ash from the Argus album. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Season 8, Episode 6: The Soul of a Turk by Achmed Abdullah



Welcome, Cromrades! This week, we take on pulp author and screenwriter Achmed Abdullah, and his story "The Soul of a Turk." (Read it in the collection 'Alien Souls' on Archive.org).


Achmed himself, too cool for school.

We discuss this charismatic author's history, and debate over the veracity of his biography before digging into the story. Was Abdullah a member of the Russian aristocracy? Was he a soldier, a spy, an international man of intrigue? Certainly he had a gift with words, and the fact that we spent nearly an hour discussing a 7 page story by Abdullah is a testament to this story's heft! What did you think of "The Soul of a Turk"? Where does it fit in our sampler of Eastern Adventure Tales?

One Things
Jon: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate for the Nintendo Switch. 
Luke: Olias of Sunhillow, a prog rock album by Jon Anderson of Yes. 

Next time: One last ride with El Borak, in search of the fabled "Blood of the Gods"!

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Outro: "Machine Gun Man" by Zakk Wylde's Pride & Glory.  All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Season 8, Episode 5: The Man Who Would Be King


Welcome back to The Cromcast! As we continue down the Road to the East, we have come to our traditional film episode. In this edition, we tackle "The Man Who Would Be King"! 


This is an adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name and is directed by John Huston with the starring roles played by Sean Connery and Michael Caine. 
It's a tale of brotherhood, friendship, and about knowing when to stop a good con. 




One Things
Jon: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova. If you like history, book stores, libraries, and vampires-pick it up!
Josh: Dracul by Dacre Stoker. Dracula fiction from the descendant of Bram Stoker!
Luke: True Detective Season 3. There aren't vampires (yet!) but luke heartily endorses this latest iteration. 

Next time: We find the "Soul of a Turk" with the help of mysterious author Achmed Abdullah.

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Outro: "The Man Who Would Be King" by Iron Maiden. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out a

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Season 8, Episode 4: Meet Khlit the Cossack



Welcome back, Cromrades! We are hitting our stride on The Road East, and just in time! This week, we travel with a dangerous old wolf who does not abide weakness or foolishness on a journey. Khlit the Cossack is a character from the imagination of Harold Lamb, noted pulp author and historian. We covered the two earliest Khlit stories, both originally published in Adventure. First up is the eponymous "Khlit" from 1917, followed up by "Wolf's War" from 1918. You can read both of these stories in the collection "The Mighty Manslayer" which is available to check out from The Internet Archive. You can also buy the entire series of Harold Lamb's Cossack tales from Bison Books.

Artist unknown.
Check out this article that delves into Khlit and his place in the pantheon of pulp heroes!

One Things
Jon: The Immortal Hulk, written by Al Ewing and drawn by Joe Bennett.
Josh: The 2016 Power Man and Iron Fist revival, written by David F. Walker and illustrated by Sanford Greene. (Check it!)
Luke: (Super fresh and so dope!) An album from Wishbone Ash titled Argus. Add it to your vinyl collection, or stream it from the link above!

Next time: We go to the theater for a viewing of The Man Who Would Be King, based on the Rudyard Kipling story of the same name, directed by John Huston and starring Michael Caine and Sean Connery!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 11: Afterglow

Hile, travelers! We return for one more quick episode to round out this season of B&B. The material here was the immediate 'after talk' the group had when the module was completed. Where do we go from here? Listen to find out!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Otherwise, we have used "Vampire Killer" from the OG Castlevania game for NES. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work! "The Chamber" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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