Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Season 4, Episode 11: Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures In An Age Undreamed Of

Welcome back, Cromrades! On the show this week we have Jeffrey Shanks and Jason Durall, two Hyborian Age scribes who are part of a large collaborative effort to bring forth the definitive Conan RPG experience, Robert E. Howard's Conan: Adventures in an Age Undreamed Of
Thank you to everyone who sent in questions for us to ask! We tried to get to as many of them as possible! Big thanks to Jared Cvetas, Eddie Coulter, and John dAuteuil for sending in questions for Jeffrey and Jason! 

Check out the Kickstarter for this project if you haven't already! 
And here is a link to the free Quick Start rules. Let us know what you think!

Next time: We journey to the Temple of Abomination with Cormac and Wulfhere!
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Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
"Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
Closing theme: "Dungeon Master" performed by Visigoth from the 2015 album "The Revenant King."
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Bourbon & Barbarians: Episode 1


Hile brave adventurers! What are you doing here in the Borderlands of the North? Thirsting for challenges and glory, eh? Well rest assured, you are not alone... Many brave souls fare to the Castellan's Keep, and further, searching for the mythic Caves of Chaos!


We here at The Cromcast have kicked up a laid-back RPG campaign. We're using the B/X Dungeons and Dragons rules system, with a few minor additions. Details are as follows:
  • Characters begin at 3rd level, then choose / roll for a class specialty as provided in the OSR 'zine published by the Dyson's Dodecahedron.
  • Any ‘skill checks’ are attribute-based, and rely upon rolling some number of d6s against the attribute in question... Rolling under the attribute = success!
    • 2d6 – easy task to accomplish!
    • 3d6 – some difficulty
    • 4d6 – very difficult 
    • 5d6 / 6d6 – nigh impossible
  • We’re using a redundancy rule for spell memorization… Basically if you memorize the same spell twice-over for the day, you ‘get’ that spell three times (e.g., if you memorize magic missile twice in the morning, then you can fire it off three times that day)
  • Special fighting actions (e.g., called shot, off-hand weapons) will be at a -4 to hit. Further, natural 20’s on a ‘to hit’ role results in maximum damage.

And that's it! Otherwise, we're jumping into the classic module, B2: The Keep on the Borderlands. Hope you enjoy these occasional episodes. If this doesn't happen to be your bag, just sit tight... We'll be back soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Season 4, Episode 10: Tigers of the Sea

"Tigers of the sea! Men with the hearts of wolves and thews of fire and steel! Feeders of ravens whose only joy lies in slaying and dying! Giants to whom the death-song of the sword is sweeter than the love-song of a girl!"


The Many Editions of Tigers of the Sea
Hail, Cromrades! It is your loyal Podcast carls, back in the recording steading again and returning to our roots with a Robert E. Howard story on this week's episode: "Tigers of the Sea"! This was unpublished in Howard's lifetime, but was later finished by Richard Tierney and released by Donald Grant Publications in 1973. This story features Gaelic pirate Cormac Mac Art and his exploits with his Danish viking companion Wulfhere, who are charged with the rescue of a Briton princess from... well, someone! 
One Things:
Jon: The Billy Gibbons and the BFG's record "Perfectamundo."
Josh: The power metal band Gloryhammer's second album "Space 1992: Rise of the Chaos Wizards."
Luke: Joe Abercrombie's novel "Half a King"
The next stop on the Lost Road is another adventure on the choppy northern seas with Cormac and Wulfhere, but this Tuesday (4/5/16) we are joining Jeffrey Shanks and Jason Durall to discuss the upcoming Conan RPG from Modiphius Entertainment: "Adventures in An Age Undreamed Of." If you have questions for the Hyborean Age scribes, please email them our way before Tuesday at 7PM Eastern Standard Time! 
Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)
You know you want to follow us on Twitter!
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Finally.... Call us! (859) 429-CROM!

Legal mumbojumbo
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
"Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
Closing theme: "Baby Please Don't Go" performed by Billy Gibbons and the BFG's from the 2015 album "Perfectamundo."
All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Season 4, Episode 9: King Kong, With El Goro (Or, All Things Kongsidered)


Greetings Cromrades! On today's show we meet up with El Goro of The Talk Without Rhythm podcast to discuss the cinematic spectacle and splendor of King Kong (1933)! If you haven't watched this movie or even if it's just been a while, do yourself a favor and check it out!
 
Show Notes: 
Check out El Goro's show: http://tworpodcast.blogspot.com/
One Things: 
Jon: Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe
El Goro: The Astounding, The Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
Luke: The Gardens of the Moon by Steven Ericson
Josh: The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

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When next we meet!
As we continue to journey down the lost road we will find ourselves in familiar territory as we return to some Robert E. Howard literature! If you wish to prepare then start looking for the Cormac mac Art stories, "The Tigers of the Sea" and "The Temple of Abomination".

Legal mumbojumbo
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: "King Kong Main Title" by Max Steiner, King Kong 1933 Motion Picture Soundtrack
Closing theme: "King Kong" by Tom Waits
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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Season 4, Episode 8: The Lost World (1925 Film Adaptation)


Hile, adventurers! Explorers! Paleontologists! Cromrades! We have returned from a recent trek to the jungles of South America, and escaped from a mysterious plateau filled with dinosaurs and ape-men with our lives intact! This episode features a discussion of the original film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's seminal work "The Lost World." It was directed by Harry Hoyt, and featured a cast that went on to great acclaim including Bessie Love, Lewis Stone, Wallace Beery, and Lloyd Hughes. But the real stars of the show are the dinosaurs, painstakingly animated by Willis O'Brien and Marcel Delgado! This film was groundbreaking for its time, and definitely influenced special effects work in cinema. The stop-motion dinosaurs are still fun to watch! And, their appearance influence the way dinosaurs have been portrayed on screen to this day!

We focus on Arthur Conan Doyle, the film adaptation, and a brief look at how evolution and geologic time are portrayed in fiction! We get scientific in this one!

Some resources: 
The Telegraph: Russian Supergrass 'poisoned after being tricked into visiting Paris'
BBC: Piltdown Man: Britain's Greatest Hoax
Project Gutenberg: The Lost World novel
Smithsonian: On Dinosaur Time
Let us know what you think of this film! And, what your favorite dinosaur is! 
One Things: 
Jon: Crusader Kings 2 (on Steam)
Luke: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (on Amazon)
Josh: Bone Tomahawk (on Amazon)
Next time: Journey with us to Skull Island to explore the legend of Kong... 
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Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
Closing theme: "S.O.B." by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Season 4 Episode 7: Part II Addressing The Wizard of Lemuria by Lin Carter

Frank Frazetta, "Against the Gods"
Greetings, Cromrades! When last we were together, we discussed Lin Carter the author, the editor, and the scholar. We also delved into Carter's first novel "Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria." This week, we return to finish our quest with Thongor.

One Things:
Luke: Sicario - The War On Drugs as a backdrop to a kick ass movie. Check it!
Jon: You Must Remember This: A podcast about the secret and/or forgotten history of Hollywood's first century.
Josh - Remember Alan Rickman. Watch Galaxy Quest!

Note on our beef with Fandom Fest: It would appear everything has been squared away now, but they clearly stole Justin Stewart's design, was still a careless thing for them to do. We still say: Support your local conventions - but be selective! 

Compare for yourself. Here's The Fandom Fest website and logo design. Here's Lexington Comic and Toy Convention's web and logo design.

A picture's worth a thousand words. Don't support "cons"!

Speaking of pictures - here's a visual representation of the fantasy genre discussion (takes place around, 00:44:15, gets even deeper at 01:10.29). We'd love to hear your thoughts on what it means for a story to be classified as sword and sorcery versus epic fantasy! Start with Thongor and the Wizard of Lemuria and see where that takes you! Let us know what you think!
Next time: We go to the movies to check out a couple of pulpy classics: The Lost World from 1925 and King Kong from 1933. It's "The Lost Road in Cinema!" Should be fun, we hope you'll join us!

Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)
You know you want to follow us on Twitter!
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Finally.... Call us! (859) 429-CROM!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Beginning theme: "Sudden Defeat" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
Closing theme: "Quest for the Hammer of Glory" by Gloryhammer.
All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!