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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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 10: The End of the Delve

Hile, travelers! Here we are; at long last our party reaches the conclusion of their time at the Deathfrost. Who do they find? What hell is unleashed?
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Otherwise, we have used "Voyager" from the OG Castlevania game for NES and "Bloody Tears" from Castlevania II: Simon's Quest 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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Monday, January 14, 2019

Season 8, Episode 3: Hawk of the Hills



Happy 2019, Cromrades! For the first Cromcast episode of 2019, we discuss another El Borak tale, "Hawk of the Hills" by Robert E. Howard (read it on Project Gutenberg Australia). This story is equal parts siege story and revenge tale with the geopolitical stability of the entire region at risk! Honor, glory, and trust are at the core of the tale, and a good bit of foresight and manipulation by El Borak! (Competency porn?)

Word Clouds

The first word cloud includes the names "Willoughby" and "Gordon". The second excludes those words. "Men" is one of the primary words used in the story again, along with physical landscape terms like "cave" and "gorge". This time the word "castle" is one of the more frequent terms, as might be expected given the siege that takes place within the story.
The 15 most frequent words in the tale are:

Rank Word Count
1 willoughby 169
2 gordon 158
3 khan 107
4 men 103
5 afdal 92
6 ali 73
7 man 68
8 baber 65
9 back 58
10 castle 52
11 like 52
12 one 51
13 will 50
14 gorge 49
15 cave 40

One Things

Jon: Our pal Benito Cereno's Tumblr! Learn about some Christmas folklore!
Josh: The final boss from Final Fantasy VI. This is the greatest boss fight in video games! The music! The art! The literary themes! If you haven't, play this game! You can get it on Steam, or for iOS or Android!
Luke: The module "Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride" from Planet X Games! It's an old-school, grindhouse module for D&D players level 5-7 that you should check out immediately!

Next time: We get acquainted with Harold Lamb and go on an adventure with the Ukranian Grandfather of Conan!


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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/ Themes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. Hip-hop beats provided by Wu Tang Clan, namely "C.R.E.A.M.". All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!