Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 4: Fire & Ice!

Hile, travlers! We have returned with another episode of Bourbon & Barbarians! Herein the party anger more kobolds, and uncover some loot!
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!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Season 9 Episode 5: The Adaptations of "Queen of the Black Coast"!




Greetings, Cromrades! This week we set sail yet again, aboard The Tigress this time and with a different captain! We return to the Hyborian Age to discuss "Queen of the Black Coast", focusing on the original text and two comic book adaptations of the story; one from Marvel by Roy Thomas and John Buscema, and the other from Dark Horse by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan! We also dig into the philosophy of adapting materials from one medium to another. Get ready, this one's an adventure!


Cover for Weird Tales, May 1934
Art by Margaret Brundage

One Things
Jon: Aquaman, Vol. 6 from ca. 2003.  (Water hand? King Shark? Sub Diego? Pure comic book fun!)
Josh: Civilization V (The Ultimate Time Sink!)
Luke: HBO's Game of Thrones! (Ever heard of it?)

Next time: We face Viking armies on the eastern coast of Ireland in the year 1014!!!

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 3: Spider Fight!

Hile, travlers! We have returned with another episode of Bourbon & Barbarians! Herein we jump straight into a spider fight!
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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Season 9 Episode 4: The Transformation of "The Black Stranger" with Rusty Burke!



Yo ho Cromrades! We sail still on the Road of Revisions! In this episode, we engage with "The Transformation"! How does Robert E. Howard's "The Black Stranger" become two other pirate tales- "The Swords of the Red Brotherhood" (also by Howard) and "The Treasure of Tranicos" (by L. Sprague de Camp)? To find out, tune in and join us as we meet up with Howard scholar Rusty Burke for a rousing discussion!



Yarr! Our One Things!
Rusty: Some Notes on a Nonentity: The Life of H.P. Lovecraft by Sam Gafford and Jason Eckhardt.
Jon: Jeremy Wade's Dark Waters! 
Josh: No free time lately - only work, so teaching Entomology.
Luke: Veep on HBO

Next time, it's even more pirates as we tackle... "THE ADAPTATION"!

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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Season 9, Episode 3: The Inspiration – "The Striking of the Gong" by Howard & Carter

Welcome back, Cromrades! We're chugging along The Road of Revisions! In this episode, which we term 'The Inspiration,' we tackle "The Striking of the Gong," which you can find in the Kull collection by Del Ray or perhaps a used copy of King Kull.
A graphic interpretation of the story from The Savage Sword of Conan comic!
Here's the One Things!
Jon: Stardew Valley!
Josh: Harvest Moon - Friends of Mineral Town!
Luke: More gardening! Specifically his zinnia planting!

NEXT TIME.... THE TRANSFORMATION!

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Thursday, May 2, 2019

Season 9, Episode 2: The Extension – "The God in the Bowl" with Mark Finn!

Welcome back, Cromrades! We're picking up steam as we head down The Road of Revisions with our guest, Mark Finn! In this episode, which we term 'The Extension,' we tackle one of the earliest-written Conan stories, "The God in the Bowl," which didn't see publication until 1952 when it appeared in Space Science Fiction.
An illustration by Mark Schultz in The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (Del Rey, 2003). 
Mark Finn is a long-standing REH and weird/pulp scholar. You may have heard of his biography, Blood and Thunder? Mark continues to blog at both 'Finn's Wake' and 'Confessions of a Reformed RPGer.' Do yourself a favor and jump over to some of his written material; it is well worth your time!

Beyond Mark's writing, we spend some time in this episode talking about the ongoing series of articles at The Black Gate entitled 'Hither Came Conan,' and discuss some of the points made by Bob Byrne in his article, 'Robert E. Howard Wrote a Police Procedural? With Conan?? Crom!!!'

Anyway, 'nuff with the jibba-jabba... Here's the One Things!

Mark: Red Dead Redemption 2

Jon and Josh: Avengers Endgame! Now showing at a theater near you :)

Luke: Fred Saberhagen's The Broken Lands / Empire of the East

NEXT TIME.... THE INSPIRATION!

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Saturday, April 27, 2019

A Grave Night on the Borderlands - A One Page Dungeon Submission!

Hail, Cromrades! Looking for a quick bit of fun around the game table? Well, you're in luck! Below is Luke's submission to this year's One Page Dungeon contest. This 'Borderlands' one-shot is system-agnostic, and is designed to be a spooky little investigation!

If you have an idea yourself, submit it to this year's contest before May 1st! Entering is free, and past years' submissions are collected and available via Shattered Pike Studio. These past compendiums are chock full of ideas, and you absolutely can't beat 'em!

A low-res image of the dungeon is below; you can download the free PDF here!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Season 9, Episode 1: The Initiation - Kull and Conan with Karen Joan Kohoutek!



Welcome back, Cromrades! We're excited to get rolling down The Road of Revisions, and we go big with our first episode! Here we tackle the roots of Robert E. Howard's brand of sword and sorcery by going deep with the Kull/Conan dichotomy, and we call in our friend and Howard Scholar Karen Joan Kohoutek to provide us with her insight into this topic. Karen authored an insightful essay comparing "By This Axe I Rule!" and "The Phoenix On The Sword" which was published on On An Underwood #5  July 22, 2018. Read that, and prepare for an epic exploration of these two stories!

The text analysis we discuss toward the end of the episode is below.


Fig. 1 - The Phoenix on the Sword - Most Common Words

Fig. 2 - By This Axe I Rule - Most Common Words


Fig. 3 - Most Frequent Words in "Axe" and "Sword" Combined. 
Fig. 4 - Frequent Word Pairs - Arrows Point to Second Word of the Pair, Increasing Shade of Arrow = Increasing Frequency of the Word Combination



Fig. 5 - Sentiment Scores by Section of "Axe" and "Phoenix"

Fig. 6 - Words Contributing Most Heavily to Sentiment Analysis in "Axe" and "Phoenix". 


One Things
Karen: Star Wars Celebration in Chicago!
Jon: Monster - The Zodiac Killer podcast
Josh: Joining The Appendix N Book Club Podcast for a series of episodes! Luke joined in for a discussion of L. Sprague De Camp's The Goblin Tower on Episode 41, Jon was up next for Conan The Wanderer on Episode 42, and Josh joined in for a Leiberian conversation about Swords Against Wizardry on Episode 43.
Also, we joined Trick or Treat Radio for Episode 350 and discussed The Head Hunter.
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Luke: Death Metal Gardening! Spring renewal, green growth, and renewal by raiding the soil's nutrients for your crops!

Growth and Graves
Next: A long-awaited story, and an old friend returns... 

"In Mitra's name what is in that chamber?"


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 2: Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds!


Hile, travlers! We have returned with another episode of Bourbon & Barbarians!
Herein we begin in earnest a play-through of Luke's mini-module, entitled "Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds." You can check out the module here, or 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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Friday, March 29, 2019

Season 9 Story List - The Road of Revisions

The planning is finished and it is time to walk down another road!

Here we go!

Season 9 – The Road of Revisions: An exploration of Robert E. Howard’s revised works, as edited by him and others.
  • The Initiation – "By This Axe I Rule!" vs "The Phoenix on the Sword" by Robert E. Howard
  • The Extension – "The God in the Bowl" by RE Howard vs "The God in the Bowl" by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Inspiration – "The Striking of the Gong" by RE Howard vs "The Striking of the Gong" amended by Lin Carter
  • The Adaptation – Representations of "Queen of the Black Coast" in Comics
  • The Transformation – "The Black Stranger" by RE Howard to "Swords of the Red Brotherhood" by RE Howard  to "The Treasure of Tranicos" by L. Sprague de Camp.
  • The Progression – "The Spears of Clontarf" to "The Grey God Passes" to "The Cairn on the Headland", all by Robert E. Howard
  • The Weirdification – The Weird/Mundane Dichotomy of "The Fire of Asshurbanpal" by Robert E. Howard
  • The Expansion – "Nekht Semerkhet" by RE Howard vs "Nekht Semerkhet" expanded by Andrew J. Offutt
  • The Recapitulation – What can we learn from exploring the revisions of Howard’s work and comparing them to the original stories and fragments?
Oh, the places we'll go!
As you can see, our path takes us back through the Hyborian Age kingdoms, to the headland near Clontarf, and into territories yet unexplored by our merry band of pulp podcasters! We hope to learn more about Howard's writing process via his editorial efforts on his own writings, and the approach that others have taken to expand upon his ideas. 

We hope you'll join us! 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Season 8, Episode 8: The Sowers of the Thunder with Rusty Burke!


This week, we reach the end of The Road East with Robert E. Howard's "The Sowers of the Thunder" (Read it on Project Gutenberg Australia). But we're not facing the end of another season alone! Our friend, Howard fan, and pulp scholar Rusty Burke joins us for this adventure! Get yourselves ready for the season finale!


One Things
Jon: The Dr. Death podcast.
Josh: Pandemic: The Board Game (continuing the medical theme)
Luke: Yes - Relayer (another record in the ever-growing vinyl library!)
Rusty: The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin with art by Charles Vess.


Where do we go from here? Keep watch - another road is just over that horizon!


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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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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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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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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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