Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Season 6, Episode 03: Jewels in the Forest



Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, by Tom Kidd

Hello, Cromrades! The new year is well underway, and we hope 2018 is treating you kindly thus far! And, we hope you are still in the holiday spirit, as we recorded this episode just before Christmas! Gather your treasure hunting effects and prepare for a journey! We have a scroll which contains a riddle to solve, and we believe it will lead us to riches beyond our wildest dreams! Join us as we accompany Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser on a search for Jewels in the Forest, and delve further into the life of Fritz Leiber! A full text of this story is difficult to find online, but you can read it in Swords Against Death (Amazon, AbeBooks).

One Things
Jon: X-Men: The Animated Series, and to a lesser extent DeWalt Cordless Drills, sponsor of our newest show segment, "Whatcha Been Drillin'?" (An Obvious Fabrication!)
Josh: Dickens! Particularly modern takes on the classic "A Christmas Carol", such as Scrooged, starring Bill Murray.
Luke: The anthology Echoes of Valor 3 edited by Karl Edward Wagner. Full of pulpy sword and sorcery! Check it out!

Next time: We return to Lankhmar to settle some unfinished business with the guild of cutthroats inhabiting Thieves' House.

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Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
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: Gogol Bordello - Trans-Continental Hustle. We think the jangly sound of Gogol Bordello fits the world of Nehwon! All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Season 6, Episode 02: Ill Met in Lankhmar pt. 2 and The Circle Curse

Best drink some coffee friend and try to beat back your drunkenness. There's sorcery afoot in the city of Lankhmar tonight. This thick smoke bodes ill for us and if you hold your breath, I believe you will hear the scurrying feet of five, ten hundred rodents...



This week - we conclude our look at "Ill met in Lankhmar" the tale that brings Fafherd and the Gray Mouser together. What started as a buddy cop-romp does seem to take a rather dark turn in these last few pages. We also get to see the immediate aftermath of this story when we delve into "The Circle Curse". So saddle up, tune in, and enjoy some Lieberian goodness!



One Things

Jon: Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri

Luke: Index Card RPG, with banana measurements
Josh: Castlevania, the anime!


Questions? Comments? Curses?
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We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play!
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Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
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: Rats by The Kinks

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Season 6, Episode 01: Ill Met in Lankhmar ("Her Dad Was a Duke, He's Kind Of a...")



Shake the dust from your cloaks, travelers, though it shall not avail you. The City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes is no place for those who worry about such trivial matters. Instead, keep your wits about you and your attention focused! The Thieves Guild loves to see new faces in our fair city, and there are those who will cut your throat as well as your purse if they take a notion! In fact, let us tell you about a time when two fools new to our city tried to take on the Thieves Guild directly...

The Dynamic Duo of Sword and Sorcery, Fafhrd & THE Gray Mouser, by Mike Mignola.
This week - we are beginning our journeys through Nehwon following Fritz Leiber's famous sword and sorcery duo, Fafhrd and The Grey Mouser! You can read this introductory story in the collection Swords and Deviltry. Or, there is an audio version available to stream on YouTube!  Finally, you can read a wonderful comic adaptation of a handful of Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser stories from Howard Chaykin and Mike Mignola. Ill Met in Lankhmar is the first story in the collection!

You might also want to get to know Fritz Leiber and read an overview of his fantasy world of Nehwon!

One Things

Jon: Visit scenic Rocky Mountain National Park, visit Mile High Comics (So many comics!) and search for your one missing issue of Marvel 2 in 1!
Josh: Appendix N - from the Dungeon Master's Guide. (NOTE: Did not know it at the time, but check out the wonderful podcast Sanctum Secorum which explores the stories in Appendix N and applies them to tabletop gaming, Dungeon Crawl Classics specifically. More info on the next episode!)
Luke: Joe Abercrombie's collection of short stories Sharp Ends, especially the stories featuring Shevedieh and Javre the Lioness!

Questions? Comments? Curses?
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Finally.... Call us! (859) 429-CROM!

Legal Mumbo-Jumbo
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: Spellbound by AC/DC, from their record "For Those About to Rock, We Salute You. (So long, Malcolm Young. Thanks for all the rock!) All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 26: Season 1 Finale... Run to the Hills!

Greetings, adventurers! We return with the final episode for this season of Bourbon and Barbarians. Herein, two of our three adventurers return to the Keep, and depart on one final mission...

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/ Otherwise, we round out this episode with Iron Maiden's "Run to the Hills," from the landmark The Number of the Beast. If you don't have any Maiden in your collection, then this is the place to start! Questions? Comments? Feedback? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com)

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 25: Embrace the Cold Shadow

Greetings, adventurers! We return with another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording from your Cromrades!
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)

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Season Six: The Road to Lankhmar!

Hile, travelers! No doubt you too have noted the smoky there, low on the horizon? They don’t call Lankhmar the City of Sevenscore Thousand Smokes for nothing, eh?! If it pleases, allow us to pass ye, as we are trying to make the outskirts of the city by nightfall… I’d rather find my way behind a door before dark, if it is all the same to you!
The map of Lankhmar included in the 1985 AD&D supplement.
There are lots of sources for the Fafhrd & Gray Mouser stories by Fritz Leiber, but the misc editions from Ace Books in the '60's - '70's are pretty cheap and available secondhand from many sources. Considering this, our ‘Core Texts’ will be as follows:

Mignola’s depiction of the protagonists! His art is incomparable!!!
Our tentative Story List and plan for episodes follow here:

- Introduction to Leiber / Ill Met in Lankhmar, Part I (S&D, DHC).

- Ill Met in Lankhmar, Part II / The Circle Curse (S&D, SAD, DHC).

- Jewels in the Forest / Early Publication History (SAD, TSA).

- Thieves’ House (SAD).

- The Bleak Shore / The Howling Tower (SAD, DHC).

- The Sunken Land / Seven Black Priests (SAD).

- Claws from the Night / The Price of Pain-Ease (SAD, DHC).

- Bazaar of the Bizarre (SAD, DHC).

- Retrospection & Reflection

That should keep us busy! See you on the morrow; we'll look for you at the market square!