Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 15: Strahd + PCs = Roll-Play!



Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, and stand against STRAHD!!! 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/r . Our final track is "Continuum" by Opeth on their album, In Cauda Venenum. All music was obtained legally... And it's so good. We hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Season 12, Episode 3: The Little Black Train (A Liminal Journey)


Manly Wade Wellman | The Weird Tradition | LibraryThing
Welcome, Cromrades! It has been a while, but we are still rolling down that Manly Road through the Appalachian Mountains with Manly Wade Wellman and his Silver John stories! This week, we take a ride on The Little Black Train (read it here) and see that, though death comes for each of us, a sinful life leads to a ride on the little black train to the bad place! 

Note: Josh meant Josh Turner, not Josh Groban. Honest mistake. There are a lot of Joshes. But we are all Josh, each in our own way. Aren't we?



Shout out to Dreaming Creek Brewery, we're fans of their Kentucky Common! Stop by there if you're in the Richmond, KY area!

One Things: 
Josh: Modern Video games: Video Card + Skyrim = Crazy Delicious!
Luke: The World Fantasy Awards Volume 1 & Volume 2. Also Abe Books!
Jon: The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck from Fantagraphics! 

Featured on This or That - Tolkien Names vs Antidepressants


Lincoln's death train is an example of a little black train as harbinger of death, or ferry to the afterlife. We present a lengthy discussion on trains as symbols of transition, and as liminal space. 

Next time: Call Me From The Valley. The Manly Road continues!

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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/ Themes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 
Outro: "The Little Black Train" by Joe Guthrie. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Tabernacle of the Toad Men - 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 fun (if disconcerting) splatterfest!

If you are hungry for more one-page ideas for the gaming table, consider the past years' submissions which are collected and available via Shattered Pike Studio. These past compendiums are chock full of content, and you absolutely can't beat 'em!

 A low-res image of the dungeon is below; you can download the free PDF here!
Otherwise, click on the titles here to also download free PDFs of previous One Page Dungeons, Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds and A Grave Night on the Borderlands!


Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 14: A Nod to a Past Campaign, and Introducing the Big Bad


Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, and we further explore the catacombs of Ravenloft! Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "Gnarled Situation" and "Black Vortex" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Season 12, Episode 2: Vandy, Vandy by Manly Wade Wellman



Howdy, y'all! Come on back in this holler a spell and learn a bit about the Silver John tale, "Vandy, Vandy". This is another terrific yarn by Manly Wade Wellman and features a witch man trying his magic on an innocent young gal. Luckily for her, Silver John has come a calling and he's carrying a quarter!






One Things
Jon - Garth Ennis' War Stories, they are stories of war
Josh - What We do in the Shadows, the TV exploits of awkward vampires
Luke - Dungeons and Dragons, maybe you've heard of it? 
Next up: Maybe you can hear the chugga, chugga choo, choo of our next tale, The Little Black Train 

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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/ Themes by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. 
Outro: "A Conversation With Death" by Khemmis from their new "Doomed Heavy Metal" EP, linked above. Music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 3 Episode 13: Moral Relativism in the Catacombs!


Hile, adventurers! Our adventurers continue their exploration of Castle Ravenloft, and we further explore the catacombs of Ravenloft! 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 "Silver Spoon" by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick on their Sunfighter album. All music was obtained legally... And it's so good. We hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!