Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 6: Keep Delvin', Delvin', Delvin'

Hile, travelers! In this episode of B&B, our adventurers begin their dungeon dungeon delve! Stay tuned for another exciting adventure coming soon!
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 5: The Shaft (Shut Yo' Mouth)

Hile, travelers! In this episode of B&B, our adventurers drop into the bowels of Oerth... What will they uncover?!?! Stay tuned for another exciting adventure coming soon!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "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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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Cromcast Attends Howard Days 2018!


Hey everyone, we just returned from an epic trip... TO CROSS PLAINS, TEXAS!


This year's Howard Days celebration was a whole lot of fun, and The Cromcast was there to take part in this special gathering. Make sure to listen to our special episode recorded while on location and, if you're interested, what follows is a bit of a short visual diary of our trip! To set the stage, here's the overall schedule of the Howard Days 2018...

Thursday, June 7th
We Cromrades Three flew into DFW, and forthwith sought nutriment as we continued down the dusty, windy road to Callahan County, Texas!


Once provisioned with a goodly supply of bottled water, Texas beer, and Kentucky Bourbon, we checked into our accommodations. From there is was a short jaunt to to Cross Plains, wherein we were able to attend the annual fish fry at the Senior Citizen's Center, and then the parade that passed through downtown!


From there, we headed to the Robert E. Howard House for our first evening of fellowship. Old friends were greeted, many new friends were made, and great conversation were had!


Friday, June 8th
After just a few winks, we awoke for our first full day in Cross Plains! A tour of the Howard residence was of immediate importance... A hot dog lunch with a celebratory birthday cake for Solomon Kane (90 years strong!) was a great treat at the pavilion!

 
 
 
 
 
 
  

Accompanying activities at the Howard House, there were an abundance of panels held throughout the day at the First United Methodist Church. A hearty thanks to those folks for providing that venue! Panels included "From Fan to Pro," "The Clubs of REH," and of course the Third Annual Glenn Lord Symposium with talks offered by Bobby Derie, Karen Kohoutek, and Dr. Nicole Emmelhainz.

 
 

Following these scholarly offerings was the presentation of the 2017 Robert E. Howard Foundation Awards... Many thanks to the voting members of the foundation for our second Black Lotus award!


From there it was soon time for the silent auction and the banquet, which was held at the First Baptist Church. Thanks to those folks for providing that venue! Fierce bidding wars, mammoth country-fried steaks, and a heartfelt keynote speech by the guest of honor, Bill "Indy" Cavalier, all contributed to a GREAT evening. Following this, folks returned to the Pavilion for more (ahem) relaxed conversation!

 
 

Saturday, June 9th
Rounding out Howard Days 2018 was a full docket of panels, a (second) trip to the Cross Plains library, as well as the town's "Barbarian Days" festival... It was truly a whirlwind of events!

 
 
 

At this point we were sad to realize the end of Howard Days was in sight. That said, our final hours in Cross Plains were incredible. Rusty Burke led a tour around the grounds of the Howard Residence, and much fellowship was enjoyed over BBQ. The capper to the day's events was the recitation of poetry... With the notable inclusion of "Cimmeria,' delivered in nine different languages!

 

Sunday, June 10th
An early morning ensured we Cromrades Three would catch our flights back home. It was a heck of an experience for all of us, and we can't wait to make a return trip!



Episode notes

1. Ed's voice mail
2. On The Road Again - Willie Nelson
3. Winding up! The Cromcast, Post-Fish Fry
4. Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack - Theology/Civilization
5. Hot Dog Lunch and Luke's Thoughts on Day 1
6. The Sword - Untitled Track
7. Keith West - Adventures Fantastic!
8. Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack - Mountain of Power Procession
9.  Karen Kohoutek: REH Foundation's 2017 winner of The Cimmerian Award! 
10. Ghost - Miasma
11. Indy Cavalier (2018 REH Days Guest of Honor) and Rusty Burke (Unanimously voted "Rad Dude" by The Cromcast) - Howard Luminaries!
12. We Banjo 3 - Kentucky Grind
13. Hanging out with Indy Cavalier, Rusty Burke, Mark Finn, Jeff Shanks, Ben Friberg, Jim Howard, and Patrice Louinet - Check out the Solomon Kane board game on Kickstarter!
14. Conan Soundtrack - Battle of the Mounds
15. Winding Down w/ The Cromcast
16. Skyrim - Unbroken Road
18. Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers - So Familiar
19. Wind Down - Heading Back Home w/ The Cromcast
20. ZZ Top - Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Prelude to 2018 Robert E. Howard Days!


Greetings, fellow travelers! In one week, Robert E. Howard Days 2018 kicks off in Cross Plains, TX and we will be there in full force! That means three days of searing temperatures, smoky barbecue, malty beer, and barbaric fellowship! In this brief interlude, we discuss travel tips, the schedule for REH Days, and what we're looking forward to the most during this trip!  

Are you going to be in attendance? Let us know!




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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Season 6, Episode 9: Wrapping Up the Road to Lankhmar




In today's exciting episode of The Cromcast, your hosting trio wraps up the Road to Lankhmar. There is a Liberian discussion of many topics and the pulse pounding announcement of the topic for next season! Tune in and check it out


Art by Mike Mignola and Al Williamson
One Things

Jon: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley. Get some noir action in ya!
Josh: Steve Martin's "The Long-Awaited Album". Wait no more for some banjo music!
Luke: Atlanta: Robbin' Season Don't rob yourself of some good TV, check it out!

UP NEXT: THE ROAD OF BOOKS!

Don't read the book!

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Closing theme: I See a Darkness by Johnny Cash. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Season 6, Episode 8: Bazaar of the Bizarre

Hello friends! Welcome to the Bazaar! Whatever your interest, whatever your fancy, we have it here. Magical trinkets? Forbidden knowledge? More carnal pleasures, perhaps? You will find that our suppliers can fetch your heart's desires, without hindrance! So please, step inside and witness the wonder of the Bazaar of the Bizarre!

Listen to the story on YouTube!

Art by Matt Rhodes

Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser would probably agree that mead pairs with their tales splendidly. 
One Things

Jon: DC Comics Deck Building Game by Cryptozoic. (Penguin vs The World!)
Josh: Final Fantasy VI. Sorrow. Regret. Acceptance. More emotion than you'd expect from 16 bit sprites!
Luke: Steppenwolf's groove "The Pusher". Works well with the story for this episode!

Next time: A Lankhmarian Conclusion and Announcing Season Seven!

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Closing theme: Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!



Monday, April 23, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 4: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?


Greetings, adventurers! Herein our adventurers explore a creepy old cabin, and spend too much time jacking around with an ornate grandfather clock.

PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE MOOSE HEAD!


Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "The Chamber" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Likewise Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Closing theme: Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? by Chicago Transit Authority. 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, April 3, 2018

Season 6, Episode 7: Claws From The Night & The Price of Pain-Ease (A High Price Indeed!)




Welcome back to Lankhmar, travelers! It has been a while since our clothes were last stained with the acrid air of the City of Seven-Score Thousand Smokes! All is not well in our fair city though. The latest fashion trend is to wear bird cages about your head. Rumors of malicious birds descending from the sky and rending the unwary are spreading. Probably just that - rumors. Still, if you hear fluttering above you, best advice is to duck. Now, how about more wine? It is a rare vintage of apfelwein, we call it Pain-Ease. The price? We'll discuss that later... For now, we present Claws from the Night, and The Price of Pain-Ease!





















One Things
Jon: Get Out!, the excellent thriller directed by Jordan Peele.
Luke: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman.
Josh: Lucha Underground, exciting lucha action!

Other items of interest: 
The Apfelwein recipe. If you make some, let us know how it turns out!

Question: What pop culture figure or star would you like to have dinner with, what kind of food would you get? Pizza and ice cream with Mick Foley was our consensus.

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Tyaa?!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 3: A Cabin? A Weird Book? (This is Familiar...)

Greetings, adventurers! Herein, we encounter some old tropes... A crazy ol' coot, a spooky old tree, a cabin with an old book? Stop me if you've heard  this one before!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "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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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Into the Lair of the Slobbertooth Kobolds - 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' mini-module is system-agnostic, and is designed to be a fun little romp. If you're the DM for this one, try your hardest to make the Kobolds sheisty little boogers that rely upon the traps, their pets, and the environs!

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; DOWNLOAD THE FREE PDF HERE!


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 2: Up the Mountain...


Hile, travelers! In this episode the party ascends the Death Frost. DOOM!
Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "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, March 6, 2018

Season 6, Episode 6: The Sunken Land and Seven Black Priests


Welcome back and well met, Cromrades! The journey down The Road to Lankhmar continues, and this week we dive into another pair of Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser stories: The Sunken Land, and The Seven Black Priests.
We are inching closer and closer to Lankhmar! 
One Things
Jon: Amalgam Comics. A mish-mash of DC and Marvel characters, published in the 90's! (Superman + Captain America = Super Soldier).
Josh: Home brewing! Started with a brew from Northern Brewer, but now we're on to brewing mead! Specifically, Joe's Ancient Orange Mead. Materials can be gathered fairly inexpensively. Here's the recipe! If you give it a shot, let us know!
Luke: Making that bread and taking your taste buds on the highway to Flavortown! You want some french toast that will ? You need a bread maker, and you'll have to search the archives of Pinterest for the most legit recipe!

Next time: The Bourbon & Barbarians adventure continues! Then: Fritz Leiber's Claws From the Night and The Price of Pain-Ease

We are inching closer and closer to Lankhmar!

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Closing theme: Magnetic North by Alestorm. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Episode 1: The Thaw Begins...

Greetings, adventurers! Herein, we meet new characters, revisit familiar environs, and set a proper beginning for "Death Frost Doom" in coming episodes. In case you need reference points for the locations noted in the episode, check out this map!
And here's an infographic about the pantheon of the Northlands!

Our episode is freely available on archive.org and is licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0. "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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