Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 19: Another One Bites the Dust...

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs push the envelope with another expedition before nightfall... Does it pay off? Listen and see!
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/

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Season 5 Episode 8: The Destiny Gorilla (or Who in the Heck is Dennis Dorgan?!)


Welcome back, Cromrades! Today's episode features "The Destiny Gorilla" a rollicking, comedic, and romantic tale if there ever was one. We open by meeting up with Sailor... Dennis Dorgan? That can't be right, who's he? Tune in to find out what's up with the switcheroo and what sort of fate awaits our new friend!



Quick Wikipedia entry on Dennis Dorgan


One Things
Jon: In a Lonely Place, a 1950 film noir starring Bogart
Josh: Story Wonk, a group of podcasts; in particular check out There and Back Again and We Can do this All Day
Luke: The Leftovers from HBO!


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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/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: "Is She Really Going out with Him?" by Joe Jackson. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bourbon & Barbarians Episode 18: Of Cyclorcs and Whispering Axes...

Well met, brave adventurers! We have returned with yet another episode of Bourbon and Barbarians, an actual play recording of The Cromcast wherein we play some old-school D&D! In this episode, our PCs consider their recent bounty, and skirt around an encounter with a new type of monster!


The guest appearance by cyclorcs this session was brought to you by New Big Dragon's Creature Compendium (CC1). Seriously, this is one of the best (if not THE BEST) pdf resources you can bring to your gaming table. If you wanna fight some monsters, this is legit OSR material, is substantive, and is ONLY $3!

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/

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

S5E07: Men of Iron Essay and Rocky (1976)

Welcome back, Cromrades! On this episode we take a deep dive into REH's views on "Iron Men", those boxers who have uncanny tolerance for pain! The "Men of Iron" essay is difficult to track down, but you can find it in the 1976 Donald Grant publication "The Iron Man" and a few other sources. One of those Iron Men that Howard found interesting was Joe Grim. This article by Ron Jackson should give you more of an idea about Grim and his boxing style and approach.





 Then, we visit the cinema to dissect Rocky (1976) directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone (who also wrote the screenplay), Talia Shire, Burt Young, Carl Weathers, and Burgess Meredith, with music composed by Bill Conti. The score is brilliant, and the theme "Gonna Fly Now" has become iconic - just try to think of this movie without calling to mind the scene where Rocky triumphantly surges up the steps as the music swells! It's mythic. In fact, a deeper delve into this film reveals more of its mythic nature - with themes of redemption, renewal, and last chances. We get pretty deep on this one, folks! Let us know what you think!

Jon mentions a New Yorker article that covers the Rocky saga. It's titled "A Unified Theory of the Rocky Movies", and you can find it here.

One Things
Jon: The Fix, a comic from Image, by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber.
Josh: The Real Ghostbusters cartoon on Netflix.
Luke: The OA, a Netflix original science fiction series. (Not affiliated with the Green Lantern Corps or Sector 2814).

We'll be back soon with a Sailor Steve Costigan Dennis Dorgan story, "The Destiny Gorilla."

Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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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/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: "Gonna Fly Now" composed by Bill Conti. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

S5E06: The TNT Punch!!! (DYNAMITE!!)



Welcome back, Cromrades! You're just in time to join us on a voyage to South Africa, to witness a story of kindness and conniving. Steve Costigan is a stand up guy, we reckon, and he'd do whatever he could for a friend, and even a countryman who isn't his friend. But there are those who'd take advantage of that kindness. Not to mention the fact that old Steve is a sucker for a pretty face. This here story is a prime example of those qualities of our boy Steve Costigan... it's The TNT Punch!


Art by Clayton Hinkle

We mention on this episode that our feed has grown, and older episodes are going to begin dropping from it. Don't worry! You can find them at our Archive.org page!

One Things

Jon: Samurai Jack. The new season is ongoing on Adult Swim.
Josh: Hellboy. Time for a re-read!
Luke: Jack London's classic The Call of the Wild. Take a walk on the wild side!

We'll be back soon with a discussion of Rocky and REH's unfinished essay "Men of Iron!"


Questions? Comments? Curses? Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! Finally.... Call us! (859)429-CROM!

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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/
Beginning theme: Sudden Defeat by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

Closing theme: TNT by AC/DC from their album High Voltage. All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Season 5 Episode 5: Champ of the Forecastle

Welcome back, ya blank dash dash blanks! We've got a bruiser of a story for you this week, full of love, betrayal, and redemption! It's Champ of the Forecastle by Robert E. Howard (read it on WikiSource). When Costigan trains up his pal Sven to take on the competition for his lady's affection, bein' a real stand up guy that way, things don't go exactly as planned!



One Things

Jon: I'm Proud of You by Tim Madigan.  
Josh: The podcast Hero Unabridged, by our pal Murf.
Luke: The Black Dahlia by James Elroy.

Next episode: The TNT Punch! DY-NO-MIIIIIIITE!

Questions? Comments? Curses?
Email us! (thecromcast at gmail dot com), You know you want to follow us on Twitter! Subscribe to our feed on FeedBurner! Or, check us out on iTunes! We're also on Stitcher Radio and Google Play! 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: Terry Obradaigh by The Tossers from their album "On A Fine Spring Morning". All music was obtained legally; we hope our discussion of this content makes you want to go out and purchase the work!