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!


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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!

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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!
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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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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!

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Casting Conan #1 - Hither Came Amazon Studios' Conan

Hi everyone! Welcome to Casting Conan, a periodic blog series where we will speculate and ruminate on Amazon’s upcoming Conan television series. 


For the inaugural post in the Casting Conan series, let's examine the announcement regarding the upcoming Conan series from Amazon.

What We Know
The upcoming Conan the Barbarian television series being produced for Amazon will serve as a “reboot” of the character rather than a sequel to any of the prior film adaptations. The news was first reported on Deadline Hollywood by Nellie Andreeva on February 5, 2018.

Amazon seems eager to jump on the sword and sorcery / fantasy bandwagon following the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones. A Lord of the Rings series is also in production.

Here are the details thus far:

The Production Team
Ryan Condal - Conception, writing, co-executive producer. Condal is the co-creator of Colony on USA Network, and served as screenwriter for Hercules starring The Rock. He is currently working on the screenplay for a film remake of Logan’s Run for Warner Bros.

Miguel Sapochnik - Co-executive producer, director. Sapochnik directed an exciting episode of Game of Thrones, titled “Battle of the Bastards”, for which he won an Emmy and DGA Award for outstanding directing. He also directed the first episode of Altered Carbon for Netflix.

Warren Littlefield - co-executive producer, executive producer for Fargo on FX and The Handmaid’s Tale for Hulu, both earning Emmy recognition for outstanding limited series and outstanding drama series, respectively.

Fredrik Malmberg & Mark Wheeler Wheeler and Malmberg produced Blood Drive on SyFy, and appear to be working toward the production of a Dark Agnes series later this year (Note: We will have to research this further!). It is worth mentioning that Malmberg was credited as a producer on the 2011 Conan the Barbarian film.

The Series
Details pertaining to the show are scant at this early stage. Condal and Sapochnik are evidently fans of the original Howard stories, and seem to be interested in staying true to the source material. Thus far, there has been no announcement regarding how many episodes will be produced for the inaugural season, no details pertaining to budgets, filming locations, casting, and no inkling about who might be in the running to portray Conan. The only tidbit of information we have is the following, from the Deadline article.
 “Created and written by Condal, Conan retells the classic character’s story via a return to his literary origins. Driven out of his tribal homelands, Conan wanders the mysterious and treacherous world of civilization where he searches for purpose in a place that rejects him as a mindless savage.”
It isn't much, but let's chew on that for a bit. Although Conan’s journey throughout the Howard stories doesn’t seem to be an overt search for purpose, he does encounter many “civilized” people who make assumptions about his intellect, values, and potential based upon his Cimmerian roots. How will the show mark a return to the character’s literary roots, and how much will Condal have to write original material to bridge any canonical gaps? Given that our knowledge of Conan’s early life is limited, this implies that the show might take some creative liberties in order to fill the gaps in the original Robert E. Howard chronology, or lean on other sources such as the Dark Horse or Marvel Conan comics. Further, fans of the original stories will know that placing the chronicles of Conan’s life into a specific, concrete order is difficult. Howard wrote the stories in no particular order, as they came to him, or in his words,
“In writing these yarns I’ve always felt less as creating them than as if I were simply chronicling his adventures as he told them to me. That’s why they skip about so much, without following a regular order.” (Letter to P. Schuyler Miller, March 10 1936). 
In many ways, this letter might serve as a platform for speculation about how Condal might approach the upcoming series and fill in some of the chronological gaps in Conan’s story. For example, we know from this same letter than Conan was literally born on the battlefield, that during the raid at Venarium Conan was 15, that he stood six feet and weighed 180 lbs, and “lacked much of having his full growth” (detailed in the story Beyond the Black River, covered in Season 1, Episode 19 of The Cromcast). We also learn that Conan is roughly 17 years old during the events of The Tower of the Elephant, which Howard refers to as his introduction to the public. Conan’s literary chronology culminates in the events of The Hour of the Dragon, during which he was about 44 of 45 years of age.

Just as interesting as what Howard says about Conan’s life is what Howard doesn’t say, and a close reading of this letter reveals that even Howard did not know all of the details of Conan’s biography. He provides glimpses of adventures that occur between the landmark stories, tantalizing clues about Conan’s undocumented adventures and travels throughout the world of the Hyborian Age, before taking the crown of Aquilonia and after. Even Conan’s ultimate fate is left unwritten and murky, lost to the pages of history in Howard’s fictional world. You can read the letter in Del Rey’s The Conquering Sword of Conan, or access a copy online.

Next time, some ideas about ways the series could be structured, literary descriptions vs. pop culture depictions of Conan, and casting speculation begins!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Season 6, Episode 5: The Bleak Shore and The Howling Tower



Welcome to the fifth episode of our sixth season! We're still hanging with Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser but it seems like they're ignoring us. They just keep muttering about "the bleak shore" and looking toward the middle distance. Also, we swear we hear wolves howling. Things are weird is what we're saying and you should tune in to see what's what!



One Things
Jon: Traditional Blues sung by Brownie McGhee 
Josh:  Conan the Board Game (the Cimmerian, not the comedian)
Luke: Jack of Shadows by Robert Zelazny


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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Bourbon & Barbarians, Season 2 Prologue: Knock, Knock... Wait, Who's There?!?

Greetings, adventurers! We return with an all new season of Bourbon and Barbarians. Herein, we present a short interlude, and do a little bit of world-building for our continued campaigning...
We here at The Cromcast are continuing a laid-back modular campaign. We're using the B/X Dungeons and Dragons rules system, with a few minor additions. If you aren't familiar with the 'big bad' encountered here, this session is based on the prologue of "Vecna Lives!" This module, WGA4, was put out for AD&D 2nd Edition.
From here, our campaigning will take us into "Death Frost Doom," which is a neo-classic module for LotFP. We hope you enjoy these occasional episodes. If this doesn't happen to be your bag, just sit tight... We'll be back soon with another exciting episode of The Cromcast!
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Season 6, Episode 04 - Thieves' House



Art by the late great Keith Parkinson

Welcome back, Cromrades! This week, we join Fafhrd and The Gray Mouser on a delve into the lair of Lankhmar's hidden masters. What secrets lie hidden deep within the heart of Thieves' House? Accompany us, if you dare!

This story is notable in the way it subverts your expectations. It presents a quest, then quickly glosses over that quest to show us how things shake out once the treasure has been acquired.  Leiber quickly takes the narrative in unexpected directions! What do you think of this story? Let us know!

One Things

Next week, we'll be back with a double shot of Fafhrd & The Gray Mouser! The Bleak Shore and The Howling Tower! Find them both in Swords Against Death!


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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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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!