INTRO: A new review of The GROGNARD files
INTERVIEW: A list of interesting things referred to by Ken: His mini, Trollhala Press, Fours, and Big Jack Brass
ACTUAL PLAY: Hook up with The Smart Party to hear more
FIRST, LAST, EVERYTHING: This time : Steve Ray
GROGGLEBOX: At The Earth’s Core
Outro: Thanks for supporting
4 thoughts on “Episode 28 (Part 2) More Tunnels & Trolls RPG (with Ken St Andre)”
Thanks for mentioning my review Dirk! I’m spreading the word about the podcast and my oldest RPG buddy is now an avid listener. We’ve just taken our first steps into Glorantha and getting happily caught up in the new Runequest, mainly down to your enthusiasm for the system and the setting.
Haha, ‘the popman’.
Thursday nights he’d deliver to our house, the pleasure of pop ruined by the fact that i always seemed to have my maths homework to do for the next day, worrying as i usually had no idea of how to do it, and dad (who incidentally looked like Ron Ely too) was no help, ‘they do it different now’.
What other podcast would remind you of ‘the popman’!
At The Earth’s Core is my favourite Mc Clure monster film, it’s so colourful, and has that First Men In The Moon vibe.
The suspension of disbelief is a problem when trying to ‘educate’ the youngsters about the classics. They’re so used to fancy CG they often switch off when they hit the old school. I recently got my two youngest (8 and 10) to watch Clash Of The Titans, and was crestfallen when they reacted to the big flood at the start – ‘this is soooo fake dad’.
But after being encouraged to give it a bit, Harryhausen and the greek legends worked their magic, disbelief had been suspended, and popping in later they were engrossed, a link to the past had been forged.
Great pod as usual. Cheers.
I believe Ken is slightly mistaken about the order of the variants of the Robert E Howard story The Black Stranger, first written as a Conan story and rewritten as Black Vulmea’s Vengeance when it failed to sell. The Treasure of Tranicos was a subsequent rewrite by L Sprague de Camp returning the story to Conan but rejigging certain elements.
My heartfelt thanks to you, Dirk, for giving me this opportunity to publicly correct the designer of one of favourite RPGs!
“At the Earth’s Core”! I was a huge Burroughs fan as a kid – he was my Moorcock and/or Tolkien. I read most of the books in most of the series – and a lot of the stand alones as well. I’ve reread a few of his books in adulthood and, well, they are really great when you are a kid.
I saw at least one of the Doug McClure movies at the theater – either The Land That Time Forgot or The People That Time Forgot. Whichever one it was, it did not seem cheesy at the time.
“The Land That Time Forgot” and “At The Earth’s Core” were both featured in the 11th season of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It’s on Netflix in the US, not sure if it is available in other countries or if it would translate well.