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In this episode of The Tome, Jeff and Tracy are joined by James Introcaso (Team Flumph), Mike Shea (Team Demilich), and Sam Dillon (Team Beholder). They sit down and discuss the newly released 5th edition MONSTER MANUAL!!!!! How did WotC do on this important product? Listen and find out!


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For the month of October, in honor of Halloween, I bring you selected stories by H. P. Lovecraft. In this episode, I’m talking about The Doom That Came To Sarnath, From Beyond, The Temple, and The Music of Erich Zann. With my special guests, of course.

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Lovecraft, H. P. The Complete Works.

H. P. Lovecraft

born 1890, died 1937

Born in Providence, RI, son of a traveling salesman and a woman who could trace her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. When Lovecraft was only 3 years old, his father was placed in a psychiatric institution and died 5 years later, as Lovecraft himself claimed, of paralysis brought on by “nervous exhaustion.” Lovecraft’s mother suffered from hysteria and depression and died at the same hospital about 23 years later.

Lovecraft was raised by his mother and his mother’s family, including his grandfather who was a businessman. It was this grandfather who encouraged him to read and interested him in tales of Gothic horror.

Lovecraft was an intelligent but sickly child who grew into a gaunt, pale adult. He suffered a nervous breakdown prior to his high school graduation and never received his diploma. Although today he is regarded by fans as one of the greatest literary geniuses of the 20th century, he was never financially successful in his own time, partly due to his own unwillingness. He was friends with many other writers of his day, including most famously Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan the Barbarian.

He was briefly married to a woman named Sonia Greene and lived with her in New York City, where he was famously miserable.

Lovecraft returned to Providence in 1926 and lived there until his death in 1937. He was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine and died in poverty.

Today the images of H. P. Lovecraft and his most famous creation, the monster Cthulhu, are well known to gamers. Cthulhu appears on t-shirts, in board games, card games, roleplaying games, and video games. He is credited as an inspiration by many, many horror and fantasy writers, and filmmakers who came after him. And yet his name is relatively unknown outside of geek and gamer culture, probably less recognizable to the general public than Edgar Allen Poe and Steven King.

My guests:

Dan Cmil - The Doom That Came to Sarnath; From Beyond

Jeffrey Wikstrom - The Temple

website - jeffwik.com

email - jeffwik@gmail.com

Jay Kint - The Music of Erich Zann

blog - expertisedice.com

Twitter - @icosahedron

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Geoffrey Winn

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Round Table 39 - DnDnG, Dynamite, and Rise of Tiamat Release

James Introcaso sits down with Sam DillonTracy Hurley, and Liz Theis to talk about the short film DnDnG, Tracy's awesome discovery about an old article in Dynamite magazine, and the push back of Rise of Tiamat's release date. This podcast was recorded on October 7, 2014.

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This episode of The Tome features Jeff and Tracy reviewing the first official adventure published after the release of the 5th edition Dungeons and Dragons rules: Hoard of the Dragon Queen! They are, once again, joined by three illustrious guests; James Introcaso (Team Flumph), Mike Shea (Team Dracolich), and Sam Dillon (Team Beholder). Listen to find out if Team Otyugh takes over!


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Round Table 38 - D&D Movie Rights and DungeonScape

James Introcaso sits down with Rudy Basso, Alex Basso, Vegas Lancaster, and Round Table newcomer Allison Rossi to talk about the trial for D&D film rights and the latest posts on the DungeonScape blog. Then it's an interview with DungeonScape's own Chris Matney who clears up a lot of rumors. This podcast was recorded on October 5, 2014.

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Tome News Desk September 2014

This episode of the Tome News Desk features your anchors, Jeff and Sam, handing off the baton to James Introcaso and Rudy Basso. Yes, it's true - the Tome News Desk is no more... but that's okay because James and the others guys over at the Round Table have taken up the mantle and talk about D&D news on a weekly basis! In this episode we talk about the best were-creature, and recent Neverwinter MMO, D&D Comic, and other recent D&D related news stories. 

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Part I: The Tome Show Presents The Round Table's Tarrasque Takedown: Mike Shea Out for Blood

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, a few Round Tablers got together to find out just what high level play was like in the new fifth edition of Dungeons and Dragons. So Mike Shea crafted a grueling combat experience forJames IntrocasoChris DudleyJoe Lastwoski, and Topher Kohan got together to throw down with some D&D's most iconic baddies - including the mother of all destruction, The Tarrasque. You can listen to this podcast or watch their experience on youtube - edited or uncut. Part II (and a rematch with The Tarrasque) is coming soon so be sure to keep checking back here!

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Round Table 37 - Kickstarter and Southlands

James Introcaso sits down with Dave GibsonRudy Basso, and Barak Blackburn to talk about crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and their massive effect on the modern TRPG industry. Then its an interview with Wolfgang Baur about Kobold Press' latest Kickstarter project, The Southlands, a Pathfinder RPG supplement that with a few more backers will have its bestiary ported over to fifth edition Dungeons and Dragons. This podcast was recorded on September 30 and October 4, 2014.

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Jeff Wikstrom and I discuss The King of Elfland’s Daughter by Lord Dunsany. A prince of the normal world brings home an Elf princess to be his wife, but it doesn’t turn out quite like everyone hand planned.

Dunsany, Lord. The Book of Wonder, The Essential Lord Dunsany Collection, The Gods of Pegana, The King of Elfland’s Daughter, Lord Dunsany Compendium, and The Sword of Welleran and Other Tales.

Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany
born 1878, died 1957

Lord Dunsany was an Irish writer and dramatist, notable for his work, mostly in fantasy, published under the name Lord Dunsany. More than eighty books of his work were published, and his oeuvre includes many hundreds of published short stories, as well as successful plays, novels and essays. He is considered a major influence on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, H. P. Lovecraft, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

Born to the second-oldest title (created 1439) in the Irish peerage, Dunsany lived much of his life at perhaps Ireland’s longest-inhabited home, Dunsany Castle near Tara, worked with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, received an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, was chess and pistol-shooting champion of Ireland, and travelled and hunted extensively. He died in Dublin after an attack of appendicitis.

Dunsany began writing in the late 1890s and "burst onto the publishing scene" with The Gods of Pegana in 1905. His first stories were set in an invented world with its own gods, history and geography.

Dunsany eventually began writing novels and his most well-known novel, The King of Elfland's Daughter, was published in 1924 and is the inspiration of Neil Gaiman's film, Stardust.

Next we will be reading:
The Doom That Came to Sarnath, From Beyond, The Temple, The Music of Erich Zann, Herbert West - Reanimator, The Lurking Fear, The Rats in the Walls and The Call of Cthulhu by H. P. Lovecraft - http://cthulhu.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Fiction
Dwellers in the Mirage by Abraham Merritt - http://www.gutenberg.net.au/ebooks01/0100151.txt

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Jeffrey Wikstrom
website - jeffwik.com
email - jeffwik@gmail.com

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Round Table 36 - DungeonScape and Elemental Evil

James Introcaso sits down with Ray FallonJohn FischerGreg Blair, and Round Table newbie Dave Gibson. They talk about the latest posts on the DungeonScape blog and the announcement that Sasquatch Game Studio will be making fifth edition products. This podcast was recorded on September 17, 2014.

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