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Two relics from a forgotten era

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Today I’ve been lucky – a friend sent me two games that I was missing from my collection. In the last few years I started collecting roleplaying games with a pulp theme. Now, the definition is pretty loose – after all, a game set in Robert E. Howard’s Hyborian age would be technically pulp, because Conan debuted on a pulp magazine. The same goes obviously for Call of Cthulhu (that now has its own “pulp” subset of rules), considering Lovecraft’s presence in the pulps. And of course, a Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers influenced game like Slipstream would also be “pulp* in theme if not in substance. So, to clarify the classification, I am collecting roleplaying games, and in particular those that are ...
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Twenty-one years without Emily Hahn

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Writer, journalist, earth scientist, world traveler, opium smoker, primates expert, the self-proclaimed “bad girl” that started her autobiography with the phrase… Not long after my family moved from St Louis to Chicago, I ran away from home. … died on this day in 1997. One of my projects for this year (and maybe the next two) is to read every one of Emily Hahn’s 50-odd books. Original link
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The Amazon Queen and misplaced nostalgia

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I think I got a handle on this whole nostalgia thing that’s going at the moment. You see, a few nights ago I was going through one of my usual bouts of insomnia, and so I decided to waste my time playing Flight of the Amazon Queen. In case you missed it, it’s an old point-and-click game that was released in 1995 for the Amiga and MS-DOS systems, and it’s been going around as a free game forever. In the game you play Joe King, a bush pilot that in 1949 is chartered to fly a movie star to the Amazon jungle for a publicity shoot, but crash lands in the middle of nowhere instead. Featuring a mad scientist called Frank Ironstein that plans to conquer the world with an army of dinosaur women, Flig...
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Stargate Origins looks good

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Granted, I only saw about half an hour of it (is being released in ten 10-minutes webisodes), but the set-up is quite good: set in 1938, it features the first activation of the Stargate, Nazis, the Goa’uld as sinister as ever, and a good heroine. Production values are quite good for such a small-scale project, and with the exception of a pair of long shots that look as fake as pantomime backgrounds, the whole thing looks like they made the most with what they had in terms of funds. Hopefully they also put down a few bucks on the screenwriting side of the project. All in all, this looks like a fun way to spend a few minutes once in a while – and sure it would be great should it signal a retur...
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In Egypt with Sax Rohmer

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Let’s kill two birds with a stone: today’s the birthday of Arthur Henry Sarsfield Ward, better known to the world at large by his pen name Sax Rohmer – the man who created the original Yellow Peril, Dr Fu Manchu. A lower-class child that started a career as a civil servant before he turned to writing for a living and claimed to be part of the Order of the Golden Dawn, Rohmer would be 135 today. His most famous creation, Dr Fu Manchu, first appeared in The Mystery of Dr Fu Manchu, as a serial, in 1912. Two other novels followed,and then the character went on hiatus for about fifteen years, only to return with The Daughter of Fu Manchu in 1928. The mix of exoticism, crime mystery and conspirac...
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Go, brother!

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A quick post to congratulate my brother Alessandro, that was selected for a scholarship as Android developer with Google and Udacity. Six more months of high-level online education. Original link
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No need for Google

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A bit of fun. This thing happened the other day over Facebook: somebody posted this image… … and I commented that the really scary thing was, I would not need to google at least three of those items. Maybe four. My real problem would be the hits of 2007. Which caused me to think about the huge amount of spurious information, weird factoids and let’s-freeze-the-conversation-right-now sort of things I learned through the years as a reader and a roleplaying game master first, and later as a writer and game designer. And I have already enthused about the joys of research, often, but really it is fun. Consider… I learned about Tarot cards thanks to Roger Zelazny Amber books, and Piers Anthony Tar...
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St. Valentine’s Day Self-Present

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Is there anything sadder than buying ourselves presents on St. Valentine’s Day? Probably not, but what the heck, I’m living a solitary existence in the hills of Astigianistan, I’m just a poor boy, nobody loves me… might as well put down a few bucks and give myself a present. After all, St. Valentine’s Day is the sort of celebration that can really get you depressed, with all your friends that post pictures of their significant others and offer compassionate support to you, usually with the effect of making you feel even more sad and lonely. So I decided to throw myself a party, with chocolate and a good book – and the good book is the paperback edition of Emily Hahn’s No Hurry to Get Home, H...
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Singing Sweethearts Blogathon: The Merry Widow (1934)

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I’ve been invited to contribute to The Singing Sweethearts Blogathon, dedicated to the movies of Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. The blogathon was set up by Rebekah Brennan, co-founder of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society blog, and you can point your browsers in that direction to check out the full list of participants and read a number of great articles on the movies of MacDonald & Eddy, both together and on their own. And once you’re done, come back here, because we are about to take a waltz with The Merry Widow. Curious how I’ve been talking about operettas here on Karavansara recently, and now I find myself writing about The Merry Widow, isn’t it? I’ll take a rather circuit...
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Benefits of Bilinguism

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Stories out of nowhere

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One day I will have to find someone good with brains – a neuro-shrink or something – and try and get a final answer to the great question: How come that when I am overloaded with work, with my hands aching for too much typing and half a dozen deadlines looming closer… how come that then, and just then, I get an idea for a new story and I end up spending one whole afternoon outlining it and looking for resources? Anyway, I’m in a mood for fantasy, and I’ve done just that – spent the best part of the day outlining an idea that might develop into a novella, and who knows what else. Pity I do not have the time to write it right now – yes, I could stop sleeping, but that’s really bad for health, ...
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On Verne’s Birthday: Michael Strogoff

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And this being Jules Verne’s birthday, why not go and reread one of his books – or watch a movie basedon one of Verne’s books? And KeithTaylor mentioned Michael Strogoff, and that’s quite a nice choice for Karavansara: an adventure yarn, set in the heart of Eurasia, and featuring chases, swashbuckling, heroics and derring-do. All in a neat package, courtesy of one of the fathers of science fiction – but here applying his skills to a spy thriller of sorts. It is also one of the titles on which my generation cut its teeth as readers. But we’ll get to that. Michael Strogoff: The Courier of the Czar was published in 1876, and was an instant success. Indeed, it is still regarded today as one of V...
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Jules Verne 190th birthday

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Two writing issues

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Yeah, I know, I know… I’ve been told years ago that writers write, they don’t talk about writing. But you see, I spent some time yesterday discussing with a young author 1 about two issues I never considered issues in the first place, when it comes to writing: Basing the main character on ourselvesTaking responsibility for what we write I was rather surprised by the responses of my counterpart, and in the end I think he was rather annoyed by my position, so I thought I may as well annoy you guys. Re: basing our protagonists on ourselves Unless we are the Most Interesting Man in the World (but then, what are we doing writing a book?) this is a sure recipe for trouble. Granted, we all started ...
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Buster Crabbe’s 110th birthday!


What a coincidence! The 110th birthday of the man that was Flash Gordon, and Buck Rogers AND Tarzan. We want to remember him like this… Original link
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Gordon’s Alive!

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Yeah, I know, the title’s not that original, but let me explain. I am not a huge fan of the Flash Gordon movie. As I said in the past, I much prefer the animated feature, or the original Alex Raymond comics. And if it’s the comics or the animation, then I love Flash Gordon. I was therefore very excited when, back in GenCon 2016, Shane Hensley of Pinnacle Entertainment announced that there would be a Savage World of Flash Gordon RPG. I waited with growing anticipation, and I was ready to back the Kickstarter, but my bank had other ideas, and only now I’ve been able to get my hands on the actual thing. And boy is this thing a beauty. The core of the game is a 194 handbook simply called Flash G...
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Van Maanen’s Star

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Star Eagles is a game created by Damon Richardson and published by Andrea Sfiligoi’s Ganesha Games . Humanity faces an alien menace in this fun, easy-to-learn game of space battles. I’ve been lucky enough to be involved very marginally in the project when I provided a few short snippets of fiction to spice-up the game handbook. And as it usually happens, I found the universe interesting and worth exploring, and two characters, Tam and Lol, that would make it a fun thing exploring it. So I asked Damon and Andrea for permission, and they allowed me to play in their backyard. The result is a story – hopefully the first of many – called Van Maanen’s Star. My first ever military SF story is curre...
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Game, Set, Match

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So, basically – I’m about to do a series of posts on the three Harry Palmer spy movies, The IPCRESS File, Funeral in Berlin and Billion Dollar Brain, and the novels they are based on. I’ve been a long-time Lee Deighton fan, and his books are certainly an influence on my writing – and my cooking! 1 – and I’ve always loved the Michael Caine movies. And while I was looking online for resources for those next posts, I found out that you can view the whole 12 episodes of Game Set & Match on Youtube. And so I said to myself, why not make a post on that, too? And here it is. The whole story begins in 1983, with a novel called Berlin Game. In in we meet Bernard Samson, a British born and raised in B...
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Cleopatra’s Egypt

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