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  1. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    The just finished list for October: Cocaine Blues by Kerry Greenwood. The first book in the Phryne Fisher series of modern mysteries set in 1920's Australia. Not technically 'pulp,' but set in the period. I'd previously seen many of the television series episodes with my wife and decided to try the books. An interesting read, with a heroine hat certainly has the skills to have been a pulp adventurer. G-8 and is Battle Aces #1: The Bat Staffel & #2: Purple Aces by Robert Hogan - Wow. Ummm. Just wow. If Bob Hogan wasn't smoking something when he started writing these, he must have started before too long to keep the ideas flowing. Planes shaped like giant vampire bats, tunnels capable of allowing 100,000 German troops to appear in the middle of France from, brainwashed/hypnotized pilots, cloaked madmen, evil science dwarves (yes, that is a real thing), and more. Well worth reading, even if you're not a fan of WW1 aerial combat. Writings in Bronze, by Will Murray - A collection of the pulp historian and writer's essays and articles on Doc Savage. Fascinating reading, with some really interesting looks at the real 'history' of Doc Savage. Lots of cool ideas in here for you to lit and adapt. The Revised Complete Chronology of Bronze by Rick Lai - An updated and revised chronology, putting all of Doc Savage's adventures in chronological order by date, with a collection of bonus essays at the end discussing his parentage, familial relations, and how other famous (and infamous) pulp figures tie into his story. A real campaign booster, and highly recommended. The Chronology of Shadows by Rick Lai - Does for The Shadow, what Rick did for Doc Savage in his 'Chronology of Bronze.' Equally recommended. Diamondstone, the Magician Detective by G.T. Fleming-Roberts - A magician-turned-detective after someone revealed the secrets of his illusions, Diamondstone is a big, blond man with a love for magic tricks, a good right, and an eye for the ladies. Interesting and worth a read. The Horror on the Links by Seabury Quinn - The first of a multi-part chronological collection of the Jules de Grandin stories. Occult-themed short detective stories, these are the first of the series and, one assumes, a bit more rough around the edges than the later stories) as the somewhat (to modern eyes) effeminate de Grandin and his American physician companion confront werewolves, ghostly cultists, vampires, and more. I really can't recommend these enough if you're looking for nontraditional occult stories to draw scenario inspiration from. Rick Lai's Secret Histories: Criminal Masterminds & Rick Lai's Secret Histories: Daring Adventurers - A pair of companion volumes publishing Rick Lai's essays on assorted pulp era heroes and villains, dealing with familial relations (for example, how is Jack London's Wolf Larson related to Sax Rohmer's Fu Manchu), battles between them (both villains and heroes) and more. Fascinating Wold Newton Universe stuff.
  2. Golden Age Champions Discussion Thread

    I'm really looking forward to seeing it, too! =)
  3. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    I bought my copy of Hatchet Men on Kindle, which kept the cost under $5.00 and it was worth every peny. I'm off to see if you NY-centric book is available.
  4. Character Help: This time, grenade belts

    I had to schlep the M203 in Basic, and they issued me what amounted to a vest with pouches or the 40mm rounds, not a belt. Hand grenades likewise were carried in pouches attached to the harness/vest, not the belt.
  5. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    Still struggling through Craig Kennedy. Nothing as egregious as the 'ape/gorilla blood' thing, but I cringe every time I start a short story in anticipation. The Cobra 'King of Detectives' (Richard Sale) - Kind of an odd mix. The first few stories are all starring the Cobra, whose sthick is a cigarette holder blowgun that he shoots folks with concentrated cobra venom darts with. Some interesting story ideas, but I started laughing when he engaged in a fistfight with the blowgun in his mouth and didn't break/lose. swallow the thing (or the dart). The rest of the stories all do not involve the Cobra but do hinge on snakes in some form or another - apparently the writer was an amateur herpetologist. Genius Jones (Lester Dent) - Much more light-hearted than expected. A shipwreck survivor grows to well-muscled adulthood in the arctic, memorizing an encyclopedia to learn about the world. ONce rescued, he winds up trying to give away a huge some of money to people that need it so that he can inherit the responsibility of managing a larger charity estate. Gangsters, femme fatales, millionaire's daughters, and more run amok. In many ways, this reads like an attempt to write a story that Hollywood would buy to make into a film. Hatchet Men: The Story of the Tong Wars i San Francisco's Chinatown (Richard Dillon) - On the dry side, but a lot of pretty detailed information on how the infamous Tong wars started, were carried out, and ended. Recommended for history buffs and those setting campaigns in San Francisco in/around 1905-1920.
  6. Cool Guns for your Games

    It had rockets, a laser beam, and 'machineguns' (although there really wasn't room on the bike to mount even a Predator-style mini-minigun' - more likely they were supposed to be smgs or assault rifles stripped down and mounted.)
  7. Cool Guns for your Games

    And rockets (looking suspiciously like 'D' engine Estes models IIRC).
  8. John Wick / Keanu Reeves for 6e

    I'd avoid the damage classes to prevent inflating his damage to levels that we don't see in the films, and consider looking at simply buying targeted levels to eliminate the penalties and some extra strength with the limitation that it only adds to John's STR for purposes of gaining the +20 effect. Not as clean as buying the DCs, but it does prevent John from throwing more damage than we appear to see, and also prevents his needing actual superhuman opponents to find someone that can grapple with him effectively.
  9. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    Still stalled trying to finish Craig Kennedy. I'll get there, but man, it is tough going. In the meantime, I have finished the following: The Adventures of the Green Lama, Vol. 1 - He's a Buddhist pulp hero that doesn't use weapons except for a prayer scarf and some Tibetian martial arts, backed by a potion of 'radioactive salts' he imbibes before setting out to do good deeds. Also serialized and consecutive. These read more 'modern' than many pulps. Doc Savage: The Infernal Buddha - Part of the 'Wild Adventures of Doc Savage' series that Will Murray is writing. This one feels more like an early Doc than some. The Moon Man Archives, Vol. 2 - Continuing my way through these. Interesting in that the series is actually serial in nature, with events in earlier stories carrying over into later ones. E. Hoffman Price's Pierre d'Artois: Occult Detective - Interesting collection of stories that are linked first by d'Artois, and then by his sidekick. The latter stories are more 'spicy pulp' than 'occult detective' but they're all by Price. The Encyclopedia of Pulp Heroes - Jess Nevin's listing of every pulp hero he can document. It's $10.00 in the Kindle edition, so go buy one. The print is broken into four volumes at about $25.00 apiece, so the e-book version is the best buy. Ravenwood the Complete Series - Interesting in that the detective has actual supernatural powers, albeit somewhat unreliable ones, but his investigations never really encounter the supernatural. Triplanetary - E.E. Doc Smith's start to the Lensman cycle. Pulpy, epic sci-fi at it's classic best.
  10. The Raiders should, at first glance, run. It's not going to help them, since the Bandages are going to go first and can cover more ground [DEX 20, SPD 4, and 10" of Flight] and will almost certainly get a surprise round on the Raiders [Hide In Plain Sight] , but at least it would be a reasonable reaction. Situationally, this might not be as bad a fight as my first look suggests - depending on an interpretation of how the Bandages function. I'm uncertain as to the intent based on the write-up, but as the Bandages have no AoE attack, it is possible that they're supposed to attack one target, wrap it up, and then float them back to wherever they put themselves when they have a body mummified. If that is the case, then the Raiders are in better shape, as the Bandages would only capture two Raiders [Duplication], leaving the other three to try and free their friends. If that is not the case, however, then the Raiders are likely looking at a future as tomb decorations. The Bandages have a high enough OCV that they're going to hit the Raiders more often than not [Lili Winchester is the only character likely to evade them for long with her maxed-out DCV of 13 if she Dodges], and while several of the party have weapons likely to be effective [machetes] the ones that do [Randall and Ferguson] are also the ones most likely to try and shield their companions, making them the potentially first victims. If the Bandages are supposed to be able to attack multiple targets and entangle them, and not stop after wrapping up one target, then it's possible that as many as three of the five Raiders could be Entangled in very short order [factoring Duplication], at which point the end is nigh. The Stun Drain is the real killer. It's going to do 21 Stun on average [3.5 x 6 = 21], which stuns every single one of the Raiders in one go. Two applications of this will eliminate any of the Raiders. To escape the Entangle without assistance, only two Raiders have any real chances: Ferguson is the only one reliably able to break out of the Entangle using STR alone, and he can't do it in one go on average [His average Body on the STR roll will be 4, and that's negated by the DEF of the Entangle, so he has to roll well twice to get free]. If he fails to escape on the first round, the Stun Drain will almost certainly Stun him, at which point he's done for. Lili has the best chance using her Escape maneuver if the GM allows that [a GM Call]. Her maneuver nets 6 Body on average, which would take two rounds versus an average application of the Entangle] but she, like Ferguson, needs the Stun Drain to roll a lot of '1's' or she's Stunned and done for.
  11. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    Finished the second volume of Super Detective Jim Anthony; The Complete Series. The first two stories weren't bad at all, but the third fell a bit flat. A little spicier than the run of the mill story of this type, but hardly a danger to the morals of anyone over the age of, oh, six. One of the stories had, what I thought was going to be a pretty cool artificially-generated undersea methane bubble generator to sink ships, but instead went with the (at the time) more fantastical and 'in' atomic power. In the last one, it took too long for Jim to figure out how the killer was killing people off, but I'll grant the the idea of an ice knife was a lot newer an idea then. Still not bad stories, although, the last one was, as I said, the weakest. Starting on the Halcyon Classics' collection of Craig Kennedy: Scientific Detective. Three stories in, it... well, honestly, it's painful. Episode one almost killed the collection for me with the solution being the difference between a Caucasian suspect's 'ape-like qualities of the blood' and a non-white suspect's 'gorilla-like qualities of the blood.' I've accepted that the genre does not share the modern sensibilities regarding race, gender, sexual orientation, or any number of other social issues, but this one ws bad enough that I had to walk away for a week before I was willing to try again. The next two were less awful in the toxic racism sense, but they were, well, sort of average. The Thinking Machine was a better read, as was Max Carrados (witht he exception of the one supernatural-themed episode).
  12. What is your least favorite Pulp Character?

    I assume that we're talking long-running series characters here, and not three appearances or less type of guys. With that criteria, I'm going with the Phantom Detective. Despite having almost as many issues as Doc Savage (he's #3 on the 'most issues list, IIRC), which indicates some real popularity, he just feels... well, bland, to me. There are elements that are interesting (he had a 'bat-signal' for example, and was the most disguise-using pulp character in history) his stories (granted only the ones I've read) don't work for me because they stay rooted in the real world too much. Murders, blackmailers, smugglers, racketeers - there's no touch of the fantastic that would elevate the stories for me. Even if they hint at it, it's not there.
  13. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    Working my way through 'When the Death Bat Flies' by Norvell Page. Best known for authoring the Spider pulp stories, Page turned out a lot of mystery stories as well. This is a collection of Page's detective stories from DETECTIVE TALES, THE SPIDER, DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY and STRANGE DETECTIVE MYSTERIES.
  14. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    Finished a couple of gems: The Strange Adventures of the Purple Scar by John S. Endicott - Doctor, plastic surgeon, and renaissance man creates a mask that's an exact replica of his deceased police officer brother's acid-scarred, post immersion in a river face, and wears it to fight crime. Low scale criminals, but a high-concept crimefighter. (The therapy sessions for this guy must be epic given his chosen disguise) Phantoms in Bronze: The Phantom Detective - a collection of Phantom Detective stories (first one's I've read) written by a prolific Doc Savage ghost writer. Interesting concepts, some good ideas, and a few brilliant ones. The Complete Adventures of Hazard & Partridge - Caucasian adventurers against a criminal mastermind and Tong leader in China. A little slow, but great atmosphere. Plus, the Dalai Lama is a bad ass. The Dr. Zeng Omnibus - Occidental hero masquerades as a Chinese physician in San Francisco. He fights crime. With a one-legged assistant. That hides equipment kits, radios, and occasionally guns and knives in his artificial leg.
  15. What "Pulp" have you read lately ?

    No, the money has never lined up for me to buy them, but it will eventually. I was lucky enough that my local university library had all of Robert Sampson's 'Yesterday's Faces' series so I've read all of them even if I only own the first two.
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