Entropic State Report 29th March 2021

Verdun Stimpson 1952

Another show out and what a pleasure it was talking gaming again, this time in the fine company of Ralph Lovegrove.  I have another one in the can looking more closely at the seeds of Moorcock planted deep into the early iterations of Dungeons and Dragons with another fine guest, but that one will be in a couple of shows time.

Phil will be back soon too, although we made the decision to postpone our original next foray for her which should have been The Warhound and the World’s Pain.  Ralph made a couple of observations that it makes numerous call-backs to previous stories that we haven’t covered so I’ve reconsidered the schedule, but more on that later.

We’ll also dig into music again.  I was supposed to be recording with Dave Waschman aka SÖNUS a day or two ago but technical issues threw a spanner in the works. We’ll get that back on track though.

Right now I’m heading into the editing booth (aka my study aka the box room) to assemble the drunken mess that is the return of Tash as we probe some 70s paperbacks in search of a potential one-shit book.  Yes… finally we settle down to discuss another of the well-thumbed old paperbacks I received from the stacks next to Pops’s rocking chair…

DANNUS – THE DARK STRAITS OF REGLATHIUM

It may take a while.

Due to that trauma Tash has demanded that we cover something less chancey next time so she has her next assignment in hand… Nine Princes in Amber will be coming in the next couple of months.

In other news the radio station had now been active for a couple of weeks and it’s been getting a few listens from around the globe.  As I’m typing this someone in Germany has had it playing for 18 hours.  

Weird.

It’s an eclectic mix on there with blues, electronica, drone, metal, goth, prog, space rock, experimental…  at some point as we get more content I’ll probably start programming it a little more consistently. But then again I might not.  I kind of like hearing the late 80s Driffield/Bridlington goth stylings of Stiff Kittens immediately followed up by a 17 minute drone mind-fuck courtesy of Apkallu of Enmerkar.

Just need some sea shanties on there too, but I may have that covered…

Last thing for today… it was my Dad’s birthday a few days ago and when I was talking to him I asked if he had any old photos of Pops kicking around and you can see above what he sent me. 

Miss you Pops.

Moorcock and RPGs Part Two – STORMHACK!

Moorcock and RPGs Part Two – STORMHACK!

We’re back in Derry and Toms and returning to Moorcock’s influence and presence in RPGs in the company of Ralph Lovegrove, host of the Fictoplasm Podcast and designer of STORMHACK!

We talk Moorcock (obviously), gaming, podcasting and other bits n bobs, as well as Ralph’s own take on the Moorcockian role-playing game… STORMHACK!

We also mention Appendix N and other recommended reading lasts from RPGs such as RuneQuest.

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Entropic State Report 12th March 2021

It’s been a productive few weeks here at Derry & Toms.

The chapbook version of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly Volume 01 is nearing completion, with some fabulous art arriving c/o Neil Burton to accompany the superb portrait and design work of Simon Perrins. Hopefully not too long now before it can be shared with patrons.

Staying with Lieutenant Connelly for a moment, N Λ N D and I are also revisiting the earlier episodes of the Journal to re-record and re-score them to drag the quality of my earlier efforts up and into line with episodes 8 – 10.  Along with some cracking N Λ N D compositions inspired by the Journal we may, at some point, put it all out on Bandcamp as free/pay-what-you-want WOTW style ‘story album’ (is that how you’d describe it…? I dunno).

Meanwhile, a friend of mine pointed out a radio app called Radio Garden. It’s a terrific way to spend time roaming the globe discovering stations and learning a thing or two about tastes around the globe (I for example had no idea that the remote sub-arctic Russian city of Arkhangelsk was so firmly committed to hard core techno).  The interface is also excellent and it led me to thinking about how one would go about setting up an internet radio station.  Anyway, long story short, I set up BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio and this morning Phil found it on Radio Garden. What a buzz!

As well as using it as another outlet for the show, I’m delighted that some fellow Moorcock enthusiasts and patrons of this show are happy to have their cracking tunes gracing the station too, so Corum, SÖNUS, N Λ N D, Apkallu of Enmerkar and Giantkind are all on there and we’ll be doing some additional bits n bobs to drop into the schedule.  

In show-related news, we have some more material in the can awaiting editing including Tash’s next appearance as we try to dredge our way through a potential one-shit book, and a great discussion with a new guest around Moorcock and gaming for part two of our look at Moorcock in RPGs.

It appears we will also soon conclude our deep dive into The Final Programme with Hussein.

Right, that’s it from me for now.

Take care, stay safe, and I’ll see you soon… on the moonbeam roads.

Breakfast in the Ruins Radio!

Breakfast in the Ruins is now broadcasting across the multiverse as an internet radio station!

It’s early days and I’m still figuring the technicalities out so it’s not in any public directories yet but it is up and running and you can find old school radio player feeds and other basic info here. This will get our stuff out there on a rolling 24/7 basis, and also do the same for some of our creative pals and patrons like SÖNUS, Corum, Giantkind, Apkallu of Enmerkar and NAND, as well as any other folks that want to join in.

More info to follow as I figure all of this out, but stay tuned for details on the dedicated radio page!

Sven Hassel’s Wheels of Terror – Part One

Old pal Robbo joins me in Derry & Toms to discuss the book from Pops that blew my mind into tiny pieces back in the early 80s, Sven Hassel’s Wheels of Terror!  We look at the man himself, including the shroud of mystery around his history, the first part of the novel and it’s horrific, bleak yet darkly humorous depiction of the impact of war, and whether this was really suitable reading for an 11 or 12 year old to move onto from the Doctor Who novelisations by Target Books.  We also talk Moorcock (naturally) and the impact growing up in the ruins of a war must have had on him.

We also probably add wargamers, military geeks and the people of Withernsea and Patrington to the list of people we’ve offended.

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