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Episode 13: A Bad Wizard in a Scary Tower
Today's Adventure Hook: Our first critical fail! There's a bad wizard in a scary tower.

Joining us today for our first Halloween special is Tim Seeley, Comicbook writer, artist, and creator of Hack/Slash! This is also our first critical fail which means we had to tackle a terrible gaming trope.  

On a barren hill top a very strange site has recently appeared. It began as a small dark mirror standing alone in the grass. Over the next few months it grew and grew until it stood impossibly large and perfectly round. And then suddenly a soaring white tower materialized in front of the mirror reflecting it cyclopean bulk dimly in the cold glass. The first to investigate this sight were never seen again and it is now said that if one wanders too close they will hear the lilting sound of song drifting down from the pinnacle of the tower. Once the song is heard an uncontrollable impulse draws the listener into the tower. Hours later they can be seen exiting the spire’s reflection and meandering off into the darkly echoed land beyond. Day by day the song becomes louder and hundreds of people so far have been lured away by the mysterious wizard’s song never to be seen again. And now, like a flower opening its petals to soak in the morning sun, another mirror begins to bloom beside the tower reflecting yet another dim likeness of this scary tower with its bad wizard.

Banter topic: We chat a bit with Tim Seeley about his career in comics and make some Halloween reading and watching recommendations.

Notes: Just some stuff we talked about.

Recommendations for the Halloween season:

Tim's list: Mandy, Cold Skin, My Best Friend's Exorcism 

Aaron's list: Infidel, Saga of the Swamp Thing, The Halloween Tree, The Changling, Don't Look Now 

Rob's list: Serial Artist, House of Leaves, Occulus 

We also talk a bit about another great book, The Instance of the Finger Post by Iain Pears 

And if anyone has any clue as what the D&D module Tim refers is called please let us know! Does a type of orc called an "Ogar" ring any bells? Or a portal to the modern world with Orcs with machine guns? let us know.

Music by Kevin MacLeod of Incompetech.com made available for use undertheCreativeCommonsBy Attribution 3.0 License.