Tag: Magic

DNA Podcast 089 – Mysticism Continued with Lothar Tuppan and David Towers

Following up on the last episode, Don and Rob continue their exploration into the world of the occult with new guest Lothar Tuppan and returning guest David Towers. The four of them pick up where Dave left off, giving more context to the ancient Abrahamic origins of modern mystic thought, and then tumble forward in time to discuss not just European approaches to mysticism, but African and Asian perspectives as well. Along the way, the four discuss the mythical figure of Hermes Trismegistus, how the Nag Hammadi Scriptures changed everything, and the real meaning of working magic. All this, and the secret power of memory theatres, is waiting for you in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Note: Apologies for the audio quality on this one and the previous one. We’ve been forced to use SKYPE’s built-in recording system, which is a bit unstable.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Lothar Tuppan
Jack Hunter
Jeffrey Kripal
The Book of Ezekiel
Merkabah mysticism
The Cult of the Saints
Hermes Trismegistus
Hermeticism
The Kabbalah
The Nag Hammadi Scriptures
Traditional Religion and Revealed Religion
Abrahammic Religion
The Zohar
The Picatrix
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa
John Dee
John Dee and the Empire of Angels by Jason Louv
Sir Francis Bacon
Giordano Bruno
Memory Theatres
The Magicians of the Golden Dawn
The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
Jacob’s Ladder
The Diary of a Drug Fiend
The Death and Resurrection Show
Marcus Tullius Cicero


DNA Podcast 61 – What is Fantasy?

In this episode, Don and Rob take a look at the Fantasy genre and explore some of their favorite Fantasy RPGs. Along the way, they discuss Don’s five types of Fantasy, look at how RPGs have redefined what Fantasy is, and debate the difference between magic and theology. All this, and the great debate over whether Star Wars is fantasy or science fiction, are waiting for you to decide in this episode of the Department of Nerdly Affairs.

Closing Music:

Ode to Joy performed by Oliver Eckelt

Things Discussed:

Fantasy
Alternate World Fiction
Warhammer 40K
Conan the Barbarian
Dungeons and Dragons
The Monkey King
Apocalyptic RPG Episode
Nanotechnology
The Force
Midichlorians
Psionics
Wuxia
Taoism
Abelard Snazz
Visionaries (toys)
MAGE: The Ascension RPG
MAGE (The Comic) by Matt Wagner
The World of Darkness
Warhammer RPG
Weapons of the Gods RPG
Exalted RPG
Auspicious Beginnings (Weapons of the Gods Intro Adventure)
Airship Pirates RPG
Abney Park (band)
RIFTS RPG
Shadowrun RPG
Victoriana RPG
Runequest RPG
Mouseguard RPG
Bunnies and Burrows RPG
The White Company by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Crushed D20 Supplement
So I’m a Spider! So What? (Light Novel)
No Game, No Life! (Light Novel)
No Game No Life in 7 Minutes (Video)
In Another World with My Cell Phone (Light Novel)
Dragon Quest RPG
One Piece
My Little Pony RPG