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Breakfast in the Ruins

Friends old and new join me in Derry and Toms roof gardens to discuss the work and influence of prolific British fantasist Michael Moorcock, as well as other bits of 60s and 70s genre fiction that came to me via my Grandad in the 80s and informed my world view. Books, music, role-playing games, wrestling in Featherstone Library and many other digressions await.

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Moorcock and RPGs Part V - Stormbringer Redux!

Ted AKA @tedankhamen joins me in Derry and Toms for the second leaf of our Summer diptych musing on Moorcock, gaming and whatever else enters our eyeline.Some choice cuts in here including miniature bashing, Tolkien (again), a shock Strongbow appreciation story, chaosium-isms... but mostly some good, chewy thinking on modelling Moorcockian worlds and cosmology. I also bang my BoL drum again.Be sure to have a good delve around Ted's blog Tomb of Tedankhamen.Ted also mentioned Lasers and Feelings by John Harper. Lots more good stuff on his itch.ioYou can check out the Tentacled Whisperer of Secrets Discord by making an offering to... THE TENTACLED WHISPERER... or just check out his profile. He's pretty lax on gatekeeping for an ancient deity of unspeakable power.Steve's Stormbringer game recaps are on his blog.Check out and subscribe to Jim Kirkland's newsletter and read his spoiler-free review of The Citadel of Forgotten Myths.  Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.  Listen to BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio on Radio Garden.

1hr 11mins

5 Sep 2022

Rank #1

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Moorcock and RPGs Part IV - Sandboxing the Multiverse

We're back in Derry and Toms to talk gaming again, this time with CLARKY THE CRUEL.Dave gets shocked by the crap number of TV channels we had in the UK as kids, Clarky tells us about his sandboxing adventures beyond the ultraworld, and I get inspired. And we digress. Obviously.You can find Clarky's Dissecting Worlds podcast archive and all of his game logs on his blog (including entires by yours truly describing the action from the perspective of post-apocalypse fiction powerhouse Roy Saveloy. Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.Listen to BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio on Radio Garden.We also mention Jason's podcast, the Nerd's RPG Variety Cast.

1hr 13mins

27 Aug 2022

Rank #2

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The Art of Bob Haberfield (1938 - 2021)

After 40 years of obsessing over the Mayflower covers of Bob Haberfield, Dave and I get to wig out and talk to Ben Haberfield about his Dad's life, art and the gestating project to celebrate the breadth of his work in the form of two art books. You can keep up with Ben's work at bobhaberfield.com and follow him on Instagram.Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.Listen to BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio on Radio Garden.

1hr 12mins

30 Jul 2022

Rank #3

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The Winds of Gath (EC Tubb) - an Old Pier Bookshop Special

Phil returns to Derry & Toms as we visit Morecambe's (and perhaps the world's) premier second hand book vendor to select a candidate for the first ever Old Pier Bookshop Special.We choose, or rather are chosen by, The Winds of Gath by EC Tubb - first in a 33  book series spanning three decades that charts the adventures of Earl Dumarest of Terra.In honour of old school SF we drink old school beers. Well, I do. Phil drinks fancy wine. But we meet in the middle when the mysterious books of booze box appears for the first time in D&Ts.JOIN US!Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.Chapter 13 of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly was scored by N Λ N D.Listen to BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio on Radio Garden.

2hr 18mins

19 Jul 2022

Rank #4

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The Mad God’s Amulet - Book One (Hawkmoon)

Dave AKA SÖNUS returns to Derry and Toms to dive into the fast-paced and very metal, yet weirdly just OK-ish first part of The Mad God's Amulet, second in the Hawkmoon sequence The History of the Runestaff. As always, digressions await the unwary traveller as well as ostentatious coughing and just excellent pants. JOIN US! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Support the podcast by becoming a Patron. Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store. Chapter 12 of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly was scored by N Λ N D Listen to BITR Breakfast in the Ruins Radio on Radio Garden

1hr 52mins

17 Jun 2022

Rank #5

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The Fortress of the Pearl - Part One (Elric)

Loz returns to Derry & Toms to revisit an old adversary, Michael Moorcock's The Fortress of the Pearl.Join us and marvel at our declining energy.Bridle, as Loz declares The Chronicle of the Black Sword a shit book and denigrates poetry.Along the way we 'wake the chicken'. What does that even mean? How many names are there for trousers? Why would anyone smoke stout?Listen as we mull over the answers.(Spoiler - we don't know)Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.Support the podcast by becoming a Patron.Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.Chapter 11 of The Journal of Gerard Arthur Connelly was scored by N Λ N D

2hr 6mins

9 May 2022

Rank #6

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My Experiences in the Third World War

Finally, we're back at Derry & Toms to take a look at the 1980 Moorcock collection My Experiences in the Third World War. Along the way Phil and I compare notes regarding our mindsets in the 1980s, laugh at the preposterous Controller and let fate decide on the Wandering Traumatic Nuclear War Film Table. Also, on this occasion we might not offend a small town in the UK but potentially ALL of Canada. But seriously what DOES 'pie-dish of privilege and broken promises' really mean? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  Support the podcast by becoming a Patron.  Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his store.  CONTENT WARNING - there are discussions in this show regarding sexual violence and exploitation

1hr 59mins

16 Apr 2022

Rank #7

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To Rescue Tanelorn / SÖNUS - Usurper of the Universe

Dave AKA SÖNUS is back in Derry & Toms to celebrate the release of his second cut - USURPER OF THE UNIVERSE - out now on Forbidden Place Records. As it aligns nicely we also take a dive into the 1962 Moorcock story To Rescue Tanelorn and make some connections. Along the way we talk about some other guff. JOIN US! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  Support the podcast by becoming a Patron.  Our banner art and logo is by Simon Perrins. Follow him on Twitter and check out his new store.  Our avatar is by Wyrmwalk. Follow him on Instagram.

2hr 7mins

5 Feb 2022

Rank #8

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Birthday Show 2021 - Reflections on 2 & a bit years of Breakfasting in the Ruins

Another year down and this is our third show celebrating Mike Moorcock and Phil's birthdays. It's also the Breakfast in the Ruins podcast's second birthday... sort of. Loz joins me in Derry & Toms to reflect on two and a bit years of podcasting against the strangest of backdrops. Plus the wandering beer table returns, for both good and ill. JOIN US!  Clarky's multipart Tenerife campaign as discussed on the show is detailed on his excellent site. My in-character (as Roy Saveloy) chapter write-ups are here and here.

1hr 49mins

18 Dec 2021

Rank #9

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Guy N Smith Revisited - Crabs‘ Moon

After the Halloween Special we couldn't stay away. Phil needed to know how the Crabs came to be. Where did they come from? What do they want? So we read Crabs Moon and discovered the answers to none of these questions. But we did have a hoot and we were joined by Graham (aka @opensussex AKA Apkallu of Enmerkar AKA DECADNIDS) to have a couple of beverages, discuss Crabs Moon and to talk in general about the late Guy N Smith, his diverse writing career. We also raised a glass to the man too as this show lands close to a year after his passing. We reference a Guy N Smith interview from the excellent The Collected Pulp Horror by Justin Marriott and Will Errickson. Guy's daughter TARA has re-energised the GNS Twitter and Instagram accounts. We play this show out with Proditol from the album The Black Corridor by DECADNIDS vs NΛND. warning: unlike Night of the Crabs, Crabs Moon contains references to sexual violence and we do talk about them so please proceed with caution and look after yourselves - this month's Patreon funds have been donated to The Survivor's Trust - please do look them up and consider donating

1hr 52mins

14 Dec 2021

Rank #10