episode 30 – isle of the mighty: wales

Changeling the Podcast
Changeling the Podcast
episode 30 – isle of the mighty: wales

Croeso! We are wrapping up our trilogy of episodes on Isle of the Mighty with an exploration into Wales/Cymru and the fae/Tylwyth Teg that dwell there. The unfortunate news is that Book 3 of this weighty tome has a lot of the same issues we called out previously: clunky choices for the history section, uneven distribution of information in the geography section, several NPCs whose defining adjective is “meh”. But the better news is that we are taking the opportunity to do a more thorough chat about the elements of crossover with Mage: the Ascension in this section, and from there, the book as a whole. Joining us for that discussion is Terry Robinson, host of Mage: the Podcast, and a genuinely wonderful person to talk to about such things. Lend us your ears, and we’ll do our best to dazzle and enlighten you. (And stick around to the end for some *super secret* Mage 5th Edition-related stuff…)

where to find us (and where to no longer find us)

Most of our social media links are the same as ever…

…buuut we have elected to put our Twitter on ice for the time being, given a lot of the drama circulating around it these days. Instead, you can find us at our shiny new Mastodon account: https://dice.camp/@ChangelingPod. Check it out for the latest updates!

And in the meantime, some places to find Terry include:

welsh media

Once again, some media items that might help you with getting in a Cymric mood for your Welsh-set game:

  • Films: How Green Was My Valley, Just Jim, Patagonia, Pride, The Black Cauldron, The Corn is Green, The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill and Came Down a Mountain
  • TV: David Macaulay’s Castle (available on YouTube!), The Crown (season 3, “Aberfan” and “Tywysog Cymru”), Dr. Who (post-2005), Pobol y Cwm, Torchwood
  • Literature: the Mabinogion, y Gododdin, and then a bunch of other stuff: the more esoteric corners of Arthuriana, the poems of Mab Jones and Dylan Thomas (as well as his play Under Milkwood), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (partially), Chronicles of Prydain, the Excalibur comics series by Marvel…
  • Music: Ffynnon, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Manic Street Preachers, Stereophonics, Super Furry Animals, Tom Jones…

There are plenty of Welsh language-learning resources out there as well! Besides the usual suspects like Duolingo, the BBC has also run Welsh lessons through a variety of programs for decades. (Pooka used to listen to Catchphrase and its affiliated programs, which you can still find at https://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/catchphrase/, but they’re no longer updated.)

your hosts

Josh Hillerup (any pronoun) added three castles to their Timecube this week.
Pooka G (any pronoun/they) has yet to come across a Welsh word that isn’t beautiful, no matter how many L’s it has.

                                   Though absent long,
These forms of beauty have not been to me,
As is a landscape to a blind man’s eye:
But oft, in lonely rooms, and mid the din
Of towns and cities, I have owed to them,
In hours of weariness, sensations sweet.

—William Wordsworth, “Lines Written a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey”