Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Origin Story

Kracalactaka! exists to provide its creator (yours truly) with an outlet for his superhero gaming creations and thoughts.  It didn't seem right to clutter Vargold: The Wolf-Time with this sort of material—the readers of that blog expect material appropriate for sword-and-sorcery gaming.  So I've given the superheroes this blog to call their own.

The blog's name is actually a sound effect from Thor #340, the fourth issue of Walt Simonson's acclaimed mid-1980s run on the book.  Simonson's opening storyline (retroactively named The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill) is the narrative that hooked me on superhero comics.  (Prior to that I was primarily a collector of sword-and-sorcery titles like DC's Warlord and Marvel's Conan the Barbarian.)  Although Simonson is a well-regarded writer-illustrator, it's perhaps his sound effects (produced via collaboration with letterer extraordinaire John Workman) that are most notorious among hardcore comic book fans.  In picking out a name for the blog, I considered such beauties as "Shrrakadoom!" (Thor #351), "Karakathoom!" (Thor #362), and "Kkrakkadoooum!" (Thor #380).  But I settled on Kracalactaka! on the basis of this panel:


How can anyone resist this sound effect?  It's the noise generated as the Norse god of thunder and his horse-headed alien doppelganger clash their mystical uru-metal mallets together, people!  Cue the wailing guitars, and let's get down to some superheroic gaming!

3 comments:

  1. Looking forward to what you have to say.

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  2. Thanks, Narmer! This weekend I'm hoping to post the Actual Play for the Supers! game I ran the other week.

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  3. Cool.
    How do Supers! and Icons compare? Although Supers! seems to be everything we need right now I am always tempted to pick up a new game. Your opinion would be appreciated.

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