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!


  1. Looking forward to what you have to say.

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

  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.