I do love my homages and in-jokes so. Whether it be a small backhills town, murderhole or weirdo nation, the Hill Cantons is sloppy with literary references, nods to current events, woots to favored creators, lampoons of dreadful real world trends, etc. And the published work is no exception, Slumbering Ursine Dunes containing a rather large (and seemingly not-caught) Big Lebowski reference, a wereshark and grotto ship hat-tip to John Eric Holmes, and a host of smaller little eggs.
Fever-Dreaming Marlinko is even worse, positively bursting at the seams with them. The inestimable Gus L even calls me out in a thoughtful review for it with the Catacombs section (and he's most likely correct about their jarring nature.)
So friends, having accidentally over-ordered some print copies of Marlinko, time for another dumb Hill Cantons contest.
A very simple one this time, there are 12 literary and movie direct homages hidden in the text (there are actually 17, but five of them seem way too veiled to be anything but a chuckle-point for me and maybe the home group players). Whoever finds the most, wins! (Note: I am specifically ruling out campaign in-jokes and broader D&D homages, just sticking to books and movies.)
The winner gets to choose from the following list:
1. a print copy of both Fever-Dreaming Marlinko and Slumbering Ursine Dunes.
2. a $10 gift certificate to Amazon (don't spend it all in one place, hoss).
3. a copy of a book or movie from the reference list (barring a runaway auto-pricing fiasco).
Given that you have to wade through 70-pages of my quirky-ass writing I am putting out a longer deadline than my usual contests, July 21.
To enter your submission, email me at kutalik at the gmail dot the com.