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A Podcast dedicated to Call of Cthulhu and other Horror and Lovecraftian Role Playing Games.

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A Podcast dedicated to Call of Cthulhu and other Horror and Lovecraftian Role Playing Games.

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This is one to listen to the entire backlog of. Keepers Chad, Dan, John, and Murph engage in interesting and informative discussion about Call of Cthulhlu as well as other horror roleplaying and general horror topics. Their discussion often revolves around taking a general idea, like creating a new piece of alien technology for investigators to use/have used against them, and fleshing it out while providing suggestions for how you could do the same thing for your own games. I've made use of their advice in other, non-horror game systems and I think the games I run are better off for it. The hosts are actively engaged with their listeners. One or the other of them will often be present and participating in discussions on their discord server. Definitely worth a listen and a subscribe. Go Pods!

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Totally listenable, engaging hosts, with a great format. Scratches that unspeakable itch.

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85 Ratings
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77
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Outstanding, ENnie Award Winning Podcast

By iPwnedMSCS - Jul 15 2019
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This is one to listen to the entire backlog of. Keepers Chad, Dan, John, and Murph engage in interesting and informative discussion about Call of Cthulhlu as well as other horror roleplaying and general horror topics. Their discussion often revolves around taking a general idea, like creating a new piece of alien technology for investigators to use/have used against them, and fleshing it out while providing suggestions for how you could do the same thing for your own games. I've made use of their advice in other, non-horror game systems and I think the games I run are better off for it. The hosts are actively engaged with their listeners. One or the other of them will often be present and participating in discussions on their discord server. Definitely worth a listen and a subscribe. Go Pods!

Good Stuff!

By Originalray's - Aug 11 2015
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Totally listenable, engaging hosts, with a great format. Scratches that unspeakable itch.
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Miskatonic University Podcast

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A Podcast dedicated to Call of Cthulhu and other Horror and Lovecraftian Role Playing Games.

Rank #1: MUP Episode 180 – TV Horrors in Spaaaace

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This episode, all four hosts are back for a rare quorum, and we’re taking sci-fi tv shows and Mythosifying them. This episode was recorded on August 15, 2019.
This is our brief-brief-brief pre-NecronomiCon episode, before we get together in Providence.
A big thank you goes to Golden Goblin Press for sponsoring this episode!
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First thing - a huge thank you to Murph for a Herculean and almost Sisyphean effort to revamp, redesign, spackle and patch the MU forums as well as the website. This was a huge rabbit warren of tasks that started with a barrage of spam posts on the forum, too many details to list here, but we’re talking about full days of work to get us up and running again as well as updated, secure and pretty. Thank you, Murph.
Chaosium has announced the release of Flotsam and Jetsam, a new four part series of scenarios for the CoC Organized Play Campaign. The scenarios will be released monthly to Keepers of the Cult of Chaos. Friends of the show Brian Courtemanche and Anthony Lee-Dudley are the authors of the first and fourth scenarios respectively, Congratulations to them both.
WEIRD TALES IS BACK! The magazine that never dies has returned -- with Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry leading the way as Editorial Director. You can find more info at their website.
Chaosium's Masks of Nyarlathotep has been nominated in the 2019 Dragon Awards in the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game category. Check out the link in the show notes for voting details.
By the way, the video for the ENnies award ceremony is back up now.
Discord server invite link >>
And thank you so much to Edwin for editing this episode.
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Thanks to Golden Goblin Press for their sponsorship this episode. We appreciate it!
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This time, Oscarious Tabularis brings us the fourth installment of this season’s Glimpses Into the Empire. This one is called “A Haunting in Athens.”
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“A "riff" of our own on Space Horror settings. We take sci fi movies or books or TV and turn them into space horror. We gave a time limit of 4 minutes. Chad failed to meet that utterly.
Chad - Lost in Space
Jon - TOS Star Trek
Murf - StarGate-SGU
Dan - Space: 1999
Space 1999's Top 10 Scariest Moments

Aug 27 2019

48mins

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Rank #2: MUP Episode 172 – Becoming a Believer

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May 06 2019

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Rank #3: MUP 152 – Beyond From Beyond

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This episode, we’re talking about the Tillinghast Resonator and other ideas that spawn From Beyond. This episode was recorded on July 19, 2018.

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The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U's student paper. Here's where we go through Mythos related news and feedback to the podcast. This episode was recorded on July 19, 2018.
Delta Green: The Labyrinth - Delta Green co-creator John Tynes presents a sourcebook of threats, allies, and mysteries to deepen the terrors of your campaign.
Over the Edge - Return to the island of Al Amarja in this new edition of Jonathan Tweet's freeform roleplaying game of paranormal chaos.
Tails of Valor for Cathulhu has funded! It wrapped up at $16,380 with 320 backers (a the time of recording it was just past the $12,500 goal with 228 backers), and unlocked six stretch goals, including extra interior art and fiction stories, sinister seeds, and bookmarks.
Also, Sentinel Hill Press did a Q&A with Oscar about the project, mostly on the Kingsport Council feline investigator group and Grey in the Dark”, a scenario also set in Kingsport. You can check that out in the show notes!
Check out Cthulhu: Death May Die, a "cooperative board game for 1 to 5 players willing to take on the Cthulhu mythos like never before! Cultists are summoning one of the Elder Ones to consume our world, and it is up to the ragtag group of investigators to face the nightmarish forces and disrupt the ritual long enough to make the Elder One vulnerable. And then kill it dead."
Jon was a guest on Spellburn! Spellburn is a podcast that focuses on the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, and episode 70 is all about using the Cthulhu Mythos in your DCC fantasy game. Jon talked about his Cthulhu Mythos inspired DCC adventures and the upcoming Cthulhu Alphabet book coming soon from Goodman Games.
Amazon Studios has greenlit, “Tales from the Loop,” an hour-long science-fiction series executive produced by “War for Planet of the Apes” director Matt Reeves. The series is based on the famous artwork of Simon Stålenhag. A co-production with Fox 21 Television Studios, the eight-episode series will be helmed by executive producer Nathaniel Halpern, with Mark Romanek directing the pilot episode. “Tales from the Loop” explores the town and people who live above “The Loop,” a machine built to unlock and explore the mysteries of the universe — making things possible that were previously relegated only to science fiction. In this fantastical, mysterious town, poignant human tales are told that bare universal emotional experiences while drawing on the intrigue of genre storytelling.
Punktown is out in PDF!

Jul 31 2018

1hr 24mins

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Rank #4: MUP 148 – Lisa Padol of Golden Goblin Fame

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This episode, we have the third installment in our series of interviews with women in the horror-RPG realm, with Lisa Padol, staff editor for Golden Goblin Press. Plus, a Campus Crier catch-up, listener segments and feedback. The intro and Crier was recorded on June 7, and the interview was recorded a few weeks back on May 17, 2018.
Please don't forget to check out the Women in Tabletop Gaming Month website, and catch up on Lynne Hardy's blog posts about women creatives at Chaosium!
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There’s an update on Miskatonic River Press's Punktown Kickstarter, (now nearing 5 years since it was launched in November 2012). Last year backers received a PDF of the first half of the book, and Angus Abranson of Chronicle City was overseeing completion of the second half. Chaosium has recently received the finished, laid-out book for final review. Angus has advised backers that printing and shipping is slated to start in mid-June.
Call of Cthulhu books Down Darker Trails and The Two-Headed Serpent were named as recipients of 2018 UK Games Expo Awards. The two were picked from over 200 nominations. The Two-Headed Serpent garnered Best Roleplaying Adventure and Down Darker Trails landed the Best Roleplaying Expansion award. The winners were announced at UK Games Expo on Sunday 3rd June.
Seth Skorkowsky has reviewed Jon’s Age of Cthulhu scenario Transatlantic Terror on Seth’s YouTube channel. It’s a nice thorough look at the adventure with some spoilers, FYI. But check it out if you’re thinking about running it.
Issue #3 of Dark Times Magazine has been released. That’s the fanzine that picked up the ball from Protodimension. Lots of great articles and adventure seeds and content. Check it out, and if you have any inkling to write this stuff, submissions are rolling, contact the excellent humans behind the veil of secret history at darktimesfanzine@gmail.com.
Pre-Order Dark Adventure Radio Theatre - Masks of Nyarlathotep from the HPLHS - Masks of Nyarlathotep - Gamer Prop Set
2018 200 Word RPG Challenge - fun contest, Max & I have entries. Max: Jordan: A Lifetime in One Hour, mine is Torture Traps: The Last to Die, Wins!
BY THE WAY, a huge thank you to MAX, who is graciously editing this episode.

Jun 18 2018

1hr 39mins

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Rank #5: MUP 144 – Darkness, Deliver My Players Unto Thee

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In this episode Dan, Jon, and Murph talk about the green eye in the sky, everyone’s favorite god of the caves, Cyaegha, and we also have some listener feedback to respond to. Plus, we have another addition to the Card Catalog, and two more listener submitted segments. This episode was recorded on April, 27th , 2018.
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Call of Cthulhu Leather Campaign Journals
The Kickstarter completed only hours before the recording of this episode.
Classic Lovecraftian boardgame Mansions of Madness is coming to PC.
Fantasy Flight’s award-winning board game Mansions of Madness is getting a video game adaption, which is due for release next year.
Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection boardgame
FUNDED IN 16 HOURS, now graduating through Stretch Goals
Hellboy: The Board Game
Inspired by the visionary comics by Mike Mignola, Hellboy: The Board Game is a thrilling co-operative experience for 1 to 4 players.
New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley 2ed for Call of Cthulhu
'New Tales from Miskatonic Valley' 2nd Edition produced under license for the Call of Cthulhu RPG by Chaosium Inc.
A BIG THANK YOU TO MAX for editing this episode!
Feedback:
From: Justin
The Darkhold ran as 9 issues for a comic book when they tied in the supernatural comics in the Marvel Universe into the Midnight Sons in the ‘90s. Each page of the book was a spell, and many of the spells had escaped as separate pages and a Group was trying to collect them together. It had a very Friday the 13th The Series feel and was a decent read, worth picking up since it was only a short run before being ended.
Oh, and there was a dark little person associated with handing out the pages, this could be a servant of Nyarlathotep spreading discord.
From: Keeper Michael
Subject: Podcast and beginner keeper thoughts
Hi everyone, I am a new keeper, though have had many years playing “that other medieval fantasy game” for over 20 years. A friend in my group turned me on to c.o.c. About a year ago and was instantly hooked!
I listened to a few of your actual gameplays, and loved how taking a basic introductory adventure like The Haunting and turned it upside down on its head. Sadly you didn’t have time to finish it, but was curious about the table in Corbitts basement that had some random astrological stuff, books,etc.
I am running this for the first time and would love to get some ideas as to how to spin what’s on the table into another adventure. I was thinking, if successful with this, to go either into dead mans stomp, or dead light, unless perhaps you think there may be something better to tie this into something just as creepy?
Keep up the great work guys,

May 07 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #6: MUP Episode 175 – How Adair You

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This episode we’ve got Christopher Smith Adair in the guest chair to discuss sundry projects, including a newly released (to PDF) Pulp Cthulhu campaign, a scenario for Golden Goblin Press's An Inner Darkness, and much more. This episode was recorded on June 6, 2019.
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Yog-Sothoth.com is "going deep." After 21 years, the site will now be available only by direct access to the 20,000+ members. In the announcement, founder Paul Maclean said the move would mean "we will have less of an issue with spammers and bots and more importantly it may also help foster a more "club-like" atmosphere (which remains open to all new members). We are far from the first to do this, but we're probably one of the largest in what we cover. A natural concern is that by becoming part of the "Deep Web" we may miss potential members, however it's become clear over the past year that this should not be the case. The most powerful form of promotion is word of mouth."
Our own Jon Hook has a new adventure available on the Miskatonic Repository. It’s called “Spark of Life,” and it’s designed to be played with the Keeper and one player. He is coining a term for this style of game: “An Isolated Investigator Adventure.”
Mark Morrison is releasing on Drivethru RPG his second-ever scenario for Call of Cthulhu, called "The Saltwater Inheritance," which was for a competition in White Dwarf Magazine around, and though it was a runner-up in the contest, the adventure never saw print.
We have wrapped up our first contest on the MUP Discord Server. The prize was a brand new copy of the Miskatonic University: Restricted Collection board game. Participants had to write a Lovecraftian or Cthulhueque haiku in the Contest_1 channel. There were a ton of great entries, so thank you to everyone who participated. The winner of the board game is… Tic! And his winning haiku goes like this…
The cold void yawns wide. Breaking my feeble mind on, Dread reality.
Jon was recently a guest on the amazing literary and gaming podcast, The Appendix N Book Club. This podcast is dedicated to reading all of the literature referenced by Gary Gygax in Appendix N of the Dungeon Master’s Guide, (old school AD&D). Jon was invited to read and speak about The Lurker at the Threshold, by August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft, on Episode 48.
Want to check out the Discord server? Here an invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D
Thank you to Max for editing this episode!
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Episode 2 of "The Journals of Laura Logan." By the way, the reader, Kerrie TC, is available for voice-over work if anyone has leads, please send them to kerrietcrpgs@gmail.com.
Feedback
From Danial: I was thinking of this topic with regards to video games, which typically prevent you from killing NPCs, and in the ones that don’t, you’ll usually be killed in retaliation in pretty short order. The “You Died” scenario could be resolved in CoC with the flashback technique you guys mentioned, but perhaps we could take a page from the games that prevent you from doing bad things in the first place.  Say the guy wants to shoot the kid in the street. You could have an NPC run out screaming at them to stop, and the distraction then adds a Penalty Die to their...

Jun 18 2019

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Rank #7: MUP Episode 164 – Hello the Edge of Darkness My Old Friend

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This episode, all four hosts are back together to delve back into scenario analysis with a classic, The Edge of Darkness! This episode was recorded on January 3, 2019.
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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Delta Green Shotgun Scenario Contest. The winners are:
>>First Place (shared) - Rendezvous in Rama or "Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" by Marco Menarini
>>First Place (shared) - Mairzy Doats by James Estes
>>Third Place - Yummy Yummy in My Tummy by InterstellarOwl
Also, for the first time, a new award. Handler's Choice. This was awarded to Ed Possing’s, (the 2018 Handler), personal favorite of the scenarios that didn't place. This author is awarded a $5 gift certificate to DTRPG. And that winner is: Don't Forget by Colleen Sellay
It was a record-breaking 58 entries in this year’s contest.
Update about Éditions Sans-Détour regarding preorder customers. From Chaosium: "Please be advised we have told Éditions Sans-Détour to cease all presales of Les Masques de Nyarlathotep (Masks of Nyarlathotep) and Le Jour de la Bête (Day of the Beast) on their website. As the license has been withdrawn due to non-payment of royalties and other cardinal violations of the contract, ESD has no legal right or authority from Chaosium to continue presales, or offer these books for retail distribution, or elsewhere."
Bret Kramer of Sentinel Hill Press announced in December that issue #4 of the Arkham Gazette is that the issue will be split into two. Both halves will cover Kingsport, but will loosely focus on a different ‘side’ of the city. Issue #4 will be “Kingsport: Dreams”. Highlights include new locations, The Hall School, a private school for girls, a look at the Cape Verdean community of Kingsport, 100 Items from Neal Hazlitt’s shop (Charles Gerard wrote a few of them, plus a profile of Neal himself), “Bones of Contention” – A short Call of Cthulhu scenario by Kingsport: City in the Mists author Kevin Ross! It’ll clock in at about 80 pages, and it’s still in the works. Issue #5 already has 12 articles lined up, including a new scenario by Christopher Smith Adair. A cover preview shows that it is to be called “Kingsport: Nightmares.”
Also from SHP, artist Galen Pejeau has sent along a revised, color version of the cover for the Keeper's Guide to Lovecraft Country Scenarios. It’s now in the layout phase. The initial PDF release will be just scenarios from Chaosium books, then it will expand to include licensees, magazines, MULA monographs, Miskatonic Repository works, and oddities as possible. Check the link in the show notes.
Golden Goblin Press last month unleashed a “Free but Vicious Nemean Lion” to celebrate the holiday season. It’s a creature from the Cthulhu Invictus setting. The link to download the PDF is in the blah dee blah.
Check out the Chaosium YouTube channel to see a new video series to mark the release of the CALL OF CTHULHU STARTER SET. The videos are hosted by someone named “Jess,” and they are specifically pitched to newcomers to roleplaying games and Call of Cthulhu, with very basic topics like "What is an RPG?", "What is Call of Cthulhu?", "How to Play", "The Starter Set", and "What Next?"
https://www.youtube.

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #8: MUP Episode 165 – Rethinking Cosmic Horror With Sam Riordan

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This episode, Sam Riordan of MetaArcade joins Jon, Chad and Murph for a discussion about the interactive storytelling game Cthulhu Chronicles, as well as new angles on cosmic horror.
And we’re happy to announce that this episode is sponsored by Squamous Studios, and we’ll have some more to say about that in a little bit. Thanks to Squamous Studios for the support!
This episode was recorded on January 17, 2019.
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Thanks very much again to Squamous Studios for signing on as official sponsor for Episode 165. We’re pleased to announce that the company has launched the first expansion of Feed the Shoggoth: Morsels of Madness! Feed the Shoggoth!: Morsels of Madness will include 42 cards, featuring: New Cult Factions, New Artifacts, New Spells, New Minions, Rules Summaries for the players, and more!

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The ENWorld forum had a poll for favorite gaming podcasts, and the results were announced on the Morrus' Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast. They did 10 of each in the categories of Talk and AP podcasts. Go listen to their podcast if you want to hear the whole list.
For the "Talk" category:
#1 Good Friends of Jackson Elias
#2 Grognard Files
#3 Fear the Boot
#4 Ken and Robin Talk about Stuff
For AP category
#1 Adventure Zone
#2 Glass Cannon
#3 Androids and Aliens
#4 Dungeons and Randomness
THE CAMPAIGNER magazine #26 has a 8 page special feature about Call of Cthulhu, with a long interview with line editor Mike Mason. The digital edition is just $1, and well worth a read!
Chaosium is looking for GMs for the upcoming year.
Chaosium announces latest CoC licensee - Dog Might Games, who make wooden Keeper screens and dice boxes.
Golden Goblin Press has posted a teaser about an upcoming Kickstarter. The project is called An Inner Darkness. “The dark and malevolent forces of the Cthulhu Mythos mostly ignore humankind. But these entities are also shrewd opportunists. Many of them see humans as a resource to be harvested, corrupted or enlisted for their dark plots. Humanity, with all its noble aspirations, has many flaws. Greed, lust, envy, hatred and fear are ripe fruits for these forces to exploit. Division and separation makes the humans easier to control. As investigators square off against the worst aspects of mankind, they also find themselves entangled with the parasitic powers of the Mythos.”
Also, a new free downloadable PDF has been added to the GGP website, it’s called The Adepts of Teris, it’s a group for Cthulhu Invictus. Also, there’s a tip jar on the company website now.
Stygian Fox has announced the release of an overarching campaign framework written by by Jeff Moeller that ties together scenarios in The Things We Leave Behind. It was a backer-only reward for the Kickstarter, but now that it’s been fully delivered that mini-ca...

Jan 28 2019

1hr 19mins

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Rank #9: MUP Episode 158 – Your Feet Are in The Past, My Friends

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This episode, Murph, Chad and Jon concoct and stew over a few of our own new Great Old Ones. This episode was recorded on October 15, 2018.
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Once again, heartfelt condolences go out to friends and family of Chaosium founder Greg Stafford, who passed away on October 11 at the age of 70.
There is a condolence thread on the Chaosium site, which you can find here.
Chris Lackey has announced that he is working on a CoC supplement for Chaosium called Cults of Cthulhu. He said on YSDC’s News from Pnakotus that it involves using Cthulhu cults as antagonists an comes with three scenarios across different eras. Look for it “vaguely next year.” No more details have been released.
There’s a new novel by Ben Monroe, who is the originator of the Monterey Jack character. In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars: A Cthulhu Wars Novel - it’s inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the game Cthulhu Wars, published by Petersen Games. There are eight short stories and a complete novel
Grave-tober: Bret Kramer of Sentinel Hill Press has been posting an item a day for the whole month of October - you may remember previous “Octoberganza” posts. This time, each item is a New England gravestone of particular interest to him, for reasons of artistic value or insight into some facet of history or folklore. They’re each short, around 250 words, but there are weird and horrific carvings nuggets like stones carved with undead imp creatures bearing darts, and freaking skulls with extra rows of teeth...check it out.
Cody Goodfellow wrote an interesting piece about Lovecraft’s legacy and ongoing controversies about his racism. It recaps some of the upheaval in the community over the last few years, including his once-friend Robert Price’s comments and the World Fantasy Award statue - as well as more recent conflicts it’s a nice thoughtful read that adds something new to the convo.
Sean Hillman of ENWorld interviewed Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios about various projects. It’s a cool rundown of work in both Cthulhu and non Cthulhu realms, and his work process, his influences, his goals. Good read.

LATE-BREAKING - Sentinel Hill Press is offering a bundle of Print-On-Demand softcover books PLUS PDFs for all four Arkham Gazette issues on DriveThru RPG at a significant sale price of $45, which is down from a $78 cost to purchase all of them separately. Check it out!
Click here to read more via this special MUP link >>
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This episode, a second installment from the cold files of Agent Dinos - this time, we’re looking at a strange item from the Istanbu...

Oct 22 2018

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Rank #10: MUP 142 – Tome Much of a Good Thing

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In this episode, Dan, Jon and Murph dive into the old Special Collections vault to talk about tomes as story points. Plus, we have more audio segments from contributors, news and more! This episode was recorded on March 29, 2018.
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The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U's student paper. Here's where we go through Mythos related news and feedback to the podcast. This episode was recorded on March 29, 2018.
Chaosium announced last week that they will be Kick Starting a new board game by Reiner Knizia and Greg Stafford. Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection is the company’s first foray into board games in 37 years. Thanks to Chaosium’s continued pre-launch updates we have also got some looks at the game mats in their final form. The Kickstarter is set to launch in April, and you can find links to everything in the show notes as always.
This just in from Bret Kramer of Sentinel Hill Press: “The Arkham Gazette 2 has been raised up from its essential saltes and is now available on DTRPG. This issue was about Innsmouth and for $12 you get a pdf with over a dozen articles and a scenario. Print version coming soon” Also, Bret has a new $3 patron level on his Patreon page. "Vile Minions" will get all the lower level Sentinel Hill Press rewards plus an occasional post-card, short letter or possibly a few pages from an upcoming release. Links to find out more about both are in the show notes.
Reports are coming in that the Raiders of R’lyeh RPG, which launched back in August of 2013 and we covered initially on Episode 38, has started showing up in people’s hands in the last few days. So if you are a backer be on the lookout. Congrats to creator Quentin Bauer for getting it out the door finally.
Modiphius has released the next installment of their Living Campaign for Achtung Cthulhu. The scenario is called The Blessed of the Wind and is by Richard August, and centers around a Nazi troopship that is anchored in a nearby fjord. The scenario is free and available to members of the Living Campaign at Modiphius.
A new kickstarter for Maximum Apocalypse: Gothic Horrors Expansion, for the popular card game Maximum Apocalypse, has been funded in two hours. The update will allow player to “[f]ace off against life draining vampires, ghouls and werewolves in a classic monster set or try and stop a bunch of cultists from summoning Cthulhu or other unspeakable Lovecraftian horrors.”
They have already funded and are just chasing stretch goals for the remaining 27 days.

Apr 09 2018

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Rank #11: MUP 140 – Mike Mason, Midnight Shambler

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In this episode, all four hosts talked to Mike Mason about the Miskatonic Repository and all kinds of tips for beginning writers. We also ended up revisiting a certain kleptomaniacal monster. The interview portion was recorded on March 3, and the Crier was recorded on March 8, 2018.
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First, a big apology. Back in late 2016, we switched our feedback email over from an old MU website address that wasn’t working to a gmail account. mup.feedback@gmail.com. Due to a couple of tech glitches and a communication train wreck on our part, that address has gone unchecked since November 2016. We recently discovered - with complete dismay - that there were almost 40 unanswered feedback emails in the inbox. To all of you who sent something in only to hear resounding silence from us, we are very sorry. We have since contacted all of you that sent in an email, but if you think you have been overlooked, then please contact us again and let us know.
Among the items we completely missed the boat on:
From December 2017 Glenn emailed us and let us know about a Patreon for a Lovecraftian RPG that is currently in development called Journey to the Tree of Sorrows.
A little more than a year ago RPG Coasters did a campaign to launch hardwood drink coasters themed specifically for Cthulhu RPG. These are pretty cool - they include investigator professions like parapsychologist and antiquarian so your game group can maybe have a special coaster for each party member. You can also have the text customized to say what you would like. I bought one of the Keeper coasters and will update us when it arrives.
We also got a nice bit of feedback from a blogger who runs Brawl of Cthulhu, where they have a blog post about each of the monsters in the Malleus Monstorum.
New News:
The Masks expansion for Fantasy Flight Games’ Eldritch Horror is now out for general release.
And has Chaosium announced that the Masks rewrite is behind schedule and is now expected “later in 2018.”
There is a new Kickstarter out for Lovecraft Preparatory Academy, which seems to be a mash-up of Lovecraft, Miskatonic University, and Harry Potter. You can get the game in PDF for $15. The link is in the show notes.
Yann Demange Enters “Lovecraft Country” for Jordan Peele! In his U.S. TV debut, British helmer Yann Demange is set to direct and executive produce the first episode of HBO’s high-profile straight-to-series drama “Lovecraft Country”, from newly minted Oscar winner Jordan Peele (Get Out) and his Monkeypaw Productions, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot and Warner Bros Television.
Friend of the show Matt Puccio has released “

Mar 12 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #12: MUP Episode 157 – That Old Timey Science

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In this episode, all four hosts gather to discuss classic vintage sci-fi and how to add an infusion of Mythos. This episode was recorded on September 27, 2018.
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Cthulhu Chronicles is now available on Android - Cthulhu Chronicles brings the terror and thrill of Chaosium’s award-winning role-playing game Call of Cthulhu to life on your mobile device. It emulates the tabletop experience, giving you choices to make, enemies to fight and mysteries to uncover. Mystery, intrigue, horror, and madness await your investigator, who can gain insights and lose sanity as they chart their way through Arkham City’s various interactive stories. Each story presents its own challenges and also plays a part of a larger campaign, which unfolds around you as you play. It is a great way to introduce yourself to the thrill of Call of Cthulhu, or, if you are already a player, to dive into a game and get a touch of Mythos on your own!
Cthulhu Reborn has released Dateline Lovecraft #2 - Help Wanted by Jo Kriel on RPGNow as a pay what you want release. This is a 19 page extra scenario designed to work with the broadsheet styled newspaper released in Dateline #1. I’ve downloaded it and have started reading through it, and it is awesome.
Retro Style Horror RPG 'Cthulhu Mythos RPG -The Sleeping Girl of the Miasma Sea-' English ver. is Released on DLsite.com and Steam
https://store.steampowered.com/app/938240/Cthulhu_Mythos_RPG_The_Sleeping_Girl_of_the_Miasma_Sea/
The Sassoon Files is a kickstarter that is set in Shanghai in the 1920s. They have already funded with $14k of a 5k goal.
A creator called 2d6.io has created printable props for the Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign to represent two of the artifacts investigators may encounter during the prelude adventure in Peru. They include something called “The Golden Mirror” and “The Golden Ward.” These are STL/3D-Printer Files, and they are all available on thingiverse for free! This person is planning to continue making stuff for the campaign, so stay tuned. Link in the show notes.
The Props of Nyarlathotep, the Perù chapter. Handcrafted props for the whole new prologue created for the awarded Call of Cthulhu RPG Campaign : the Masks of Nyarlathotep.
Something is Wrong Here is an RPG based on the films of David Lynch, specifically Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Lost Highway. Do we really need more of a reason to back this? This has already been funded by the time you hear this, but it is worth a mention in case it drops on shelves near you.
Golden Goblin update: By the time this airs, four Golden Goblin products will be newly available for download on the company’s site. Two game products and two fiction products. That includes Riot at Red Plank and the Guide to the Caribbean, after those are released to backers, and then Tails of Terror fiction and the Further Tales of Cthulhu Invictus - all available for for download. And probably the 7th Ed conversion rules for the De Horrore Cosmico - the first Invictus book that they did - will be available for free download. Also,

Oct 08 2018

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Rank #13: MUP Episode 170 – The Glamorous Gatsby

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Apr 09 2019

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Rank #14: MUP Episode 153 – Jon and Murph Go 'Off Topic'

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In this episode - honestly I have no idea. This is Keeper Chad. Oh right...MUP won an ENnie! Go Pods! A big thank you to all who voted. While Dan and I were in Indy...Jon and Murph were minding the store and...
[FYI, this one is explicit af.]]]>

Aug 13 2018

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Rank #15: MUP 127 – I am the Very Archetype of a Pulpy, Tough, Professional

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In this episode, a skeleton crew of Dan and Chad start to pour through the Pulp Cthulhu book, piece by bare-knuckled, cliffhanger-loving piece. This episode was recorded on, July 10, 2017.
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♞ Big YSDC news: It sold as a set!
Paul’s CoC collection has in fact sold to a single buyer. And what’s better, it’s someone that Paul knows, so he knows it’s going to a good home. While we feel the loss of the treasured collection, this did end with the best possible outcome. Note: sold for “four figures.” Now comes the dimensional origami that comes with packing such a tremendous trove of items.
♞The Yellow King RPG from Pelgrane Press is now as $157,590 pledged of $29,657 goal, with 10 days of this recording. (Check out a live update in the widget below.)

KIYRPG on KARTAS
Murf sent this cool find from Reddit - The Awakening - a challenging stand-alone investigation role-playing scenario loosely based on H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu and set in a near future dystopia. The players assume the roles of law enforcement agents tasked to investigate the death of Thomas Angell, professor emeritus of computational linguistics. Soon they discover that the late professor was publishing a blog detailing sinister findings, a massive conspiracy hiding in plain sight and that nothing is as it seems.
Here’s a Lovecraftian Monster from Xavier Gens’ ‘Cold Skin’!
Cold Skin takes place on the edge of the Antarctic Circle, in the years after World War I, a steam ship approaches a desolate island far from all shipping lanes. On board is a young man, on his way to assume the lonely post of weather observer, to live in solitude for a year at the end of the world. But on shore he finds no trace of the man whom he has been sent to replace, just a deranged castaway who has witnessed a horror he refuses to name. The rest is forest, a deserted cabin, rocks, silence, and the surrounding sea. And then the night begins to fall…
Call Of Cthulhu From Cyanide Studios may eventually get VR support.
Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios has put the call out for diverse creatives.
ENnie Voting is Open!
Call of Cthulhu and related items are all over the place this year!
Best Adventure - Doors to Darkness
Best Aid/Accessory - Call of Cthulhu – Keeper’s Screen Pack
Best Art, Cover - Call of Cthulhu – Investigator Handbook
Best Art, Interior - S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors
Best Cartography - Call of Cthulhu – Keeper’s Screen Pack
Best Monster/Adversary - S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors
Best Production Values - Call of Cthulhu – 7th Edition Slipcase Set
Best RPG Related Product - Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book
Best Supplement - Pulp Cthulhu
Best Electronic Book: The Things We Leave Behind from Stygian Fox
Product of the Year: Doors to Darkness
ENnies Voting takes place from July 11 - July 21. Here is the voting page: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2017
MUP Fundraiser!
We’re doing a little fundraising of our own to help with the NecronomiCon expenses.

Jul 18 2017

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Rank #16: MUP Episode 155 – Where Are We and What Is That?

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This episode, Murph, Jon and Chad put peanut butter into the chocolate as we mix together random monsters and random global coordinates. This episode was recorded on August 30, 2018.
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[Keeper Chad joins the show late]
Occam's Razor, a collection of scenarios for Call of Cthulhu by Brian Sammons! This is a collection of modern scenarios that have a dark tone, “more akin to True Detective and American Horror Story and is written for Mature Gamers Only. The scenarios look into the dark heart of humanity and the mythos... but this book has a twist.” The twist is that the scenarios seem to have link to the Cthulhu mythos but they have mundane causes and outcomes.
Zweihander is about to kickstart a new supplement called Main Gauche, which looks dark and weird as hell on their page.
Doctor Cthulittle - an illustrated tale. This is a completed Kickstarter from December 2017, but Jon got it from his local comic shop - and it is amazing!
Haunting of Hastur available in print or at DTRPG. The Haunting of Hastur just had a successful KS to produce the 5e and OSR 4-part adventure scenarios in print. But many of them you can get now on DTRPG.
A big Salute to SKYPE OF CTHULHU for 500+ episodes!!!
And a big thank you goes out to..wait...to DAN this time for editing the show! Thankorry very much Dan for editing this one.
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This episode, let’s kick it off with an installment from Mr. Tyler, with a deep dive into a seminal weird fiction story: The Derelict.
Then, we have the first episode in Season Two of Glimpses into the Empire. Let’s gaze up at the timeless stars for a story about the surprising fate of one Roman Astrologer.
Once again, if you have any interest in producing a segment for the podcast, please contact mup.feedback@gmail.com
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We have some audio feedback from Ritterton. The Google transcription is just too weird to post.
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Riffing on a randomly generated monster in a randomly generated place. Here's what we used:
Random.org to randomly select a position on planet Earth
Convert decimal to minutes/seconds.]]>

Sep 10 2018

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Rank #17: MUP 139 – Stirring the Genre Stew

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In this episode, Jon, Murph and Chad try a little mashup magic by randomly combining Lovecraftian horror with other RPG genres. This episode was recorded on February 15, 2018.
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Correction: In episode 137 Chad said that the DM’s Guild allows creators to write content for multiple versions of D&D. It doesn’t. It only allows 5th Edition. And (for now) it only allows the Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft settings only.
Delta Green is releasing a book of six scenarios called “A Night at the Opera” in hardback. It’s now available for preorder. They are doing a kind of ransom model where they had to get 300 preorders before they would send the thing for print.
The Fall of Delta Green, the Ken Hite adaptation of the setting to Trail of Cthulhu, set in “the blistering 1960s” is available in PDF to backers of the Kickstarter. The Fall of Delta Green will be available for further orders from Pelgrane Press “soon.”
There is a Punktown update from January: Basically, they have character sheets to add to the book from Dean Engelhardt.
Check out The Pallid Mask: King In Yellow tiki mug & RPG.
Billy Joel meets HP Lovecraft - listen here!
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iTunes review by drummerdave from USA on January 12, 2018:
Fantastic and funny, Great conversation and in-depth analysis on Cthulhu RPGs and horror themes in general. Funny, unique and interesting. Must subscribe!
Topic - The Genere-rator!
Here is a table we used for generating mashups with Lovecraftian horror. Roll 1d12:
1. Superheroes (V&V, Marvel, Godlike)
2. Espionage (Top Secret, Nights Black Agents)
3. Martial Arts (Bushido, Feng Shui, Legend of the Five Rings)
4. Swashbuckling (7th Sea, Flashing Blades, 50 Fathoms for Savage Worlds)
5. Traditional Fantasy (D&D, DCC, 1 million others)
6. Conspiracy (Esoterrorists, Delta Green, Kult)
7. Cyberpunk (Cyberpunk 2020, Punktown, Corporation)
8. Space Opera / Space Adventure (Traveller, Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Frontiers, Star Star)
9. Post Apocalyptic (Gamma World, Car Wars, Mutant Crawl Classics)
10. Transhuman (Eclipse Phase, Nova Praxis)
11. Romance (Monster Hearts, Breaking The Ice, Kagematsu)
12. Western (Boot Hill, Deadlands, Down Darker Trails)
And here is an extra D6 if you want to add a time period or tech level to the settings:
1. Stone Age
2. Ancient/Medieval
3. Contemporary/Post Industrial
4. Near Future
5. Far Future
6. Alien / Interdimensional]]>

Feb 26 2018

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Rank #18: MUP 141 – Chris Spivey, Special Collections

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This episode, we catch up with Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios to talk about Harlem Unbound and upcoming projects. Then we riff a bit on how to pull Mythos ideas from TV shows. This episode was recorded on March 15, 2018.
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Golden Geek Awards have been announced for stuff released in 2017, and Tales from the Loop got best RPG. It also got runner up for Best Artwork & Presentation. That’s the most notable horror-adjacent winner on the list. Check out the rest of the winners on the RPG Geek website - we’ll post a link in the thingy.
Jon talks about a new ‘zine about Dungeon Crawl Classics that is available on DriveThruRPG called Crawl-thulhu. This ‘zine is written and produced by John Potts, and introduces a Sanity mechanic and DCC stats for 1920s firearms. It also includes an adventure titled “A Horrible Day at the Dunwich Fair.” This is all DCC compatible. If playing Call of Cthulhu with DCC rules interests you, then go check out this ‘zine quick. The advertised cover price is $8, but at the time of this recording it is on sale for $3.
Chaosium has announced winners of the Cult of Chaos Scenario Writing Contest - there are seven of them and we’re not going to read them all, but there are two notable winners from MU Nation, including David Larkins for Wailing Woman for Down Darker Trails, and Shannon Mac for The Search for Brian Boru, Cthulhu Dark Ages scenario. Congratulations to all of the winners!
There is a Kickstarter in progress for is a horror detective comic based on the works of HP Lovecraft called Hellcraft. The blurb reads: “Private investigator Hank Hellcraft must contend with a troubled family past, while becoming engulfed in mysteries that reveal indescribable horrors hidden just beneath the surface.” Check it out!
Adam Crossingham posted some updates about SixtyStone projects on YSDC. The SixtyStone website is currently down, so after some speculation about the fate of the company, Adam posted updates on the forums. He says his top priority is getting the MONC KS finished, he’s still converting Colonial Mythos Country to 7e, the next two Investigator Weapons books have gone back to “Hans” for 7e integration, there are a lot of corrections to make on the Cthulhu by Arclight layout files, and he hasn’t decided whether to convert it to 7e or to DG. Other books will basically be done when they get done. More details are in the conversation thread on YSDC.
Golden Goblin Press is holding a Spring Cleaning Sale, so you can get 20% off all physical items, an 30% off orders over $60 in for physical items. That includes RPG and fiction material. That sale runs until April 15th. The discount code is: G0blin$pr1n6.
The Brazilian-Portuguese version of Call of Cthulhu successfully Kickstarted back on February 2 at about $71,000 (231,000 Brazilian Real). Behold: “Chamado De Cthulhu”!
Chaosium has released Petersen’s Abominations in PDF and Hardback. As always, the PDF is free with a Hardback purchase. These are five of the modern-day ...

Mar 27 2018

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Rank #19: MUP 143 – Cop Talk and Other Effluvia

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In this episode, all four hosts are back together again to tackle a topic suggestion from "Uncle Tim" about how to use law enforcement without disrupting the flow of your game. Plus listener segments and more! This episode was recorded on April 12, 2018.
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A new 12-page Delta Green scenario by Dennis Detwiller called “Sweetness” is available via DriveThruRPG in both PDF and Print on Demand. Blurb: “The Bernier family of Tampa, Florida, has been terrorised by a fire and weird graffiti. Police suspect a hate crime. The mark on the door, carved with a horn or a claw and smeared with blood and effluvia, makes Delta Green think otherwise. One of their experts says it's the symbol of Kore, queen of the underworld, goddess of an ancient mystery cult.”
A new rules-lite Lovecraftian-style roleplaying game from Les Livres de l'Ours is available on DriveThruRPG. The makers say the system was inspired by Advanced Fighting Fantasy, Traveller and others. This version is 34-pages and “art-free” at a pay-what-you-want price. Promo copy “So grab a character sheet, 2D6, pick a profession and a reputation and go fight the Old Ones or die screaming.” The money made by this version will pay for the art of the final version.
Syrinscape and Chaosium have announced a new partnership to release “official sounds” for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. Syrinscape is an app that creates movie-like, immersive sound for tabletop games.
There'a a Kickstarter for Call of Cthulhu leather campaign journals to enhance your gaming experience. "Be the dread author of your own story."
A new edition of Alone Against the Dark: Defying the Triumph of the Ice is out now from Chaoisum. This has been revised and updated to 7th Edition and is by Matt Costello.
Murph got his RPGCoaster of Cthulhu last week, and it is awesome....

From Michael O'Brien: "The launch date for our Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection Kickstarter has been set—April 17th. And they say they are excited to be launching our first Lovecraftian board game since 1987!"
A BIG THANK YOU TO EDWIN for editing this episode!
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First up, strap yourselves in to the Wayback Machine, Sherman, we’re on our way to Ancient Rome for a tale from Oscarius Tabularis about...the worst dinner party ever.
Then, get your paper footballs ready to snap through the goalposts of ennui, as we settle into Mr. Tyler’s detention hall - for some more thoughts on a Mythos minion we’ve covered here recently. To read more from Mr. Tyler check out Skullduggery in the Smoke.
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"Hello Miskatonic University Podcast this is Tim McGonagle here,

Apr 23 2018

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Rank #20: MUP Episode 162 – Plumbing the Magic Depths

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This episode, Jon, Murph and Chad delve into the depths of Deeper Magic! This episode was recorded on December 6, 2018.
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Chad talks a little about Masks of Nyarlathotep.
In relation to Masks and how the latest edition tackled problematic material, check out two episodes of the Good Friend of Jackson Elias.
Episode 133 – The Good Friends try on Masks of Nyarlathotep
Episode 134 – The Good Friends try on more Masks of Nyarlathotep
BBC Radio 4 has released a fantastic audio drama, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” It is not a reading of the story, but instead it is a full cast radio drama that reinterprets the story as a podcast. The podcast hosts have a show called “The Mystery Machine,” and they do reference a lot of pop culture in the show. It is 10 episodes long, and they each average less than 30 minutes long. It is very well produced and the writing also pulls in many other Lovecraftian elements. This is an amazing production.
At the time of release of this episode, voting is now open in the 2018 Delta Green Shotgun Scenario Contest. In a change from previous years, all of the entries were required to be no longer than 1500 words. So it shouldn’t be too difficult to skim through and read many, (if not all), of the submitted scenarios. Our own Keeper Jon has a scenario in this year’s contest, but he hasn’t revealed which one is his, even to us! We hope you roll a crit-success on your Luck, Jon.
Squamous Studios is about to launch a Kickstarter for the first expansion-Feed the Shoggoth!: Morsels of Madness! It will include 42 cards, featuring: New Cult Factions, New Artifacts, New Spells, New Minions, Rules summaries. And it’s worth mentioning - Chad made the semi-animated intro video for it!
The Yellow King RPG by Robin D. Laws update - The latest Kickstarter update contains both good news and bad. The Good: The PDFs for the four core books, one game supplement, and one novel, (depending on your backer level), are available for download. Backers should check their emails. The Bad: Pelgrane Press is having some printer issues, but they are working hard to resolve them. For more details, the backers can check the Kickstarter Updates.
The Miskatonic University: Restricted Collections board game Kickstarter. The manufacturing is complete, and will begin shipping from China very soon. Backers should expect an update that contain the names of the cargo ships bringing the goods!
The Listening Room:
Due to Chad’s lack of being together in his act, we’re taking a break on the Listening Room despite having a few items in the bank. Agent Dinos, sorry about that.
Jon suggests Project Bluebook, Chad suggests the Teapot Dome Scandal, Murph suggests a cabinet of curiosities gone wrong.
However, please remember that if you have any interest in producing a segment for the podcast, please contact mup.feedback@gmail.com.
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Dec 17 2018

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MUP Episode 190 – Modern Sokolowski of Horror!

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

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The recently funded Vaesen RPG has released some alpha material to backers that includes monster descriptions, plot hooks, a weakness, and a ritual, along with some new unpublished art! They have a cool section on “Horror, Mystery and Adventure” which delineates between different modes of play — it’s a cool way to clarify up front what the game will be like.

In case you didn’t realize the guys who rebooted Sherlock for the BBC have a new reboot of Dracula that has been released on Netflix in the US. The entire three-episode series is available now.

Also from the world of Kickstarter , backers for the Cthulhu 1968: Black Sun 28mm skirmish game have been given the full color PDF ruleset of the game according to their lastest post on the Kickstarter page.

Roll20 has finally has added Call of Cthulhu to their popular online virtual tabletop system. The Call of Cthulhu Keeper Bundle sells for $54.95 and includes the Rules Compendium, 2 scenario modules Crimson Letters & Amidst the Ancient Trees, and a Character Art Pack. Inside are “over 30 NPCs and monsters, tables, macros, and pre-generated characters.” It looks like there is a new CoC character sheet to go along with all that as well.

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If you haven’t heard yet, we have redesigned our Patreon, and so far the feedback has been all positive! We are greatly appreciative of you, our listeners, and would ask that if you can please back us! Our next goal in funding will pay our worthy editors for their time! Also all backers, regardless of level will have access to the outtakes reel that we are going to put out on a special RSS feed from Patreon! To back us you can click the button on the sidebar of our website, mu-podcast.com or head over to Patreon directly at www.patreon.com/mup!

Some of the backers that we need to mention this show are….

  • Christopher B. – Keep a lookout for a link to Jon’s scenarios on DriveThruRPG!
  • Adam F.
  • The Farquhar

Graham’s Card Catalog

This week we’re highlighting a YouTube channel that Graham put us onto a few weeks ago. HorrorBabble is a small UK audio production company that is doing horror story readings of Mythos tales and some other obscure short stories.

Listening Room

And in the Listening Room for the first show of 2020, we have the fifth installment of The Laura Logan Files.

Modern Horror in Call of Cthulhu

The Keepers contemplate…

  • What makes horror “modern”? What is the difference between “modern” and “contemporary”? does it matter?
  • what makes “good” modern horror? What are examples of good modern horror? (RPGs, movies, books)
  • “bad” horror? It can’t just be about not getting a signal on your phone
  • what are the best places and takes on modern gaming horror? worse?

The Keepers discuss…

  • There’s the new podcast of Whisperer in Darkness from the same folks who did the Case of Charles Dexter Ward was a quite good modern take on Lovecraft. What is game-able from this?
  • New Delta Green keeps coming out  — the Labyrinth from John Scott Tynes just sent out final PDF — how has it morphed through the ages to keep up?
  • Stygian Fox has two modern books out – what makes them award winning and good for modern horror? I think there’s a strong impulse of looking deeper into modern anxieties and mental health that have been examined before. Your thoughts?
  • (Can I talk about the modern Safe House book I’m writing for Stygian Fox set in Washington DC? I’m about halfway in and I aim, finally, to finish it in 2020. Might be fun to discuss what a COC author has to do to keep “up to date”)

Examples of Modern Horror in gaming and media:

Silent Legions RPG

Don’t Fuck with Cats

West Marches style (RPG Game)

The Ritual Movie

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

John Dies at the End

Weird Detective

Jan 13 2020

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MUP Episode 189 – Chadey Chadey Gone Gone

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

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The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U’s student paper. This is where we keep all the Mythos-related news and feedback to the podcast. This episode was recorded on December 16, 2019.

Chaosium has released the fourth and last installment of their organised play campaign, Flotsam & Jetsam, for Call of Cthulhu. “On the Banks of the Ohio” has already been released to Cult of Chaos members on the BRP Central forums.

Hunters Entertainment and Paradox Interactive has teamed up for Werewolf: The Apocalypse 5th Edition. They are hoping for a 2021 release and the project will be marketed and distributed by Renegade Games.

Alien the Roleplaying Game is officially out! It looks amazing. It’s definitely worth checking out.

The Fall semester at Taylor University came to a close today, and Refractions of Glasston is now available to download for free at the Miskatonic Repository, Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu community content resource at DriveThruRPG. Refractions of Glasston is the result of a creative collaboration between the Professional Writing department at Taylor University, Upland IN and Chaosium Inc. The creators are all students at Taylor University. Though many of the team are members of the professional writing major, this is their first foray into the world of RPG writing. With help and advice provided by Chaosium’s Mike Mason and Lynne Hardy, these writers, editors, and RPG enthusiasts set out to create a unique adventure for Call of Cthulhu fans to enjoy. 

Dead Light is back, with two “unsettling” encounters on the road…DEAD LIGHT AND OTHER DARK TURNS contains two scenarios dealing with the theme of roadside adventure, along with six story seeds for the Keeper to expand and develop. 

In the classic ‘Dead Light’ scenario, now revised, a chance encounter with a distressed young woman leads the investigators into the hideous aftermath of a crime gone terribly wrong. While in the brand-new ‘Saturnine Chalice’ scenario, seeking help from a nearby homeowner after their vehicle runs out of gas traps the investigators in a house where nothing is quite what it seems. Available in PDF now from Chaosium.com, with print to follow (buy the PDF direct and get the full price of the PDF off the print version when it is released)

From Arc Dream Publishing: Delta Green: The Labyrinth is now available in PDF. If you’re a Kickstarter backer, log in to your account and download your copy. If you missed the Kickstarter you can either purchase the PDF from DriveThruRPG or pre-order the hardback and receive the PDF now for free. They anticipate hardbacks to begin shipping to customers some time in January. There’s a link in the show notes to a whole newsletter with other news from Arc Dream

Nine episodes of the The Whisperer in Darkness program on BBC are available, with Episode nine having dropped on Dec. 16. 

And lastly, the Yellow King RPG which was kickstarted by Pelgrane Press is finally in the hands of backers. This new version of the Gumshoe system is called the QuickShock Gumshoe, and it looks amazing! Look for this game too.

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End of an era as we say good-bye to Keeper Chad!

Keepers Dan, Murph, and Jon say good-bye to their friend Keeper Chad as he moves on to dedicate more time to his writing. In addition, the Keepers field questions sent in by the listeners. A couple of fans even sent in audio clips to say farewell.

Dec 30 2019

2hr 18mins

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MUP Episode 188 – Audio over Kingsport

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

Campus Crier

The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U’s student paper. This is where we keep all the Mythos-related news and feedback to the podcast.

  • Golden Goblin Press has posted a few updates. For the recently completed Lovecraft Country Holiday Collection, Oscar just wrapped up the rewrite for Christmas in Kingsport (…so topical, right?). It’s currently clocking in at more than 28,000 words, but that’ll be streamlined in edits. He also posted a picture of the open manuscript for Britannia and Beyond, which is part of the Invictus line. He’s reading it now. And all maps and interior art are in house for An Inner Darkness. 
  • Noah Lloyd of the Reckoning of the Dead website has released a scenario for the Miskatonic Repository on DriveThru RPG. It’s called A Lark in a Cage, it’s for the Gaslight era set in London in 1895. “A family discovers that their child has been replaced by . . . something else. When the investigators take the case, they find themselves on a tour across the soot-choked streets of East London, revealing new threats to the city, wicked enemies, and even wickeder allies as they race against the clock to save the child.” I got to playtest it, and it’s a solid atmospheric and haunting scenario that’ll make you think.
  • The 5th issue of Blasphemous Tomes from our pals at The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is hitting the press. This is the print-only fanzine that we create for Patreon backers of The Good Friends podcast. It contains articles about RPGs, horror films and weird fiction, not to mention plenty of sanity-blasting artwork and original content for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game.  Everyone backing them via Patreon by the end of December 2019 will receive at least one copy of the Tome.
  • Some news from Chaosium this week! Chaosium will be developing a brand new RPG based on the Rivers of London series of urban fantasy novels by Ben Aaronovitch. The game is set to bring in the unique feel of the novels and its special department of the MET along with gods of the rivers, strange mythical beings and ghosts all set in a modern day London.  Lynne Hardy will be the project lead for the development which is set to use a modified version of the BRP system to account for the series’ use of Newtonian Magic and odd beasties. 
  • Fresh from the Unexpected News Desk, Chaosium confirms they are creating a Basic Roleplaying ruleset to be released as an OGL SRD. There are a few catches, however, mainly that games created with the SRD can’t use the Cthulhu Mythos or be used to re-create Pendragon or, presumably, any of their other properties. We have a link to the original thread on the BRP forums where Jeff Richard confirms the information in the show notes.

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And thank you beaucoup to SEAN for editing this episode. 

Patreon Plug

If you haven’t heard yet, we have redesigned our Patreon and so far the feedback has been all positive! We are greatly appreciative of you, our listeners, and would ask that if you can please back us! Our next goal in funding will pay our worthy editors for their time! Also all backers, regardless of level will have access to the outtakes reel that we are going to put out on a special RSS feed from Patreon! To back us you can click the button on the sidebar of our website, mu-podcast.com or head over to Patreon directly at www.patreon.com/mup!

Graham’s Card Catalog

Graham spotted an obscure piece of California history in the form of a 1950s article on a short lived monorail that served an Epsom Salts mine between 1924 & 1926.  The article is preserved on the way back machine of Archive.org

Just because it makes sense for today’s show topic, let’s highlight a blog post from Bret Kramer from 2015 that includes a downloadable list of all the Lovecraft Country scenarios to that point. He also talks about his favorite scenarios for each of the main settings. 

Main Topic

Kingsport — The City in the Mists 

Kingsport is a fictional coastal town that’s featured in three of Lovecraft’s stories. The Terrible Old Man, The Festival and The Strange High House in the Mist. It’s mentioned in other stories. And other writers have used it as a setting. In Call of Cthulhu, Kevin Ross extrapolated a whole fleshed out setting and history for the town that is his own imagining. It’s important to keep in mind the distinction between Kevin Ross’s Kingsport, and a much more vague setting that’s open to interpretation and Ross’s details are not set in stone.

It’s very well established from Lovecraft’s letters that he was inspired by Marblehead, Massachusetts, though he wrote the first Kingsport story before he even visited Marblehead. When he did visit the city he described a kind of ecstatic orgasm when he saw the town in 1922. “that instant — about 4:05 to 4:10 pm., Dec. 17, 1922 — [was] the most powerful single emotional climax during my nearly forty years of existence.” 

“Efficiunt Daemones, ut quae non sunt, sic tamen quasi sint, conspicienda hominibus exhibeant “
Lactantius

“They make it, the devils, that the things which are not, so far, however as they perceive them to perform.” 
“Devils work so that things which are not appear to people as if they were real.”

Ross’s Kingsport starts as a colonial farming and fishing village, and involves generations of Kingsport Cult shenanigans, culminating in 1722 with a Green Flame invocation from the Congregational Church and an armed mob running them out of town.   

  1. What do you like most about the setting? 
  2. What entices you to play or run games there? 
  3. What are the big themes or characteristics you see in Kingsport that are different than Arkham or other CoC settings?
  4. What are things you would like to see in Kingsport that would improve or expand on the setting to make it your own? 
  5. What Kingsport scenarios do you like? 

Jon’s scenario — Malice Everlasting, by Oscar Rios (New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley — Miskatonic River Press — slated to be reprinted by Stygian Fox) 

Chad’s: Shades of Tomorrow Lost from More Adventures in Arkham Country by Scott David Aniolowski. 

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Dec 16 2019

1hr 49mins

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MUP Episode 187 – Cultes des Fools

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

Back us on Patreon!

We’ve made some long awaited changes to our Patreon page, which you can find here, and we humbly ask you to help us keep this show going forward! Keeper Murph will be adding Patron-only posts there, and Backers can look forward to an exclusive outtake reel of each episode. We can’t thank all of our listeners enough, backer or not, you listeners are the reason we keep going on! If you have any questions please email us at mup.feedback@gmail.com!

Campus Crier

HBO has released the “first look” trailer for their shows coming out in 2020. Included in this cornucopia of shows are some very brief snipits of Lovecraft Country, by Jordan Peele. A full trailer to advertise Lovecraft Country should be coming soon.

The 2019 Delta Green Shotgun Scenario Contest is afoot! It does wrap up soon, on December 7th, so jump in now. Entries must be set in the Delta Green-verse, and be 1500 words or less. You can submit as many Shotgun Scenarios as you want. To submit an entry, there is a link in the show notes. Go there first so you can see all the specifications, and you’ll see the email address to send them to. 

The folks at HPLHS have launched a new podcast, titled “Voluminous.” This is Andrew Lehman and Sean Branney’s endeavor, to read and discuss some of HP Lovecraft’s copious personal letters. The first few episodes have dropped, and cover Lovecraft letters to August Derleth, Robert H. Barlow, and…his mom. 

There’s a new zine on Kickstarter that would cover a lot of the MUP topic wheelhouse. It’s called TPK, and it’s billed as “a new zine dedicated to exploring and celebrating horror, dark fantasy and the Old School Revival movement of role playing games (OSR).” This is the work of Michael Francis of Canberra, Australia, a veteran zine publisher with titles such as the “Atomic Elbow Professional Wrestling Fanzine,” “Soda Killers” and the “Slash Dance” horror zine. 

It has been a while since Haunted West closed out, but just to follow up, it finished strong with 889 backers at just under $54,000. The backerkit survey went out a few days ago, and Chris has pledged monthly updates as it progresses through production. This is the stand-alone game we talked about a few episodes, that pieces together stories of forgotten people of the Old West who have been whitewashed by history.

Modiphius is at it again playing the licensing game this time with an Agatha Christie based card game called Death on the Cards. The game for 2-6 players can and last up to 20 – 40 minutes and features many of the characters from the fiction, Miss Marple, Poirot, etc. You can get the game at their website now for $19.33 US. We have a link in the show notes. 

Our own Keeper Dan sent us a link to some news that there is a Lovecraftian cinematic universe in the works. SpectreVision’s Elijah Wood and Daniel Noah are partnering with Color Out of Space director and writer Richard Stanley to create a cinematic universe based on the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Noah and Wood told ComingSoon that they’re working on an adaptation of The Dunwich Horror as a way to “build out a Lovecraft universe.” 

A big thanks to our own Keeper Murph for editing this episode!

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Card Catalog

This episode, Graham brings us a couple of links from Project Gutenberg that could be useful for Gaslight or an Old West horror game like Haunted West or Down Darker Trails. This is an 1870 history of gambling, lots of ways to induce Investigators to lose their shirts and who knows what else (They may end up wearing barrels…). “The Gaming Table: Its Votaries & Victims, In all Times & Countries, especially in England and in France by Andrew Steinmetz, Esq (1870)

And a related link: an interesting paper on the game that was played in the Old West more often than Poker, Faro. Get ready to ‘Buck the Tiger’… http://jgi.camh.net/index.php/jgi/article/view/3724/3684

Cultes des Fools

In Call of Cthulhu, cults often fall into old familiar tropes, with robe-wearing worshipers meeting in stone circles making ritual human sacrifices. Many of these tropes come from a parody of religion from the Lovecraft era, and are caricatures of groups like the Theosophists and the hysteria of a secret “witch cult” in Europe, which turned out to be bogus. While there’s plenty of room to be creative within those tropes, let’s look outside the box a bit.

Let’s look at other groups of people who show “cultish tendencies” that we could infuse with Mythos flavor and work into games.

A Word of Caution: We are using real-world groups for villains, we should just be mindful of “other-izing” real people and trying to punch up when possible instead of punching down at groups that are already “otherized” and marginalized. 

  • How might we look at cult-like behavior in groups that fall out of the traditional tropes, and use them for inspiration to make antagonists for games?  
  • What kinds of unconventional “cult” groups do we already see in Call of Cthulhu’s deep back catalog? Got a favorite?

Jon’s Cults

Fallstaff Academy Preparatory School for Boys

  • Some of the staff within an all boy’s prep school
  • Boys with a high enough GPA, but also with a history of disciplinary actions
  • Initial threat of expulsion is leverage used to fold the boys into the cult until they’re brainwashed enough to participate voluntarily
  • They worship Yog-Sothoth
  • The goal is to groom the boys to infiltrate the highest positions in industry and politics so they can eventually herald the coming of Yog-Sothoth

Patronage of the Bloodied Thumb

  • Patrons of a gifted contemporary artist
  • The artist “signs” artwork with a red thumbprint
  • Artist creates art after tapping into the Mythos through her dreams
  • Admirers of the artist’s work, if they seem sincere enough, are approached by the other patrons to join their “circle” of support for the artist
  • Artist is interpreting dreams from Cthulhu

Clockmakers Guild

  • Collection of mechanical and science-minded people
  • Worship the Tick-Tock Man, an avatar of Nyarlathotep
  • The cultists include clockmakers, watch makers, toy makers, and inventors – anyone who uses tiny jeweler-level tools to build, fix, and invent
  • These cultists network with each other, but are typically isolated individuals who prefer to work alone – except for their mechanical servants and assistants
  • Anyone wishing to join the cult must demonstrate a high level of mechanical mastery

Nursemaid Sisterhood

  • Group of nursemaids, doulas, and nannies
  • They are strong proponents of homeopathic and natural remedies
  • They worship Shub Niggurath
  • One of the tenets of the cult is to test newborns to see if he/she qualifies to be gifted to Shub Niggurath – then a changeling is brought in to replace the newborn as the real baby is gifted to their goddess
  • Each cult cell is led by a “Den Mother” – the bulk of the cultists are young women – the incredibly few men in the cult serve in a laborer or maintenance capacity

Chad’s Cults

  • Meme theory as a way to explore cultish groups, and multi-level marketing as a vector. 
    1. Imagine a race like the Mi-Go, but instead of biological experiments, they are conducting sociological experiments on groups of humans. 
    2. They launch a multi-level marketing experiment of cultish door-to-door salespeople, with separate groups competing in the same market, each one with different “meme” traits to test recruiting capability. 
  • Reality Shows 
    1. Stochastic terrorism. Just as the show runners manipulate the subculture of the show’s participants, a Mythos entity could also be pulling the strings behind the scenes.  
    2. Naked and Afraid, or Lost, or Abandoned, or this one that was cancelled (called Eden).
  • Satirical Groups
    1. Political Parties “frivolous political parties.” Inanimate Objects Party.
    2. Art experiments, like The Institute or the OWL Party.
  • Hobby/Interest group: Amateur electronics kit makers and radio operators in the 20s stumble upon a strange pirate radio broadcast and discover it’s coming from space

Murph’s Cults

Murph has a companion post that will be released to Patreon backers first, and then will be released to all listeners shortly thereafter.

Dec 02 2019

1hr 26mins

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Special Announcement – Keeper Chad

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Hello MU Nation. This is a short special report to cover some
podcast news. Keeper Chad has decided to step down as cohost of the show at the
end of 2019. There are several reasons coming together for this decision, but a
big one is he wants to redirect some of the time spent on podcast stuff into
other creative projects. But fear not, Jon and Murph will continue producing
the show in 2020.

Message from Chad:

Thank you to everyone in this weird and wondrous podcast community; to listeners, friends, guest hosts and people I got to meet along the way. It has been one wild ride.     

Nov 21 2019

7mins

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MUP Episode 186 — Dateline Malleus Mike Mason

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

Campus Crier

Jon talked about Robert Bloch’s story, Black Bargin’, in our previous episode, which centered on a malevolent shadow — well, he has created a new spell and a new monster based on that shadow creature for Call of Cthulhu, and I call it Shade of Yog-Sothoth. It’s available now from the Miskatonic Repository.

Dave Heath has a blog, called “Dave’s Corner of the Universe,” and in a pair of recent posts he talks about the “Final Girl” movie trope. Dave’s blog talks about how to introduce a “Final Girl” occupation into your Call of Cthulhu game:

https://davescorneroftheuniverse.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/final-girl-trope-for-coc-7e/

Old Gods of Appalachia is a Lovecraftian horror anthology podcast. Long before anyone lived in those hills, beings of immeasurable darkness and incomprehensible madness were entombed beneath them. Old Gods of Appalachia is set in an alternate, (or shadow), Appalachia. An upside-down Appalachia, if you will. This is an anthology podcast of original weird short stories set in this alternate version of the Appalachia. 

Chaosium has announced a contest for a new logo for the Cult of Chaos! They are looking for a logo that will pay homage to each of Chaosium’s current main RPG lines. The winner will be given a contract from Chaosium and a sub-license for it to be used for Cult of Chaos properties. Oh and $60. We have links in the show notes.

Gateways to Terrors – Three Evenings of Nightmare” was just released by Chaosium. The book contains three short scenarios that were originally designed to be run as demonstration games of Call of Cthulhu. The included scenarios are: The Necropolis, by Leigh Carr, The Dead Boarder, by Todd Gardiner, and What’s in the Cellar, by me. I have a copy, and I can attest that it looks amazing! Shout out to Matt Ryan who did the maps and handouts, I know for my scenario, he did a fantastic job making them look amazing for both the Keeper and the players. 

MU Discord server invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D

And thank you so much to Max for editing this episode.

Graham’s Card Catalog

This episode, Graham brings us a YouTube channel called ‘Curious World‘ a tale from 2016, where he said the circumstances immediately made him think of Ithaqua.

Listening Room

The Listening Room is closed for renovation today. Sheets of newsprint have been taped to the inside of the windows, and while several undefined shadows can still be seen skulking about in an oddly flickering light, there are no sounds coming from in there. None. In fact, if you get too close to the windows, you’ll even stop hearing any sounds. Even the sound of your own breath, or the trepidatious scuffling of your feet against institutional carpeting…  

Main Topic

  1. A new edition of Malleus Monstorum – is in the works! What can Mike say about it?

2. Journalist investigators – “What aren’t all investigators journalists? Discuss.” – What are the inherent problems of a journalist investigating the Mythos? Ethics, greater good vs. suppressing information, game-rich dilemmas…

Resources: a Free Newspaper Article Generator

Ethics case studies from the Society
of Professional Journalists (SPJ)

The ethics page for National Public
Radio (NPR)

The
ethics page for The New York Times

A security guide from the Committee
to Protect Journalists (CPJ)

Here
is a guide from the Ethical Journalism Network listing “the five principles of
journalism.”

https://ethicaljournalismnetwork.org/who-we-are/5-principles-of-journalism

3. Pacing your horror games – “Keeping on time – why directing your players is not a bad thing.”

Nov 20 2019

1hr 28mins

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MUP Episode 185 – Pilfering Storytime

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

Campus Crier

Have you guys seen The Birch on Facebook Watch yet? It’s a great horror story available exclusively on Facebook, and it’s produced in partnership with CryptTV, (who have a channel on YouTube). There are five episodes so far; each is about 18 minutes long. I like the way they are telling the story. Episode 1 introduces our main character and sets up the world she lives in. Episode 2 suddenly introduces whole new characters, (without explanation at first), but then we learn that this is the origin story of the monster. Episode 3 returns to the world of our main character, but we relive events from Episode 1, but from the antagonist’s POV… which was cool. Episode 4 is more of the monster origin, and then Episode 5 is back with our protagonist as her story advances from where we really left off with her from Episode 1. It probably sounds confusing as I describe it, but it’s plays really well on screen. 

Robin D. Laws, Lynne Hardy, and Cat Tobin recently attended The Kraken convention, where they panelled the “Investigative Roleplaying Masterclass.” The panel is now available on YouTube; it’s a really great panel on structuring an investigative role playing game scenario. We highly recommend this video for anyone interested in writing an investigative adventure. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLO-wjBOBNc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0t7besCI_4Uc-hwUSv1nk8VsJIfrERZ2gBQbsCV7kfUCkA9P8RsMNmZ9E

A Cold Fire Within and Berlin the Wicked City have both been released in the special leatherette edition both featuring gold stamped covers. They are available through the Chaosium website only for $90 and $95 respectively.

There is also a very favourable review of Berlin The Wicked City that has been released over on RPG.net. The conclusion sums it up: “Berlin – The Wicked city doesn’t just present a new, impossibly alluring setting for original Call of Cthulhu adventures, but comes out as a treatise on how to write sourcebook/adventure books. It is well-targeted, thoroughly researched, evocatively written, and as useful for gaming purposes as a supplement can be. It will soon rake in the awards and be hailed as a classic; there’s no doubt about it.”

Good friend of the show, and all around nice guy Dean Englehart has released the next segment in his popular Convicts and Cthulhu line called Ticket of Leave #15, Death Knells. It is written by Dean and Geoff Gillian and is available right now for free at the Cthulhu Reborn site. AuZtralia is an adventure/exploration board game by Stronghold Games for 1-4 players set in an alternate reality 1930s. Following the Restorationist war, the northern hemisphere lands lay poisoned and starvation was the norm. Intrepid adventurers set out to explore and settle new lands. Little did they know, after the war, the surviving Old Ones and their remaining loyal human armies made their way to the outback of Australia to lick their wounds. Riches from the land, mixed with darkness and insanity await you in the outback. Will humanity prevail or will the Old Ones wreak their revenge? 

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And thank you so much to Sean for editing this episode! (Not Max, as we say repeatedly during the episode. Thanks to Max for editing other episodes that are not this episode.)

Random Crier mentions

Field Gun Competitions

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnDqlVPnelU https://youtu.be/PoOeplWAJwU

Graham’s Card Catalog

Spotted an episode of the ‘Small Arms of WWI’ YouTube series you might like to watch. It covers the first semi-automatic rifle to enter full military service.  Quite the ‘steampunk’ gadget, goes into the background and how the rush nature of the design limited it to only being handed out to those best able to use/look after them. Although if pre-war plans had worked out you would have seen the classic 19thC ‘two lines of infantry’ using these things. And it looks like the designers of the Garand rifle might have copied from this… Here is the link to the episode:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pMUb5Qufuc

Listening Room

And now we’re back in the Listening Room with a further installment of Mr. Tyler’s after school gaming club…lecture and powerpoint presentation. This afternoon, he’s got some more scenarios ideas spurred from Cthulhu Wars – this time covering a certain…tittering rodentia.  

Topic

Mining Short Stories for Scenario Ideas

Chad I Am the Doorway, by Stephen King 

It was first published in the March 1971 issue of Cavalier magazine, but I found it in Stephen King’s 1978 short story collection “Night Shift.”

The story opens with Arthur, the narrator, sitting on a porch talking nervously with his friend about something mysterious involving a body. We know he uses a wheelchair and that his hands are bandaged and itching. It turns out he is a former astronaut, and he recounts his two-person mission to observe Venus from orbit. There was an accident on re-entry that left him paralyzed from the waist down.  Then we learn that his hands are bandaged to cover up eyeballs that broke out on his fingers a while after the mission. And those eyes seem to be the remote organs of an alien species, probably from Venus, that are observing Earth through his eyeball hands. He also sees through their eyes a bit when the bandages are off. Because of that, he knows that they view humans as horrifying monstrosities which they fear and hate intensely. Then the aliens take control of his body and cause him to kill a boy by exploding his head with alien powers. He buries the body, but when he goes with his porch-friend to dig it up, it has been moved. Through Arthur, the aliens summon a storm and kill his friend with a bolt of lightning. To try to get his humanity back, Arthur douses his hands in kerosene and sets them on fire. He lives, gets prosthetic hands and the alien presence goes away for seven years. But then the eyes appear again in a circle on his chest, and the story ends with him about to kill himself with a shotgun. 

Jon Black Bargain, by Robert Bloch 

Summary — A man desperate for wealth and power conducts a ritual to make a pact with an unnamed entity. The price for his wish is that the man would have one rival for his accumulated wealth and power. That rival turns out to be his living shadow. The shadow eventually swaps lives with the man. 

The story was originally published in Weird Tales, May 1942 (vol.36, no.5). My copy of the story is in a Bloch anthology of short stories titled, The Living Demons

Murph The Pool, by Daphne du Maurier

https://www.mu-podcast.com/scenario-seeds-from-the-pool/

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Nov 04 2019

1hr 48mins

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MUP Episode 184 – Ooky-Spooky Halloweeny!!!

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

The Campus Crier

The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U’s student paper. Here’s where we go through Mythos related news and feedback to the podcast.

Check out Keeper Jon on the Into The Darkness video podcast on YouTube as they play The Shadow Over Providence, a new scenario published by Chaosium, written by Keeper Jon to celebrate the Necronomicon 2019 convention. The series of videos is only three episodes long. The first two episodes are already available on YouTube, with the third and final episode coming very soon.

Ep. 01: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-TOd08syBo&list=PLJQ7JbI3-ZhI7EllbO7gv8bYb0kJndVDa

Ep. 02: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwB9PJ2hV3w&t=2s

Chris Spivey’s Haunted West Kickstarter has been wrastling up the stretch goals after meeting its 10,000 dollar goal  in less than three hours. It has pushed past the 35,000 mark at the time of recording, which means our own Charles Gerard will be writing that Mythos chapter add-on that we mentioned last show.   

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1881168175/haunted-west-a-historical-weird-west-rpg-corebook/description

On October 10th, Chaosium released The Lightless Beacon for Call of Cthulhu, a short introductory scenario by Leigh Carr with Lynne Hardy for their We Are All Us campaign in remembrance of Greg Stafford. You can check out this and the other free scenarios released for the campaign on their website.

The Lovecraft Country Holiday Collection from golden Goblin Press almost doubled its funding goal by the time it closed out for a total of more than 22,500 dollars. It knocked down nine out of ten stretch goals, including more scenarios, more art, more maps, more stuff. It’s closed now so you can’t have any of that. But if you didn’t back it, keep your eyes peeled for this book to reach book racks of various kinds soon. 

Stygian Fox put out a pack of maps for Lovecraft Country that bears checking out. It includes interesting stuff like a poverty map of Arkham, and maps of all the classic Lovecraft Country settings plus some less covered sections. 

This October, Bret Kramer is doing what he is calling “Book-tober.” For the month of October he is featuring one short horror* story that has influenced him in some way, wherein he talks about his relationship to the story, how it impacted him, what others have said regarding the story, and links to the story itself (for reading and adaptations of it) so readers can experience it for themselves.

https://sentinelhillpress.com/2019/09/30/welcome-to-book-tober/

Chaosium’s “Cthulhuween” “Julia, our ‘merc of merch’, has just declared the month of October as Cthulhuween. She’ll be adding a new piece of haunting artwork from Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu RPG line to the Chaosium Redbubble merchandise store every day this month. Check them out for wall-art, clothing, home decor, and more!” 

The second installment of the Flotsom & Jetsom Organized Play scenario was released by Chaosium today. It is called “Inheritance;” it is written by Matthew Dawkins and it is available now for download from the Cult of Chaos forums in the BRP Central forums. 

MU Discord server invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D

Trick or Treat, by Scott David Aniolowski

Listen to the episode to hear Keeper Murph, Keeper Chad, and Keeper Jon discuss way to run this amazing scenario at your table during the spookiest time of the year. And, to help run the scenario with the current Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition rules, we asked Chaosium for permission to write-up and give to you, the listener, updated 7th Edition write-ups of the monsters, investigators, and spells.

“Trick or Treat” scenario and characters copyright 1990 Chaosium Inc., all rights reserved, used with permission.” You can purchase a PDF copy of Blood Brothers from Chaosium’s website: https://www.chaosium.com/blood-brothers-pdf/

7th Edition Conversion Notes

~ When the investigators attempt to bash-in the closet door in Jeremy Wolfe’s apartment, a Hard STR roll successfully breaks down the door.

~ The Sanity loss for the discovery of the extended family members seems high. Keepers might consider reducing those losses to 1/1D3, but keep the Sanity losses dictated for the discovery of the investigator’s friends who have been murdered by the scarecrow.

~ The discovery of Tierney’s car should not be a whole series of rolls. Have a Group Luck roll — with any failed roll, it takes 3 hours to find the car; with a standard success, it takes 2 hours to find the car; with a hard success, it takes 1 hour to find the car; and with an extreme success, it takes 30 minutes to find the car.

~ The Keeper may consider making any one or two of the pre-gen investigators Wiccan characters who know spells. As the pre-gen characters are originally presented, only one character is a Wiccan who knows spells. This might be difficult if the game has less than six players, and that investigator is not used in the game.

The Oak Tree

STR  200                CON  1000           SIZ  300                POW  150

HP  130                 MP  30                  DB  +5D6

Weapons: Branches & Roots 40%, 1D6 striking or piercing

Entangling Mnvr: 25% to entangle with roots and vines,
crushing victim on subsequent round for 5D6 damage. Entangled victims need an
Extreme STR roll to escape, each person helping adds on Bonus Die, for a
maximum of two bonus dice. Once a victim is dead, the tree hurls the corpse at
the other investigators.

Armor: 2 pts of thick bark

Animated Corpses

  STR CON SIZ DEX POW HP DB Sex Archetype 1 70 60 65 30 5 12 1D4 M Salesman 2 60 70 60 35 5 13 0 F Housewife 3 75 60 80 40 5 14 1D4 M Farmhand 4 65 70 65 45 5 13 1D4 M Hobo 5 75 65 65 25 5 13 1D4 F Teacher   6 60 50 50 45 5 10 0 M Pastor 7 90 75 85 20 5 16 1D6 M Mechanic 8 70 65 70 35 5 13 1D4 F Reporter  

Move: 6 (each)

Weapons: Maul (tooth & nail) 35%, 1D3+1 + DB damage 

Remember the Outnumbered rule on pg.108 of the Keeper’s
Handbook

The Scarecrow

STR  100                CON  75                DEX  30                 SIZ  95                   INT  80                  POW  180

HP  17                    MP  36                  DB  +1D6              Move  5

Weapons: Claws 60%, 1D6 + DB damage; Scythe 45%, 2D6 + DB
damage

Armor: 1 pt. of hard wood. Impaling weapons do minimal
damage, and fire causes only 2 pts of damage per round while the scarecrow has
magic points available. If the scarecrow’s magic points fall to zero, then it
can be harmed normally by weapons. Magic always does normal magic damage.

Spells: Bring Pestilence, Call Lightning, Command Plant,
Control Elements, Create Storm, Enchant Scarecrow, Implant Fear, and Nightmare

SAN Loss: 0/1D8

Karyn Basianti, Veterinarian (27)

STR 25                   CON
65                 SIZ 40                    DEX 65                 APP
75                 

INT 90                   POW
75                EDU 90                 SAN 75                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 10                    MP
15                   DB -1                     Build -1                 Move 8

Fighting (Brawl) 25% (12/5), Dodge 32% (16/6)

Firearms (Pistol) 35% (17/7)

Skills: Charm 40% (20/8), Credit Rating 25% (12/5), Fast
Talk 25% (12/5), First Aid 50% (25/10), Library Use 30% (15/6), Medicine 65% (32/13),
Other Language (Latin) 35% (17/7), Ride 25% (12/5), Science (Pharmacy) 35%
(17/7), Science (Zoology) 50% (25/10)

Weapons: .45 Revolver (1D10+2 dmg)

Quote: “Make my day.”

Karyn is a quiet woman, although known for her sharp wit
when provoked. She is very intelligent and her love for all animals prevents
her from harming or being part of any harmful acts to animals. While small and
quiet, she does know how to use a rather powerful weapon!

Alek Burnett, Artist (20)

STR 40                   CON
85                 SIZ 45                    DEX 75                  APP 80                 

INT 80                   POW
65                EDU 70                 SAN 65                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 13                    MP
13                   DB 0                       Build 0                  Move 8

Fighting (Brawl) 55% (27/11), Dodge 40% (20/8)

Firearms (Pistol) 20% (10/4)

Skills: Anthropology 10% (5/2), Art/Craft (Draw) 55%
(27/11), Art/Craft (Paint) 45% (22/9), Art/Craft (Photography) 40% (20/8),
Drive Auto 20% (10/4), Fast Talk 60% (30/12), History 25% (12/5), Library Use
30% (15/6), Listen 35% (17/7), Navigate 20% (17/7), Mechanical Repair 25% (12/5),
Occult 40% (20/8), Sleight of Hand 25% (12/5), Stealth 20% (10/4)

Weapons: .22 Revolver (1D6 dmg); Pocketknife (1D3 + DB dmg)

Quote: “You think this is some kind of Halloween costume?
This is a way of life!”

Alek is a talented and creative artist. He often has
realistic and bizarre dreams on which he bases much of his work. These dreams
are psychic or precognitive at times. He is moody and while small, he does not
run from trouble and can, (at times), be antagonistic. He dabbles in the
occult. Alek is known for his auto mishaps! Jeromy Wolfe was a very close
friend. Alek tries to make a statement in the way he dresses and wears his hair
– he is seldom seen without his pin and stud-covered leather coat and his black
hair is often spiked up and colored with streaks of white.

Tim Coniff, Doctor (30)

STR 65                   CON
70                 SIZ 80                    DEX 50                  APP 65                 

INT 75                   POW
70                EDU 90                 SAN 65                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 15                    MP
14                   DB +1D4               Build 1                 Move 7

Fighting (Brawl) 45% (22/9), Dodge 25% (12/5)

Firearms (Pistol) 25% (12/5)

Skills: Credit Rating 50% (25/10), First Aid 50% (25/10), Law
20% (10/4), Medicine 60% (30/12), Occult 20% (10/4), Other Language (Latin) 30%
(15/6), Psychoanalysis 30% (15/6), Psychology 40% (20/8), Science (Astronomy) 10%
(5/2), Science (Chemistry) 10% (5/2), Science (Pharmacy) 30% (15/6), Spot
Hidden 30% (15/6)

Weapons: Scalpel (1D3 + DB dmg); .32 Automatic Pistol (1D8
dmg)

Quote: “This won’t hurt a bit.”

Tim is a good-natured soul who goes to any length to help
people. He is reserved and unobtrusive by nature and sometimes awkward around
strangers, not being a really social person. He is a very good young doctor.
His best friend is Nathan Hennings, and the unlikely pair spend a great deal of
time together.

Nathan Hennings, Dilettante (25)

STR 80                   CON
80                 SIZ 65                    DEX 65                  APP 70                 

INT 80                   POW
70                EDU 70                 SAN 70                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 14                    MP
14                   DB +1D4               Build 1                 Move 8

Fighting (Brawl) 55% (27/11), Dodge 32% (16/6)

Firearms (Rifle) 45% (22/9)

Skills: Climb 75% (37/15), Credit Rating 65% (32/13), Drive
Auto 60% (30/12), Listen 30% (15/6), Navigate 15% (7/3), Other Language (Any) 10%
(5/2), Persuade 15% (7/3), Pilot (Sm. Aircraft) 60% (30/12), Science (Archeology)
20% (10/4), Science (Botany) 20% (10/4), Spot Hidden 30% (15/6), Swim 30%
(15/6), Track 50% (25/10)

Weapons: 30-06 Bolt Action Rifle (2D6+4 dmg)

Quote: “Did I ever tell you about the time…”

Nathan is very good-natured and friendly, and always has
some tall tale to tell. He seems to know a little about almost everything. He
is active, a survivalist and adventurer. Everyone likes Nathan, even with his
endless bits of trivial information and fabulous stories. He owns a small plane
which he keeps at a private airfield a few miles south of Lockport.

Michael Sardonski, Author (38)

STR 70                   CON
85                 SIZ 60                    DEX 75                  APP 55                 

INT 85                   POW
60                EDU 80                 SAN 60                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 14                    MP
12                   DB +1D4               Build 1                 Move 9

Fighting (Brawl) 25% (12/5), Dodge 37% (18/7)

Firearms (Shotgun) 35% (17/7)

Skills: Drive Auto 35% (17/7), First Aid 35% (17/7), History
40% (20/8), Library Use 45% (22/9), Mechanical Repair 30% (15/6), Occult 65% (32/13),
Other Language (Gaelic) 30% (15/6), Other Language (Ogham) 25% (12/5), Psychology
45% (22/9), Spot Hidden 35% (17/7), Stealth 20% (10/4), Track 20% (10/4)

Weapons: 12-Gauge Shotgun (4D6/2D6/1D6 dmg); Wood Axe (1D8+2
+ DB dmg)

Quote: “Wait a minute, why do you want me to drive?”

Michael is a talented writer who has had several horror
novels published by a small firm in California. He is friendly and a good
person but known for his pessimism and paranoia. He is a team player, but
ultimately looks out for number one. He has a very sharp wit and a cutting
sense of humor. Although close friends, he and Karyn Basanti would appear to be
arch enemies – they continually throw barbs and insults back and forth… all in
fun, of course!

David Scott, Chef (28)

STR 75                   CON
80                 SIZ 80                    DEX 50                 APP
65                 

INT 75                   POW
80                EDU 70                 SAN 80                  LUCK (3D6)

HP 16                    MP
16                   DB +1D4               Build 1                 Move 7

Phobia: Acrophobia – Fear of Heights

Fighting (Brawl) 30% (15/6), Dodge 25% (12/5)

Firearms (Pistol) 25% (12/5)

Skills: Accounting 15% (7/3), Art/Craft (Cook) 80% (40/16), Drive
Auto 25% (12/5), First Aid 35% (17/7), Listen 30% (15/6), Occult 50% (25/10),
Other Language (French) 50% (25/10), Persuade 25% (12/5), Spot Hidden 30% (15/6),
Stealth 15% (7/3)

Weapons: .38 Revolver (1D10 dmg); Butcher Knife (1D6 + DB
dmg)

Spells: Cast Circle, Chant of Thoth, Command Animal (Bird),
Healing, Levitate, Power Chant

Quote: “What’s the point?”

David is friendly, yet very moody, known for his sudden and
unexplained mood swings. He has a very dry sense of humor and a quick wit. He
is a Wiccan – a modern witch, although only Alek Burnett knows this as he keeps
that part of his life very private. While large and relatively strong, he would
be the first to avoid violence. He is afraid of heights, although flying does
not bother him. His best friend is Alek, to whom he is teaching Wicca.

Spells

Other than Enchant Scarecrow, all of the other spells in this adventure can be found in The Grand Grimoire of the Cthulhu Mythos, which is also available from Chaosium’s website: https://www.chaosium.com/the-grand-grimoire-of-cthulhu-mythos-magic-pdf/

Enchant Scarecrow

Cost: 5 magic points; 1D8 Sanity points  

Casting time: 30 minutes  

This spell creates a living scarecrow that can follow
complex commands. Such enchanted creatures slowly amble with a speed of Move 5.
They have limited INT and POW but are strong and menacing servants. The animated
scarecrow has 1 point of POW, 1D4 INT, 2D6 DEX, 3D6 CON, and 3D6+3 STR and SIZ,
and it obeys the spell caster totally until destroyed.

Deeper magic: This spell can also be used to
prepare the scarecrow to host a human soul after mortal death. The caster must
expend 10 magic points, 5 POW, and 1D8 Sanity points, and it takes two hours to
complete the ritual. Once completed, the enchanted scarecrow becomes animated
and functions exactly like the standard version of this spell until the caster
dies. Upon the caster’s death, his soul is transferred to the prepared
scarecrow. An enchanted scarecrow with a human soul retains the INT and POW
values from the caster’s human body, but all of the scarecrow’s physical
attributes remain unchanged.

Alternate names: The Knight of Samhain, All
Hallows Eve Sentry, Hellfire Guardian

Oct 21 2019

1hr 19mins

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MUP Episode 183 – Chris Spivey, Haunted West, and Puppies of Tindalos

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In this episode, Keepers Jon, Murph and Dave discuss how to scale down encounters with the Mythos. This episode was recorded on January 16, 2020.

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Berlin the Wicked City is available now in hardback direct from Chaosium – stock is now available warehouses in the US, UK, and Australia. You can read a blog post on David Larkins about the making of this book and what it meant via a link to the Sir Larkins site.

The latest Call of Cthulhu Organized Play campaign has been launched; it is called Flotsam & Jetsam. If you’re a member of Chaosium’s Cult of Chaos, you can download it now and run it for your players.

Congrats to friend of the show, Christopher Smith Adair as the Pulp Cthulhu campaign, A Cold Fire Within has been released in hardcover! We have links available in the show notes.

Darker Hue Studios also has a Discord server! The invite link is here >>

And thank you so much to Edwin for editing this episode!

Topic

This episode we speak with Chris Spivey about several projects in the pipeline, including:

Haunted West, a Historical Weird West RPG Corebook

Scion: Masks of the Mythos

Harlem Unbound, Second Edition

Free Harlem Unbound Char Sheets >>

Superhero campaign for Pulp Cthulhu (which Dan and Chad play tested) – interview on ENworld

Dr. Who, from Cubicle 7

The art of Jabari Weathers…

http://jmwillustration.com/

Hounds of Tindalos

Original story by Frank Belknap Long here >>

Read about Randonauts here…

https://theoutline.com/post/7881/i-became-a-randonaut-to-try-to-glitch-the-simulation-and-all-i-got-was-a-bottle-of-pee?zd=1&zi=wincnczj

Oct 07 2019

1hr 21mins

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MUP Episode 182 – NecronomiQuiz – The Recap Show

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This episode, Jon and Murph talk with Oscar Rios about his Kickstarter for a book focused on holidays in Lovecraft Country, and together they each recap highlights of their time at NecronomiCon 2019. This episode was recorded on September 12, 2019.

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October 10th marks the 1 year anniversary of Chaosium’s Greg Stafford passing. And to honor him they are asking people to play a game in his memory in the month of October. To that effect, Chaosium will be releasing a free scenario for each of the main RPGs in their catalog on October 10th (CoC, Runequest, Pendragon, 7th Sea, and HeroQuest).

Big updates were announced on Chaosium’s Central Asia game, Children of Fear. Lynne Hardy posted on the Chaosium website that “all the art, maps, and handouts are in progress, and the final stages of editing are almost finished.” She has also re-confirmed the mid-2020 release date. The post also includes sneak previews of the art that will be in the book, and it looks really, really good. Link in the show notes.

The new addition of Masks of Nyarlathotep has won at DragonCon this year, bringing home a Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures/Collectible Card/Role Playing Game. Congratulations to Chaosium!

Chris Spivey took to Twitter on 2nd of September to announce that The Haunted West kickstarter will be going live in October. You might well remember that this is a Weird Western RPG that uses a new system developed in house at Darker Hue. And just like Harlem Unbound it “features people of color as protagonists… [highlighting] the people of color who are often overlooked in stories about the Old West.”

https://twitter.com/darker_hue/status/1168529387681173506?s=12

Hypergraphia #2 is now available! This is a digital fanzine of dark horror gaming for multiple systems including Call of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark. This issue covers “the use of doorways, portals, and gates in your horror games. We bring you a plethora of NPCs, artifacts, and scenario seeds about entries, thresholds, and openings. Included is Goodcliffe, a short Cthulhu Dark scenario, wherein your players will plumb the depths of a depressingly dismal mine. Contributions from members of the Miskatonic University Podcast, Skype of Cthulhu, Weird Works, and Squamous Studios.

The second issue of another Mythos fanzine, Bayt al Azif, has been released on DrivethruRPG. Within you will find:

  • 3 adventures dual-statted for CoC 7 & GUMSHOE 
  • An overview of every Cthulhu Mythos RPG release of 2018
  • A review of the history of Masks of Nyarlathotep
  • An interview with Lynne Hardy
  • And much more!

More news from Chaosium as they deal with the fallout of Critical Roll’s Shadow of the Crystal Palace’s detrimental impact on their North American supplier. They have announced that anyone ordering a physical product from them in the month of August will have a choice between a free PDF of Alone Against the Dark, or a $10 coupon if your order was over $20. The nice thing is that offer applies to anyone globally, even those unaffected by the North American shipper.

Mysterious Creatures Field Guide by Eli Libson — This is an amazing book of fantastic fantasy creatures with awesome painted illustrations of each creature. It feels like the Wayne Barlow book of alien creatures. This would be perfect to populate the Dreamlands with these creatures. 

Topic

This episode we speak with Oscar Rios about his latest KickStarter, The Lovecraft Country Holiday Collection.

And we have a NecronomiCon 2019 Recap in a slightly different format from the ones of the past.

Sep 23 2019

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MUP Episode 181 – PODCASTING CAGE MATCH! Live Show at NecronomiCon with Some Good Friends!

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This episode is our 2019 NecronmiCon live show in Providence, when The Miskatonic University Podcast and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias girded for a battle royale that will pit Host vs. Host in a “lightning debate” format over a passel of divisive topics. Hosts: Charles "Keeper Chad" Gerard, Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Jon Hook, Brian “Murph” Murphy, and Matt Sanderson. This episode was recorded on August 23, 2019. WARNING: This episode contains explicit language, and nothing was bleeped.
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MUP and the Good Friends of Jackson Elias convened at NecronomiCon in Providence on August 23, 2019 for the second combined live show after the inaugural in 2017. We decided to try a "lightning debate" format, and after gathering suggestions from listeners and brainstorming for a few weeks, landed on some very silly prompts to tussle over. Sadly, Keeper Dan was not present. But stay tuned for a rousing audience-generated "thank you" to the MUP mastermind.
"Lovecraft's stories would make terrible Call of Cthulhu scenarios."FOR: Chad, Jon, Matt...and Murph as an accidental turncoat. AGAINST: Scott, and...Mike Mason as pinch hitter.Paul serves as referee.
"Sometimes, you just have to fudge dice rolls." FOR: Murph, Matt.AGAINST: Chad, Scott and Paul.Jon serves as referee.
"An Army of Deep Ones would beat an army of Mi-Go."FOR: Paul, ScottAGAINST: Jon, Murph, MattChad serves as referee.
"Historical scenarios are better than modern or contemporary scenarios."FOR: Matt, JonAGAINST: Scott, Paul, MurphJon serves as referee.
Audience-suggested topic #1: Professor Armitage, hero or villain?HERO: Paul, JonVILLAIN: Matt, Chad, Scott
Audience-suggested topic #2: Wilbur Whately vs. Harry Potter?POTTER: Matt, Scott, Murph, PaulWILBUR: Chad
"August Derleth was the best thing to happen to the Cthulhu Mythos."FOR: Matt, Jon, MurphAGAINST: Scott, ChadPaul serves as referee.

Sep 09 2019

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MUP Episode 180 – TV Horrors in Spaaaace

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This episode, all four hosts are back for a rare quorum, and we’re taking sci-fi tv shows and Mythosifying them. This episode was recorded on August 15, 2019.
This is our brief-brief-brief pre-NecronomiCon episode, before we get together in Providence.
A big thank you goes to Golden Goblin Press for sponsoring this episode!
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First thing - a huge thank you to Murph for a Herculean and almost Sisyphean effort to revamp, redesign, spackle and patch the MU forums as well as the website. This was a huge rabbit warren of tasks that started with a barrage of spam posts on the forum, too many details to list here, but we’re talking about full days of work to get us up and running again as well as updated, secure and pretty. Thank you, Murph.
Chaosium has announced the release of Flotsam and Jetsam, a new four part series of scenarios for the CoC Organized Play Campaign. The scenarios will be released monthly to Keepers of the Cult of Chaos. Friends of the show Brian Courtemanche and Anthony Lee-Dudley are the authors of the first and fourth scenarios respectively, Congratulations to them both.
WEIRD TALES IS BACK! The magazine that never dies has returned -- with Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry leading the way as Editorial Director. You can find more info at their website.
Chaosium's Masks of Nyarlathotep has been nominated in the 2019 Dragon Awards in the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game category. Check out the link in the show notes for voting details.
By the way, the video for the ENnies award ceremony is back up now.
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And thank you so much to Edwin for editing this episode.
Sponsor
Thanks to Golden Goblin Press for their sponsorship this episode. We appreciate it!
Listening Room
This time, Oscarious Tabularis brings us the fourth installment of this season’s Glimpses Into the Empire. This one is called “A Haunting in Athens.”
Topic
“A "riff" of our own on Space Horror settings. We take sci fi movies or books or TV and turn them into space horror. We gave a time limit of 4 minutes. Chad failed to meet that utterly.
Chad - Lost in Space
Jon - TOS Star Trek
Murf - StarGate-SGU
Dan - Space: 1999
Space 1999's Top 10 Scariest Moments

Aug 27 2019

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MUP Episode 179 – I Cast Summon Scenario

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This episode, Chad, Dan and Murph are casting spells to conjure scenarios. A big thank you to Golden Goblin Press for sponsoring this episode! This episode was recorded on August 1st, 2019.
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Correction one. Some foreign correspondents have expense accounts. Vanishingly smaller numbers over the last few decades, but yes, it is a thing. On big stories, normally you get a budget for reimbursement, and it’s usually paltry, and you have to show receipts for everything, even when you are a full-time correspondents. It has been like that for a very long time. Correction two. Listen. Vampires are horror. Yes. No argument there.
Choose Cthulhu - from Sans Detour... So last year Chaosium said the French company Sands Detour was was extremely late in payment of royalty fees for their licensed material. Chaosium decided not renew their Call of Cthulhu license. They ended their relationship with Chaosium on a sour note, with two large books owed to Kickstarter backers. The deal struck with Chaosium allowed them to finish fulfillment of those KS’ers, but thereafter revoked their right to make licensed CoC material. But recently they announced that they were about to launch another KS for a brand new Cthulhu-related product under a system-free set of game books. They have been told by Chaosium that the latter believe this new KS is a breach of Chaosium IP.
Critical Roll has started their Call of Cthulhu campaign Shadow of the Crystal Palace and after just 24 hours, it has almost 240,000 views! This is a pivotal moment for CoC and it comes in just days after a report from Roll20 that lists Call of Cthulhu as the third most played system on their platform behind Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder. So congratulations Chaosium!
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And thank you so much to Chad for editing this episode.
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Thanks to Golden Goblin Press for their sponsorship this episode. We appreciate it. And congratulations to the whole GGP team for your ENnies Award!
Listening Room
Oscarious Tabularis brings us the third installment of this season’s Glimpses Into the Empire. This one is called “People are Strange.”
More info on Pliny the Elder on Blurry Photos >>
Mr. Tyler is finally out of detention hall, and this time he’s launched an after school gaming club that’s a little short on budget, but long on bloviate.
How to Play Cthulhu Wars - by Geek and Sundry Hey, by the way Bret Kramer mentioned that the magic book in Mr Tyler’s segment last time was released in a critical academic edition by Dan Harms. Bret actually did a little gumshoe fact checking on that book, and ended up in some kind of antiquarian society library.
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Hey guys, I recently began listening to and enjoying the M.U. podcast, including the huge back catalog of episodes. The interview with Mike Mason from back in March 2018 stood out. Having myself published on the Miskatonic Repositor...

Aug 12 2019

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MUP Episode 178 – Mythos in Your Apocalypse, Swordplay, and Cultist Hijinx!

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This episode, Murph, Jon and Chad are digging up some non-Cthulhu material from other games, to practice the fine art of ripping things off. A big thank you once again to Type40 and Golden Goblin Press for sponsoring this episode! This episode (most of it) was recorded on July 18, 2019. 
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A quick minor correction. There is actually already a Foreign Correspondent profession outlines in the Investigator Handbook, page 80. “Foreign correspondents are the elite of news reporters. They work on salary, enjoy expense accounts, and travel the globe. In the 1920s, the correspondent may work for a large newspaper, a radio network, or a national newsgroup. Modern-day reporters might also work freelance or be employed to file reports for a television network, an Internet news provider, or international news agency. The work can be very varied, often exciting, and sometimes hazardous as natural disasters, political upheaval, and war are the primary focus of the foreign correspondent.”
As of this recording, NecronomiCon Providence 2019 is only 5 weeks away. When we recorded at first the daily schedule of gaming events and panels had not been finalized, But now it is! NecronomiCon Panels Link
Cthulhu 1968: Black Sun Tabletop Skirmish Game --- Just like the title says, this is a 28mm scale miniatures wargame. It looks like it is set during the Vietnam War; it has a US Army faction, a Deep Ones faction, a strange (maybe lost relic holdover) WWII German faction that has allied with Ghouls, plus a weird Bug faction and a Golem faction. Looks cool painted. They’re about halfway funded with another 20 days to go as of this recording. Link here!
Modiphius has started their Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition Organized Play Campaign. The first scenario will be the upcoming Fall of London which they expect to have out in PDF before Christmas. Sign up here
The Yellow King RPG from Pelgrane had some bumps in the road. There were delays in shipping, and Simon managed to track down the Managing Director of the company at UK Games Expo. Their print liaison had left the company rather suddenly due to mental health issues, leaving a lot of money owed and contracts breached, in his wake. They discovered that the books were all printed, but had been put into storage, with no understanding of who they were for or what was to be done with them.TL;DR - they are hoping to be able to start shipping everything in early August.
The MU Discord server invite link is here And thank you so much to Max for editing this episode!
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Thanks once again to Type40 for sponsoring this episode! Type40 makes a maker of all manner of high quality gaming props and items, lots of them specifically for Call of Cthulhu. This time we highlight the Disk of Rlyeh. So check these products out and more at the Type40 website, which we will have linked in large font in the show notes.
Check that out and more on the Type 40 site here >>
And once again remember that if you are going to GenCon, Type40 is planning to be right there at the Chaosium booth, where you can catch Allan Carey and chat about Call of Cthulhu and immersive props. More from Type40 here >> Thanks also to Golden Goblin Press for their sponsorship this episode.

Jul 29 2019

1hr 14mins

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MUP Episode 177 – An Ounce of Experience is a Pound of Roleplay

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This episode, all four hosts are in the house to talk about "experience packages" for your investigators. Plus we go over ENnies nominations, news updates, Listening Room segments, and more. This episode was recorded on July 4, 2019.
This episode was proudly sponsored by TYPE40 and GOLDEN GOBLIN PRESS.
TYPE40 has an Official Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Investigator’s Notepad with an Elder Sign embossed on the cover. Or, you can protect yourself from the Mythos with a classic Elder Sign embossed leather key fob. Or, you might consider a hand made Chaosium Call of Cthulhu leather document wallet. Check out these amazing products, (and more), at the TYPE40 website. And remember, that if you are going to GenCon 2019, TYPE40 is planning to be right there at the Chaosium booth, where you can catch Allan Carey and chat about all of their Call of Cthulhu immersive props. GOLDEN GOBLIN PRESS was honored with an ENnie nomination, (more on that later), and GGP President, Oscar Rios, honored the Miskatonic University Podcast by sponsoring this episode which features the Season 3: Episode 1 of Glimpses Into the Empire, by Oscarious Tabularis! Take a listen HERE!
THE CAMPUS CRIER 
* The first big news item is that the ENnie nominations have been announced! 
For the sake of keeping this focused, we are going to stick to stick to horror- and lovecraft-related role playing games. Sometimes it’s hard to tell exactly what should count as horror. Sorry in advance if we stuff that up. We’re also going to skip over the lists of authors or creators unless there is a clear single creator named. We’ll have a link to the whole nominations in the show notes, along with the link to Chaosium’s announcement post, which covers some nominations for Glorantha, Runequest and other non-horror games. And we’re skipping over categories that have no noms in our range of coverage. So…. 
* Best Adventure
* Masks of Nyarlathotep, Chaosium * The Persephone Extraction, a campaign for Night’s Black Agents by Pelgrane Press
* Best Aid/Accessory – Non-Digital
* Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set, The H. P.Lovecraft Historical Society Inc.
* Best Art, Cover
* Bluebeard’s Bride: Book of Mirrors, Magpie Games -- Artist: Rebecca Yanovskaya* Call of Cthulhu – Terror Australis 2nd Edition, Chaosium -- Artist: M. Wayne Miller* KULT: Divinity Lost, 4th Edition of KULT – Core Rules, Helmgast AB -- Artist: Bastien Lecouffe-Deharme
* Best Art, Interior
* KULT: Divinity Lost 
* Best Cartography 
* Lamp’s Light Sanitarium: A Horror Campaign for 5e, Saturday Morning Scenarios -- Cartographer: Toby Lancaster
* Best Electronic Book
* Fear’s Sharp Little Needles, Stygian Fox Publishing
* Best Free Game / Product
* Die Laughing, Sliced Up, NerdBurger Games -- Author: Craig Campbell
* Best Game 
* Mothership: Player’s Survival Guide, Tuesday Knight Games (a great space horror game)
* Best Layout and Design 
* Bluebeard’s Bride: Book of Mirrors, Magpie Games – Miguel Angel Espinoza (another great game)

Jul 15 2019

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MUP Episode 176 – Board It Up!

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This episode we’ll be looking at our game shelves and asking - can I use a board game for my role playing game? And we have Edwin joining us on the horn to help us out. Thanks to Type40 for sponsoring this episode. This episode was recorded on June 20, 2019.
Campus Crier
Our Crier was a little short this week. We'll be back with more next show. The NecronomiCon Providence convention is only 60 days away, (as of this recording), and the list of panels is now available for fans to review. So if you’re going to be in Providence in August, check out the list to figure out what panels you’d like to attend. Check out our Discord server here >> Thank you to Edwin for editing AND guest-hosting the show!
Sponsor
Thanks once again to Type40 for sponsoring this episode! Type40 is a maker of all manner of high quality gaming props and items, lots of them specifically for Call of Cthulhu. One kind of tempting item they make are their campaign journals. They are bound in leather, and they have designed stamped or tooled into the covers. So you have one for The Dunwich Horror, with a Miskatonic University shield on it, you have one for At the Mountains of Madness, an official Chaosium one, with detailed art work from the HPLHS. They're selling a set of them now signed by Mike Mason. Check out Type40's whole catalog when you get a chance via the link in the show notes.
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By the way, Type40 is planning to be at GenCon this summer, so for any of you planning to be in Indy this year, stop by the Chaosium booth. Allan Carey is a veteran Call of Cthulhu player so swing by for a chat, because he loves to talk about his passion for immersive props.
Listening Room
This week we've got Episode 3 of “The Journals of Laura Logan!” Once again Kerrie TC is available for voice over work if anyone has leads, please send them to kerrietcrpgs@gmail.com. Next up, Mr. Tyler is back with a new installment of his detention hall diatribes. Let’s crack open our text books and turn to page...witchcraft.
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Board games as RPG inspiration!
1. Games that can help with setting and world building.
2. Board game (or card games) that have mechanics that could be used for horror RPGs. Mentioned in episode: Fury of Dracula Firefly Eldritch Horror Risk/Axis & Allies Tannhauser Illuminati card game Flux Pandemic

Jul 02 2019

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MUP Episode 175 – How Adair You

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This episode we’ve got Christopher Smith Adair in the guest chair to discuss sundry projects, including a newly released (to PDF) Pulp Cthulhu campaign, a scenario for Golden Goblin Press's An Inner Darkness, and much more. This episode was recorded on June 6, 2019.
Campus Crier
Yog-Sothoth.com is "going deep." After 21 years, the site will now be available only by direct access to the 20,000+ members. In the announcement, founder Paul Maclean said the move would mean "we will have less of an issue with spammers and bots and more importantly it may also help foster a more "club-like" atmosphere (which remains open to all new members). We are far from the first to do this, but we're probably one of the largest in what we cover. A natural concern is that by becoming part of the "Deep Web" we may miss potential members, however it's become clear over the past year that this should not be the case. The most powerful form of promotion is word of mouth."
Our own Jon Hook has a new adventure available on the Miskatonic Repository. It’s called “Spark of Life,” and it’s designed to be played with the Keeper and one player. He is coining a term for this style of game: “An Isolated Investigator Adventure.”
Mark Morrison is releasing on Drivethru RPG his second-ever scenario for Call of Cthulhu, called "The Saltwater Inheritance," which was for a competition in White Dwarf Magazine around, and though it was a runner-up in the contest, the adventure never saw print.
We have wrapped up our first contest on the MUP Discord Server. The prize was a brand new copy of the Miskatonic University: Restricted Collection board game. Participants had to write a Lovecraftian or Cthulhueque haiku in the Contest_1 channel. There were a ton of great entries, so thank you to everyone who participated. The winner of the board game is… Tic! And his winning haiku goes like this…
The cold void yawns wide. Breaking my feeble mind on, Dread reality.
Jon was recently a guest on the amazing literary and gaming podcast, The Appendix N Book Club. This podcast is dedicated to reading all of the literature referenced by Gary Gygax in Appendix N of the Dungeon Master’s Guide, (old school AD&D). Jon was invited to read and speak about The Lurker at the Threshold, by August Derleth and H. P. Lovecraft, on Episode 48.
Want to check out the Discord server? Here an invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D
Thank you to Max for editing this episode!
Listening Room
Episode 2 of "The Journals of Laura Logan." By the way, the reader, Kerrie TC, is available for voice-over work if anyone has leads, please send them to kerrietcrpgs@gmail.com.
Feedback
From Danial: I was thinking of this topic with regards to video games, which typically prevent you from killing NPCs, and in the ones that don’t, you’ll usually be killed in retaliation in pretty short order. The “You Died” scenario could be resolved in CoC with the flashback technique you guys mentioned, but perhaps we could take a page from the games that prevent you from doing bad things in the first place.  Say the guy wants to shoot the kid in the street. You could have an NPC run out screaming at them to stop, and the distraction then adds a Penalty Die to their...

Jun 18 2019

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MUP Episode 174 – Truth and Consequences

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This episode, Murph, Dan, and Chad talk about how to deploy "interesting consequences" for PCs who color outside the lines (of your group's play-style coloring book, oops the metaphor just broke...). This episode was recorded on May 23, 2019.
Campus Crier
"Brendan Sterling sought answers in experimental past-life regression. Unfortunately, his mind isn’t the only one seeking answers in the past...." Out in PDF later this month* —A COLD FIRE WITHIN. A new & complete six-part #PulpCthulhu #rpg campaign by Christopher Smith Adair.
Director of the former San Pedro Lovecraft Festival, Aaron Vaneck, will be directing a new feature film based on a particular flavor of Cthulhu-esque spy-type roleplaying game that is similar to First Items First , written by friend of the show Bret Kramer. The script has been written by Adam Scott Glancy, and is about two government agents who investigates some supernatural shenanigans while trying to cleanse a former agent’s home after his death.
Kickstarter coming September 2019 from Golden Goblin Press. New expanded 7th edition versions of the classic Call of Cthulhu holiday themed adventures, Christmas in Kingsport and Halloween in Dunwich. Stretch Goals include two original scenarios, Easter in Arkham, and Innsmouth Independence Day.
Stygian Fox is launching a Patreon. The company is going to produce one or two-part adventures each month in PDF format for you to use at your gaming table. Every 4 months we'll put those adventures up on DriveThruRPG in order for you to buy Print-On-Demand copies.
Out now from Arc Dream: Delta Green: The Complex offers 21 new dossiers for federal agencies and important contractors to enhance your Delta Green campaign. Each dossier describes the entity’s budget, operatives, organizational structure and history, mandate, areas of friction with other agencies, suggested professions for Delta Green agents, and what it’s like to work there.
Discord server invite link >>
Thank you to Sean! For editing this episode.
Feedback
(From May 12) Dear Campus Cryer,
Thinking about Call of Cthulhu settings I recently published an article on an artist (Jordan Baseman) who is reproducing the era of the Spanish Influenza outbreak through daily radio broadcasts (podcasts etc).
Spanning the period of 1918 to 1919 the audio art piece allows the reader to get into the progression of events of 100 years ago as they unfolded day to day. Concluding later this year, listeners get a sense of how the outbreak spread and how it affected communities at time. In as much as the story of the Spanish flu is a narrative on geography, mortality and statistics it is also a very harrowing human story. People came to terms with infection and the outbreak as an social entity in a variety of ways, sometimes nobly with understanding and empathy. But not always.
More info: https://www.trebuchet-magazine.com/psychohorology-jordan-baseman-on-using-time-as-a-canvas/
As a theme I'm sure that the Spanish Flu outbreak has been covered before but I thought your listeners might like the opportunity learn a bit more about that period. Who knows what ancient eldritch horrors sought to change the course of human history to benefit their nefarious appetites!
I love your podcasts and along with The Good friends of Jackson Elias and T...

Jun 03 2019

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MUP Episode 172 – Becoming a Believer

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May 06 2019

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MUP Episode 171 – Beware of Sebek’s Minions!

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Apr 22 2019

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Outstanding, ENnie Award Winning Podcast

By iPwnedMSCS - Jul 15 2019
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This is one to listen to the entire backlog of. Keepers Chad, Dan, John, and Murph engage in interesting and informative discussion about Call of Cthulhlu as well as other horror roleplaying and general horror topics. Their discussion often revolves around taking a general idea, like creating a new piece of alien technology for investigators to use/have used against them, and fleshing it out while providing suggestions for how you could do the same thing for your own games. I've made use of their advice in other, non-horror game systems and I think the games I run are better off for it. The hosts are actively engaged with their listeners. One or the other of them will often be present and participating in discussions on their discord server. Definitely worth a listen and a subscribe. Go Pods!

Good Stuff!

By Originalray's - Aug 11 2015
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Totally listenable, engaging hosts, with a great format. Scratches that unspeakable itch.