Episode 1 – The Good Friends of Jackson Elias gather



One of the things Paul, Matt and I decided we wanted to do with this site was host a podcast. While none of us have done more than be a guest on someone else’s podcast before, we all have opinions and a propensity to talk too much, so it seemed like a natural fit.

Well, here’s the first episode.

The show is called The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. If you want to know why, you can ask Paul. I had to.

The show is mainly a chance for the three of us to talk about Call of Cthulhu, Lovecraft, horror games in general, horror films and anything else that interests us. We will have a specific theme for each episode — this week it’s player characters.

In particular, we discuss the merits of pre-generated characters for one-shot scenarios and convention games, making the characters the focus of the game and some tips for lazy GMs.

Did I mention that this is the first episode? As we’re all quite new to this, that means that there are stumbles, mistakes, inappropriate laughter, crosstalk, digressions and general incompetence, and that’s just from me. At least half the running time is made up of me saying, “Um.” Please be gentle.

With any luck we will get better at this as we go on. Maybe.

The audio quality is also a bit rough this week. I have a fancy condenser microphone, which records things nice and clearly, but I managed to misplace the cable for it. We recorded this episode using the microphone on Paul’s iMac, and it’s a bit quiet.

As Paul mentions at the start of the episode, we have no fixed schedule for releasing episodes. It may work out as a couple of times a month, but we’ll mostly be guided by our free time and whether we have something interesting to say. We are trying to keep the episodes between 30-45 minutes.

Anyway, we all hope you enjoy the episode and find it of interest. Please drop us a comment here if you have any feedback, even if it’s “Stop saying ‘um’ so much, Scott!”

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6 Responses to Episode 1 – The Good Friends of Jackson Elias gather

  1. Paul Fricker says:

    I think I out-ummed you there Scott!

  2. I rather enjoyed that. More please.

  3. Thanks, Steve! We have two more in the can and should be uploading one of them this weekend.

  4. T says:


    I’ve just listened to the first podcast and wanted to thank you all for an interesting and useful discussion, well done!

    Also, would it be possible to get some show notes?

    I would love to get more info on some of the games mentioned, in particular Cold War. Any links r further details on these would be most welcome.


  5. T says:

    Sorry that should have read: Cold City and Hot War!

  6. Thanks for the feedback, T!

    Cold City and Hot War were both written by the extremely talented Malcolm Craig, who also wrote A|State. They are published by Contested Ground Studios.

    I’ll fill in the gaps in the show notes soon.

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