Episode 15 – The Good Friends continue to grope around in the dark

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Jackson Elias

This week’s episode is the conclusion of our discussion about Lovecraft’s The Haunter of the Dark. All that stuff we promised about looking at it from a gaming perspective — that’s in this episode. Sorry it took us so long to get here. We just don’t know when to shut up.

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Exposure to Shining Trapezohedron made us babble incoherently. Either that or caffeine.

Be warned that this episode contains many, many spoilers for the Call of Cthulhu scenario The Crystal of Chaos from The House of R’lyeh (or Different Worlds 34, if you’re old like me) and some pretty spoiler-free discussion of Unseen Masters. It also contains sinister hints and secrets that the human mind was never meant to contain, and thus the seeds of creeping madness and your ultimate destruction. You know, the usual.

 

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4 Responses to Episode 15 – The Good Friends continue to grope around in the dark

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  2. fox01313 says:

    Great content on this wonderful story from H.P.L., though you do bring up an interesting thing that I never put but thought in before about how the collection of nefarious books is there to be found with the stone. Makes me wonder if there’s a scenario out there where some insane cult or avatar of the great old ones is making a bunch of fake or inaccurate books (as nobody really can tell how authentic they are at least in the rpg without going insane) to just mess with the players or take out rival cults.

  3. I like that idea! It’s like the Mythos answer to the notoriously dangerous to use Anarchist’s Cookbook. There is a popular theory that it was created by the CIA to spread disinformation about bomb-making, with the goal of tricking violent radicals into blowing themselves up.

    • RogerBW says:

      That has to work on multiple levels, though. The standard Mythos tome, in Lovecraft at least, gives you useful knowledge, drives you mad, and/or causes you to summon Nasties; but what would a trapped one do? Give you deliberately misleading knowledge, OK, but the other stuff would probably be just the same… (Under the heading BIND DIMENSIONAL SHAMBLER is written the spell text for BIND WOODLOUSE.)

      (In game terms, you think your Cthulhu Mythos has gone up X%, but actually it’s gone down.)

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