Episode059

We’re back, and we’re watching each other from the corners of our eyes. Paul is hiding something behind his back, Matt keeps glancing at the door, and I’m trying to look nonchalant. It’s only a matter of time until one of us tips his hand. All of this is a needlessly wordy way of saying that we’re talking about secrets conflict at the gaming table, and whether these are good things (we know the answer, but we’re keeping it to ourselves).

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As Matt learned to his cost, Paul’s weapon of choice isn’t a knife in the back, but a champagne cork in the face.

Many groups avoid conflict between characters, but we thrive on it, and not just when we’re recording. Maybe we’re just untrustworthy people by nature. This episode is our attempt to demonstrate how lies, betrayal and backstabbing can be fun. Trust us. Would we lie to you?

Episode058

Our minds may have escaped the clutches of the Great Race, but their interest in other ages has clearly rubbed off on us. We have also grown new protuberances, capable of fine manipulation, from atop our heads, but that’s a topic for another time. Instead we use Chaosium’s recent publication Cthulhu Through the Ages as the jumping-off point for discussing Call of Cthulhu set in time periods other than the 1920s or modern day.

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I’ve just noticed how the carvings at the bottom of the right-hand pillar look like an unholy fusion of the Easter Bunny and a Christmas tree. 1/1D8 SAN loss.

We are joined for the latter part of this discussion by Keeper Murph of the ENnie-Award-winning Miskatonic University Podcast! If you don’t already listen to the MU podcast and you have any interest in Call of Cthulhu or Lovecraft, you’re missing a treat. Sure, they’ll occasionally share forbidden knowledge that will break your mind and leave you as a sobbing, empty mockery of a human being, but it’s probably too late to worry about that anyway.

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Not pictured: Murph’s and Scott’s beards fighting for dominance.

Correction: Mike Mason has just told us that the Icarus setting in Cthulhu Through the Ages is not related to the similarly named article in Worlds of Cthulhu. Apologies for the mistake!