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We arrived in Providence with a day to spare before Necronomicon started, so took the opportunity to wander around and visit a few key sites from Lovecraft’s life and one from his death.

Paul took a few videos of me explaining what these sites were, which you can find below. The highlight, for me at least, was what happened when we found his birthplace. It was almost too perfectly ironic.

Hello everyone,

If there’s anyone out there like myself that likes a good Limited Edition, you might be interested to know that Pelgrane Press have opened up a section on their web-store for their remaining Limited Editions (here’s a link for you – just click the “Limited Editions” drop down). As of the time of posting, they’ve sold out of Hillfolk and Dreamhounds of Paris.

This means I’ve finally been able to fill a couple of holes in my collection, so I’m a rather happy completist at the moment! The current collection (no doubt to expand as more titles come out) is below. Enjoy!

 

Hello again everyone! I know it’s not quite May yet, but with only a few hours to go, it’s close enough 😉

Continuing my series of occasional updates (i.e. when I have enough projects to report on!), there’s another couple of Cthulhoid Kickstarters that are up at the moment that you might be interested in if you’ve found your way here.

First up, Sigil & Sign:

When this one launched, I had a flurry of emails from friends I follow on Kickstarter informing me that they’d backed it. Looks like it’s definitely a popular one.

Sigil & Sign is the Mythos RPG where you get to play the bad guys. It’s an interesting idea, being produced by Cubicle 7 and Make Believe Games, and created by C.A. Suleiman. The production values certainly look very nice and I know will fit in very well on my shelf.

I’m interested to see how scenario design will work for the game. While there’s definitely an allure to playing the bad guy (hell, most of my PCs end up going that way, as many of my GMs will attest to), it’s not a style of play I’ve seen much in scenario design, so that’s going to be a interesting feature for me. Also, it would be good to see how the mechanics for the game have changed. It’s using the same rules engine used for I am Zombie, which Mark Rein-Hagen ran a demo game of that I played in at the UK Games Expo a few years back. I remember it being pretty interesting – no need to write everything down as the cards spell everything out for you.

There’s a core rulebook, associated cards and materials, and four supplements that are being hoping to be funded through the project. With funding sat at 78% of target at the time of writing, with 21 days left to run, I think it’s likely that this one will get funded.

The project runs until May 22nd, with an expected delivery date of June 2018.

 

The next one will make Scott happy, I’m sure… Sweet Dreams Cthulhu!

Brought to you by the C is for Cthulhu team that have already brought us the delightful “C is for Cthulhu Alphabet Book”, the four colours of C is for Cthulhu plushes, the “C is for Cthulhu Colouring Book”, and not to mention the giant C is for Cthulhu plush that we tormented Scott with a while back (and is a constant companion in my office at home, where he sits and watches me work), this is another board book, similar to the Alphabet Book. This time though, its a bedtime story for our little cultists-in-the-making, about Lovecraft being visited by Cthulhu when he can’t sleep one night.

I know such things can be pretty divisive in the Cthulhu community, but the artwork in this one make it very kid-friendly, and I really like the material the group have put out so far, so I’m on the for the ride again. If they get enough funding (they’ve already met their initial goal), nice stretch goals include a kid’s blanket, a new colour of plush, and no doubt other horrors.

I wonder, when it arrives, if I read the story to Scott whether it will warm his heart a little towards this cute imagining of the Master of R’lyeh…? I live in hope 😉

The project runs until May 27th, with an expected delivery date of October 2017.

Issue 2 of the print-only fanzine The Blasphemous Tome will be sent to our Patreon backers in mid-March. Anyone who is a backer by Sunday the 12th of March will receive a copy.

This is the fanzine we produce exclusively for Patreon backers of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast. We will send at least one copy to all backers.

  • Everyone pledging at the $1 level will receive one copy
  • Everyone pledging at the $3 level will receive one signed copy
  • Everyone pledging at the $5 level will receive two copies, one of which will be signed

The Blasphemous Tome only exists in printed form, like the fanzines of yore. Paul and Scott come from an age when ‘zines were our internet forums, connecting gamers across the world. In order to recapture the spirit of that time, Matt has worked hard to make the Tome look like an artefact from the 1980s. Issue 1 featured skewed columns, paste marks and liberal use of the Courier font. Matt regularly reminds Paul and Scott how much he hates us for making him do this.

This issue sees the return of several columns, as well as some new features. Highlights include:

  • A Peek Inside the Recording Studio
  • Cocktail Corner
  • The Ludomancers
  • Interview with a Listener
  • After Lovecraft
  • Vinyl Corner
  • 2016: A Year of Horrors
  • Episodes of Insanity
  • Plush of the Month
  • Cold Hand in Mine
  • Die, die, die!
  • Who is Jackson Elias?
  • How to Sing Like the Good Friends
  • Pet’s Corner

We have also collaborated on a new scenario for this issue. It involves three friends who create a blasphemous tome. Recursion holds no fear for us!

The excellent cover art comes from good friend of the Good Friends, Jonathan Wyke. You may recognise his work from Nameless Horrors and Pulp Cthulhu.

Issue 2 also features submissions from listeners. We have been sent a selection of monsters and would like you to judge them, picking out the most nightmarish. We also have also received some artwork and articles to inspire your games, and we are sure you will be as delighted with them as we are.

It’s been a good year for comedic Lovecraftian short films. As we’ve mentioned before, Greig Johnson and Chris Lackey have produced a number of excellent and funny takes on Lovecraft stories that deserve a lot more attention than they’ve been getting.

In a similar vein, The Macabre from Philip Kreyche mixes Lovecraftian horror and comedy deftly. Rather than taking its inspiration from a Lovecraft story, it instead uses Lovecraft himself as a character, blurring the line between his life and his work. This is a well-observed little film, and Lovecraft fans will find themselves smiling and nodding throughout.

The Macabre also has production values far beyond what I’d expect from a Lovecraftian short. While it may be a little predictable, it is unquestionably funny and entertaining. I hope to see more such work from Mr Kreyche someday!