We’re back and we’re finally free of the city of the Elder Things. Now, we’re racing off to the aëroplane as fast as our little legs will carry us. Everything will be fine once we’re airborne. We’ve learnt our lessons and we shan’t look back. Nope, no way. Not after that whole shoggoth incident. Looking back only leads to trouble. We’re smarter than that now.

Oh, bugger. We looked back.

Main Topic: At the Mountains of Madness part 5

This is the final part of our discussion of Lovecraft’s epic, At the Mountains of Madness. After all the geological, biological and historical explorations of previous chapters, we find ourselves caught up in something almost mystical. The story ends with another infodump, but one born of madness. As ever, we pick this apart in search of gaming inspiration.

We then offer a quick overview of other works inspired by At the Mountains of Madness. Unsurprisingly, Beyond the Mountains of Madness, the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign, plays a big part in our discussion.

It says a lot about our interests that we completely neglected to discuss any video games. There are plenty of fine games out there that draw upon Lovecraft’s tale, but you’ll have to turn to younger and hipper podcasters for details of them.

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Some of the things we mention in this episode include:

News

The Blasphemous Tome issue 5

Issue 5 of The Blasphemous Tome has come back from the printer and the first batch will be in the post any day now!

The Tome is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for our Patreon backers. This issue features a new scenario for Call of Cthulhu, called “Number 22”, written by very our own Matt Sanderson. You will also find plenty of other juicy articles, stories and artwork, including many contributions from our wonderful listeners! If you would like to secure your copy, simply back us on Patreon by the end of the year.

Dragonmeet 2019

Matt and Paul will be attending Dragonmeet in a few days. This one-day convention takes place at the Novotel in West London on the 30th of November. Paul will also be a guest on a panel hosted by our good friends Baz and Gaz of the Smart Party. Check the programme on the day for details.

Other Stuff

Reviews and Social Media

We share a lovely new review from The Final Sam in the USA. If you feel inspired to write a review of your own — whether on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you might find podcasts — we would be delighted!

As of episode 171, we shall be dropping the social media segment of the podcast. This is part of our grander plan to retool a few things to keep the podcast fresh.

Songs

As part of this retooling, we are also discontinuing the songs we sing to new Patreon backers. This is probably an act of mercy. While they’ve been fun to do, the joke is wearing thin. Thank you to everyone we’ve sung to and we hope the mental scars fade with time!

You will find a couple of our final abominations in this episode. Be warned.

We’re back and we’re nearing the end of our expedition. The tunnels below this ancient, pre-human city are full of penguin droppings but somehow these aren’t the foulest things down here. Something has been polishing these floors like a giant protoplasmic Roomba. We’re not sure what it is yet, but it does seem to have a lovely singing voice. Maybe it will be our friend.

It looks like it packs a mean cuddle.

Main Topic: At the Mountains of Madness part 4

This is the penultimate part of our discussion of Lovecraft’s epic, At the Mountains of Madness. We’re well into the action-packed part of the story, with monsters aplenty. Sure, some of these monsters are penguins, but they do look really creepy down here in the dark. Especially the ones without any eyes.

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“Can you tell me how to get, how to get to…”

News

The Blasphemous Tome issue 5

We have finished laying out issue 5 of The Blasphemous Tome and it will soon be heading to press!

The Tome is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for our Patreon backers. This issue features a new scenario for Call of Cthulhu, called “Number 22”, written by very our own Matt Sanderson. You will also find plenty of other juicy articles, stories and artwork, including many contributions from our wonderful listeners! If you would like to secure your copy, simply back us on Patreon by the end of the year. Those who back us before we send out the first batch in late November will also receive one of our eldritch Christmas cards.

Dragonmeet 2019

Matt and Paul will be attending Dragonmeet next month. This one-day convention takes place at the Novotel in West London on the 30th of November. If you see them wandering around looking lost, please say hello and guide them to wherever they need to be.

Wandering Monsters on YouTube

Paul also offers a brief shout-out to Stephen Twining’s YouTube Channel, Wandering Monsters. While the channel mostly focuses on D&D, recent episodes have discussed Call of Cthulhu and Runequest as well.

Other Stuff

Reviews and Social Media

We share a marvellous new review from TomasDeTorque in Australia. If you feel inspired to write a review of your own — whether on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you might find podcasts — we would be delighted!

As of episode 171, we shall be dropping the social media segment of the podcast. This is part of our grander plan to retool a few things to keep the podcast fresh.

Songs

As part of this retooling, we are also discontinuing the songs we sing to new Patreon backers. This is probably an act of mercy. While they’ve been fun to do, the joke is wearing thin. Thank you to everyone we’ve sung to and we hope the mental scars fade with time!

This episode sees (hears?) us singing to the fine folks behind Trebuchet Magazine. With recent issues about “Space and Time” and “The Human Body”, there is plenty of rich Call of Cthulhu inspiration to be found in its pages.

We’re back and we’re catching up with some history. Happily, the folks who lived here before documented the entire story of their civilisation in easy-to-read comics. Even more conveniently, they carved them on walls everywhere. If more graffiti were like this, we would all be historians. Sure, it’s in an alien language and filled with concepts beyond human comprehension, but that won’t stop us piecing it together. Just give us a few hours.

Main Topic: At the Mountains of Madness part 3

This is the section of At the Mountains of Madness in which Lovecraft tells us of the decline and fall of the Old Ones. While we’re experiencing the story at two degrees of remove, it’s still quite gripping. More importantly for Call of Cthulhu players, this is probably the largest history of the Mythos Lovecraft offered us in any of his tales.

This is also the part of the novel where things really get moving and the novel turns into a full-bore horror story. You will find gore, slime and sinister penguins aplenty down here in the dark. Better still, the narrative pace accelerates like a speeding shoggoth.

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Things we mention in this episode include:

News

The Blasphemous Tome issue 5

We have started work on issue 5 of The Blasphemous Tome! This is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for our Patreon backers. Once again, this issue will feature a new scenario for Call of Cthulhu, called “Number 22”, written by our own Matt Sanderson. You will also find plenty of other juicy articles, stories and artwork. If you have any short pieces of prose (no more than 500 words) or black-and-white art you would to submit, please send them our way before the end of this month!

Dragonmeet 2019

At least some of us shall be attending Dragonmeet next month. The one-day convention takes place at the Novotel in West London on the 30th of November. If you see any of us wandering around, please do say hi (or anything else that takes your fancy). We’ll try not to bite.

Other Stuff

Songs

If, like some of the unfortunate members of the Miskatonic expedition, you were vivisected by an alien monstrosity, you may well cry out in terror and agony. We, on the other hand, scream with pleasure in honour of two new $5 Patreon backers. These cries are no less bloodcurdling, however.

Also, be warned that we are making some changes to our backer rewards soon. Once we have worked our way through our current backlog of $5 Patreon backers, we shall stop recording new songs. They have been great fun to do, but as listeners with ears as keen as young Danforth’s may have noticed, we are struggling to keep them fresh. We hope that their discontinuation will prove more of a relief than a disappointment.

Review

We share a marvellous new review from hobsoninthehills in the UK. If you feel inspired to write a review of your own — whether on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you might find podcasts — we would be delighted!

We’re back and we’re still boring. That is to say, we’re drilling down through layers of ancient rock in search of even more ancient secrets. And it’s pretty dull. We’re sure there’s not going to be anything down there that challenges our notions of history and the nature of humanity. Probably just fossils. Yup. Everything’s going to be fine…

Main Topic: At the Mountains of Madness part 2

This is the second part of our expedition through Lovecraft’s short novel, At the Mountains of Madness. Our Antarctic journey is going to be a long one. Now that we’ve actually recorded all the episodes, we can safely reveal that there are going to be five installments in total. This will take us up to the end of November, when the weather in the Northern Hemisphere should start becoming inspirational. Brrrr.

Links

Things we mention in this episode include:

News

The Blasphemous Tome issue 5

We have started work on issue 5 of The Blasphemous Tome. This is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for our Patreon backers. Once again, this issue will feature a new scenario for Call of Cthulhu, written by our own Matt Sanderson, along with plenty of other juicy articles, stories and artwork. If you have any short pieces of prose (no more than 500 words) or black-and-white art you would to submit, please send it our way!

Concrete Cow 19 1/2

Paul and Matt recently attended the Concrete Cow convention in Milton Keynes and share some of their experiences in this episode. If you missed the convention this time, you can always come along to Concrete Cow 20 on the 14th of March 2020.

Other Stuff

Songs

How the dogs at Lake’s camp howled when they caught the scent of the ancient and not-quite-dead horrors their master had unearthed. In contrast, we howl with pure joy at our two new $5 Patreon backers. We do mention that one of them, Amber Reeves, turns nightmares into exquisite jewellery. Unfortunately, we have since learnt that she has shut down her shop front. If she reopens it, we shall be sure to tell you.

The pendant we mentioned.
And here’s a little snippet of how we recorded it. No news on how the vacuum cleaner is faring now.

Reviews

Once again, we have a lovely new review to share, this time from Dalex D Diddlesticks in Australia. If you feel inspired to write a review of your own — whether on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you might find podcasts — we would be delighted!

We’re back and we’re putting on our thermal underwear, ready for a long journey south. Sure, we’ve timed our trip for the summer, but it still gets a little nippy down there. We’re not inured to the cold like all those rugged New Englanders. Still, we’re looking forward to our little trip of the Mountains of Madness. We’re just hoping the locals will be as friendly as we’ve heard.

Main Topic: At the Mountains of Madness

At the Mountains of Madness is one of Lovecraft’s longest works and one of the most important to the development of the Mythos. It tells an epic tale of an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic and their encounter with forgotten horrors from the distant past. Plus penguins. Lots of penguins.

Just one of the flightless harbingers of terror that await our heroes

As ever, we drill deep into the story in search of inspiration for our Call of Cthulhu games. This is surprisingly tricky in the early parts of the story, as Lovecraft is more concerned with explaining the technicalities of the expedition than developing the story. Still, this can be good inspiration for some games, especially if they involve detailed explorations of geology. That’s what horror is all about!

The Roerich painting that inspired all this madness

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Things we mention in this episode include:

Pemmican: the true horror lurking at the heart of this story

News

The Blasphemous Tome issue 5

We have started work on issue 5 of The Blasphemous Tome. This is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for our Patreon backers. Once again, this issue will feature a new scenario for Call of Cthulhu, along with plenty of other juicy articles, stories and artwork. If you have any short pieces of prose (no more than 500 words) or black-and-white art you would to submit, please send it our way!

Covers of Tomes gone by

Necronomicon 2019

This was the first episode we recorded since returning from Necronomicon 2019, so we offer a short overview of what we got up to there. Roll on 2021!

Other Stuff

Songs

The winds that blow through those frozen Antarctic peaks are filled with strange, piping sounds that inspire unease. Our songs are filled with gratitude to new $5 Patreon backers. They still inspire unease, however.

Reviews

Once again, we have a lovely new review to share, this time from JR Wilkinson in Australia. If you feel inspired to write a review of your own — whether on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you might find podcasts — we would be delighted!