Episode067A

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You may have seen or heard us mention that we co-hosted a seminar at the recent Dragonmeet convention in London, along with our good friends Baz and Gaz from the What Would the Smart Party Do? podcast. The topic was “Is there too much Cthulhu in gaming?”, with Baz and Gaz arguing the case for the prosecution, Matt and Scott offering a spirited defence, and Paul as chair, occasionally remembering that he was supposed to be impartial.

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Paul’s Jackson Elias T-shirt should not be taken as any indication of bias.

We recorded the proceedings, including heckles, digressions and the occasional rain of fish. The audio quality is better than we anticipated, although it is sometimes difficult to hear the questions from the audience.

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Photos courtesy of Tiffany Sanderson.

The Smart Party, being more organised than us, have released their version of the recording already. It is much the same, but with slightly different post-production and Gaz doing the introduction instead of us. If you’ve already listened to that, you probably don’t need to download this episode. We will pout, however.

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We’re back, and we’re doing another top three countdown. This is a spiritual follow-up to episode 62’s look at our favourite Lovecraftian monsters, only this time we’ve set our sights a bit higher. We each champion our three favourite Mythos deities, giving some background on each, followed by some unusual ways to use them in your Call of Cthulhu games.

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Although no matter how you use them, the result will be much the same.

We’re also fresh back from Dragonmeet, where we had our live showdown against our rival podcasters from the Smart Party about whether there is too much Cthulhu in gaming. Paul is busy establishing whether the recording is usable; we had to rely on sharing our trusty Yeti amongst five of us, as well as everyone in the audience who asked questions (or simply threw fish at us). If the edited and sound-balanced recording sounds better than an experiment in electronic voice phenomena, we will release it either as part of an upcoming episode or as a standalone special.

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The bombardment of jellied fish from the audience caused Baz to start melting in sympathy. (Photograph courtesy of Mike Mason)

Speaking of microphones, another burst of generosity from our wonderful Patreon backers has pushed us over our target for buying some professional recording equipment. Thank you to everyone who has made this possible! Paul and I plan to go shopping next week, and assuming we can get the hang of the new kit quickly, you should notice a major improvement in sound quality soon. We are also hard at work developing the next batch of backer rewards, based on suggestions from patrons who joined us for a chat last week.

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We’re back, and we’re plunging once more into the abyss of despair and madness that is R’lyeh Roulette. In case you didn’t listen to our first round, back in episode 37, this is where we let the dice select random entries from Matt’s sanity-blasting spreadsheet of every spell from official Chaosium Call of Cthulhu publications. We then brainstorm scenario ideas around the results. This episode, we bolstered our creativity by having some inadvisably large White Russians beforehand, rendering us somewhat more boisterous than usual. At least this means we actually have an excuse for rambling!

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Some ties can only be explained by alcohol.

As part of our opening discussion of non-euclidean geometry (we’re educational!), we promise a glimpse of Matt’s Euclid tie. Well, look up, and admire how the two (not-quite) parallel lines of its construction never meet. You can also see Matt modelling a non-euclidean tie below.

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By definition, any tie that doesn’t bear a picture of Euclid is non-euclidean.

This episode also features Matt’s quick overview of Gen Con 2015 (short version: too crowded, too hot, but still fun). This includes mention of the Podcast-a-Ganza lovefest organised by our good friends at the Plot Points podcast. Matt acted as our ambassador. So far, we have received no declarations of war from other podcasts, so we declare him a success.

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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!