We’re back and we’re heading down darker trails. We really hope that those are tumbleweeds rolling towards us. That rustling in the sagebrush is making us jumpy too — we’re pretty sure that sagebrush doesn’t usually have that many eyes. For a such a wide-open place, this landscape is getting mighty crowded. Maybe if we read a few passages from this here dime novel Necronomicon we can get through the night without any eldritch varmints making a meal out of us.
Main Topic: Three Views of the Weird West part 2
This is the second of two episodes exploring the weird west. Last time, we looked at a couple of other RPGs and what they might be able to teach us about the setting. Now, we’re focusing on the Down Darker Trails supplement for Call of Cthulhu. From our superficial knowledge of the genre, it seems like all this weird west stuff came out of the pulps and Lovecraftian horror, so it’s good to see it moseying on back to its roots.
We also take a little time to jaw about the general appeal of playing RPGs set in the Old West, as well as how all this weird stuff got mixed into our westerns. Finally, we tie off our discussion by talking about our own experiences of Lovecraftian gaming in the Old West.
Once again, the lockdown means we recorded this episode remotely. We think we’re getting the hang of this.
Things we mention in this episode include:
Down Darker Trails
- Down Darker Trails
- “The Mound” by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop
- “Valley of the Lost” by Robert E Howard
- The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
- Blackfeet people
- “Stagecoach” Mary Fields
- America’s forgotten black cowboys
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- Medicine shows
- World War Cthulhu
- For a Few Dollars More
The Appeal of the Old West
The Weird West
- The weird west on Wikipedia
- “The Curse of Yig” by HP Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop
- The Phantom Empire (1935)
- Cliffhangers (1979)
- The Wild Wild West (1965)
- Weird Western Tales
- Jonah Hex
- Jonah Hex (2010)
- “Still Valley” on The Twilight Zone
- Dead in the West by Joe R Lansdale
- The Magic Wagon by Joe R Lansdale
- Razored Saddles edited by Joe R Lansdale
- Bone Tomahawk (2015)
- Ravenous (1999)
- Dead Man (1995)
- Westworld (1973)
- Westworld (2016)
- Dead Birds (2004)
- The Burrowers (2008)
- Grim Prarie Tales (1990)
- The Wind (2018)
- The Big Country (1958)
- Ain’t Slayed Nobody
Our Gaming Experiences
- Desperation by Stephen King
- Highway 50
- Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
- Cowboys & Aliens
- Ken Burns’ The West
- Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War
- Ken Burns’ The Civil War
- Ken Burns’ Jazz
- Manifest destiny
- Battle of the Little Bighorn
- Lewis and Clark Expedition
Conspiracy Theories Specials
Following on from our recent series about cults, Scott has recorded two special episodes with our good friend Bence Szlamka. These explore the weird fusion of cult and conspiracy theory that has arisen in the age of social media. Both parts are now available in our normal feed.
The Murder Shack and The Green Pumpkin
Scott has also been busy streaming games with our good friends at Ain’t Slayed Nobody. First, he ran “The Murder Shack”, his scenario from issue 5.5 of The Blasphemous Tome. Then, shortly after, he ran an improvised session just based on the proposed title “The Green Pumpkin”. Both streams were recorded and are now available on Twitch.
The Night Bus
And speaking of Scott recording videos, he has also been playing with How We Roll. This time, he ran a new scenario for them called “The Night Bus”, set on, um, a night bus. The recording was made for the Tabletop Gaming Live convention, which went online this year. At the time of posting, the video is not available. We will update these show notes as soon as it is.
The Watchers of Warbleswick
And if all that weren’t enough, Scott has also been recording with our good friend Andy Goodman, as part of his new Grizzly Peaks Radio podcast. This time, Scott was a player in “The Watchers of Warbleswick”, a classic Call of Cthulhu scenario plucked from the pages of White Dwarf magazine, back when it still published that kind of thing.
CORP Online Convention
Last Calls for The Blasphemous Tome 6
Issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome is coming soon! There is still time if you would like to submit a short text article (no more than 500 words) or a piece of black-and-white artwork. Please ping us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit or Discord) if you have any ideas. The cut-off date is the 18th of October.