We’re back and we’re on the lam. Setting fire to all those libraries seemed like a good idea at the time but apparently the authorities disagree. We’ve tried explaining that there are simply some things humanity was not meant to know. If there were a better way of protecting people, or at least one that didn’t singe our eyebrows so badly, we’d do that instead. But, instead, we hide in the shadows, living one step ahead of the law. It’s a dangerous life protecting people from Dan Brown novels…
Main Topic: Breaking the Law
This episode is our discussion of the thorny topic of what happens when investigators get on the wrong side of the law. Almost every Call of Cthulhu campaign requires the investigators to commit burglary, fraud, assault, murder and arson. So much arson…
But does this always have to be the case? How should the Keeper deal with blatant criminal behaviour? Is it ever fun for the investigators to face the consequences of their actions? And why is the library on fire again?
We’ve paused our discussion of The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath for a few episodes. Matt has been seriously ill, requiring a lengthy stay in hospital. We don’t know how long he’s going to be out of action but we wanted to save the resolution for his return. Until then, we’ve called upon some of our good friends in the podcasting world to stand in as guest hosts.
This time, we’re joined by Lynne Hardy, associate editor for Call of Cthulhu and line editor for the Rivers of London RPG. Lynne has shared a stage with the Good Friends at a number of live events, as well as our episodes about the development of the new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep.
- Lynne on Twitter
- UK Games Expo 2017
- Necronomicon 2017: Pulp vs Pure panel
- Necronomicon 2017: Call of Cthulhu campaigns
- Masks of Nyarlathotep part 1
- Masks of Nyarlathotep part 2
- Call of Cthulhu 40th anniversary panel at Dragonmeet 2021
- Rivers of London RPG panel at Dragonmeet 2021
Things we mention in this episode include:
- “The Meat Trade” on Ain’t Slayed Nobody
- “Scritch Scratch” by Lynne Hardy
- Down Darker Trails
- Flotsam and Jetsam on How We Roll
- The Fugitive
- The Incredible Hulk
- Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
- Albert Fish
- Edgar Laplante
- Police National Computer
- Bureau of Investigation
- Google Maps location history
- Burner phones
- The Blunderer by Patricia Highsmith
- The Sopranos
- Not proven verdict
- Bonnie and Clyde
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Prison Break
- The Brokenwood Mysteries
- Nero Wolfe
Update on Matt
As we mentioned, Matt has been seriously ill recently. He is now home from hospital but he still has a long road to recovery ahead. We’re not sure how long it will be before he is feeling up to recording but we shall keep his seat warm for him.
New Releases From Chaosium
Lynne shares news of the Call of Cthulhu Keeper Tips book, fresh from Chaosium.
Submissions for The Blasphemous Tome
While it barely seems any time since the last issue of The Blasphemous Tome flapped its way around the world like a cardboard shantak, we have already started work on the next one. This is the twice-yearly fanzine we produce for our Patreon backers. Issue 9 will feature a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario from our very own Paul Fricker. Watch this space for updates.
As ever, we welcome submissions from our listeners. These may be text articles of up to 500 words or pieces of black-and-white artwork. If you have any items you would like to submit, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 6th of April 2022.