We’re back and we’re picking through the ruins. The US Federal Government may have bombed Innsmouth to smithereens, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t still useful gaming inspiration to be found in the wreckage. From pondering what the locals really wanted with Robert Olmstead to discussing how to make Deep Ones more sympathetic, we’re finding plenty of Innsmouth Gold here. Let’s just hope we don’t stumble across that shoggoth Zadok Allen mentioned, however. Being shelled and set on fire has probably done little to improve its temperament.
Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 6
This is the sixth and final part of our multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. While we’ve finished our breakdown of the story itself, there were still a few outstanding points we’d flagged for later discussion. The second half of the episode delves into the aspects of the story we’d lift for gaming, as well as some discussion of how others have used Innsmouth and its residents in Call of Cthulhu.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- “The Call of Cthulhu” by HP Lovecraft
- The Cult of Cthulhu
- The Three Oaths of Dagon
- Mystery cults
- Christian absorption of paganism
- Malleus Monstrorum
- Sea Devils from Doctor Who
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- “Pickman’s Model” by HP Lovecraft
- The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by HP Lovecraft
- Pulp Cthulhu
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Dagon magazine
- “The Dunwich Horror” by HP Lovecraft
- The Bermuda Triangle
- Escape From Innsmouth
- Before the Fall
- “Bless the Beasts and the Children” from Adventures in Arkham County
- Primetime Adventures
- “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” by HP Lovecraft
- Hot War
- “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys
- Cold City and Hot War reissue
- Flotsam and Jetsam
- Shadows of Yog-Sothoth
There is less than a week to go until Christmas, so season’s greetings! Don’t forget to put up your elder signs to ensure nothing unwanted slips down your chimney on Christmas Eve.
The Blasphemous Tome Issue 11
The first batch of Tomes has gone out to Patreon backers of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. But that doesn’t mean you’ve missed your chance to get a printed copy!
You have until the end of December 2023 to secure your copy of the latest issue of The Blasphemous Tome. Patreon backers at the $5 level or higher will receive a print copy, signed by our own gnarled hands. This issue features “Blackshade”, a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario written by Scott Dorward.
Christmas Story Reading on the Good Friends Discord
As this episode goes out, we are in the midst of our Christmas ghost story reading. Mike Perceval-Maxwell of Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories has organised a reading of “Told After Supper” by Jerome K Jerome on the Good Friends Discord server. You may have heard our earlier performances of “A Christmas Carol”, “The Canterville Ghost” and “The Viy”.
Please join us if you can for the remaining live readings at 22:30 GMT on the 19th and 20th of December. If you can’t make those, however, don’t worry! We also plan to record each reading and release them as special episodes on the Good Friends podcast feed.