We’re back and we’re going through our mailbag again. It becomes a lot more manageable once we sift out the missives written in Aklo and other inhuman tongues. We’re not saying that what’s left is any less sanity-blasting, but at least we can read it aloud without imperilling the space-time continuum.
Main Topic: The Ghost of Listener Suggestions
Back in late 2022, we used Discord and Twitter to ask our listeners what kinds of things they’d like to hear us discuss. The response was overwhelming and we ended up with a massive list of possible topics. Although these suggestions were exceptional, there are a good number we’d struggle to turn into complete episodes. Rather than ignore these, we’ve decided to go through the replies and see what we can address succinctly.
We started going through these suggestions in a few earlier episodes, but we barely scratched the surface. Here, we delve into several more topics, including Nope, UFO abductions in horror, recommendations of Mythos fiction, different modes of horror GMing, and what constitutes a cheap scare.
Thank you to James Mullen, Abe Hughes, Victor and Ryan Finn for the topics we discuss in this episode.
Please do let us know if you have any suggestions of your own.
Things we mention in this episode include:
- Listener Suggestions
- Son of Listener Suggestions
- Bride of Listener Suggestions
- Good Friends on Twitter
- Good Friends Discord
- Nope (2022)
- Get Out (2017)
- Us (2019)
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
- No One Will Save You (2023)
- Fire in the Sky (1993)
- Alien (1979)
- The Fourth Kind (2009)
- The Block Island Sound (2020)
- Encounters on Netflix
- John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (2020)
- “The Star Brothers” by Brian Courtemanche
- Cosmic horror
- Robert E Howard
- Clark Ashton Smith
- The Three Births of Daoloth by Ramsey Campbell
- The Ceremonies by TED Klein
- Gothic horror
- Folk horror
- “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”
- Thomas Ligotti
- “The Return of the Lloigor” by Colin Wilson
- New Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos edited by Ramsey Campbell
- Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos edited by August Derleth
- Black Wings edited by ST Joshi
- The Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross E Lockhart
- The Fisherman by John Langan
- The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
- The Croning by Laird Barron
- The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
- The Hungry Moon by Ramsey Campbell
- The Laundry Files RPG
- Dark Gods by TED Klein
- Reassuring Tales by TED Klein
- 14 by Peter Cline
- The Adventures of Lil Cthulhu
- Grave Robbers From Outer Space
- Bell-Bottomed Badasses on the Mean Streets of Funk
- Dead of Night
- Public Access
- Ain’t Slayed Nobody
- Seth Skorkowsky
The Lengian Job with Pretending to be People on Ain’t Slayed Nobody
Ain’t Slayed Nobody have released the first episode of The Lengian Job, a crossover with Pretending To Be People. This is a zany Pulp Cthulhu adventure, written and run by our own Scott Dorward. It will run to six episodes, each more chaotic than the last.
Plague of Fools on Grizzly Peaks Radio
Scott also ran a very different type of game for Grizzly Peaks Radio, which will creep its way onto your podcast feed on the 26th of January. “Plague of Fools” is an improvised Gothic horror game run using Cthulhu Dark, featuring the Old Farts line-up of Andy, Jen, Spencer and Barney. This one goes fairly dark, but not without moments of cheerful absurdity.
Paul Interviewed on Tabletop and Beyond
Paul was recently interviewed by Justin and Dan on Tabletop and Beyond. They talked about about Adding Fear into RPGs.
A Weekend With Good Friends
We are delighted to announce that the next Weekend With Good Friends is scheduled to start on the 1st of March 2024. This is of course the online gaming convention organised by our lovely listeners, taking place on the Good Friends Discord server.
Key dates are:
- Thursday 25th January – Thursday 8th February – GM signups
- Thursday 15th February – Thursday 22nd February – Player signups
- Monday 26th February – Lottery results announced
- Friday 1st March – Sunday 3rd March – A Weekend With Good Friends
We hope to see you there!