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Good friend of the Good Friends Cory Welch has been in touch with some exciting news:

The Midwest cabal of the Chaosium Cult of Chaos is back. We will be running our highly regarded performance of the incredible multi-table Call of Cthulhu scenario, Gatsby and the Great Race, penned by 7th Edition co-author Paul Fricker, at Gamehole Con VI! This classic and must-play blowout scenario will commence at the Alliant Energy Exhibition Hall in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at 2 PM!

We’re going straight for the cat’s pyjamas and opening it up to 5 tables — yes, 30 investigators — for this very special and unique RPG event. We’ve updated the scenario with the maddening excitement of the 7th Edition rules… RSVP your invite for Julian Gatsby’s decadent 1930 blowout!

Chaosium will be generously providing prizes for the event, so come out and trade your best insane roleplay for some POSH swag… In addition to a very special souvenir of the event for a few lucky few players! For more information on reserving your spot and for other awesome games, check out Gamehole Con’s home page.

We’ll see you there!

By Matt Sanderson

It seems summer (besides being a time when my office and car both decide to do good impressions of raging furnaces) is the time for more RPG Kickstarters to go live and try to drain my bank account. I was a little late to get an update up for one of them (but don’t worry, we tormented Scott with it during a recent recording session, so you’ll hear about that one soon!), but here’s two that are still running that may be of interest to folks out there.

First up, the new Delta Green Kickstarter, The Labyrinth – but it’s not just for one book:

Arc Dream teased everyone that had backed the first Delta Green Kickstarter with an update a few days before this one went live. The Labyrinth sees the return of John Tynes to the line, and it sounds like a pretty good book to me. Much like Countdown (one of my favourite sourcebooks, because it’s packed with so much good stuff), this book presents a whole load of new factions for the game. Some are friendly, some not so friendly.

Beyond the 192-page titular book, there’s a few more that promise to see the light of day due to stretch goals. Like the first Delta Green Kickstarter, there are some adventures (two so far at the time of writing), but also some handout and prop kits that Arc Dream are releasing. Given the rarity and desirability of the kits that were produced by Pagan Publishing for the likes of Walker in the Wastes and Realm of Shadows, I’m not missing out on bagging these!

As stretch goals go though, the big one that they hit very recently is to release another 192-page hardback – Those Who Come After.

This one has me pretty excited. It’s a Yithian sourcebook. It’s available as an add-on, and (at the time of writing) Arc Dream are less than $500 from hitting the subsequent stretch goal to produce another handout and prop kit for this book too. I’m wondering what stretch goals will follow beyond this, as they haven’t signposted any more… yet.

The project has already hit 257% of its funding target as of today and runs till 12:00AM BST on Wednesday 1st August 2018.

Next up, an old favourite of mine returns for a new edition – Over the Edge:

Visually, this one looks very different. I quite like the front cover of the regular edition (which has recently hit a stretch goal to improve the production quality: upgrading the normal glossy paper cover to a silver metallic paper instead; adding a ribbon marker; and increasing the interior paper thickness, etc.).

I’ll no doubt pick up one of these eventually, but for the campaign, I’ve gone for their “Core Luxe” edition.

This one’s got a metallic cover, linen spine wrap, bookmark, etc. Now, given they mention it’s going to have a debossed logo on the front cover, I’m guessing that it’s going to be metallic paper for the cover rather than full-blown metal, which is a little disappointing – I was hoping for something akin to the Werewolf the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Ultra Deluxe that had a full metal front cover. It still looks really nice though, and comes with a nice set of dice. No doubt they will hate me whenever I roll them – all dice do.

The raw manuscript for the book is available as soon as backers pledge. I haven’t had time to read it, but I’ve seen a few comments from those that have. There seem to be a few changes to the rules (like good and bad effects if you roll certain doubles, etc.).

The one thing that I couldn’t see from the manuscript is that the whole aspect of your character eventually coming to realize that they are a character in a roleplaying game doesn’t seem to be in there anymore. I may be wrong (it could be hidden), but I couldn’t find it in my search. That makes me a little sad, as I really enjoyed that aspect of it when we played it.

The project has already hit 160% of its funding target as of today, and runs till 7:00PM BST on Tuesday 14th August 2018.


Happy birthday to us!

There are surprisingly few “We Are 5” badges out there. Does no one cater to gestalt entities?

Five years ago today, we released the first episode of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias.

We had gathered in Paul’s garden shed a few days earlier to discuss our thoughts on pre-generated characters. Our main audience then was the spiders that lived in the shadows and the tenacious patch of mould growing under our makeshift microphone stand. The technical challenge of using a single condenser microphone defeated us, so we recorded using the built-in mic of Paul’s iMac. We had a single page of handwritten notes, no clue about microphone technique and the vague hope that a few people we knew might listen to our ramblings.

Knock loudly if you want to buy some pottery

So many spiders…

A week later, we had around 40 downloads and some positive feedback, so we decided to stick with the podcast. It took around a year before we started hearing from listeners we’d never met in person. The idea that people beyond our small circle of friends listen to the podcast still amazes us to this day.

Our first script

The past five years have been amazing. We’ve met lots of wonderful people, made some live appearances and even travelled over to the US to appear at Necronomicon. Thank you to everyone who has joined us for this long, strange trip!

Cory Welch has sent us an update about the planned game of Gatsby and the Great Race at Nexus Game Fair.

Greetings Investigators!

We regretfully announce that our shard of Keepers have decided that the Gatsby and the Great Race run at Nexus Game Fair 2018 on Saturday, June 2nd will be canceled.

This was a hard decision, but unfortunately, we only had barely enough players for two tables and the scenario is a special experience that we only want to present with the “total experience”. A two-table game would have been good, but we want our players to have a GREAT experience. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes players who have signed up for the event.

Never fear — we will be arranging to run Gatsby and the Great Race at another great convention in the Illinois/Wisconsin area in the future! We’ll keep you up to date and hope we can bring you an incredible experience in our next run! Until next time!

This video provides a brief overview of the chase rules in 7th edition Call of Cthulhu. Check out our YouTube channel or click on the Videos tab (above) for a selection of other videos explaining both the Quick-Start and full rules.



You wait all this time for a video about the chase rules, then two arrive in the same week! Seth Skorkowsky has also posted a video about chase rules (which goes into more detail):


You can find the rest of Paul’s Call of Cthulhu tutorials on our videos page.