Episode 271: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 1

We’re back and we’re sightseeing. Like most penurious writers, we’re doing so on a tight budget. Wasting money on expensive train tickets means that we won’t be able to afford the good cheese crackers for lunch. Happily, the ticket clerk is happy to offer cheaper alternatives. Sure, he’s also offering dire warnings about travelling via Innsmouth, but that just makes it sound all the more exciting. Anyway, this can’t be the worst replacement bus service we’ve ever taken.

Main Topic: The Shadow Over Innsmouth part 1

This is the first instalment of a multi-episode exploration of HP Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”. It is a dive so deep it goes all the way down to Y’ha-nthlei.

While “The Call of Cthulhu” gets all the name recognition, it’s fair to say that “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” is Lovecraft’s most influential story. It has spawned countless sequels, adaptations and imitations over the 90+ years since its first publication, and these show no sign of slowing down. More importantly for our purposes, Innsmouth and its ichthyic, batrachian residents are at the centre of a staggering number of Call of Cthulhu scenarios.

This time, however, we start off by looking into the origins and influences behind this tale, then pick through the first chapter of the story, looking for gaming inspiration.

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Apocalypse Grizzlies

Scott recently joined the Apocalypse Players over at Grizzly Peaks Radio for a special series of crossover episodes, playing “Secret of Castronegro” from The Cthulhu Companion. Expect shenanigans!

More Eldritch Stories

Paul and Mike Mason have put out another batch of Eldritch Stories. You can find them anywhere you might find podcasts, or over at eldritchstories.com.

Scott on Tear Them Apart

Scott recently joined Paul Yellovich and Evan Dorkin for a livestream of the Tear Them Apart podcast, discussing all manner of horror films and how they relate to RPGs. You can watch the video below.

Paul on Innsmouth Book Club

Paul recently appeared on Episode 72 of the Innsmouth Book Club podcast, where he was joined by Mark Griffin from 30 Minutes+ With HPL.

We’re back and we’re poking around in holes. Sometimes it’s hard not to let curiosity get the better of you. There could be anyone on the other side of that barrier, even a god. You might be tempted to take a peek and check. At worst, what you see on the other side could leave you feeling uncomfortably stiff, yet empty inside. Or, maybe, it could be glorious.

Main Topic: Glorious

Following last episode’s discussion of Ghatanothoa (and Yig, but let’s not worry about him for now), we’re talking about one of his rare appearances in media. Glorious presents an unusual and creative take on the Cthulhu Mythos. So unusual, in fact, that Matt spends much of this episode protesting its crimes against canon. It also takes place almost entirely in a rest stop bathroom, unlike most horror films.

Glorious is a 2022 American horror film from director Rebekah McKendry, starring Ryan Kwanten and JK Simmons. While it’s a low-budget affair, it rarely looks cheap, mainly thanks to its small cast and limited use of locations.

As ever with these media discussions, we pick apart every aspect of the story in our quest for gaming inspiration. Do watch Glorious before listening to avoid being spoiled. If you want to get some idea of what you’re getting yourself into first, you could always read Scott’s review from last year’s October Horror Movie Challenge.

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Episode 269: Mythos Deities - Yig & Ghatanothoa

We’re back and we’re petrified. It’s bad enough that you can become mummified by standing near Ghatanothoa, but being imperilled just by looking at his image is simply too much. And then we learn that you could be at risk even from examining the eyes of someone who saw him? Yikes! We’ll stick to Yig, thanks. At least the worst he’s going to do is bite you. Oh, hang on… He might turn you into a snake? It’s beginning to sound like these Mythos deities may not be the friends we’re looking for.

Main Topic: Mythos Deities – Yig & Ghatanothoa

This episode is our latest exploration of the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. We have devoted previous episodes to DagonShub-NiggurathYog-SothothNyarlathotepHasturAzathothNodensUbbo-Sathla and MordiggianIthaquaCthulhuDaoloth and EihortGla’akiY’golonacTsathoggua, Atlach-Nacha and Abhoth, and Cyäegha and Byatis.

We’re turning back to Lovecraft himself in this episode, but Lovecraft as a collaborator. Well, it’s probably more accurate to call him a ghost writer with these stories, but we’ll be generous to his co-authors. The two deities we’re discussing — Yig and Ghatanothoa — both come from Lovecraft’s revisions. It wasn’t until the stories were collected that Lovecraft was even credited, however. Despite this, at least one of the deities has spawned many scenarios and stories, while the other has to be satisfied with hanging out behind a rest stop glory hole. But more about that next episode…

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Paul at Gen Con

Paul gives us a quick summary of his visit to Gen Con 2023, where he ran “Full Fathom Five” with You Too Can Cthulhu. He also mentions that Chaosium had the new Pendragon Starter Set on the stall, alongside Rivers of London.

Matt and Paul at the Innsmouth Literary Festival

Matt and Paul will be attending the Innsmouth Literary Festival at the end of this month, running some games. The festival takes place on Saturday 30th September, between 10am – 5pm, at Kings House Conference Centre in Bedford.

We’re back and and we’re listening to our listeners. No, not in a creepy way. Well, not beyond our natural creepiness, anyway. We’re not even using our ears this time. Hmmm. That probably makes it creepier, doesn’t it?

Main Topic: Bride of Listener Suggestions

Late last year, 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 now have 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 an episode a couple of months ago, but we barely scratched the surface. Here, we delve into several more topics, including Gothic Horror, Espionage and the Cthulhu Mythos, White Dwarf and Dagon magazines, literary genres, potential strange NPCs, solo gaming, and Japanese Call of Cthulhu scenarios.

Thank you to Dirk the Dice, OrbitalAxolotl, Sarah D, OK Ghouls Hear Me Out, and DMBadWrongFun on our Discord server for the topics we discuss in this episode.

Please do let us know if you have any suggestions of your own. Well, apart from those ones.

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Hounds of Tindalos Reading

Mike Perceval-Maxwell of Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories recently released a reading of Frank Belknap Long’s weird tale “The Hounds of Tindalos”. Our very own Scott Dorward joined him to voice the character of Halpin Chalmers. We have put the episode out on the Good Friends feed as well. This follows our recent episode discussing Long’s tale.

Advert-Free Episodes on Patreon

As of a few months ago, we started putting commercial breaks in episodes of the Good Friends. These are just for our own products or other podcasts we like, but some people will still want to avoid them. If you prefer your podcasts without adverts, the releases on the Good Friends Patreon feed are completely free of interruptions.

We’re back and and we’re in the dark. While we’re told that darkness is essential for séances, it does make it tricky to watch when the medium starts dancing. Also, if the spirits are going to start shooting pistols near us, we’d prefer to be able to see where the guns are pointed. Happily, Napoleon is here to offer some practical military advice to these otherworldly gunmen. We just hope that he doesn’t leave us quite as wet and sticky as last time. It plays hell with our zithers!

Main Topic: Séances

As a belated coda to our discussions of Victorian Spiritualism, we thought we’d go through some contemporary accounts of Victorian séances, looking for inspiration. Our earlier discussions glossed over the details of what actually happens in a séance and how they differ from what we see in popular media. The truth turns out to be far weirder than any fiction.

Our goal, as ever, is to offer inspiration for games. If you do decide to include a séance inspired by these accounts in one of your games, we’d love to hear about it!

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Paul at Gen Con 2023

Paul will be at Gen Con in August. You can see him on the panel about Horror on the Tabletop. He will also be running what he has dubbed “Full Fathom Five-Point-Five” with You Too Can Cthulhu, riffing on his Miskatonic Repository scenario “Full Fathom Five”.

Back Issues of the Tome

All back issues of The Blasphemous Tome are now available as PDF downloads for our Patreon backers. This is the fanzine that we produce for our backers, which largely existed only in physical form until recently. Each issue contains a full scenario written by the Good Friends.

Anyone backing us at any level on Patreon can now download the entire back catalogue as PDFs. People backing us at the $3 tier or higher before the end of July can also get a discount voucher for a print-on-demand copy of issue 6.

A Weekend With Good Friends

The most recent Weekend With Good Friends wrapped up just over a week ago. This is the convention organised by our lovely listeners, and which takes place on the Good Friends’ Discord server.

We would like to thank Chris, Martin and Bence, the convention organisers, for all the amazing work they put in to make the convention happen. Thank you as well to all the convention staff for keeping the convention running smoothly throughout. And thank you to everyone who attended!

This was also the first Weekend With Good Friends to feature panels. Thank to David for organising them and watching over all eleven of them throughout the weekend! And thank you to all the panellists who joined us for the weekend.

The panels were all recorded and are now available on YouTube.

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Voting for ENnies

Voting is now open for the 2023 ENnie Awards. A number of projects we are involved with are up for awards and we would love it if you considered voting for them.

How We Roll is on the shortlist for Best Podcast.

Rivers of London has been nominated for Best Rules and Product of the Year.

And Chaosium is up for Best Publisher.

Mason and Fricker’s Eldritch Stories

Paul and Mike Mason have a new podcast, called Mason and Fricker’s Eldritch Stories. You can find out all about it at their website.