Episode 201: Occupations in Call of Cthulhu

We’re back and we’re job hunting. This makes a pleasant change. We’re more used to things hunting us. But how much does your occupation actually matter when you’re running around the globe, trying to save humanity from eldritch gribblies? Sure, you may be the best haberdasher in the West End, but it’s hard to collect your pay packet when you’re being eaten by a shoggoth in Timbuktu…

Main Topic: Occupations in Call of Cthulhu

This is our discussion of the role of occupations in Call of Cthulhu? Are they just character classes? How do they work? Are there any that can be difficult to fit into a game? How might we create some of our own? And are there any we find particularly appealing or off-putting? (Clearly, Author is the best profession in the game, only because of the ludicrously high Credit Rating bracket.)

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.

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A Weekend With Good Friends

The first Weekend With Good Friends took place a couple of weeks ago and went marvellously. This is the revamped version of the online convention formerly knows as Jacks-con, organised by our lovely listeners. There were well over 100 games run over the course of the weekend, including huge amounts of Call of Cthulhu, and a smashing time was had by all!

Thank you so much to Bence, Chris and Martin for running the whole thing and to everyone else who helped out, ran games and generally joined in the fun!

A Weekend With Good Friends 2021

Kult on How We Roll

Scott has been let off GM duties and is getting to play a game! Craig from Red Moon Roleplaying is running another Kult game for How We Roll, this time weaving a custom creepy narrative around equally creepy characters created by Joe, Dave and Scott. If you want to join in the horror, hop on over to the How We Roll Patreon page.

We’re back and we’re turning 200. Please be gentle. We’re tired and our feet hurt.

John Sumrow captures the dark, fishy heart of the podcast better than we ever could. Check out his Patreon for many more eldritch wonders: https://www.patreon.com/JohnSumrow

Main Topic: Ask Us Anything

This is our big 200th episode celebration! Somehow, we’ve managed to keep the podcast going for 7 1/2 years, racking up a frightening number of hours of our words. Once you count all the special episodes, backer-only specials, story readings and the like, the total is probably closer to 250 episodes, but we’ll only count the full releases. It saves confusing ourselves even more than usual.

We thought we might celebrate this milestone by opening ourselves up to interrogation by our listeners. You sent in something like 200 questions via Twitter, Facebook, Discord, Reddit and Patreon. We had to narrow this down to a dozen or so, otherwise we might still be recording this episode. Our audience proxy, asking your questions in his own voice, is Mike Mason, creative director for the Call of Cthulhu RPG.

Thank you again to cuppycup of the wonderful Ain’t Slayed Nobody podcast for his help in salvaging some damaged audio from this recording session!

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.

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The Surrey Enigma on Grizzly Peaks Radio

Scott has been guesting on Andy Goodman’s wonderful Grizzly Peaks Radio podcast. Andy has dug out another old marvel from the glory days of White Dwarf, in the form of “The Surrey Enigma” by Marcus L Rowland. Episodes should start appearing in your feeds soon. Prepare for bloody chaos and some turns of events that must have Enid Blyton turning in her grave.

News From Chaosium

Elder Gods willing, the slipcase edition of the Malleus Monstrorum should now be available in print across the globe. The revised, publicly available version of the former organised-play campaign A Time to Harvest should be available very soon as well.

Episode 199: Top 3 Mythos Media

We’re back and we’re hearing the call of Cthulhu from some unusual places. Most of our consumption of Mythos media comes via the printed word. Sometimes, however, it seeps out from the page and infects other formats. Unless we commit to slapping an elder sign on the cover of every book, we had better learn to embrace this, or at least let its pseudopods embrace us.

Main Topic: Top 3 Mythos Media

This episode presents a discussion of some of our favourite Cthulhu Mythos media, in the form of films, songs, musicals and comics. Anything, really, as long as it’s not a novel, short story or RPG. Obviously, there’s going to be a bit of debate as we never agree on anything. We are joined in the scrum by Mike Mason, creative director for the Call of Cthulhu RPG.

Thank you very much to cuppycup of the wonderful Ain’t Slayed Nobody podcast for his help in salvaging some damaged audio from this recording session!

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.

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200th Episode Special

We’re about to turn 200. Well, maybe not us as people, but the podcast will hit the milestone of 200 episodes this month. We’re celebrating with a big Q&A session, in which we answer some questions sent in by our lovely listeners. Mike Mason joins us once again, acting as questionmaster.

Also, thinking about it, if you add up the ages of everyone on this episode, the total isn’t far off 200…

Back when we celebrated our first birthday. Didn’t we look young?

Call of Cthulhu 40th Anniversary

As Mike reminds us in the episode, Call of Cthulhu turns 40 this year. Expect some major releases this year to celebrate this milestone! While it’s too early to offer specifics, keep watching the Chaosium social media feeds for announcements.

A Weekend With Good Friends

Following the success of Jacks-Con in July of 2020, our lovely listeners have organised another virtual convention. A Weekend With Good Friends will take place on our Discord server between the 14th and 18th of January 2021. Player sign-ups begin on the 6th of January. Full details can be found here.

Episode 198: The Whisperer in Darkness part 5

We’re back and we’re saving face. OK, it’s not one of our own faces, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep it safe. You never know when Mr Akeley may need it again. Thinking about it, we should probably do something with these hands too. That old Akeley is a careless sort. We’re sure he’d forget his own head if it weren’t attached…

Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 5

This is the final instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Last episode, Albert Wilmarth travelled to Vermont to visit his eccentric penpal, Henry Akeley. The two shared some mind-expanding conversation that quite unnerved Wilmarth. Now, we cut forward to that night as Wilmarth searches for answers and then wishes he had never found them.

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. None of us has had to call in from Yuggoth, mercifully. The internet connectivity there is shocking.

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Last Chance for The Blasphemous Tome 6!

You can still secure your issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome if you act quickly! We shall send you a copy or two of this exclusive fanzine if you back us by the end of December 2020.

This is the print-only ‘zine we put out every year for our Patreon backers. It is licensed by Chaosium and contains material for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. In particular, this issue features a new scenario by our own Paul Fricker, called “Of This Men Shall Know Nothing”, set in the latter days of World War II.

The Blasphemous Tome issue 6 cover

Scott on Pretending to Be People

Scott has been running his scenario “Bleak Prospect” from Nameless Horrors for the Pretending to be People podcast. This has been glorious, bloody chaos so far, in all the right ways. Episode 1 is now available for download.

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Matt on Roll to Save

Matt recently appeared on the Roll to Save podcast, discussing the new RPG releases of 2020. Iain Wilson and Matt also talked about some games they played for the first time this year.

Paul on panels at Grogmeetish and Dragonmeet

And as if that weren’t enough guest appearances, Paul joined our good friends from What Would the Smart Party Do and The Grognard Files for two panels recently. The first was a Q&A session at Grogmeetish and the second a panel at Dragonmeet, both of which took place online this year for obvious reasons.

A Weekend With Good Friends

Following the success of Jacks-Con in July of 2020, our lovely listeners have organised another virtual convention. A Weekend With Good Friends will take place on our Discord server between the 14th and 17th of January 2021. Full details can be found here.

We’re back and we’re getting sick of these fleshy bodies of ours. They’re always going wrong and they’re too expensive to maintain. This only seems to get worse the longer we have them. We suspect they’re long out of warranty by now. Happily, our new buzzy friends seem to have the perfect solution for us. They’ve told us that it’s not unlike taking a long, warm bath. A very long one. Maybe forever.

Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 4

This is the fourth instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Last episode, Albert Wilmarth had become troubled by the increasingly bizarre letters from his new friend Henry Akeley. Someone or something also seemed to be interfering with their correspondence, stealing stones and sending fake telegrams. Now, after receiving a typewritten letter telling him all the alien attacks were a simple misunderstanding, Wilmarth has decided to accept Akeley’s invitation to Vermont. This can only lead to a happy ending.

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Happily, we have worked out how to network our brain cylinders. We just hope these attachments provide a reasonable simulacrum of human speech.

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The Blasphemous Tome 6

Issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome is now shipping! This is the print-only fanzine we put out every year for our Patreon backers. It is licensed by Chaosium and contains material for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. In particular, this issue features a new scenario by our own Paul Fricker, called “Of This Men Shall Know Nothing”, set in the latter days of World War II.

Don’t worry if you haven’t secured your Tome yet. All hope is not yet lost! We shall send you a copy or copies if you back us by the end of December 2020.

The Blasphemous Tome issue 6 cover

Matt at the Miskatonic Repository Convention

Matt took part in a panel at the recent Miskatonic Repository Convention, talking about how to write scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. He was joined by such luminaries as Jon Hook, Oscar Rios and Call of Cthulhu line editor, Mike Mason. Happily, the panel was recorded and you can watch it on YouTube merely by clicking below.

A Good Friends Christmas Carol

To help everyone get into the Christmas spirit, good friend of the Good Friends Mike Perceval-Maxwell is organising a reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol in the week before Christmas. He will be joined by Dominic Allen, Rina Haenze, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward. This is an edited version of the story, cut down to a suitable size for readings by Mr Dickens himself.

We will read the story over four evenings — the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th of December. Each reading will start at 10 PM GMT and run for around 30 minutes. The readings will take place in the Bar voice channel of our Discord server. We also plan to record the readings and make them available later for those who cannot listen live.