Episode 212: Scenario Structures

We’re back and we’re seeking direction. While human lives are generally chaotic, we can at least bring order to our work. Pinning down good scenario structures can help us pretend that the world makes sense. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to paint the streets with nice tessellating hexagons.

Main Topic: Scenario Structures

This episode is our examination of how we structure RPG scenarios. While scenario structures are mostly important when writing your adventure up to share with other GMs, they can affect every stage of the development process. In this episode, we try to identify different types of structure and go into their pros and cons, challenging some of our own preconceptions along the way.

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Flotsam and Jetsam on How We Roll

Scott has just finished running “The Star Brothers”, Brian Courtemanche‘s opening chapter to the Flotsam and Jetsam campaign, for How We Roll. The first two episodes are now out, with several more following soon. The players include Joe and Eoghan from How We Roll, Veronica from Welcome to St Paxton, and Seth Skorkowsky, If you would like to run Flotsam and Jetsam yourself, simply join the Cult of Chaos.

Paul on Storytelling Collective

Paul has contributed a number of lessons to the Call of Cthulhu track for the Storytelling Collective‘s Write Your First Adventure course. Sign up to learn all his secrets! The programme encourages you to publish your new creation on the Miskatonic Repository.

Call of Cthulhu Classic – 40th Anniversary Kickstarter

Chaosium have recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for a reprint of the 2nd edition Call of Cthulhu boxed set. This includes all the original booklets, with tidied-up layout and typos corrected. Extras include a newly designed Keeper Screen, ruby-coloured dice, and reprints of the Cthulhu Companion, Fragments of Fear, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, Trail of Tsathoggua, and The Asylum and Other Tales. Follow the campaign for more goodies as further stretch goals are unlocked.

Special Episode: Seth Skorkowsky and Jon Hook on Modern Mythos

We’re back with the conclusion of our interview with YouTuber and author Seth Skorkowsky. This time, we are also joined by Jon Hook, Seth’s co-host on their new Modern Mythos podcast. As well as being one of the founders of the Miskatonic University Podcast, Jon is a prolific RPG author who has written for Call of Cthulhu and Swords & Wizardry, amongst others.

During our conversation, we delve into where to draw the line with horror, the worst GMing advice we have ever encountered, and whether Scott is secretly from East Texas. And, of course, we talk about the Modern Mythos podcast itself. Specifically, we get into how the podcast started, what its mission is, and what to expect from future episodes.

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Episode 211: Mythos Deities - Ithaqua

We’re back and we’re flying the friendly skies. Well, maybe not that friendly. OK, they’re downright malevolent. Ithaqua may be one of the fastest ways to travel but the in-flight entertainment is chilling. And the less said about the landings, the better. At least we have these nifty little tokens to remember our trip by. If only we had the time to enjoy them before freezing to death…

Main Topic: Mythos Deities – Ithaqua

This episode is the latest in our series on the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos, looking at Ithaqua — the wind-walker. Previous entries include Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth, Nodens, Mordiggian and Ubbo-Sathla.

In our discussion, we look at Ithaqua’s origins, how he has been developed over the years, and how we might use him ourselves. Additionally, we delve into the conflation of Ithaqua with wendigo legends and how we might untangle them. Thank you very much to everyone who suggested resources to help us understand the actual wendigo legends and how they have often been misused in horror fiction. Especially, we would like to thank Shane Hawk and cornysams on Twitter and Stephen Wall, Al Smith and Giles on our Discord server. Any misinterpretations of the materials they suggested reflect solely on us, not on these fine people or the resources they suggested.

If you’d like to learn more about the background and misrepresentation of wendigo legends, the resources in question are:

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Blasphemous News!

We have just sent out the first issue of our new email newsletter! If you would like to hear more about upcoming episodes, side projects, and other cool things, sign up now.

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Scott on Elder Sign and Grizzly Peaks Radio

Scott has made a couple of guest appearances on other podcasts recently. Glenn McDorman of the Elder Sign podcast talked to him about one of the horror stories that influenced him in his youth — “The Werewolf and the Vampire” by R Chetwynd-Hayes.

Scott also spoke to Andy Goodman of Grizzly Peaks Radio about creating atmosphere in horror games and whether actual play podcasts could be as frightening as audio dramas. This might lead to spooky things!

Recent Special Episodes

We have released some more special episodes. Scott recently interviewed award-winning science fiction and fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky. They spoke about cosmic horror as science fiction, creating compelling non-human characters, and how gaming helps teach robust world building.

We have also released the first of a two-part discussion with fan-favourite YouTuber and author Seth Skorkowsky. In this instalment, he and Scott talk about GMing tips, the constraints of genre, and UFO cults. The second part, in which Jon Hook joins us, goes into the Modern Mythos podcast Jon and Seth recently launched. Check your podcast feed for all these episodes.

Special Episode: Seth Skorkowsky on Modern Mythos (part 1)

The Blasphemous Tome Issue 7

Issue 7 of The Blasphemous Tome will be creeping your way before the end of June. It features a brand new Call of Cthulhu scenario, licensed by Chaosium, written by our very own Matt Sanderson. This episode, we discuss the wonderful cover art created by our good friend John Sumrow. Everyone backing us on Patreon by the end of this month will receive a Tome. Please see our Patreon page for more details.

We’re back and we’re heading out for a night on the town, or at least what’s left of the town. Apparently, this new dinner theatre is to die for. Their menu is light on vegetarian options and the play is pretty incoherent, but you take what you can get in times like these. Unfortunately, one of the other guests keeps ranting about how meat is murder. People like her just eat us up inside. Still, we’re going to ignore her doomsaying and paint the town red!

Main Topic: Cadaver

This episode is our look at the 2020 horror/science fiction film, Cadaver, currently available on Netflix. It’s the first feature from Norwegian writer/director Jarand Herdal. This grim post-apocalyptic tale of theatrics and cannibalism divided us at least as much as any film we’ve seen before. Be prepared for some spirited debate.

Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Apocalyptic films seem so much more mundane when you’re living in lockdown.

Cadaver (Kadaver) film poster

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A Cold Fire Within on Into the Darkness

Matt has been getting to play games for a change! Into the Darkness is going through Christopher Smith-Adair’s wonderful Pulp Cthulhu campaign A Cold Fire Within. There have been weird hijinks aplenty and Matt shares some highlights.

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.