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!
Things we mention in this episode include:
- Victorian Spiritualism episodes
- Experiences in Spiritualism: A Record of Extraordinary Phenomena Witnessed Through the Most Powerful Mediums by Catherine Berry
- Keeping in Touch – an Anthology of the Victorian Séance by Megan Bruening
- Lisa Morton’s London Fortean Society lecture
- William Stainton Moses
- Spiritualist churches
- Thomas Edison’s spirit phone
- “The Statement of Randolph Carter” by HP Lovecraft
- Most Haunted
- Fox Sisters
- Satanic Panic
- Spirit cabinets
- Catherine Berry
- The Third Man (1949)
- Francis Ward Monck
- Cromwell Fleetwood Varley
- Cold readings
- Ouija board
- Ideomotor effect
- The Exorcist (1973)
- The Landlord’s Game
- The Grand Grimoire
- Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves (2023)
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
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.
Voting for ENnies
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.