Episode060

We’re back, and we’re plunging once more into the abyss of despair and madness that is R’lyeh Roulette. In case you didn’t listen to our first round, back in episode 37, this is where we let the dice select random entries from Matt’s sanity-blasting spreadsheet of every spell from official Chaosium Call of Cthulhu publications. We then brainstorm scenario ideas around the results. This episode, we bolstered our creativity by having some inadvisably large White Russians beforehand, rendering us somewhat more boisterous than usual. At least this means we actually have an excuse for rambling!

euclidian

Some ties can only be explained by alcohol.

As part of our opening discussion of non-euclidean geometry (we’re educational!), we promise a glimpse of Matt’s Euclid tie. Well, look up, and admire how the two (not-quite) parallel lines of its construction never meet. You can also see Matt modelling a non-euclidean tie below.

non-euclidian

By definition, any tie that doesn’t bear a picture of Euclid is non-euclidean.

This episode also features Matt’s quick overview of Gen Con 2015 (short version: too crowded, too hot, but still fun). This includes mention of the Podcast-a-Ganza lovefest organised by our good friends at the Plot Points podcast. Matt acted as our ambassador. So far, we have received no declarations of war from other podcasts, so we declare him a success.

Episode058

Our minds may have escaped the clutches of the Great Race, but their interest in other ages has clearly rubbed off on us. We have also grown new protuberances, capable of fine manipulation, from atop our heads, but that’s a topic for another time. Instead we use Chaosium’s recent publication Cthulhu Through the Ages as the jumping-off point for discussing Call of Cthulhu set in time periods other than the 1920s or modern day.

Cthulhu Through the Ages

I’ve just noticed how the carvings at the bottom of the right-hand pillar look like an unholy fusion of the Easter Bunny and a Christmas tree. 1/1D8 SAN loss.

We are joined for the latter part of this discussion by Keeper Murph of the ENnie-Award-winning Miskatonic University Podcast! If you don’t already listen to the MU podcast and you have any interest in Call of Cthulhu or Lovecraft, you’re missing a treat. Sure, they’ll occasionally share forbidden knowledge that will break your mind and leave you as a sobbing, empty mockery of a human being, but it’s probably too late to worry about that anyway.

Murph

Not pictured: Murph’s and Scott’s beards fighting for dominance.

Correction: Mike Mason has just told us that the Icarus setting in Cthulhu Through the Ages is not related to the similarly named article in Worlds of Cthulhu. Apologies for the mistake!