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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Emperor Norton


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.

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We’re back and and we’re playing Jenga with that teetering pile of unread books, plucking out a few tomes for discussion and hoping we don’t get crushed in the attempt.

Main Topic: Media Catch-Up – Books

This episode is the latest in our ongoing series about the media we’ve been consuming recently and how they might influence our gaming lives. As ever, the selection is eclectic, taking in rats, horses, and a magical tattoo in which a horse might conceivably eat a rat for breakfast.

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2023 Ennie Awards

We were delighted to learn that How We Roll won the silver award for Best Podcast and Rivers of London won silver for Best Rules at the 2023 Ennie Awards. Thank you very much to everyone who voted for us!

We’re back with another special episode. This time, we’ve teamed up with Mike Perceval-Maxwell, host of Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories, for a reading of Frank Belknap Long’s “The Hounds of Tindalos”. If you would like to know more about the story, we discussed it in a recent episode.

Regular listeners will have heard some of our other collaborations with Mike. He is the mastermind behind our annual Christmas ghost story readings. We also published an episode of Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories in conjunction with our discussion of Robert E Howard.

This time, we’re following up our recent discussion of Frank Belknap Long’s “The Hounds of Tindalos” with a reading. Mike takes on the role of the narrator, while Scott plays Halpin Chalmers.

If you enjoyed this episode, we encourage you to check out Mr Spike’s Bedtime Stories. Mike releases regular readings of classic weird tales on his podcast, including works by many authors we’ve discussed on the Good Friends.

You can find out earlier collaborations with Mike below.

The episode graphic for this special uses the image “Tindaloss” by Rodrigue Pellaud – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

We’re back and and we’re geeking out.

Main Topic: Nightmare Alley

With all the talk about mediums in recent episodes, we thought it might be helpful to examine one from media. Guillermo del Toro’s 2021 adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel Nightmare Alley may not lean into the Spiritualist elements of the source, but it still presents a gripping story of a predator who uses the techniques of stage mediumship. Moreover, the film’s setting in the worlds of carnival sideshows and mentalist acts are rich inspiration for games of Call of Cthulhu.

As well as discussing the film itself, we talk a little about del Toro’s career, focusing on some highlights.

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Paul at Gen Con 2023

Paul will be at Gen Con in August. He’ll be signing at the Chaosium stand on Thursday at 1:30 PM. On Thursday evening, he will 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”. And if you’re not sick of him by then, you can see him on the panel about Horror on the Tabletop on 12 PM on Friday.