MUP 139 – Stirring the Genre Stew


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Post Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:22 am

MUP 139 – Stirring the Genre Stew

In this episode, Jon, Murph and Chad try a little mashup magic by randomly combining Lovecraftian horror with other RPG genres. This episode was recorded on February 15, 2018.
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Correction: In episode 137 Chad said that the DM’s Guild allows creators to write content for multiple versions of D&D. It doesn’t. It only allows 5th Edition. And (for now) it only allows the Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft settings only.

Delta Green is releasing a book of six scenarios called “A Night at the Opera” in hardback. It’s now available for preorder. They are doing a kind of ransom model where they had to get 300 preorders before they would send the thing for print.

The Fall of Delta Green, the Ken Hite adaptation of the setting to Trail of Cthulhu, set in “the blistering 1960s” is available in PDF to backers of the Kickstarter. The Fall of Delta Green will be available for further orders from Pelgrane Press “soon.”

There is a Punktown update from January: Basically, they have character sheets to add to the book from Dean Engelhardt.

Check out The Pallid Mask: [urlhttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jchaffin/the-pallid-mask-king-in-yellow-tiki-mug-and-rpg?ref=new_friend_backing=]King In Yellow tiki mug & RPG.[/url]

Billy Joel meets HP Lovecraft – listen here!

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iTunes review by drummerdave from USA on January 12, 2018:

Fantastic and funny, Great conversation and in-depth analysis on Cthulhu RPGs and horror themes in general. Funny, unique and interesting. Must subscribe!

Topic – The Genere-rator!

Here is a table we used for generating mashups with Lovecraftian horror. Roll 1d12:

1. Superheroes (V&V, Marvel, Godlike)
2. Espionage (Top Secret, Nights Black Agents)
3. Martial Arts (Bushido, Feng Shui, Legend of the Five Rings)
4. Swashbuckling (7th Sea, Flashing Blades, 50 Fathoms for Savage Worlds)
5. Traditional Fantasy (D&D, DCC, 1 million others)
6. Conspiracy (Esoterrorists, Delta Green, Kult)
7. Cyberpunk (Cyberpunk 2020, Punktown, Corporation)
8. Space Opera / Space Adventure (Traveller, Star Wars, Star Trek, Star Frontiers, Star Star)
9. Post Apocalyptic (Gamma World, Car Wars, Mutant Crawl Classics)
10. Transhuman (Eclipse Phase, Nova Praxis)
11. Romance (Monster Hearts, Breaking The Ice, Kagematsu)
12. Western (Boot Hill, Deadlands, Down Darker Trails)

And here is an extra D6 if you want to add a time period or tech level to the settings:

1. Stone Age
2. Ancient/Medieval
3. Contemporary/Post Industrial
4. Near Future
5. Far Future
6. Alien / Interdimensional
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:07 am

Re: MUP 139 – Stirring the Genre Stew

There is a novel series (Two books at the moment...) by an author named D.J. Baldock on Amazon called 'Ascendant Untempered' and the plot line is ripe for a Superhero/Mythos mashup (The superheros draw their powers from non-Euclidian entities but don't know it.) even if the author is rather too enamored of zombies for my taste (Both novels have featured them, albeit non-standard types.)

Amazon.com: D. J. Baldock, Ascendant Untempered Series

Here is a review of the first book in the series 'Alicia'

Reading and Exploring: Alicia by D. J. Baldock
"If you do good, you'll live forever, if you do bad, you'll die hearing a single note for I am the one true sound...", Fragment found in a cult hideout.

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Post Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:51 am

Re: MUP 139 – Stirring the Genre Stew

The only Cthulhu/Cyberpunk scenarios I know of were published in Interface Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 2 (YSDC Wiki: Interface Vol. 2, No. 2) in 1992. There were two full scenarios and two scenario outlines published in the magazine. The first full scenario, 'Transference' (YSDC Wiki:Transference) was a quasi-sequel to the scenario 'Convergence' in it's original form when it was published in TUO #7 (YSDC Wiki: Convergence). The second scenario 'A Policy of Pain' is an original Cyberpunk/Cthulhu scenario set inside an agricultural archology that has been infiltrated by the Mythos (YSDC Wiki: A Policy of Pain).

The magazine itself is now quite rare and hard to find, but represents the first attempt to merge the two genre.
"If you do good, you'll live forever, if you do bad, you'll die hearing a single note for I am the one true sound...", Fragment found in a cult hideout.

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