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MU Podcast 022 – Survival Tips for Players

ep22_player_tipsIn Episode 22, we’ll launch the New Year from the other side of the Keeper screen with some tips for players, burrow into the Dreamlands Underworld for a visit to the Bestiary, and we’ll talk about the proposed “Connections” mechanic in the play-tested draft of 7th Edition.

Campus Crier

• Only one more week to enter the Build an Elder God contest. So far, we’ve got two entries. Enough for a Cosmic Cage Match of Doom! Who will survive? Who — or what — will join them in this epic battle?! 

To enter, write up a new Elder God, Great Old One, or Outer God. Stats aren’t what we’re looking at so much as a creative description of the being, history, location, and ways Investigators might come in contact with it or its servants or cultists.

You can submit the entries to contest@mu-podcast.com, and the due date for entries is January 15th. The entries will be posted, and the community can vote on them to determine the winner. The voting will be open until January 22nd.

• Punktown from Miskatonic River Press was funded successfully, with more than $13,000. Not bad, considering they were shooting for $9,000 to print the book.

• And the NecronomiCon Kickstarter for convention seed money has met its funding goal.

• Jon mentions the Roll for Initiative podcast, a show focused on old school Advanced Dungeons and Dragons that often mentions Call of Cthulhu along the way. In one of their early episodes, they interviewed TSR giant Jeff Grubb, who talked about some Call of Cthulhu war stories along the way.

One of the show’s hosts, DM Nick, occasionally posts on our forum as Blackstone.

• Achtung! Cthulhu is launching a Kickstarter to craft a line of WWII 28mm Heroes and Villains Miniatures.

Check out the briefing from Modiphius’s Chris Birch.

(Note: During the show, Chad mentions that this might be compatible with the Lovecraftian miniatures game system Strange Aeons, which turns out to be at the 25mm scale instead of 28mm.  However, minis fans have told us that 25mm and 28mm are reasonably compatible.)

• Speaking of zombie Nazis, there’s a great Norwegian indy film called Dead Snow that scratches that itch. We checked — it’s available to stream on Netflix.

• While we’re on a movie tangent, Dan mentions checking out Finnish film Rare Exports during the holiday — a story he says could easily be a Call of Cthulhu investigation!
The Rare Exports movie is based on two short films, available to watch HERE and HERE. (Not Safe for Work!)

MU History Department Lecture

This week’s lecture from Dr. Gerard delves into a real-life inspiration for pulp adventures, in  Percy Fawcett’s “The Lost City of Zed.”

7th Edition

And we finally get around to one of the draft rules that didn’t sit well with our group. Check out our coverage of the storytelling mechanic known as “Connections.”

The Bestiary 

In our latest installment of the monster menagerie segment, GugsAnother image

Jon mentions the appearance of a Gug in Fantasy Flight’s novel Ghouls of the Miskatonic, written by Graham McNeill.

Main Topic 

Tips for players and character background ideas…

We kick off the discussion with an old standby, the 10 Commandments of Cthulhu Hunting, which appears in The Cthulhu Casebook, by Sandy Petersen and John B. Monroe, and also Keeper’s Compendium I.

1. Keep it Secret
2. Stay Together
3. Act in Haste, Repent at Leisure — Dan mentions regretting an impulsive move while playing in Skype of Cthulhu’s Grave Concern. The module he plays in is from a book of solo scenarios called Monophobia.
4. Always Have a Plan
5. Scout It Out
6. Guns are a Last Resort
7. Know Your Enemy
8. Things Are Not Always as They Seem
9. Never Give Up
10. Be Prepared

Field Manual of Theron MarksJon pulls his copy of the Theron Marks Society off his bookshelf. It’s out of print, but we’re looking for a way to make this material available (legally).

Chad mentions some ways to role play skills like Spot Hidden and Fast Talk. He’s working up a list of techniques that will be posted on the forum.

We would also love to hear your ideas for topics for us to talk about. Send us a note directly, or go to the Campus forum with your ideas!

Here is the discussion thread on the Campus forum, and this is the discussion thread for this podcast posted on the Yog-Sothoth forums.

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