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MU Podcast 060 – Manuscript of Secrets and Shadowed Halls


MUP_060-Manuscript_of_Secrets_and_Shadowed_HallsIn this episode, we’re cracking open a real-life mysterious tome written in half-mad scribblings (no, not that one), and correct the record on its game stats. Plus, we talk about our alma mater, and why it makes for such a great home base. This episode was recorded on June 29, 2014.

Campus Crier

  • Check out the animated film The Lurking Fear. Warning: it’s not an adaptation of the HPL story, but it’s got a rich Lovecraftian center.
  • Shadows Over Normandie– A Heroes of Normandie Boardgame License for Achtung! Cthulhu
  • Charles Gerard (Keeper Chad) has been named as one of the authors in a stretch goal PDF for the upcoming Invictus book, Golden Goblin’s next Kickstarter! His first pro-published scenario! The main book is called De Horrore Cosmico, and features some heavy-hitters in the CoC writing world. Each scenario is inspired by an HP Lovecraft story. The stretch goal PDF is called Terror on the Borderlands.

Card Catalog

This week, in keeping with our main show topic, why not check out the Chaosium-licensed Miskatonic University website, which is still alive after more than 15 years!

History Lecture

And we have another lecture from Dr. Gerard on the topic of: The Ripley Scrolls

More information here.

Cryptocurium Spot

Cryptocurium is proud to announce the opening of their Etsy store! Folks can look forward to one of a kind exclusives to be offered in the store as well as some discontinued items in the near future.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, check out the “Houdini’s Secret” Prop Collections.

Special Collections

This week, we’re exploring the Voynich manuscript, a real-life tome that might have helped to inspire Lovecraftian inventions like the Necronimicon.

Ken & Robin Talk About Stuff covered the book in episode 65. This is great place to start for the basics. The Voynich segment starts around 1 hour and 3 minutes into the show.

Later, they covered recent news of a partial decoding in Episode 79.

We dug up the actual academic article about the partial decoding.

The book was covered in an episode of Blurry Photos.

For more information, check out these other links:

Cipher Mysteries

A page of detailed history background.

A link to the Beinecke Library, where the actual tome is kept.

A digital copy on Archive.org

Or buy your very own reproduction.

It gets plenty of mentions on YSDC.

And more on a website called “Wikipedia.”

Oh, and Chad mentions the old 90s TV show, Friday the 13th, as a model for a possible artifact-collection campaign surrounding the curiosity cabinet of Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II.

Main Topic

This episode we take a look at the merits of Miskatonic University as a game setting.

Chaosium source books:

Miskatonic University (2005)

Arkham Unveiled

Libris Miskatonici

Arkham Now

Along the way, we mention Harvard’s tunnel system, which might have inspired Chaosium writers to include an underground network for Miskatonic U.

And check out a fascinating episode of Radiolab about living cancer cells and the woman whose flesh spawned scientific breakthroughs without even knowing it.

Dan here- Sorry for the delay in the release. I was out of town this weekend and had a delay in the edit.

Discuss this episode on the MUP Campus Forum!

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