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MUP Episode 157 – That Old Timey Science

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In this episode, all four hosts gather to discuss classic vintage sci-fi and how to add an infusion of Mythos. This episode was recorded on September 27, 2018.

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Cthulhu Chronicles is now available on Android – Cthulhu Chronicles brings the terror and thrill of Chaosium’s award-winning role-playing game Call of Cthulhu to life on your mobile device. It emulates the tabletop experience, giving you choices to make, enemies to fight and mysteries to uncover. Mystery, intrigue, horror, and madness await your investigator, who can gain insights and lose sanity as they chart their way through Arkham City’s various interactive stories. Each story presents its own challenges and also plays a part of a larger campaign, which unfolds around you as you play. It is a great way to introduce yourself to the thrill of Call of Cthulhu, or, if you are already a player, to dive into a game and get a touch of Mythos on your own!

Cthulhu Reborn has released Dateline Lovecraft #2 – Help Wanted by Jo Kriel on RPGNow as a pay what you want release. This is a 19 page extra scenario designed to work with the broadsheet styled newspaper released in Dateline #1. I’ve downloaded it and have started reading through it, and it is awesome.

Retro Style Horror RPG ‘Cthulhu Mythos RPG -The Sleeping Girl of the Miasma Sea-‘ English ver. is Released on DLsite.com and Steam

https://store.steampowered.com/app/938240/Cthulhu_Mythos_RPG_The_Sleeping_Girl_of_the_Miasma_Sea/

The Sassoon Files is a kickstarter that is set in Shanghai in the 1920s. They have already funded with $14k of a 5k goal.

A creator called 2d6.io has created printable props for the Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign to represent two of the artifacts investigators may encounter during the prelude adventure in Peru. They include something called “The Golden Mirror” and “The Golden Ward.” These are STL/3D-Printer Files, and they are all available on thingiverse for free! This person is planning to continue making stuff for the campaign, so stay tuned. Link in the show notes.

The Props of Nyarlathotep, the Perù chapter. Handcrafted props for the whole new prologue created for the awarded Call of Cthulhu RPG Campaign : the Masks of Nyarlathotep.

Something is Wrong Here is an RPG based on the films of David Lynch, specifically Mulholland Drive, Blue Velvet, and Lost Highway. Do we really need more of a reason to back this? This has already been funded by the time you hear this, but it is worth a mention in case it drops on shelves near you.

Golden Goblin update: By the time this airs, four Golden Goblin products will be newly available for download on the company’s site. Two game products and two fiction products. That includes Riot at Red Plank and the Guide to the Caribbean, after those are released to backers, and then Tails of Terror fiction and the Further Tales of Cthulhu Invictus – all available for for download. And probably the 7th Ed conversion rules for the De Horrore Cosmico – the first Invictus book that they did – will be available for free download. Also, the new Cthulhu Invictus book is scheduled to arrive at the Goblin Lair on Oct. 1 – so the first batch should be in the mail by the time this episode reaches your noise holes. ALSO all PDF versions of the company’s fiction line has been dropped. Many went from $10 to $8, for example.

A quick update on the Occam’s Razor collection of modern scenarios by Brian Sammons – the KS will be done by the time this episode airs.

The Listening Room

Now we’re heading back to the “Listening Room” of Orne Library. Mr. Tyler is on hiatus for this week, but we have something new from the cold files of “Agent Dinos” – this is a new segment and I think you’ll dig it.

Next up, we have another episode in Season Two of Glimpses into the Empire, about a particularly notable “informant” in Roman history.

Once again, if you have any interest in producing a segment for the podcast, please contact mup.feedback@gmail.com

Card Catalog

Arkham Advertiser Editable PDF newspaper generator – 3 column front page newspaper with large AA bannerhead. It comes in two styles, with an ad on the front page, and without an ad. The creator also provides examples so you can see how to fill one out.

Generic Newspaper Generator – This is most likely a reminder, but it’s always good to remind listeners of great game resources. This generator produces a great newspaper article JPEG that looks like a close-up of a folded Page 1 of a newspaper.

Topic

Lovecraftian Science, from a fantastic, Gothic angle, and how it could be twister and used in a Call of Cthulhu game at your table. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and other classic inspiration.

Chad delves into Edgar Allen Poe’s sci-fi roots, with Poe’s scientific Hoaxes. Poe explored galvanism (Frankenstein-style electric revivification), time travel and weird speculative fiction. ‘The Unparalleled Adventure of One Hans Pfall‘ relates a man’s balloon journey to the moon. EThe boundaries between horror and science are blurred in stories such as “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar.”

HOOKS: Fascinated by the voluntary nature of revivification experiments.
Astral Projection. Once dead, you can go to certain places. But maybe it slowly corrupts you.
Pulp: Once you are dead, you might be able to withstand the rigors of space travel. Moon race in 1830, sponsored by medical schools.

Oh, and he randomly references The Powers of Matthew Star.

Jon picks The Time Machine by HG Wells.

PCs as giants in the past. Yes please. Time travel to the past and their sizes increase.

Dan picks Jules Verne’s 20000 Leagues under the Sea (1870)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Thousand_Leagues_Under_the_Sea
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/164
https://www.amazon.com/000-Leagues-Under-Wordsworth-Classics/dp/1853260312
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty_Thousand_Leagues_Under_the_Sea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/20,000_Leagues_Under_the_Sea_(1954_film)

Nuclear battleships and submarines powered by azathoth engines. Mecha based on a Dark Young. Stranbeests as monsters.

https://www.mortalengines.com/

Murph picks HG Wells’ Invisible Man

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