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MUP Episode 160 – Wordplay, Hypergraphia and Logorrhea

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This episode, Dan and Chad join guests Badger McGinnes and Editor Sean to talk about Issue 1 of the horror gaming zine Hypergraphia, which has an overarching theme of language, words and books in horror gaming. This episode was recorded on November 9, 2018.

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First, Keeper Dan announces that he’s taking a bit of a hiatus from MUP. He’s pretty overwhelmed with his mechatronics school program, so his appearance as co-host on MU will be spotty at best through the end of the spring semester. We all wish him best of luck at school, and look forward to his return. It seems that he’ll be able to jump in

It’s time for the annual Delta Green Shotgun Scenario Contest! As usual, the aim of this year’s contest is to write short scenarios. How short? 1500 words or less short! Please note: There are two major changes to the rules this year. First, there will be a hard word count limit of 1500 words. Longer pieces will not be accepted. Second, in the voting period, voters will be asked to rate their top five favorite scenarios from the pool. Winners will then be determined by instant run-off voting.

Horrors of War – yet another update. Yet another delay. Michael O’Brien granted Pagan Publishing a 6-month extension on the license for Horrors of War, until June 30, 2019. He granted the extension because of the following, according to a KS update. On October 1st Adam Scott Glancy heard from his co-author, John H. Crowe III, that he wanted to withdraw from the Horrors of War project and wanted all of his material removed from the proposed book. In his email, he mentioned unspecified personal and medical crises. John’s share of the project is three out of the eight scenarios and the weapons and common soldier’s equipment compendium for the various combatants. Glancy talks about the possibility of using partially finished scenarios to replace the lost work, and ways to get the investigator weapons section covered. Also of note: “given that extra time has been allotted by Chaosium, and since so much time has passed since this project was first solicited, I am also considering converting the project to 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu rules. I would appreciate any feedback from you concerning this possibility.”

Here’s something that has been brought to our attention by a number of listeners. On Oct. 29, a post from one of RPG.net’s moderators spells out a new rule that bans any discussion of Trump support on the site’s forums. The post states that the move is “the result of over a year of serious debate by the moderation team. The decision is as close to unanimous as we ever get. It will not be the subject of further debate. We have fully considered the downsides and ultimately decided we have to stay true to our values. We will not pretend that evil isn’t evil, or that it becomes a legitimate difference of political opinion if you put a suit and tie on it.” And it says that the administration’s values no longer allow allow the site to remain neutral, and that “We can be welcoming to (for example) persons of every ethnicity who want to talk about games, or we can allow support for open white supremacy. Not both.” The post gives extensive citations and examples of policies and statements at the root of this move, including racism, hostility to transgender people, attacks against journalists and press freedom, mocking disabled people, use of “nationalist” identifier, stoking fear of outsiders.

The official Call of Cthulhu video game has been released! The game “brings you deep into a world of creeping madness and shrouded Old Gods within Lovecraft’s iconic universe. 1924. Private Investigator Pierce is sent to look into the tragic death of the Hawkins family on the isolated Darkwater Island.”

Badger has announced he has been names as Art Director for Stygian Fox. Congratulations, Badger!

Hideous Creatures: A Bestiary of the Cthulhu Mythos for Trail of Cthulhu has been released. It’s on pre-order at Pelgrane’s web site, but an article comment reveals that you’ll receive the PDF as soon as you place the pre-order for the print edition. This is a new bestiary of Cthulhoid creatures.

A new Cthulhu gaming magazine has launched: Bayt al Azif is 80 pages containing three scenarios and a solo adventure, reviews, interviews with Rogue Cthulhu and Chris Spivey, history pieces, comics and more. You can pick up a copy (PDF and POD) via DriveThruRPG. “With The Unspeakable Oath moving to a Patreon model, Bayt al Azif joins The Arkham Gazette as another traditional-style

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Slipcase Set is available for purchase!

The Listening Room

First, Agent Dinos opens another dossier from the FBI files, and then, the last episode of Season Two of Glimpses into the Empire, this time on a man of “Iron.”

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Hypergraphia, available for download here!

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