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MUP Episode 163 – Crack’d and Crook’d and Spoil’d

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This episode, all four hosts (welcome back, Dan!) gather for a spoiler-filled discussion of the classic scenario by Mark Morrison called “Crack’d and Crook’d Manse.” This episode was recorded on December 20, 2018.

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Golden Goblin Press is offering two collector packages via their website.

  • The Tales of Collection

    . This includes the long out of print Tales of the Sleepless City from Miskatonic River Press, Tales of the Crescent City, and Tales of the Caribbean, as well as PDF’s of the bonus scenarios, Goblin on Bourbon Street, Chicken Merry Hawk De Near, and the PDF of Golden Goblin Press’ Guide to the Caribbean.

  • The Cthulhu Invictus Legacy Collection

    . This includes a copy of the 7th Edition Guide to Cthulhu Invictus, the original version of Cthulhu Invictus autographed by Chad Bowser, the scenario collection De Horrore Cosmico, and one of two remaining numbered hard cover versions of the 7th Edition Guide to Cthulhu Invictus. Only a dozen of these were produced, and there are no plans print more of these, and if they are every reprinted they won’t be numbered.

Chaosium announced on December 8 that Éditions Sans-Détour (ESD), the Chaosium licensee that has handled all the much-celebrated Call of Cthulhu materials in French, that it is not going to consider license for any more Sans-Detour products, and that it no longer has permission to use trademarks, logos or any related intellectual property. Basically, Sans-Detour has not paid Chaosium any royalties on any of its sales since late 2016.

The CALL OF CTHULHU STARTER SET has been released. Details of the set:

Join the Harlem Unbound 2nd Ed Preview List – Earlier this year we were pleased to announce that Chaosium is to publish a new edition of Chris Spivey’s critically acclaimed Call of Cthulhu supplement Harlem Unbound. Chris and his team are now hard at work on the new edition, which features additional scenarios, new maps and new art. And if you sign up to our special Harlem Unbound 2 pre-release list you’ll be able to get an insight into the creation and development of the new edition, as we share exclusive previews, art, maps and special content.

Mike Mason FB post:
This year I have worked on the following books for Call of Cthulhu:
Masks of Nyarlathotep (published)
Shadows Over Stillwater (soon to be published)
Secrets of Berlin (soon to be published)
Terror Australis (published)
Scritch Scratch (published)
Call of Cthulhu Starter Set (published)
Gaslight (in writing)
The Dreamlands (in writing)

Plus a load of books in early development and writing – and that’s not counting the others sat waiting for editorial or play testing.
It was just a handful of years ago that Chaosium were publishing zero to two books a year. I’ve been working to improve output, quality, and range of books for the line.
I hope that you enjoy playing these and are ready for more adventure, mystery, and horror in 2019 – we have some amazing things in the pipeline that’ll be bursting into life!

Upcoming Chaosium Books (announced by Mike Mason)
Shadows Over Stillwater (soon to be published)
Secrets of Berlin (soon to be published)
Gaslight (in writing)
The Dreamlands (in writing)

Heads up… Hellboy trailer

Chaosium announced that it acquired the rights to King Arthur Pendragon and Prince Valiant: The Storytelling Game from Nocturnal Media. King Arthur Pendragon was designed by Greg Stafford, and was originally published by Chaosium in 1985. Stafford himself considered King Arthur Pendragon to be his greatest work in the role playing genre. Prince Valiant was published by Chaosium in 1989. A new edition of the game was launched in 2018. David Larkins will continue to act as the line editor for King Arthur Pendragon, now under the auspices of Chaosium.

Cthulhu Reborn, by Dean Engelhart, has announced the release of a fifth (and final) Convicts & Cthulhu product for 2018 … and the launch of a brand new line of supplements. Available for free download right now is Convicts & Cthulhu: Muster #1 — The Turbulent Mason.

There’s more controversy surrounding White Wolf, the company behind the classic Vampire: The Masquerade tabletop role-playing setting. Leadership changes are underway after the studio used the imprisonment, torture, and murder of Chechnya’s LGBTQ community as the backdrop for a major plot point in that game. An independent team at White Wolf, owned by Paradox Interactive, has been working on a revamp of the game with a fifth edition. Paradox’s vice president of business development, Shams Jorjani, wrote in a statement that due to a lack of attention, “the result was a chapter that dealt with a real-world, ongoing tragedy in a crude and disrespectful way. We should have identified this either during the creative process or in editing. This did not happen, and for this we apologize.”

EN World — Vote for Your Favorite RPG Podcasts of 2018 (this closes on January 8th).

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Hey Guys, While listening to this episode, I couldn’t help but think of the classic “Attract Fish” spell. There is a Deeper Magic option in the Grimoire, but it’s more like an alternate version to me. My thinking was that a Deeper version could be that it can be cast upon a human target, and that fish would literally become magnetized to them. Walk past an aquarium and they’ll start piling up on the glass, or walk through a stream and they’ll become stuck to their legs. You could even go the horror route and have dead fish included, so walking along a beach might result in countless fish skeletons “jumping” out of the sand to envelope the victim. Cheers, Danial

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Crack’s and Crook’d Manse

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