MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

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MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Keeper Dan » Mon Oct 03, 2016 12:22 am

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In this episode, we’ve skyjacked Dave Sokolowski as co-host to talk about his new Kickstarter-in progress for the Lovecraft Country scenario “Sunspots.” We also riff on juicy listener feedback ideas from Brian in Mass and Canageek. This episode was recorded on September 19, 2016.
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Dr. Gerard » Mon Oct 03, 2016 4:13 pm

Hey all, I'm deeply sorry about my audio for this episode. We had no idea at the time that it was that bad. From what I understand, Dave and the other hosts were hearing something completely different than the sound we ended up with.
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Dr. Gerard » Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:25 pm

I have some thoughts that I wanted to share about Canageek’s Prepper scenario idea.

I have a little experience living around “preppers” before this term ballooned via Internet into such widespread use. From what I saw, they often nurture a deep belief in some kind of End Times, whether of a biblical nature or just a strong belief that civilization is going to collapse all at once. Because they put so much work and resources into the preparation, watching for signs of this event becomes a kind of obsession. It strikes me as a kind of fantasy, in which there is a glorious imagined moment in the future when Preppers get to tell the world “I told you so.”

So as far as the question of how to answer “why now?” I would submit one possibility is that a Prepper figures out how to make it happen – or at least think they are going to make it happen. In this case, a Prepper or community of them could come across some kind of Mythos means to hasten the coming of the End Times. This could be in the form of a serious Mythos threat, like the ability to Call Cthulhu. Or they could have come across a lower-level spell or two that would wreck havoc locally but not drag the whole world down with them - like a Summon Moon Beast spell, or something of the like.
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Canageek » Mon Oct 03, 2016 7:56 pm

Dr. Gerard wrote:I have some thoughts that I wanted to share about Canageek’s Prepper scenario idea.

I have a little experience living around “preppers” before this term ballooned via Internet into such widespread use. From what I saw, they often nurture a deep belief in some kind of End Times, whether of a biblical nature or just a strong belief that civilization is going to collapse all at once. Because they put so much work and resources into the preparation, watching for signs of this event becomes a kind of obsession. It strikes me as a kind of fantasy, in which there is a glorious imagined moment in the future when Preppers get to tell the world “I told you so.”

So as far as the question of how to answer “why now?” I would submit one possibility is that a Prepper figures out how to make it happen – or at least think they are going to make it happen. In this case, a Prepper or community of them could come across some kind of Mythos means to hasten the coming of the End Times. This could be in the form of a serious Mythos threat, like the ability to Call Cthulhu. Or they could have come across a lower-level spell or two that would wreck havoc locally but not drag the whole world down with them - like a Summon Moon Beast spell, or something of the like.
I can't wait to listen to the episode after work. I'll see if I can set up some speakers in the lab so I can listen while cleaning today. As a note, I've made a thread of this in the Historical Honors Society, and kept it updated with the latest feedback and suggestions I've gotten.
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Koakai » Mon Oct 03, 2016 10:09 pm

Hah. Now that I read the contest information, I am smiling. I had been kicking around an idea to send in a segment to the show anyways. Now I see I have a bit stronger motivation to do so.

Now if only I wasn't so bogged down with trying to sell my place and other tasks (which is hy the idea has remained an idea until this point).
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Dr. Gerard » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:13 am

Yes! Submit! Submit!

As far as I know, no one has answered the call for audio entries yet. Of course, it hasn't even really been announced on the show because of the bad audio.

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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Graham » Tue Oct 04, 2016 4:03 pm

Dr. Gerard wrote:I have some thoughts that I wanted to share about Canageek’s Prepper scenario idea.

I have a little experience living around “preppers” before this term ballooned via Internet into such widespread use. From what I saw, they often nurture a deep belief in some kind of End Times, whether of a biblical nature or just a strong belief that civilization is going to collapse all at once. Because they put so much work and resources into the preparation, watching for signs of this event becomes a kind of obsession. It strikes me as a kind of fantasy, in which there is a glorious imagined moment in the future when Preppers get to tell the world “I told you so.”
What do you mean by the term 'Preppers' as far as I am concerned they are no different from Survivalists back in the 1980s, but then they didn't sign on to cable networks back then.

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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Dr. Gerard » Wed Oct 05, 2016 4:41 am

Well, it is a self-identifier, so maybe no important difference. But lots of survivalists are / were more focused on the skills needed to live with little or no gear. Man against nature with a knife. Preppers, on the other hand, may have two years of canned food stored in a concrete cache. And survivalists do not care much about hoarding gold. There is plenty of overlap in those populations, but they are not precisely the same drives.

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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Koakai » Thu Oct 06, 2016 4:59 am

Dr. Gerard wrote:Yes! Submit! Submit!

As far as I know, no one has answered the call for audio entries yet. Of course, it hasn't even really been announced on the show because of the bad audio.

There will be prizes! I promise!
Working on it. I just need to figure out which topic I have would be a good reason to dispatch someone from Arkham to the wilds of British Columbia. I do think Brother XII, while fairly innocuous, might be chosen, since he was fairly popular in occult circles for a short time.
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Re: MUP 109 - Staring at the Sunspots

Post by Dr. Gerard » Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:08 am

Ohhhhhh!

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