MUP 151 – Is ENnie Body Out There?

In this episode, we take a look at horror-adjacent nominations for the 2018 ENnies, and then we do some riffing on how to make bad films into fertilizer for games. This episode was recorded on July 5, 2018.

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First, thanks to everyone once again for making our Sesquicentennial so memorable! IMPORTANT CORRECTION: During the recording for this show, we mentioned that HPLHS prop sets for Masks of Nyarlathotep had sold out. This is not the case at all. There is a quirk with the website that displays “sold out” before it launches, but the text clearly explains that this is not true. Please accept our apologies for the error! ENnies! There are several horror-adjacent products on the list of nominations this year.

Click here to vote for your favorite ENnie nominees!

Chaosium won a total of 8 nominations, including 5 Call of Cthulhu products: BEST ADVENTURE: The Two-Headed Serpent BEST ART COVER – Down Darker Trails BEST MONSTER/ADVERSARY – Down Darker Trails BEST PRODUCTION VALUES: The Grand Grimoire BEST SUPPLEMENT: Reign of Terror Darker Hue Studios got 5 nominations: BEST ART COVER: Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios BEST RULES: Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios BEST SETTING: Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios BEST WRITING: Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios PRODUCT OF THE YEAR: Harlem Unbound, Darker Hue Studios Arc Dream also got a bunch of nominations: BEST ELECTRONIC BOOK: Delta Green: A Night at the Opera, Arc Dream Publishing BEST ADVENTURE: Delta Green: A Night at the Opera, Arc Dream Publishing BEST GAME: Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing BEST PRODUCTION VALUES: Delta Green: The RPG, Arc Dream Publishing BEST WRITING: Delta Green: The Way it Went Down, Arc Dream Publishing; Author: Dennis Detwiller Other horror game nominations include: BEST ELECTRONIC BOOK: Hudson and Brand, Stygian Fox Publishing BEST RULES: Cthulhu Confidential, Pelgrane Press; Authors: Robin D. Laws, Chris Spivey, Ruth Tillman BEST PRODUCTION VALUES: Bluebeard’s Bride, Magpie Games BEST GAME: Red Markets: A Game of Economic Horror, Hebanon Games; Authors: Caleb Stokes, Laura Briskin-Limehouse, Ross Payton And…MU PODCAST ALSO GOT A NOMINATION! Voting is open through Saturday, July 21, at 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Saving Time. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on August 3rd at GenCon.! There has been a little reorganization at Stygian Fox. Stephanie MacLea wrote on the publisher’s Facebook page, that frequent editor Jeff Moeller will be moving on to work on other projects, and after a series of effusive “thank yous,” she said: “we feel that Jeff and I have kinda run our course in terms of joint projects.” But before that, comments on the Kickstarter page for Fear’s Sharp Little Needles were initially tense and suggested the split was not on such good terms. But backers for Fear’s Sharp Little Needles have received a version of the book in PDF for review, and proof copies are on their way back from the printer. At the time of recording, Tails of Valor and Terror, the Cathulhu scenario collection from Golden Goblin Press that’s paired up with a feline horror fiction collection, was past the $9,000 mark out of its $12,500 goal with 148 backers and many days left to go. This looks on pace to fund and overshoot to reach some stretch goals, which includes extra art, bookmarks, stickers, and extra fiction stories. By the way, Sixtystone Press is offering a coupon to backers (above the $1 level) for 25 percent off the the purchase of the rules Cathulhu – Velvet Paws on Cthulhu’s Trail. YSDC has re-launched its longstanding newsletter after purging 18,000 email addresses. The new one is called Yog-Sothothery. It’ll come out monthly-ish, and you can sign up on the site. We’ll have link to the YSDC blog that has instructions for how to subscribe. They are giving away a copy of Fall of Delta Green to one subscriber. Fall of Delta Green from Pelgrane Press is now available. This setting adapts Arc Dream’s Delta Green RPG to Pelgrane’s own Gumshoe system, with Kenneth Hite creating a work focusing on the Delta Green of the 1960s leading to the official dissolution of the organisation at the end of the decade, following events in the jungles of Indochina. Syrinscape has released “Part One: Peru sound pack for Masks of Nyarlathotep” So this is funny: Masks of Nyarlahotep has been released! We have it in PDF currently, with the print release not yet announced. And don’t forget the HPLHS Masks items – Dark Adventure Radio Theatre – Masks of Nyarlathotep, Gamer Prop Sets and more! A heartfelt thank you goes out to EDWIN for editing this episode.

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Sharpen your number 2 pencils and sit up straight, Mr. Tyler is about to take us all to reform s-GHOUL. Once again, if you have any interest in producing a segment for the podcast, please contact


Via voicemail, Canageek talks about inter-generational gaming, Cthulhu Bob demands more game recordings from Murph and the Arseholes, and we cover some text feedback as well:
Just listened to your 150th episode, congrats! Catching up from the many I’ve missed due to life stuff. Great job for all the memories I’ve heard before and many I haven’t yet. As always, you’ve done an amazing job and drive me to make my Savage World’s ETU games better and always keep me entertained while assembling and painting minis or props. Still hoping for the Fighting Cephalopods car decals 😉 Go Pods! Happy to be able to back you again on Patreon. – Farquhar Congratulations on your Sasquatch Centennial 😉 This was a really enjoyable clip show which gave me many a chuckle. It seems that [insert deity here] may have been sending their congrats also, as while I was listening in the car, I passed this truck [see show image]. – Danial Carrol


We roll the dice on a random riff topic generator, and land on “make a bad movie into a good game idea.” We end up with the 1988 film “Hobgoblins.”]]>

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