The Campus Crier is where we keep all the mythos related news and info for the podcast, this episode was recorded on August 16, 2021.
I want to personally congratulate each of the Alumni of the Storytelling Collective’s Write Your First Adventure Workshop last month. The market has been flooded with over 50+ titles on the MR, Chaosium’s Community Creator Content hub. Ya’ll, I’m so proud of each and every one of you. These scenarios look amazing, the cover arts are BOSS, the Miskatonic Repository Creator’s Circle is buzzing, you’re being featured in Chaosium newsletters, and you’re making your first sales. I’m just– I’m just so proud of you guys. Congrats! Head over to the Miskatonic Repository and make someone’s day by checking out their newest creations!
Annnd speaking of the Miskatonic Repository, Miskatonic Repository Con GM Signups just opened up! This virtual con will be hosted October 15th – October 17th. We have 3 awesome panels and over 16 events already submitted! So, come play some 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu with us! A link to the TTE will be in the show notes… and you can email MisktatonicRepositoryCon@gmail.com to get in touch!
Innsmouth The Missing Child: A Gamebook is a choose your own adventure styled solo game book where you are an investigator brought in to find the whereabouts of a missing child amongst the odd and terrible inhabitants of Innsmouth. It has funded with $23k of a $1300 goal and still has 23 days left at the time of recording. The art looks sparse, but that’s what I would expect from a product of this type. You can get a PDF for as little as $9 and a physical starting at $17. Overall it looks pretty neat, and I’m trying to not back it.
Free League has another Kickstarter out for two new products in their Forbidden Lands line, this time a bestiary of sorts called Forbidden Lands: Book of Beasts and a campaign called The Blood March. As we have come to expect from Free League, the art on display is absolutely gorgeous. And this seems to be a no brainer for any fan of the weird fantasy setting. You can get a pdf of both books for $35 or either individual book in print for $35. If you want both in print it will cost you $69. The project has already funded with $285k of a $12k goal, and will have another three days left at the time of this release.
Good friend of the show and proprietor of The Old Ways Podcast, Mike Diamond, has officially announced a third campaign for their excellent live play series, but this time with a twist! They are currently accepting GM pitches for a new campaign run by a new Storyteller. So if you have a campaign in mind and have it well thought out put in your submission at the link in the show notes. You can also find Mike on our own Discord, where he is a mod, or over at The Old Ones Discord, or you can just email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
And finally, it is with great sadness that we have to say a final goodbye to RPG Legend Steve Perrin, who passed away earlier this month. Goodbye Steve, safe travels.
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A big birthday shout out to Zelda, the pup of patreon backer, Al Smith, who if you’re lucky enough to get a seat at this table, she’ll probably make an appearance. Also, good luck to the kitties, Spaghetti and Meatball, who are currently in foster care with one of our awesome listeners.
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This episode, Keepers Dave, and Murph welcomes back, (for the “first” time), authors Jo Kreil and Dean Englehardt, where they discuss Mythos apocalypses and their new game, Apocthulhu. Enjoy!
The Campus Crier is the Miskatonic University’s student newspaper. This edition was collected on July 30th, 2020.
Just a quick note about programming here at MUP. As you might have noticed in the leadin we have expanded our coverage area. We at MUP have all been playing more and more games in the generic horror and dark fantasy genres recently, and we wanted to talk about those games on the show more often. So we will be. So expect some more talks about Alien RPG, Mork Borg, and Symbaroum in addition to our normal coverage of CoC, Delta Green, Gumshoe, etc. And expect our lead-in to shift as we find a new line that we can all live with. We don’t think this will be that big of a shift for many of our listeners, but we wanted to be upfront and let you know.
There will be an Live Play of Harlem Unbound over at the Darker Hue Twitch channelthat has some pretty awesome talent lined up to play including Misha B, Ariel Celeste, Jennifer Kretchmer, Matthew Mercer, Quinn Murphy. You can watch the game August 16th at 2pm Eastern time on Twitch.
Chaosium released a surprise pair of scenarios on June 30th, just in time for GenCon2020. Does Love Forgive? provides users with a pair of one-on-one scenarios called “Love You To Death” and “Mask of Desire”. Both scenarios were originally released earlier this year in Poland by authors Airis Kaminska and Anna Maria Mazur. The English version lists Lynne Hardy as author as well. This looks like an awesome pair of adventures and you can get the PDF from Chaosium.com and DriveThruRPG for $6.
Free League have announced a release date for the Alien RPG Starter Set and the Destroyer of Worlds setting! Both products will be available on September 8th! But you can pre-order them both now at the Free League store.
The Vaesen RPG has been released! I received my physical copy in the mail last week, and it is really nice. Anyone interested can now purchase the game from your favorite retailer. Free League also has a Live Play of the game that is going online July 31st. So check that out if you want to see how this is supposed to be run.
Lovecraftesque is looking for writers!
“Lovecraftesque Companion – call for writers – We are planning to publish a Lovecraftesque Companion, of scenarios, campaigns, essays and tools for Lovecraftesque, and perhaps other cosmic horror games. We want to hire diverse writers from around the world. You can express interest using a linked form.“
For those who don’t know it, Lovecraftesque is an awarding-winning GMless storytelling game of creeping cosmic horror. It is aimed at recreating the style and feel of Lovecraft, but with fresh horrors, and actively unpicking HPL’s bigotry. You can find out more about the game here.
Murph read an interesting article about running OSR games for kids, but the GM has eliminated player deaths. It is an interesting article and series over on the Dreaming Dragonslayer blog.
And speaking of OSR, Old School Essentials will be launching a kickstarter in August 2020 to finish up the AD&D clone by Necrotic Games. There is no official launch date as of yet but they have a landing page for sign-ups. They will be producing two variants of the rules, one a set of five slim and modular tomes, the other 2 massive books.
Murph and his players just finished up the intro scenario for Symbaroum. And they just played Eclipse Phase using the Elemental rulesset from Gildor Games and GMed by friend of the show, writer, editor of Hypergraphia, Skype of Cthulhu alum, and all around amazing guy. KeeperGladius aka Matt Puccio.
Dave took a week off normal games to play games with his annual group. They played their fourth year of DCC. And, Dave’s starting a fantasy campaign with folks from his daughter’s school, so all his bluster two episodes ago is being called out! Listen to the episode to hear Dave talk about Dungeon World briefly.
Ipwned, on the Discord channel, shared a link to 1600 occult books that have been digitized. The list is pretty awesome and has some amazing books and we can thank Dan Brown, the author of the Da’vinci Code, and the Rittman Library in Amsterdam. This online gallery is huge and as of recording has over 2100 digitized texts that are free to view. It is an amazing resource and it just bursting with new magical tomes that you can use in your games.
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You can purchase the Apocthulhu Quickstart Rules in PDF from DriveThruRPG. While you are there you might as well check out the plethora of other products from Dean that we talked about as well, Convicts & Cthulhu, and Dateline Lovecraft.
Since recording this episode, the day after actually. Dean was able to move forward on the print run of Apocthulhu as well! More details can be found on his blog.