MUP Episode 154 – The Long and the Short of the Con

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This episode, Dan and Chad talk about their experiences at GenCon, and we catch up on a ton of industry news. The episode was recorded on August 16, 2018.

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The Diana Jones Award went to “Actual Play” Darker Hue Studios won three gold Ennies for Harlem Unbound: Best Cover Art Best Setting Best Writing In related news, Harlem Unbound is getting a second edition as a Chaosium book – with more scenarios and maps and art. Chaosium to publish second edition of the critically-acclaimed Harlem Unbound AND the book is on the syllabus for a course on American Horror this coming semester at Johnson C. Smith University, a Historically Black university in Charlotte, North Carolina. Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu awards: Best Supplement — GOLD: Reign of Terror Best Monster/Adversary — SILVER: Down Darker Trails Fan’s Choice, Best Publisher — SILVER: Chaosium Inc. Arc Dream/Delta Green awards: Best Rules – GOLD for the DG RPG Best Game – SILVER for the DG RPG Product of the Year – SILVER for the DG RPG Best Production Values – GOLD: Delta Green: The RPG Best Electronic Book – GOLD: A Night at the Opera Best Adventure – SILVER: A Night at the Opera This year’s award harvest marks the 10th ENnie for Delta Green since 1996, as outlined on the Arc Dram site. Sidebar news: The ENnies announced after GenCon that it was going to be “reviewing the awards structure” to make them better – specifically citing “more secure voting systems, changes to the ways the judges are nominated, and more.” Announced on the GenCon panel “Cool of Cthulhu” were a few odds and ends. There will be a Call of Cthulhu collectible card game in digital form using Blockchain. Cthulhu Chronicles content lead Sam Riordan was there to talk about the interactive fiction game, which was being demoed at the Chaosium booth, and you can see an extensive blog interview on the Chaosium site. Mark Morrison ran a new Reign of Terror scenario on Twitch TV’s “Saving Throw Show” Issue #25 of The Unspeakable Oath has been released. It’s 68 pages of TUO #25 in both PDF and print via DriveThruRPG, now. It has artefacts, tomes, and scenario seeds for Call of Cthulhu…four Delta Green scenarios. Delta Green features on privacy (or the lack thereof) and tactics for agents… and more. The Delta Green panel from GenCon was posted on the Unspeakable podcast. Chaosium has recruited renowned role playing author Robin Laws (Feng Shui, Hillfolk) to write an updated version of the RuneQuest supplement Pavis & Big Rubble. The first of two volumes, A Big Rubble, will release late in 2019, with Pavis planned for 2020. Robin Laws is also the writer for the King of Dragon Pass and Six Ages games. The amazing Gamer Prop Set for Masks of Nyarlathotep is now shipping! This truly is the ultimate collection of authentic RPG gaming props, from the masters—our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society. Gen Con Reaches New Heights in 2018 with a Year of Firsts
INDIANAPOLIS (August 6, 2018) Gen Con, the largest and longest-running game convention in North America, has announced that its 2018 convention is the most attended ever, propelled by a record number of 4-Day badge sales, a 16% year-over-year increase in Saturday badge holders, and astounding 60% jump in year-over-year growth for both Sunday badge holders and children attending with wristbands.
Friend of the show David Larkins was announced as the new line editor for Pendragon and related titles. Mothership is a sci-fi horror roleplaying game where you and your crew try to survive in the most inhospitable environment in the universe: outer space! You’ll excavate dangerous derelict spacecraft, explore strange unknown worlds, exterminate hostile alien life, and examine the horrors that encroach upon your every move. Stygian Fox News: Fear’s Sharp Little Needles is now available for purchase! This is an anthology of 26 one-night modern day scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. IMPOSSIBLY LONG LIST OF AUTHOR CREDITS: edited by Jeff Moeller, and written by Christopher Smith Adair, Glynn Owen Barrass, Simon Brake, Stuart Boon, Chad Bowser, Brian Courtemanche, Scott Dorward, Adam Gauntlett, Allan Goodall, Helen Gould, Tyler Hudak, Jo Kreil, Jeff Moeller, Andi Newton, Oscar Rios, Brian M. Sammons, Matthew Sanderson, Jennifer Thrasher, Joe Trier, Jason Williams, Matt Wiseman, and Simon Yee with art by Dean Engelhardt, Reuben Dodd, Badger McInnes Golden Goblin Press news: Riot at Red Plank has gone to proof-readers, 7th Edition Guide to Cthulhu Invictus is now at the printer, Tails of Valor and Terror is now in layout. And a big thank you goes out to EDWIN this time for editing the show! Thankorry.

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From Danial: Oh my god, you guys blew my mind by discussing Moon Knight. He’s my favourite comic character and the majority of people don’t even know who he is, so to hear you guys talking about him made my day. I’ve got every one of his comics (except the most recent runs) and he even has his own space on my shelf (see attached) – Danial C From Lazlo Tamasfi: The Observatory webcomic is being bound and released as a graphic novel by Caliber Comics. The comic has a Lovecraftian wrapper that contains numerous shorter weird stories in between. It is a really neat book that you can pick up on Amazon for $12.99.


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