MUP Episode 158 – Your Feet Are in The Past, My Friends

This episode, Murph, Chad and Jon concoct and stew over a few of our own new Great Old Ones. This episode was recorded on October 15, 2018.

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Campus Crier

Once again, heartfelt condolences go out to friends and family of Chaosium founder Greg Stafford, who passed away on October 11 at the age of 70. There is a condolence thread on the Chaosium site, which you can find here. Chris Lackey has announced that he is working on a CoC supplement for Chaosium called Cults of Cthulhu. He said on YSDC’s News from Pnakotus that it involves using Cthulhu cults as antagonists an comes with three scenarios across different eras. Look for it “vaguely next year.” No more details have been released. There’s a new novel by Ben Monroe, who is the originator of the Monterey Jack character. In the Belly of the Beast and Other Tales of Cthulhu Wars: A Cthulhu Wars Novel – it’s inspired by the works of H.P. Lovecraft and the game Cthulhu Wars, published by Petersen Games. There are eight short stories and a complete novel Grave-tober: Bret Kramer of Sentinel Hill Press has been posting an item a day for the whole month of October – you may remember previous “Octoberganza” posts. This time, each item is a New England gravestone of particular interest to him, for reasons of artistic value or insight into some facet of history or folklore. They’re each short, around 250 words, but there are weird and horrific carvings nuggets like stones carved with undead imp creatures bearing darts, and freaking skulls with extra rows of teeth…check it out. Cody Goodfellow wrote an interesting piece about Lovecraft’s legacy and ongoing controversies about his racism. It recaps some of the upheaval in the community over the last few years, including his once-friend Robert Price’s comments and the World Fantasy Award statue – as well as more recent conflicts it’s a nice thoughtful read that adds something new to the convo. Sean Hillman of ENWorld interviewed Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios about various projects. It’s a cool rundown of work in both Cthulhu and non Cthulhu realms, and his work process, his influences, his goals. Good read.
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The Listening Room

This episode, a second installment from the cold files of Agent Dinos – this time, we’re looking at a strange item from the Istanbul station… And a holiday-themed episode of Glimpses into the Empire, about “rituals for the dead.” Once again, if you have any interest in producing a segment for the podcast, please contact Audio Credits for show notes… Scattered Ghost: by Iwan ‘qubodup’ Gabovitch under CC-BY 3.0 License

Feedback, Corrections and Comments

On “Nuclear” in Azathoth: Danial Carroll — I believe HPL used the term “nuclear” with Azathoth to mean that it is the centre. It was subsequent writers that mistook that to mean nuclear energy, yet it has pervaded, so I guess it’s as canon as anything else From Max: Hollow Man is the bad movie with Kevin Bacon. There is a episode of The Twilight Zone from the 80s related to an “emo” version of The Invisible Man – “To See the Invisible Man.”
Hi guys, Greetings from Melbourne, Australia. Just wanted to drop you a line and thank you for the great job you do in producing quality content that is both informative and entertaining! I’ve gotten back into Cthulhu recently after a twenty-year hiatus! Loved the recent idea of creating on the fly using the Malleus Monstrorum and random Earth locations. You should seriously consider making it a regular thing. Compile them all as one-page adventure briefs and kickstart it, you’d have something very cool to share with the CoC community! If you haven’t already, you should definitely put out a shout-out to the Sassoon Files (on Kickstarter at the moment), a series of very cool 1920s Cthulhu sessions set in Shanghai! Have a fantastic day! Thanks again for your hardwork, it is much appreciated. – Phillip
Some notes you might be interested in with regards to your discussion of Spanish flu on the podcast. Canada, despite being at many of the bloodiest battles of the first world war had more people die to the flu then the war. The flu hit the central powers first and hard: When you have a flu hit on top of feeding your people on bread stuffed with sawdust, and already had a winter so bad it was known of the Turnip Winter due to the fact that is all there was to eat, having a pandemic is the last thing you want. There are historians who claim one of the major reasons for the end the war was the number of casualties Germany was taking from the flu. I’ve heard it reported that young, healthy people where actually more likely to die from it then the sick and the elderly. So instead of seeing the old and young die, you watched a lot of young, strong men, just back from the front die. We are in the middle of the 100 year anniversary of the Spanish flu. I follow three twitter accounts that are retweeting the events of WWI in ‘real time’ so you get a sense of how far apart things are. One of today’s tweets was: “The Spanish Flu has reached #London; 700 fall ill.” It has been tracking reports from around the world as various cities record the flu reaching them. It is too bad my report on the 2016 Evil Clown Epidemic wasn’t the first one I sent in, it would have been perfect for this episode. – Canageek
Hey Guys, My takeaway from this episode was the disease victims with the message across them that needs to be assembled like a morbid puzzle. That was great. Also loved the new Miskatonic Repository segment. Crossing my fingers that mine gets covered at some point. It’s not only my first Repository submission, but my first ever “home brew” scenario, so feel free to rip it to shreds if you do 🙂 Cheers, Danial
A hotel dieu is a French term for a hospital. That episode was sick. – Bill Hi MUP guys! My husband, Jeremie, loves your podcast and has been a reader of the mythos for a very long time. He’s played and run various RPGs for over 2 decades ranging from Robotech, D&D to Supernatural and more recently Deadlands and ETU (from Savage Worlds). He would really like to get into Mythos type RPGs but isn’t sure which one to buy as there is some contradictory info out there. He’s looking at Call of Cthulhu, Pulp Cthulhu or Delta Green. What would he need for each of those and is CoC and Pulp Cthulhu mostly the same system? Looking at maybe getting some of this as a gift for him for his birthday at the end of the month. Also, if you guys could send him some birthday wishes on your podcast, that would be fantastic! His birthday is Oct. 28th. 🙂 – Kerrie


This episode, Jon had the great idea of each of us creating an original Great Old One and then present it here for some workshopping. Chad: The Unraveling Jon: Sauthoth, The Spark of Life — needs a new name, calling out to the listener community for help. Murph: 10^18 Exahertz]]>

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