MUP Episode 196 – Failing Forward

This episode, Keepers Dave and Murph talk about what to do when things go wrong at the table.

Noble Knight Games

This episode is generously sponsored by Noble Knight Games. They have the largest selection of out-of-print games in the world. Including a huge selection of Lovecraftian RPG game books. They even stock Golden Goblin Press books! If you’re collecting any of Chaosium’s new or vintage Call of Cthulhu game books, then you really need to check out Noble Knight Games.

Noble Knight Games has generously offered a special discount code for MUP listeners. If you go to their website, you can use the code NOBLETONIC for 10% off your entire order. This code is valid through 5/9/2020. During these times of actual pandemic crisis, now is a perfect time to game online with your friends. And you can get your gaming materials from Noble Knight Games at a discount!

Campuc Crier

The Campus Crier is the Miskatonic University’s student newspaper. This edition was collected on March 26th, 2020.

These are uncertain times we live in. Many of our listeners of this show are under some form of quarantine, whether self-imposed or mandated. And all of us just wanted to reach out and remind people to try and keep in touch with people, even in a world of increasing social distancing. 

Amidst all of the uneasiness and stress, remember to take care of yourselves as well. Our community as a whole has a known issue with mental illness, it is something that Keeper Murph has struggled with for decades. And we just want to remind people that are working from home for the first time, (or that have been stuck inside their houses for days on end), to not close themselves off to those people around you that are willing to listen.

If you are feeling alone and need someone to talk to reach out to someone. Anyone. Our own Discord server has a lot of nice people on it, likewise with the Good Friends of Jackson Elias’s, and many many others. Please don’t get lost inside worries and stresses and forget to take care of yourself. 

So if you are already feeling alone, or worried that you might be soon, you can always email us at, or catch us on the Discord server. Someone will listen. You are not alone.

During this Coronavirus crisis, Chaosium is trying to help those who may never have played an RPG online before. So they posed on their website a guide to online gaming, and how to get started. The webpage is filled with tips and options on how you can get into online gaming if that’s something you’ve never done before. 

The new 2nd edition of Chris Spivey’s Harlem Unbound is now available in PDF. This new edition expands upon the first edition with 4 new scenarios, (for a total of 7 in the book), unique investigator occupations tailored for the Harlem setting, new Mythos creatures, new pre-generated investigators that are ready to play, a random scenario generator, and guidelines on how to address racism in gaming.

With the Coronavirus pandemic keeping people indoors, Chaosium has made their Call of Cthulhu Coloring Book available as a free download. It’s filled with some really cool art that will drain your sanity as you’re coloring.

It is with great sadness that we report the death of the filmmaker and writer, Stuart Gordon. Stuart passed away Tuesday night from multiple organ failure at the age of 72. He is best known for creating the cult classics, Re-Animator and From Beyond. He will be missed.

MUP Discord

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MUP Patreon

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Main Topic

We had a totally different show planned for this episode. But things happen, and things change. And given the fact that more people are cooped up and looking for entertainment, we couldn’t just cancel on you, dear listener. So we talked about what to do when things go bad while running a game or when you are playing in a game. Rather apropos, isn’t it? Listen to the episode to hear our thoughts.

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