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 Special Announcement – Keeper Chad | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 7:09

Hello MU Nation. This is a short special report to cover some podcast news. Keeper Chad has decided to step down as cohost of the show at the end of 2019. There are several reasons coming together for this decision, but a big one is he wants to redirect some of the time spent on podcast stuff into other creative projects. But fear not, Jon and Murph will continue producing the show in 2020. Message from Chad: Thank you to everyone in this weird and wondrous podcast community; to listeners, friends, guest hosts and people I got to meet along the way. It has been one wild ride.     

 MUP Episode 186 — Dateline Malleus Mike Mason | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:28:14

Campus Crier Jon talked about Robert Bloch’s story, Black Bargin’, in our previous episode, which centered on a malevolent shadow -- well, he has created a new spell and a new monster based on that shadow creature for Call of Cthulhu, and I call it Shade of Yog-Sothoth. It’s available now from the Miskatonic Repository.  Dave Heath has a blog, called “Dave’s Corner of the Universe,” and in a pair of recent posts he talks about the “Final Girl” movie trope. Dave’s blog talks about how to introduce a “Final Girl” occupation into your Call of Cthulhu game: https://davescorneroftheuniverse.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/final-girl-trope-for-coc-7e/ Old Gods of Appalachia is a Lovecraftian horror anthology podcast. Long before anyone lived in those hills, beings of immeasurable darkness and incomprehensible madness were entombed beneath them. Old Gods of Appalachia is set in an alternate, (or shadow), Appalachia. An upside-down Appalachia, if you will. This is an anthology podcast of original weird short stories set in this alternate version of the Appalachia.  Chaosium has announced a contest for a new logo for the Cult of Chaos! They are looking for a logo that will pay homage to each of Chaosium’s current main RPG lines. The winner will be given a contract from Chaosium and a sub-license for it to be used for Cult of Chaos properties. Oh and $60. We have links in the show notes. “Gateways to Terrors - Three Evenings of Nightmare” was just released by Chaosium. The book contains three short scenarios that were originally designed to be run as demonstration games of Call of Cthulhu. The included scenarios are: The Necropolis, by Leigh Carr, The Dead Boarder, by Todd Gardiner, and What’s in the Cellar, by me. I have a copy, and I can attest that it looks amazing! Shout out to Matt Ryan who did the maps and handouts, I know for my scenario, he did a fantastic job making them look amazing for both the Keeper and the players.  MU Discord server invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D And thank you so much to Max for editing this episode. Graham’s Card Catalog This episode, Graham brings us a YouTube channel called 'Curious World' a tale from 2016, where he said the circumstances immediately made him think of Ithaqua. Listening Room The Listening Room is closed for renovation today. Sheets of newsprint have been taped to the inside of the windows, and while several undefined shadows can still be seen skulking about in an oddly flickering light, there are no sounds coming from in there. None. In fact, if you get too close to the windows, you’ll even stop hearing any sounds. Even the sound of your own breath, or the trepidatious scuffling of your feet against institutional carpeting...   Main Topic A new edition of Malleus Monstorum - is in the works! What can Mike say about it? 2. Journalist investigators - “What aren’t all investigators journalists? Discuss.” - What are the inherent problems of a journalist investigating the Mythos? Ethics, greater good vs. suppressing information, game-rich dilemmas… Resources: a Free Newspaper Article Generator Ethics case studies from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) The ethics page for National Public Radio (NPR) The ethics page for The New York Times

 MUP Episode 186 – Dateline Malleus Mike! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:28:14

Campus Crier Jon talked about Robert Bloch’s story, Black Bargin’, in our previous episode, which centered on a malevolent shadow -- well, he has created a new spell and a new monster based on that shadow creature for Call of Cthulhu, and I call it Shade of Yog-Sothoth. It’s available now from the Miskatonic Repository.  Dave Heath has a blog, called “Dave’s Corner of the Universe,” and in a pair of recent posts he talks about the “Final Girl” movie trope. Dave’s blog talks about how to introduce a “Final Girl” occupation into your Call of Cthulhu game: https://davescorneroftheuniverse.wordpress.com/2019/10/29/final-girl-trope-for-coc-7e/ Old Gods of Appalachia is a Lovecraftian horror anthology podcast. Long before anyone lived in those hills, beings of immeasurable darkness and incomprehensible madness were entombed beneath them. Old Gods of Appalachia is set in an alternate, (or shadow), Appalachia. An upside-down Appalachia, if you will. This is an anthology podcast of original weird short stories set in this alternate version of the Appalachia.  Chaosium has announced a contest for a new logo for the Cult of Chaos! They are looking for a logo that will pay homage to each of Chaosium’s current main RPG lines. The winner will be given a contract from Chaosium and a sub-license for it to be used for Cult of Chaos properties. Oh and $60. We have links in the show notes. “Gateways to Terrors - Three Evenings of Nightmare” was just released by Chaosium. The book contains three short scenarios that were originally designed to be run as demonstration games of Call of Cthulhu. The included scenarios are: The Necropolis, by Leigh Carr, The Dead Boarder, by Todd Gardiner, and What’s in the Cellar, by me. I have a copy, and I can attest that it looks amazing! Shout out to Matt Ryan who did the maps and handouts, I know for my scenario, he did a fantastic job making them look amazing for both the Keeper and the players.  MU Discord server invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D And thank you so much to Max for editing this episode. Graham’s Card Catalog This episode, Graham brings us a YouTube channel called 'Curious World' a tale from 2016, where he said the circumstances immediately made him think of Ithaqua. Listening Room The Listening Room is closed for renovation today. Sheets of newsprint have been taped to the inside of the windows, and while several undefined shadows can still be seen skulking about in an oddly flickering light, there are no sounds coming from in there. None. In fact, if you get too close to the windows, you’ll even stop hearing any sounds. Even the sound of your own breath, or the trepidatious scuffling of your feet against institutional carpeting...   Main Topic A new edition of Malleus Monstorum - is in the works! What can Mike say about it? 2. Journalist investigators - “What aren’t all investigators journalists? Discuss.” - What are the inherent problems of a journalist investigating the Mythos? Ethics, greater good vs. suppressing information, game-rich dilemmas… Resources: a Free Newspaper Article Generator Ethics case studies from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) The ethics page for National Public Radio (NPR) The ethics page for The New York Times

 MUP Episode 185 – Pilfering Storytime | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:48:33

Campus Crier Have you guys seen The Birch on Facebook Watch yet? It’s a great horror story available exclusively on Facebook, and it’s produced in partnership with CryptTV, (who have a channel on YouTube). There are five episodes so far; each is about 18 minutes long. I like the way they are telling the story. Episode 1 introduces our main character and sets up the world she lives in. Episode 2 suddenly introduces whole new characters, (without explanation at first), but then we learn that this is the origin story of the monster. Episode 3 returns to the world of our main character, but we relive events from Episode 1, but from the antagonist’s POV… which was cool. Episode 4 is more of the monster origin, and then Episode 5 is back with our protagonist as her story advances from where we really left off with her from Episode 1. It probably sounds confusing as I describe it, but it’s plays really well on screen.  Robin D. Laws, Lynne Hardy, and Cat Tobin recently attended The Kraken convention, where they panelled the “Investigative Roleplaying Masterclass.” The panel is now available on YouTube; it’s a really great panel on structuring an investigative role playing game scenario. We highly recommend this video for anyone interested in writing an investigative adventure.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLO-wjBOBNc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR0t7besCI_4Uc-hwUSv1nk8VsJIfrERZ2gBQbsCV7kfUCkA9P8RsMNmZ9E A Cold Fire Within and Berlin the Wicked City have both been released in the special leatherette edition both featuring gold stamped covers. They are available through the Chaosium website only for $90 and $95 respectively. There is also a very favourable review of Berlin The Wicked City that has been released over on RPG.net. The conclusion sums it up: “Berlin - The Wicked city doesn't just present a new, impossibly alluring setting for original Call of Cthulhu adventures, but comes out as a treatise on how to write sourcebook/adventure books. It is well-targeted, thoroughly researched, evocatively written, and as useful for gaming purposes as a supplement can be. It will soon rake in the awards and be hailed as a classic; there's no doubt about it.” Good friend of the show, and all around nice guy Dean Englehart has released the next segment in his popular Convicts and Cthulhu line called Ticket of Leave #15, Death Knells. It is written by Dean and Geoff Gillian and is available right now for free at the Cthulhu Reborn site. AuZtralia is an adventure/exploration board game by Stronghold Games for 1-4 players set in an alternate reality 1930s. Following the Restorationist war, the northern hemisphere lands lay poisoned and starvation was the norm. Intrepid adventurers set out to explore and settle new lands. Little did they know, after the war, the surviving Old Ones and their remaining loyal human armies made their way to the outback of Australia to lick their wounds. Riches from the land, mixed with darkness and insanity await you in the outback. Will humanity prevail or will the Old Ones wreak their revenge?  MU Discord server invite link >> And thank you so much to Sean for editing this episode! (Not Max, as we say repeatedly during the episode. Thanks to Max for editing other episodes that are not this episode.) Random Crier mentions Field Gun Competitions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnDqlVPnelU https://youtu.be/PoOeplWAJwU Graham’s Card Catalog

 MUP Episode 184 – Ooky-Spooky Halloweeny!!! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:19:26

The Campus Crier The Campus Crier is Miskatonic U's student paper. Here's where we go through Mythos related news and feedback to the podcast. Check out Keeper Jon on the Into The Darkness video podcast on YouTube as they play The Shadow Over Providence, a new scenario published by Chaosium, written by Keeper Jon to celebrate the Necronomicon 2019 convention. The series of videos is only three episodes long. The first two episodes are already available on YouTube, with the third and final episode coming very soon. Ep. 01: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-TOd08syBo&list=PLJQ7JbI3-ZhI7EllbO7gv8bYb0kJndVDa    Ep. 02: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwB9PJ2hV3w&t=2s  Chris Spivey’s Haunted West Kickstarter has been wrastling up the stretch goals after meeting its 10,000 dollar goal  in less than three hours. It has pushed past the 35,000 mark at the time of recording, which means our own Charles Gerard will be writing that Mythos chapter add-on that we mentioned last show.    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1881168175/haunted-west-a-historical-weird-west-rpg-corebook/description On October 10th, Chaosium released The Lightless Beacon for Call of Cthulhu, a short introductory scenario by Leigh Carr with Lynne Hardy for their We Are All Us campaign in remembrance of Greg Stafford. You can check out this and the other free scenarios released for the campaign on their website. The Lovecraft Country Holiday Collection from golden Goblin Press almost doubled its funding goal by the time it closed out for a total of more than 22,500 dollars. It knocked down nine out of ten stretch goals, including more scenarios, more art, more maps, more stuff. It’s closed now so you can’t have any of that. But if you didn’t back it, keep your eyes peeled for this book to reach book racks of various kinds soon.  Stygian Fox put out a pack of maps for Lovecraft Country that bears checking out. It includes interesting stuff like a poverty map of Arkham, and maps of all the classic Lovecraft Country settings plus some less covered sections.  This October, Bret Kramer is doing what he is calling “Book-tober.” For the month of October he is featuring one short horror* story that has influenced him in some way, wherein he talks about his relationship to the story, how it impacted him, what others have said regarding the story, and links to the story itself (for reading and adaptations of it) so readers can experience it for themselves. https://sentinelhillpress.com/2019/09/30/welcome-to-book-tober/ Chaosium’s “Cthulhuween” “Julia, our 'merc of merch', has just declared the month of October as Cthulhuween. She'll be adding a new piece of haunting artwork from Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu RPG line to the Chaosium Redbubble merchandise store every day this month. Check them out for wall-art, clothing, home decor, and more!”  The second installment of the Flotsom & Jetsom Organized Play scenario was released by Chaosium today. It is called “Inheritance;” it is written by Matthew Dawkins and it is available now for download from the Cult of Chaos forums in the BRP Central forums.  MU Discord server invite link: https://discord.gg/vNjEv9D Trick or Treat, by Scott David Aniolowski Listen to the episode to hear Keeper Murph, Keeper Chad, and Keeper Jon discuss way to run this amazing s...

 MUP Episode 183 – Chris Spivey, Haunted West, and Puppies of Tindalos | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:21:37

Discord server invite link >> Campus Crier Berlin the Wicked City is available now in hardback direct from Chaosium - stock is now available warehouses in the US, UK, and Australia. You can read a blog post on David Larkins about the making of this book and what it meant via a link to the Sir Larkins site. The latest Call of Cthulhu Organized Play campaign has been launched; it is called Flotsam & Jetsam. If you’re a member of Chaosium’s Cult of Chaos, you can download it now and run it for your players. Congrats to friend of the show, Christopher Smith Adair as the Pulp Cthulhu campaign, A Cold Fire Within has been released in hardcover! We have links available in the show notes. Darker Hue Studios also has a Discord server! The invite link is here >> And thank you so much to Edwin for editing this episode! Topic This episode we speak with Chris Spivey about several projects in the pipeline, including: Haunted West, a Historical Weird West RPG Corebook Scion: Masks of the Mythos  Harlem Unbound, Second Edition Free Harlem Unbound Char Sheets >> Superhero campaign for Pulp Cthulhu (which Dan and Chad play tested) - interview on ENworld Dr. Who, from Cubicle 7 The art of Jabari Weathers... http://jmwillustration.com/ Hounds of Tindalos Original story by Frank Belknap Long here >> Read about Randonauts here... https://theoutline.com/post/7881/i-became-a-randonaut-to-try-to-glitch-the-simulation-and-all-i-got-was-a-bottle-of-pee?zd=1&zi=wincnczj

 MUP Episode 182 – NecronomiQuiz – The Recap Show | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:15:39

This episode, Jon and Murph talk with Oscar Rios about his Kickstarter for a book focused on holidays in Lovecraft Country, and together they each recap highlights of their time at NecronomiCon 2019. This episode was recorded on September 12, 2019. Discord server invite link >> Campus Crier October 10th marks the 1 year anniversary of Chaosium’s Greg Stafford passing. And to honor him they are asking people to play a game in his memory in the month of October. To that effect, Chaosium will be releasing a free scenario for each of the main RPGs in their catalog on October 10th (CoC, Runequest, Pendragon, 7th Sea, and HeroQuest). Big updates were announced on Chaosium’s Central Asia game, Children of Fear. Lynne Hardy posted on the Chaosium website that “all the art, maps, and handouts are in progress, and the final stages of editing are almost finished.” She has also re-confirmed the mid-2020 release date. The post also includes sneak previews of the art that will be in the book, and it looks really, really good. Link in the show notes. The new addition of Masks of Nyarlathotep has won at DragonCon this year, bringing home a Dragon Award for Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures/Collectible Card/Role Playing Game. Congratulations to Chaosium! Chris Spivey took to Twitter on 2nd of September to announce that The Haunted West kickstarter will be going live in October. You might well remember that this is a Weird Western RPG that uses a new system developed in house at Darker Hue. And just like Harlem Unbound it “features people of color as protagonists… [highlighting] the people of color who are often overlooked in stories about the Old West.” https://twitter.com/darker_hue/status/1168529387681173506?s=12 Hypergraphia #2 is now available! This is a digital fanzine of dark horror gaming for multiple systems including Call of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark. This issue covers “the use of doorways, portals, and gates in your horror games. We bring you a plethora of NPCs, artifacts, and scenario seeds about entries, thresholds, and openings. Included is Goodcliffe, a short Cthulhu Dark scenario, wherein your players will plumb the depths of a depressingly dismal mine. Contributions from members of the Miskatonic University Podcast, Skype of Cthulhu, Weird Works, and Squamous Studios. The second issue of another Mythos fanzine, Bayt al Azif, has been released on DrivethruRPG. Within you will find: 3 adventures dual-statted for CoC 7 & GUMSHOE An overview of every Cthulhu Mythos RPG release of 2018A review of the history of Masks of NyarlathotepAn interview with Lynne HardyAnd much more! More news from Chaosium as they deal with the fallout of Critical Roll’s Shadow of the Crystal Palace’s detrimental impact on their North American supplier. They have announced that anyone ordering a physical product from them in the month of August will have a choice between a free PDF of Alone Against the Dark, or a $10 coupon if your order was over $20. The nice thing is that offer applies to anyone globally, even those unaffected by the North American shipper. Mysterious Creatures Field Guide by Eli Libson -- This is an amazing book of fantastic fantasy creatures with awesome painted illustrations of each creature. It feels like the Wayne Barlow book of alien creatures. This would be perfect to populate the Dreamlands with these creatures.  Topic This episode we speak with Oscar Rios about his latest KickStarter, The Lovecraft Country Holiday Collection.

 MUP Episode 181 – PODCASTING CAGE MATCH! Live Show at NecronomiCon with Some Good Friends! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:13

This episode is our 2019 NecronmiCon live show in Providence, when The Miskatonic University Podcast and The Good Friends of Jackson Elias girded for a battle royale that will pit Host vs. Host in a “lightning debate” format over a passel of divisive topics. Hosts: Charles "Keeper Chad" Gerard, Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Jon Hook, Brian “Murph” Murphy, and Matt Sanderson. This episode was recorded on August 23, 2019. WARNING: This episode contains explicit language, and nothing was bleeped. Discord server invite link >> Topics MUP and the Good Friends of Jackson Elias convened at NecronomiCon in Providence on August 23, 2019 for the second combined live show after the inaugural in 2017. We decided to try a "lightning debate" format, and after gathering suggestions from listeners and brainstorming for a few weeks, landed on some very silly prompts to tussle over. Sadly, Keeper Dan was not present. But stay tuned for a rousing audience-generated "thank you" to the MUP mastermind. "Lovecraft's stories would make terrible Call of Cthulhu scenarios."FOR: Chad, Jon, Matt...and Murph as an accidental turncoat. AGAINST: Scott, and...Mike Mason as pinch hitter.Paul serves as referee. "Sometimes, you just have to fudge dice rolls." FOR: Murph, Matt.AGAINST: Chad, Scott and Paul.Jon serves as referee. "An Army of Deep Ones would beat an army of Mi-Go."FOR: Paul, ScottAGAINST: Jon, Murph, MattChad serves as referee. "Historical scenarios are better than modern or contemporary scenarios."FOR: Matt, JonAGAINST: Scott, Paul, MurphJon serves as referee. Audience-suggested topic #1: Professor Armitage, hero or villain?HERO: Paul, JonVILLAIN: Matt, Chad, Scott Audience-suggested topic #2: Wilbur Whately vs. Harry Potter?POTTER: Matt, Scott, Murph, PaulWILBUR: Chad "August Derleth was the best thing to happen to the Cthulhu Mythos."FOR: Matt, Jon, MurphAGAINST: Scott, ChadPaul serves as referee.

 MUP Episode 180 – TV Horrors in Spaaaace | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 48:43

This episode, all four hosts are back for a rare quorum, and we’re taking sci-fi tv shows and Mythosifying them. This episode was recorded on August 15, 2019. This is our brief-brief-brief pre-NecronomiCon episode, before we get together in Providence. A big thank you goes to Golden Goblin Press for sponsoring this episode! Campus Crier First thing - a huge thank you to Murph for a Herculean and almost Sisyphean effort to revamp, redesign, spackle and patch the MU forums as well as the website. This was a huge rabbit warren of tasks that started with a barrage of spam posts on the forum, too many details to list here, but we’re talking about full days of work to get us up and running again as well as updated, secure and pretty. Thank you, Murph. Chaosium has announced the release of Flotsam and Jetsam, a new four part series of scenarios for the CoC Organized Play Campaign. The scenarios will be released monthly to Keepers of the Cult of Chaos. Friends of the show Brian Courtemanche and Anthony Lee-Dudley are the authors of the first and fourth scenarios respectively, Congratulations to them both. WEIRD TALES IS BACK! The magazine that never dies has returned -- with Bram Stoker Award-winner Jonathan Maberry leading the way as Editorial Director. You can find more info at their website. Chaosium's Masks of Nyarlathotep has been nominated in the 2019 Dragon Awards in the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game category. Check out the link in the show notes for voting details. By the way, the video for the ENnies award ceremony is back up now. Discord server invite link >> And thank you so much to Edwin for editing this episode. Sponsor Thanks to Golden Goblin Press for their sponsorship this episode. We appreciate it! Listening Room This time, Oscarious Tabularis brings us the fourth installment of this season’s Glimpses Into the Empire. This one is called “A Haunting in Athens.” Topic “A "riff" of our own on Space Horror settings. We take sci fi movies or books or TV and turn them into space horror. We gave a time limit of 4 minutes. Chad failed to meet that utterly. Chad - Lost in Space Jon - TOS Star Trek Murf - StarGate-SGU Dan - Space: 1999 Space 1999's Top 10 Scariest Moments

 MUP Episode 179 – I Cast Summon Scenario | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:39:01

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 MUP Episode 178 – Mythos in Your Apocalypse, Swordplay, and Cultist Hijinx! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:14:56

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 MUP Episode 177 – An Ounce of Experience is a Pound of Roleplay | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:30:32

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 MUP Episode 176 – Board It Up! | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:13

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 MUP Episode 175 – How Adair You | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:47:26

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 MUP Episode 174 – Truth and Consequences | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 1:31:01

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