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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 136: Insanity in Call of Cthulhu

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 136: Insanity in Call of Cthulhu (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-08-08
Episode 136 – The Good Friends analyse insanity in Call of Cthulhu We’re building on last episode‘s discussion of the theme of mental illness in Lovecraft’s work. This time, we turn our attention to the role of insanity in Call of Cthulhu. Obviously, Call of Cthulhu is based upon Lovecraft’s writings, but how much does the sanity system actually...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 135: Insanity in Lovecraft

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 135: Insanity in Lovecraft (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-07-24
Episode 135 – Insanity in Lovecraft We start by discussing Lovecraft’s family history and his own experiences with mental illness. These undoubtedly shaped his work, and we offer some thoughts on the matter. Then, we move on to a few examples of insanity from Lovecraft’s work, trying to determine whether it’s as major a theme as conventional wisdom holds. Finally, we...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 134: Masks of Nyarlathotep (part 2 of 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 134: Masks of Nyarlathotep (part 2 of 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-07-10
Episode 134 – The Good Friends try on more Masks of Nyarlathotep Would you like a peek behind the new Masks of Nyarlathotep? After last episode‘s spoiler-free discussion of the classic campaign, this time we’re revealing all. Mike Mason and Lynne Hardy from Chaosium join Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward for an extended chat. This means we have the full team responsible...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 133: Masks of Nyarlathotep (part 1 of 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 133: Masks of Nyarlathotep (part 1 of 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-06-26
Episode 133 – The Good Friends try on Masks of Nyarlathotep This is our spoiler-free discussion of the new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep, with all four of the authors of the revision offering their inside views. Next episode, we shall remove the mask completely and take a good look at what lurks underneath. Get ready for that 1D10/1D100 SAN roll! The bulk of the episode is...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 132: Player Engagement

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 132: Player Engagement (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-06-12
Episode 132 – The Good Friends lock onto player engagement This is our discussion of player engagement, specifically what engages us, the things we do to foster it and how we cope when players disengage. In the discussion, we offer some personal insight into what draws us to play a game, which factors keep our enthusiasm fired and what turns us off a game. It’s too often easier...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 131: Subterranean Spaces

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 131: Subterranean Spaces (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-05-29
Episode 131 – The Good Friends peer into subterranean spaces in Call of Cthulhu We’re back and we’re strapping on our headlamps, checking our harnesses and spelunking like our lives depended upon it. This is our look into subterranean spaces in Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraft. From his work, Lovecraft seemed to be both drawn to and disturbed by deep, dark holes and the mysteries...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 130: The Ritual

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 130: The Ritual (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-05-16
Episode 130 – The Good Friends undergo The Ritual We’re back and we’re lost in the woods. There seem to be some familiar landmarks, however. If we look to the left, there’s The Blair Witch Project. Over there on the right is The Wicker Man. And sneaking up behind us is just about every rural horror film made. What, if anything, makes The Ritualstand...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 129: Survival Horror

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 129: Survival Horror (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-05-03
Episode 129 – The Good Friends brave the terrors of survival horror We start out by trying to define what survival horror is, using examples from media. It’s a surprisingly hard thing to pin down. What are the common factors that define the genre and only the genre? Where do slasher movies end and survival horror begin? Who ate the last protein bar, probably condemning the rest of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 128: Cats in Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 128: Cats in Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-04-20
Episode 128 – The Good Friends fuss over cats in Call of Cthulhu We’re back and we’re chasing our tails, trying to lick our nether regions and hissing at anyone who looks at us funny. Meow. This is our look into the role of cats in Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft was famously fond of cats. He kept them as pets throughout his life, and wrote about their exploits in his letters and...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 127: Comedy in RPGs

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 127: Comedy in RPGs (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-04-03
Episode 127 – The Good Friends have a laugh over comedy in RPGs We’re back and we’re splitting our sides, busting a gut and otherwise rupturing ourselves in the pursuit of comedy. It’s rare to find a gaming table where no one is laughing, even if the subject of the game is grim or horrible. Whether we like it or not, humour is a big part of RPGs. We may play Call of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 126: The Last Feast of Harlequin

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 126: The Last Feast of Harlequin (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-03-20
Episode 126 – The Good Friends celebrate The Last Feast of Harlequin We’re back and we’re touching up our greasepaint, frolicking with wild abandon and preparing for an unspeakable transformation. This episode is our look at Thomas Ligotti’s weird tale The Last Feast of Harlequin. While Ligotti may arguably have written stronger stories, this established his reputation...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 125: Yog-Sothoth

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 125: Yog-Sothoth (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-03-06
Episode 125 – The Good Friends open the way to Yog-Sothoth We’re back, standing atop Sentinel Hill, chill wind whipping under our robes, shrieking until our lungs hurt. Damn, that wind’s cold! This is our discussion of Yog-Sothoth, the All-in-One, the Gate, the Key, the Lurker at the Threshold and any number of other names. You can tell Yog-Sothoth is an important deity:...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 124: Inspiration and Development

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 124: Inspiration and Development (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-02-20
Episode 124: The Good Friends open up to inspiration and development We’re back and we’re baring all. The most common thing people seem to ask writers is “Where do you get your ideas?” Apparently, “By eating the brains of more talented writers” isn’t as helpful an answer as we’d hoped. Maybe discussing our creative process in depth might prove...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 123: The Wicker Man

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 123: The Wicker Man (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-02-06
Episode 123: The Good Friends rekindle their love for The Wicker Man We’re back and we’re erecting monstrous effigies, playing deadly games and proclaiming that Sumer is Icumen In. OK, it’s February, but we’re sure that summer is out there somewhere. In fact, as we mention, the cast and crew of The Wicker Man had to pretend that a Scottish November offered the warmth of late...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 122: Folk Horror

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 122: Folk Horror (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-01-23
Episode 122 – The Good Friends observe the rituals of folk horror We’re back and we’re hiding in the hedgerows, weaving twisted little corn dollies and performing unspeakable acts of Morris dancing. This episode is our discussion of the very British subgenre of folk horror. In particular, we’re looking into the Folk Horror Revival and how it ties into the childhood fears of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 121: System Matters

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 121: System Matters (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-01-09
Episode 121 – The Good Friends delve into System Matters We’re back and we’re wondering just what it is we’ve been doing with all these dice. Inspired by our mention of Ron Edwards’ System Does Matter essay in our recent episode on Sorcerer, we give some thought to how mechanics shape play. As well as talking about theory, we also try to provide some...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 120: The Stone Tape

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 120: The Stone Tape (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-01-09
Episode 120 – The Good Friends play back The Stone Tape We’re back and we’re watching in helpless terror as echoes of the dead past haunt us, screaming endlessly. This is our look at the classic 1972 British horror film, The Stone Tape. Fittingly, the BBC originally broadcast it as a ghost story for Christmas. We may be a day late on that front, but the nights are still cold and...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 119: The Mythos as Religion (part 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 119: The Mythos as Religion (part 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-12-12
Episode 119 – The Good Friends get more of that old-time Mythos religion We’re back and we’re starting a cult. No, worse than that — we’re starting three of them! Last episode, we looked at how real religions and their practices might inform our depiction of Mythos sects in Call of Cthulhu. Now we’re taking things one step further. Building on what we’ve learnt,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 118: The Mythos as Religion (part 1)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 118: The Mythos as Religion (part 1) (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-11-28
Episode 118 – The Good Friends get some of that old-time Mythos religion We’re back and we’re making offerings to twisted idols, praying in inhuman tongues and performing rites passed down through strange aeons. This is our look at the role religion plays in the Cthulhu Mythos. Specifically, we try to make sense of how worship of the Great Old Ones relates to more wholesome beliefs....   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 117: Sorcerer

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 117: Sorcerer (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-11-14
Episode 117 – The Good Friends conjure up their thoughts on Sorcerer We’re back and we’re scratching pentagrams into the floor, muttering blasphemous incantations and making ill-advised pacts with demons. This episode is our discussion of Ron Edwards’ influential indie RPG, Sorcerer. Kicking off a self-publishing revolution in the late 1990s, Sorcerer was arguably a manifesto...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 116: The Shunned House

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 116: The Shunned House (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-31
Episode 116 – The Good Friends dig into The Shunned House We’re back and we’re digging into another Lovecraft story, looking for the horrors that lie beneath. The Shunned House is one of the more minor of Lovecraft’s major stories, if that makes any sense. It is a lengthy, substantial piece that certainly shares thematic elements with his Mythos tales, if not any explicit...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 115: Shub-Niggurath

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 115: Shub-Niggurath (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-18
Episode 115 – The Good Friends are transformed by Shub-Niggurath We’re back and we’re dancing around in the woods, bleating with ecstasy, smearing our mutating bodies with Mother’s milk. This episode is our discussion of the Lovecraftian deity, Shub-Niggurath. It is part of our ongoing look at the gods of the Mythos, continuing from our recent episode about Dagon. Shub-Niggurath...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 114: Social Conflict in RPGs

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 114: Social Conflict in RPGs (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 114: The Good Friends resolve their social conflicts We’re back and we’re intimidating goons, charming cult leaders and fast-talking the slow-witted. This is our look at the use of social conflicts in RPGs. By this, we don’t mean arguments over whose turn it was to bring the snacks or whether that roll of 00 was really cocked. Instead, we’re talking about the use of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 113: Hellraiser

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 113: Hellraiser (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 113 – The Good Friends solve the puzzle of Hellraiser We’re back and we have such sights to show you. Or tell you. Can you really tell a sight? You can tell of it, but does that really convey the same visceral impact? This is all getting rather tortuous, appropriately enough. Regardless of which orifices you use to receive us, we are here to tell you all about Clive Barker’s...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 112: Pacing RPGs

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 112: Pacing RPGs (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 112 – The Good Friends pick up their pacing We’re back and we’re putting ourselves through our paces. Over on our Google+ Community, Tore Nielsen recently asked us to explain a little more about how we handle pacing in games. It’s a topic we touched upon back in our discussion of Beginnings, Middles and Ends. We hope there is enough new material here to justify a new...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 111: R'lyeh Roulette 3

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 111: R'lyeh Roulette 3 (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 111 – The Good Friends play R’lyeh Roulette: Monster Madness We’re back and we’re giving the wheel of misfortune another spin. In our earlier R’lyeh Roulette episodes — 37 and 60 — we rolled for random spells from the spreadsheet that would one day become The Grand Grimoire of Mythos Magic. This time we’re using the Malleus Monstorum as our roulette...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 110: The Call of Cthulhu (part 2)

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Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 110 – The Good Friends hold for The Call of Cthulhu We’re back and we’re still being haunted by those hellish dreams surfacing from lost R’yeh like bubbles of pure madness. This is the second part of our discussion of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, The Call of Cthulhu. Last episode we talked about the first two acts of the story. This time, we wrap up the synopsis,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 109: The Call of Cthulhu (part 1)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 109: The Call of Cthulhu (part 1) (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 109 – The Good Friends answer The Call of Cthulhu We’re back and we’re talking about one of Lovecraft’s best-known stories. The Call of Cthulhu probably boasts more name recognition than any other Lovecraft tale. This is largely due to the ubiquity of old squidhead himself. Between the term “Cthulhu Mythos” and Chaosium using the story’s name for their...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 108: Mage: The Awakening

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Date Added: 2017-10-06
Episode 108 – The Good Friends look for the magic in Mage: the Awakening We’re back and we’re following up episode 105‘s discussion of the World of Darkness with a more detailed look at one of the core games that make up the current incarnation of the line. Mage: the Awakening is the reinvention of the RPG that started life as Mage: the Ascension. Onyx Path released a...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 107: Portraying NPCs

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Date Added: 2017-10-04
Episode 107 – The Good Friends play some non-player characters We’re back and we’re putting on silly voices, adopting exaggerated mannerisms and making life as miserable as possible for the player characters. In other words, we’re playing NPCs. This is the follow-up to our discussion last episode about creating memorable non-player characters. Now we’re offering...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 106: Creating NPCs

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Date Added: 2017-10-04
Episode 106 – The Good Friends create some non-player characters We’re back and we’re poring over stat blocks, writing up physical descriptions and searching the internet for names. This is the first of two episodes about NPCs. Our focus this time is on how we create non-player characters that our players will remember (probably with muttered curses) for years to come. Next...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 105: World of Darkness

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 105: World of Darkness (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-10-04
Episode 105 – The Good Friends illuminate the World of Darkness We’re back and we’re sharpening our fangs, picking the nits out of our fur and preparing for some paradox. Born in 1991 out of Vampire: the Masquerade, the World of Darkness has grown, changed and completely reinvented itself many times since. As a result, our discussion covers only the very basics of its history....   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 104: Appeal of Investigative Games (part 2)

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Date Added: 2017-10-04
Episode 104 – The Good Friends puzzle out more of the appeal of investigative games (Part 2) We’re back and we’re wrapping up our investigation into, um, investigations. This is the second part of our look at investigative games. Once again, we are joined by Mike Mason, line editor for Call of Cthulhu. Following on from last episode‘s discussion of player techniques,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 103: Appeal of Investigative Games

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Date Added: 2017-10-04
Episode 103 – The Good Friends puzzle out the appeal of investigative games We’re back, and we’re polishing our magnifying glasses, scraping the gum off our shoes and hunting for clues. This is the first of two episodes delving into the appeal of investigative games. A big topic such as this demands extra resources, so we have brought in Mike Mason, line editor for Call...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 102: Event Horizon

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Date Added: 2017-10-03
Episode 102 – The Good Friends are sucked into Event Horizon We’re back and we’re heading out into uncharted space. Where better to talk about horror movies? This time it’s the turn of 1997’s Event Horizon, an ambitious film that blends science fiction, cosmic horror, religious imagery and extreme gore to create something that should have been exceptional....   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 101: The Memory Hole

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Date Added: 2017-06-17
Episode 101 – The Good Friends disappear down the memory hole We’re back and we’re indulging in some therapeutic negativity. Normally, we use the podcast to talk about things we like. This time we’re venting our bile ducts, spewing forth about aspects of gaming, books and films that give us dyspepsia. We are generally positive, or at least as positive as people who write...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 100: The Appeal of Lovecraft

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Date Added: 2017-05-21
Episode 100 – The Good Friends ponder the appeal of Lovecraft As Call of Cthulhuwriters, it’s no exaggeration to say that Lovecraft plays a central role in our lives. He is a larger presence than many people we actually know in person and who aren’t dead. But why is this the case? What is it about the man and his work that exerts such a hold on us? Lovecraft was...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 99: My Life With Master

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 99: My Life With Master (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-05-11
Episode 99: The Good Friends grovel before My Life with Master My Life with Master, published by his own Half Meme Press imprint. My Life with Master describes itself as “a roleplaying game of villainy, self-loathing and unrequited love”. In it, players take on the roles of minions (no, not the wacky Tic Tac type) who, driven by self-loathing, carry out the increasingly horrific...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 98: Dagon

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Date Added: 2017-05-08
Episode 98: The Good Friends swear the oaths of Dagon We’re back and we’re getting some of that old-time religion. When we say old-time, we mean pre-Christian. Or maybe we mean dating back to 1917. It can be so hard to tell sometimes. Our subject for this episode is the god Dagon, who had a long history before Lovecraft got ahold of him, so means different things to different people....   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 97: Extreme Subjects in Gaming

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 97: Extreme Subjects in Gaming (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-02-28
Episode 97: The Good Friends go to extremes in gaming This is our discussion about extreme subject matter in games. As you might surmise, the conversation gets a little unpleasant at times. It is hard to talk about things that genuinely upset us without talking about things that, um, genuinely upset us. Inevitably, this leads us to discuss topics such as sexual violence, cruelty to children...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 96: Pontypool

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 96: Pontypool (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-02-21
Episode 96 – The Good Friends babble on about Pontypool We’re back and we’re trying to make even less sense than usual. This is for your protection. Pontypool has taught us the hidden dangers that lie in meaning, so we’re going to follow the advice of William S Burroughs and exterminate all rational thought. While there is little action or violence in Pontypool,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 95: Cthulhu Mythos as Science Fiction

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Date Added: 2017-01-17
Episode 95 – The Good Friends scan the Mythos for science fiction We’re back and we’re setting our long-range scanners to search the cosmos for the insidious influence of the Mythos. One of the things that set Lovecraft’s work apart from the Gothic tales that had previously dominated the genre was the way it incorporated elements of science fiction. This isn’t to...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 94: The Outsider

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 94: The Outsider (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-01-15
Episode 94 – The Good Friends welcome in The Outsider We’re back and we’re digging through the crypt to bring you another toothsome Lovecraft tale, dripping with succulent grave mould. This time it’s the turn of The Outsider, probably the most popular story from Lovecraft’s early, Gothic period. While the twisted shadow of Poe lies heavily over The...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 93: RPG Games - Ends

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 93: RPG Games - Ends (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-01-13
Episode 93 – The Good Friends meet good ends We’re back and we’re facing the inevitable. All good things must come to an end, and this includes our look at beginnings, middles and ends in roleplaying games. Our previous two episodes examined how to start a game session and what to do once it’s underway. Now, we’re wrapping up with an in-depth look at the end. Or...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 92: RPG Games - Middles

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 92: RPG Games - Middles (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-01-03
Episode 92 – The Good Friends get stuck in the middle We’re back and we’re continuing our analysis of the structure of roleplaying games. RPG scenarios are similar in form to stories, even if they become more chaotic in play! While they don’t necessarily follow a three or four-act structure, they do have beginnings, middles and ends. There are different techniques involved...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 91: RPG Games - Beginnings

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 91: RPG Games - Beginnings (audio product)

Date Added: 2017-01-02
Episode 91 – The Good Friends start at the very beginning We’re back and we’re ready to start at the beginning. No, this doesn’t mean that we’re recycling episode 1. Instead, we are trying something a bit new. This episode is the first of three linked discussions in which we talk about structuring roleplaying games. Like stories, RPG one-shots and campaigns have...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 90: The Seven Geases by Clark Ashton Smith

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Date Added: 2016-12-05
Episode 90 – The Good Friends are compelled by the Seven Geases We’re following up last episode’s discussion of Clark Ashton Smith with a look at one of his stories. The Seven Geases is part of Smith’s Hyperborean cycle, the series of his that most intersects with the Cthulhu Mythos. In fact, the The Seven Geases adds more entities to the Mythos than...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 89: Clark Ashton Smith

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 89: Clark Ashton Smith (audio product)

Date Added: 2016-12-05
Episode 89 – The Good Friends explore the many worlds of Clark Ashton Smith We’re delving into the life and work of Clark Ashton Smith. Along with Robert E Howard, Smith was a core member of H P Lovecraft’s literary circle. While his work was massively popular in Weird Tales, it has been rather overshadowed by that of Smith’s peers. His stories have been reprinted...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 88: Running Campaigns

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 88: Running Campaigns (audio product)

Date Added: 2016-10-26
Episode 88 – The Good Friends plan out their approach to published campaigns We’re back, and we’re digging through those thick books and bulging boxed sets that dominate our gaming shelves. Published campaigns have been a huge part of roleplaying games since their infancy. This is especially true for Call of Cthulhu. Call of Cthulhu is often defined by epic...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 87: The Witch

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 87: The Witch (audio product)

Date Added: 2016-10-11
Episode 87 – The Good Friends fall under the spell of The Witch We’re back, and we’re talking about a horror film for the first time in far too long. The Witch: A New England Folktale is one of the most unusual and ambitious horror films of recent years. It is an intelligent, sinister and beautifully made period piece, set in the days of colonial America. Few horror...   [click here for more]
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