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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 186: Cults (Part 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 186: Cults (Part 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-07-07
Episode 186: Cults (Part 2) This is the second of a multi-episode look at cults in the real world and how (and even if) they relate to what we see in Call of Cthulhu. Over the course of this series, we will discuss what kind of person forms a cult, how cults recruit, how they indoctrinate their members and what kinds of things they might believe. We are continuing our discussion...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 185: Cults (Part 1)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 185: Cults (Part 1) (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-06-23
Episode 185: Cults (Part 1) This is the first of a multi-episode look at cults in the real world and how (and even if) they relate to what we see in Call of Cthulhu. Over the course of this series, we will discuss what kind of person forms a cult, how cults recruit, how they indoctrinate their members and what kinds of things they might believe. This episode is largely taken up with...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 184: Character Advancement

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 184: Character Advancement (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-06-09
Episode 184: Character Advancement This episode is our typically idiosyncratic look at the subject of character development in RPGs. We look at different ways in which characters can change through play, from gathering XP by killing monsters to resolving their messy character arcs. Not every character improves over time, however, and we discuss our expectations, as well as how all...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 183: The Fly

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 183: The Fly (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-05-26
Episode 183: The Fly Following on from our episode about body horror, we thought we should discuss an example of the genre. And what better-known body horror film is there than David Cronenberg’s 1986 classic, The Fly? Despite being almost 35 years old, it still has the power to make people squirm and go a little green around the gills. Assuming you have gills, that is. If not,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 182: Body Horror

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 182: Body Horror (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-05-12
Episode 182: Body Horror This episode is our exploration of the linked topics of disgust and body horror. We were originally going to cover disgust in our episode about Making Call of Cthulhu Scary, but ran out of time. And body horror has been on our list for some time. It seemed logical to send the two topics through the telepods, melding them into a twitching, mewling hybrid of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 181: Making a Monster

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 181: Making a Monster (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-04-28
Episode 181: Making a Monster This episode is a discussion of how we go about creating new monsters for Call of Cthulhu. Is it enough (or even safe) to reskin a Deep One or a shoggoth? How do you decide how deadly your monster should be? What kind of stats should you assign? What is the monster doing in your scenario in the first place? And why not just pick something out of the...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 180: Mythos Deities: Azathoth

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 180: Mythos Deities: Azathoth (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-04-14
Episode 180: Azathoth This is the latest instalment in our series on the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. Earlier episodes have covered Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth and Nyarlathotep. This time, the focus is on the blind idiot god at the centre of it all, Azathoth. We dig into Azathoth’s origins and how he changed throughout Lovecraft’s work. Then we move on to exploring...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 179: More Great NPCs of History

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 179: More Great NPCs of History (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-03-31
Episode 179: More Great NPCs of History In this episode, we once again seek out historical personages who might make interesting Call of Cthulhu NPCs. We have restricted ourselves to the classic 1920s and Gaslight time periods to best fit your games. This is a follow-up to our first Great NPCs of History discussion in episode 173. That time, Paul and Scott got so carried away (mainly...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 178: A Warning to the Curious

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 178: A Warning to the Curious (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-03-17
Episode 178: A Warning to the Curious This episode explores M R James’ classic English ghost story, “A Warning to the Curious”. England has an enduring love for ghost stories, and James is the towering figure in the field. We spend some time talking about the man himself and how his work has retained its appeal. Then we go digging for treasure in one of his best-known...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 177: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu part 2

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 177: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu part 2 (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-03-03
Episode 177: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu part 2 This is the second of two episodes looking at ghosts and how they tie into Call of Cthulhu. The first focused on ghost stories and folklore. This time, we discuss how (and if) ghosts might fit into Call of Cthulhu and the wider Cthulhu Mythos.While Lovecraft wrote a handful of tales which might be considered ghost stories, these were...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 176: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 176: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-02-18
Episode 176: Ghosts in Call of Cthulhu This is the first of two episodes looking at ghosts and how they tie into Call of Cthulhu. Our original plan was to do it all in a single episode, but we talked too much. As a result, this first part is largely us exploring what we think ghosts might be, as well as discussing what we do and don’t like in a ghost story. If you...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 175: Best of the 2010s

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 175: Best of the 2010s (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-02-04
Episode 175: Best of the 2010s In many respects, the 2010s were a terrible decade. We’ve seen political upheavals that will affect the world for generations, an ecological crisis that will affect it for even longer, and, worst of all, David Bowie died. It’s all been a bit shit, really. But there has been some good stuff too. The 2010s were a boom time for media in general,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 174: Midsommar

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 174: Midsommar (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-01-21
Episode 174: Midsommar This episode is our look at the 2019 American/Swedish folk horror film, Midsommar. It is an unusually sun-drenched horror, long in running time and short on action. As you might imagine, this led to some disagreement amongst us as to whether it is the best film of the year or slightly less fun than root canal. Runtime: 63 min Previous episodes include...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 173: Great NPCs of History

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 173: Great NPCs of History (audio product)

Date Added: 2020-01-07
Episode 173: Great NPCs of History This is our attempt to find interesting and overlooked figures from history and explore how they might make great NPCs for our Call of Cthulhu games. We had a great deal of fun preparing and recording this episode, so it may become a regular format. We will at least have to record one more episode anyway, as we ran out of time and couldn’t...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 172: The Appeal of D&D

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 172: The Appeal of D&D (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-12-24
Episode 172: The Appeal of D&D Dungeons & Dragons may seem a little off-topic for a horror podcast, but we stand by our decision. As Paul is so fond of reminding us, it’s where all the other games we love ultimately came from. Our discussion mainly takes the form of a highly subjective exploration of what we do and don’t like about D&D, and some thoughts about...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 171: Mythos Tomes

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 171: Mythos Tomes (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-12-10
Episode 171: Mythos Tomes It’s taken a long time but we’ve finally tackled one of the most important topics in Call of Cthulhu: Mythos tomes. Hell, our website takes its name from the most famous one of all. We spend a little time talking about how we might use Mythos tomes in our Call of Cthulhu games, how they work mechanically and what new and interesting tomes we...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 170: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 5))

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 170: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 5)) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-11-26
Episode 170: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 5) This is the final part of our discussion of Lovecraft’s epic, At the Mountains of Madness. After all the geological, biological and historical explorations of previous chapters, we find ourselves caught up in something almost mystical. The story ends with another infodump, but one born of madness. As ever, we pick this...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 169: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 4)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 169: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 4) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-11-12
Episode 169: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 4) We’re back and we’re nearing the end of our expedition. The tunnels below this ancient, pre-human city are full of penguin droppings but somehow these aren’t the foulest things down here. Something has been polishing these floors like a giant protoplasmic Roomba. We’re not sure what it is yet, but it does seem...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 168: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 3)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 168: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 3) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-10-29
Episode 168: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 3) This is the section of At the Mountains of Madness in which Lovecraft tells us of the decline and fall of the Old Ones. While we’re experiencing the story at two degrees of remove, it’s still quite gripping. More importantly for Call of Cthulhu players, this is probably the largest history of the Mythos Lovecraft offered...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 167: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 167: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-10-15
Episode 167: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 2) This is the second part of our expedition through Lovecraft’s short novel, At the Mountains of Madness. Our Antarctic journey is going to be a long one. Now that we’ve actually recorded all the episodes, we can safely reveal that there are going to be five installments in total. This will take us up to the end of November,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 166: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 1)

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Date Added: 2019-10-01
Episode 166: At the Mountains of Madness (Part 1) At the Mountains of Madness is one of Lovecraft’s longest works and one of the most important to the development of the Mythos. It tells an epic tale of an ill-fated expedition to the Antarctic and their encounter with forgotten horrors from the distant past. Plus penguins. Lots of penguins. As ever, we drill deep into the...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 165: A Dark Song

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 165: A Dark Song (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-09-17
Episode 165: A Dark Song This episode wraps up our recent look at the occult by discussing a recent occult horror film, seeing what angelic inspiration it can offer. A Dark Song is a British/Irish co-production from 2016 that has developed something of a cult following. While it does exaggerate aspects for dramatic effect, it may be the most realistic and sympathetic portrayal of...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 164: Occult Horror

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 164: Occult Horror (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-09-03
Episode 164: Occult Horror After spending a couple of episodes discussing how Lovecraft and Call of Cthulhu relate to real occultism, we thought we’d get a little more lurid. This is our look at the genre of occult horror, which is something quite different than occultism. It is the blood-drenched, Satan-worshipping, virgin-sacrificing insanity that you would encounter in more...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 163: Lovecraft and the Occult (part 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 163: Lovecraft and the Occult (part 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-08-19
Episode 163: Lovecraft and the Occult (part 2) This is the second part of our look into the relationship between Lovecraft’s work and real occult practices. Last episode, we looked into how Lovecraft drew upon his superficial knowledge of the occult to add verisimilitude to his stories. This time, we’re exploring something far weirder: occultists who have incorporated...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 162: Lovecraft and the Occult (part 1)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 162: Lovecraft and the Occult (part 1) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-08-06
Episode 162: Lovecraft and the Occult We’re back and we’re casting protective circles around our microphones, burning incense that smells like Cthulhu’s armpits and waggling our wands for all they’re worth. No matter how fevered our incantations, however, the songs always seem to break free. Some magic is too foul to be contained. Main Topic: Lovecraft and...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 161: Top 3 RPG Mechanics

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 161: Top 3 RPG Mechanics (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-07-23
Episode 161: Top 3 RPG Mechanics We each choose three of our favourite individual game mechanics from some very different RPGs, explaining how they work and why they appeal to us so. There is a fair bit of variety, taking in games published between the early ’80s and the present day. Some may give you ideas for things you can borrow for your own games. RPG designers are always feeding on what...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 160: Keeping Cthulhu Scary

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Date Added: 2019-07-09
Episode 160: Keeping Cthulhu Scary This episode is our look at what makes a game of Call of Cthulhu scary. We focus on Call of Cthulhu because that’s what we do, but the elements we discuss could apply to any horror game. Fear is a pretty universal thing. When we say that fear is universal, we mean that there are some main strands of fear that run through us all. The specifics and triggers...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 159: Martyrs

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Date Added: 2019-06-25
Episode 159: Martyrs We’re back and we’re putting ourselves through torments. Watching Pascal Laugier’s 2008 horror film Martyrs is not necessarily a pleasant experience. This is not to say that it is a bad film — quite the opposite. It is, however, a gruelling one. The unrelenting cruelty and torture it depicts make it highly divisive. Not only is Martyrs viscerally nasty...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 158: Mythos Deities: Hastur

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 158: Mythos Deities: Hastur (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-06-11
Episode 158: Mythos Deities: Hastur For the past few episodes, we’ve explored the Carcosa Mythos of Robert W Chambers. Its most famous elements — The King in Yellow, the Yellow Sign and Hastur — are usually seen as part of the Cthulhu Mythos, but we worked hard to keep these elements separate. Well, this is the episode in which we mash it all up again. Hail Hastur! We go on...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 157: The Carcosa Mythos in Media and Gaming

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 157: The Carcosa Mythos in Media and Gaming (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-05-28
Episode 157: The Carcosa Mythos in Media and Gaming We are continuing our in-depth look at The King in Yellow, the Carcosa Mythos and the horrors they have spawned. In previous episodes, we have discussed The King in Yellow and “The Yellow Sign”. This time, we’re focusing on how the Carcosa Mythos has been used by other writers, how it has been adapted for film and television, and...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 156: The Yellow Sign

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 156: The Yellow Sign (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-05-14
Episode 156: The Yellow Sign After two episodes about Robert W Chambers and The King in Yellow, we’re getting a little more specific. This is an in-depth look at one of the foundational stories of the Carcosa Mythos. Along with “The Repairer of Reputations”, “The Mask” and “In the Court of the Dragon”, “The Yellow Sign” defines the building blocks...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 155: The King in Yellow part 2

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 155: The King in Yellow part 2 (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-04-30
Episode 155: King in Yellow part 2 This is the continuation of last episode’s discussion of The King in Yellow. Now that we’ve looked at the book, its author and the inspirations behind it, we’re ready to dig in deeper. In particular, we’re picking out the elements that make up the so-called Carcosa Mythos. As we discover, there is very little substance behind these names,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 154: The King in Yellow part 1

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 154: The King in Yellow part 1 (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-04-16
Episode 154: King in Yellow part 1 We’re back and we’re taking a look at this odd play that’s appeared on our shelves. The King in Yellow? That’s not a volume we remember buying, but we do have so many books. The yellow snakeskin cover is rather appealing. Sure, we’ve heard dire warnings about its content, but we’re made of sterner stuff. The first act seems rather...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 153: Keeping Cthulhu Fresh

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 153: Keeping Cthulhu Fresh (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-04-02
Episode 153: Keeping Cthulhu Fresh This episode is almost the opposite of our recent look at Cthulhu For Beginners. Between us, we’ve been playing Call of Cthulhu for something like 90 years. Not quite strange aeons, but still a pretty damn long time. How do we keep our games fresh? Are we happy playing the same kinds of scenarios and characters or do we prefer to shake things up? What keeps...   [click here for more]
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Visceral and Emotional Damage

Visceral and Emotional Damage

Date Added: 2019-03-22
This supplement was inspired by a subject discussed in Episode 143 of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast, www.BlasphemousTomes.com; thank you Scott, Matt, and Paul for such an interesting, insightful, and inspiring conversation. Keepers can use this supplement to add sanitytesting gore to combat scenes and psychological tolls to investigators who injure other human beings. The ideas in this...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 152: Reality in RPG Settings

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 152: Reality in RPG Settings (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-03-19
Episode 152: Realism in RPG Settings This episode is our attempt to understand what makes a game setting feel real. We looked at the role of game mechanics last episode, but they are only one piece of the puzzle. In order for players to buy into a game, they generally have to find the setting plausible. How does this apply to RPGs set in worlds of fantasy, science fiction or weird horror? And what...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 151: Reality in RPG Mechanics

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 151: Reality in RPG Mechanics (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-03-05
Episode 151: Realism in RPG Mechanics How do we make RPGs feel “real” when we play them? And what do we even mean by “real”? More importantly, how can we ask such questions without passing a bong around? Surely we play RPGs to get away from reality. But even if this is the case, we still need to suspend our disbelief during the game; otherwise, it devolves into even more...   [click here for more]
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Call of Cthulhu 7e & Pulp NPC Sheets

Call of Cthulhu 7e & Pulp NPC Sheets

Date Added: 2019-02-23
The keeper shuffles through his papers sweat beading on his brow. He has the scenario memorized, but he cannot remember the stats for an NPC. "I know I had this somewhere," he said as he desperately flips through the pages of the adventure. Knowing he has blown the pace of this momentus encounter by not being better prepared he resignedly says, "Gimmie a second folks I cant find my notes." That...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 150: Dunwich Horror (part 4)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 150: Dunwich Horror (part 4) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-02-19
Episode 150: The Dunwich Horror (part 4) This is the final part of our unusually long look at Lovecraft’s weird tale, The Dunwich Horror. It’s taken us four episodes to cover it all, but we think this is warranted. Whether or not you think this is a good story (and there’s some dissent about this in the episode) it is an important one. Lovecraft laid out some key components of the...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 149: Dunwich Horror (part 3)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 149: Dunwich Horror (part 3) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-02-06
Episode 149: The Dunwich Horror (part 3) In this latest journey through Dunwich, we touch on a few topics that demand links. Matt mentions the recent Kickstarter for The Littlest Lovecraft: The Dunwich Horror. In particular, we touch on the All About Cows tie-in book. Paul suggests that Lovecraft’s use of dialect might have been inspired by James Russell Lowell’s Biglow Papers. We...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 148: Dunwich Horror (part 2)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 148: Dunwich Horror (part 2) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-01-22
Episode 148: The Dunwich Horror (part 2) We’re back and we’re continuing our exploration of the hidden corners of Dunwich. The locals seem quite welcoming and some of them may even be described as undecayed. Those Whateleys are especially interesting, although we’re not quite sure why they’ve installed what sounds like a swimming pool in the top floor of their house. We’re...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 147: Dunwich Horror (part 1)

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 147: Dunwich Horror (part 1) (audio product)

Date Added: 2019-01-08
Episode 147: The Dunwich Horror (part 1) As well as being one of the foundational works of the Cthulhu Mythos, The Dunwich Horror set the template for a thousand Call of Cthulhu scenarios. More than any other Lovecraft story, it presents the kind of actions we might expect to see investigators perform. All right, maybe The Lurking Fear is a better model for the Tommy guns and dynamite school of play,...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 146: Heaven and Earth

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 146: Heaven and Earth (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-12-26
Episode 146: Heaven and Earth Heaven & Earth is a strange game, inspired by Twin Peaks, Christian theology, and, we assume, ridiculous quantities of hallucinogens. It is filled with weird Americana, eccentric characters and rich lore. While print editions are hard to obtain, you can pick up the PDFs of the core book and Paradise Lost supplement on DriveThruRPG. As we mention in the episode, there...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 145: Two-Headed Serpent

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 145: Two-Headed Serpent (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-12-11
Episode 145: Two-Headed Serpent We’re back and we’re cocking our hats, lighting some torches and wondering where the hell all these snakes came from. Why did it have to be snakes? This is our look at how we developed The Two-Headed Serpent, the epic Pulp Cthulhu campaign published by Chaosium. Appropriately enough, this episode serves two purposes. As well as offering insights into The...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 144: Call of Cthulhu for Beginners

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 144: Call of Cthulhu for Beginners (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-11-27
Episode 144: Call of Cthulhu for Beginners Call of Cthulhu‘s position as one of the most popular tabletop RPGs means that it may be many people’s first game. Even if you have played something like Dungeons & Dragons before, Call of Cthulhu is different enough to warrant an introduction. So, after almost 150 episodes, we thought it was time to help people get into this Call of Cthulhu...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 143: Violence in Call of Cthulhu

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 143: Violence in Call of Cthulhu (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-11-13
Episode 143: Violence in Call of Cthulhu If you’ve spent any time discussing Call of Cthulhu online, you’ve probably had someone tell you that if your investigator so much as enters combat, you’ve lost. This is a game of careful investigation, putting pieces together and learning secrets man was not meant to know. If that’s the case, why do most of our games end up...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 142: The Thing

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Date Added: 2018-10-30
Episode 142: The Thing (1982 Film) The Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast takes a special look at John Carpenter’s horror/science fiction classic, The Thing. As well as discussing the film itself, we talk about how it might inspire our games of Call of Cthulhu and other tabletop RPGs. We’re back and we’re eyeing each other suspiciously, freezing our bollocks off and watching...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 141: Improvisation

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 141: Improvisation (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-10-16
Episode 141: Improvisation in RPGs Almost every new GM has felt that moment of panic when the players take the game in an unexpected direction. What should you do? Would it be fair to try to force them back towards what you have prepared? Are quick-witted enough to make stuff up instead? Why does this feel like one of those dreams where you’re back at school, sitting an exam you haven’t...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 140: Nyarlathotep

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 140: Nyarlathotep (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-10-02
Episode 140: Mythos Deity Nyarlathotep We’re learning hideous secrets from Nyarlathotep, Messenger of the Outer Gods, signing his black book and hoping we recognise him next time we meet him. He can be difficult to pick out of a crowd, with the thousand masks and all. Given his reputation for mocking humour, this is all going to end in deadly embarrassment. Our discussion starts with an overview...   [click here for more]
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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 139: Gencon Unbound

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Podcast Episode 139: Gencon Unbound (audio product)

Date Added: 2018-09-18
Episode 139 – Gen Con Unbound Paul starts with news about the convention, including the Diana Jones Award, the Cool of Cthulhu panel (recorded by our good friends at the gold-ENnie-award-winning Miskatonic University Podcast) and the ENnie Awards. He then tells Matt and Scott about all the interesting people he met. These include Chris Spivey of Darker Hue Studios (whose Harlem Unbound...   [click here for more]
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