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We're also celebrating our second birthday in this episode! You can even hear Paul trying to kill Matt and me with a champagne cork. We suffer for our art.

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PaulFricker

GBSteve mentioned problems downloading the latest episode - please flag it up to us if you have similar issues - thanks.

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Emrys

GBSteve mentioned problems downloading the latest episode - please flag it up to us if you have similar issues - thanks.

I've not listened yet, but the latest edition took a ridiculous length of time to download (hours rather than seconds).

 

iTunes claimed it was a continuous stream until it had finished downloading (at which point it showed the correct episode duration). I've no idea whether that's relevant or not. That said, it claimed the same for episodes 34 and 36 and they've just downloaded normally for me.

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Nellkyn

It took an age for me to download this one as well. File size seems to be no bigger than any other episode or any other podcast.

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ScottDorward

That is odd. I shall carry on trying to get to the bottom of this.

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ScottDorward

Weirder and weirder. We use Amazon S3 to host the media files, which is normally as reliable as reliable can get. I've been through their status console for the past few days and it's showing no problems in any regions. I've also tried downloading the file from a few different networks, in the hope of finding a clue, but it's behaving perfectly for me.

 

If anyone has any suggestions or more diagnostic information I would be extremely grateful!

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PaulFricker

Is the problem people are having solely with downloads via iTunes?

 

This might help us identify the issue, thanks.

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Nellkyn

I use AntennaPod (on my Android phone) with a direct link to the URL feed.

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BenJoss

Problems here originally, although I've now managed to get Episode 54.  I use 'Downcast' that links to the URL feed.

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GBSteve

I used the link on your website. It said 2 hours to download, but took a while to get to that stage even, so I stopped the process. Sometimes it's a bad connection so I tried again but got the same result. That's when I left the message. I haven't tried listening straight from the website because I was worried it might be a bandwidth issue and didn't want to rack up any bills for you.

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ScottDorward

The media files are all served from the same place, regardless of whether you use iTunes, another aggregator or a direct download from the site, so don't worry about racking up bills. We separated hosting for the website and the MP3s pretty early on.

 

The fact that people have had problems from a variety of sources points to a problem with Amazon S3. As I mentioned before, they haven't reported any problems, but obviously that doesn't mean there aren't any. I'll do some more research.

 

Thanks for the feedback and patience, everyone!

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GBSteve

I tried again. It took about 90s.

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ScottDorward

That really is weird. It must be some kind of intermittent glitch with Amazon S3, but I'm not sure what to do about it. If it persists, I'll start looking for a new hosting provider.

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AdamAlexander

I use the Overcast app and it downloaded in a couple of minutes.

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PaulFricker

In episode 55, Call of Cthulhu line-editor Mike Mason joins us to discuss Re-Animator and From Beyond, a pair of Lovecraftian films by director Stuart Gordon. As well as discussing the films, we also explore what we can take from these movies into our games.

 

 

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http://blasphemoustomes.com/2015/06/23/episode-55-the-good-friends-re-animate-their-love-of-stuart-gordon/

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PaulFricker

Episode 56, we discuss Lovecraft's story The Shadow Out of Time. One of his later stories, rich with details about a wide selection of mythos beings. We discuss a synopsis of the story and explore some of its themes. Is the story too long? Is it too obvious? Are the Yithians some kind of time-warping nazis? Please join us and help us decide.

 

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http://blasphemoustomes.com/2015/07/07/episode-56-the-good-friends-take-a-little-time/

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Like all the best spies, we're popping up unexpectedly to whisper some secrets in your ear and then disappear back into the shadows. In other words we've released a special episode about the World War Cthulhu: Cold War Kickstarter.

 

The Kickstarter wraps up on the 21st of July, so we didn't have the luxury of observing standard protocols. We hope this hasn't placed you in danger.

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In episode 62 The Good Friends each run through their top 3 Call of Cthulhu monster like some kind of Cthuloid chart countdown.

 

Other recent episodes have included Conflict and Secrets at the Gaming Table, reviews and discussion of The Ninth Gate and French horror, Malefique, and a return to R'lyeh Roulette (wherein we improvise scenarios based upon random CoC spells).

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ScottDorward

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Our latest episode is our look at Lamentations of the Flame Princess, a game which combines weird horror, old-school D&D and an aesthetic that may cause sensitive souls to crumple and flame like a crisp packet on a bonfire.
 
We did plan to include an interview with the game's author and publisher, James Raggi, but we talked for so long that we've had to hive that off into a follow-up episode. We considered blaming James's loquaciousness, but given how much we all talked this episode, the fault may lie closer to home!

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If you enjoyed episode 63's look at Lamentations of the Flame Princess, here's the follow-up interview with James Raggi that we promised. It's also there if you didn't enjoy the last episode. You may just be a bit less happy about it.

 

In case none of this sounds familiar, Lamentations of the Flame Princess is pseudo-historical old-school RPG that uses elements from weird fiction, which should help it appeal to Call of Cthulhu fans, and James Raggi is the man behind the game. He has some forthright opinions about games and why they shouldn't be fun, and he shares them and so much more with us.

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We're back, and we're looking at another classic weird tale. This time it's the turn of Karl Edward Wagner's Sticks. This is an odd sort of Mythos tale, and one which has had an equally odd influence on horror media in general. Fans of True Detective and The Blair Witch Project take note.
 
The episode also includes a meaty introduction to Wagner and his work. While he's not quite been forgotten in the 20 years since his death, the difficulty of getting hold of his work for reasonable prices has led to him becoming more obscure than he should be. Apologies if this episode starts you on an expensive journey of book collecting!

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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias are back, trying to get to the root of why horror appeals to us so. The discussion takes in films, books, TV and, of course, games, including a number of Cthulhu-related anecdotes.

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We're back, and we're evoking abominations from beyond space and time! As that could cover most of our activities, however, I should be more specific. This is our discussion about our favourite Mythos deities, what makes them interesting to us, and unusual ways to bring them into your Cthulhu games.
 
Be warned that there is singing in this episode. A generous Patreon backer has given us $5 per episode, and we have rendered his name in chants that make the air itself bleed. We offer no guarantee that listening to this will not transport you to the court of Azathoth, where twisted abominations cavort and play blasphemous songs on instruments made of pure madness. On the bright side, they sound better than our singing.

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After much editing, fiddling with sound balances and picking fish from beards, here's the recording of the seminar that we gave at Dragonmeet 2015, along with our good friends Gaz and Baz from the excellent What Would the Smart Party Do? podcast.
 
We've decided to release this recording as a special episode, as it doesn't really fit our normal format. It is as discursive, argumentative and sweary as most episodes, however, so you should feel right at home.

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