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Alas while there was certainly some interest in CBC-specific ARUs, we didn't quite get the requisite numbers necessary to commission a set.

 

What I will do is put my thinking cap on and see if I can come at this from a slightly different approach in 2016.

 

In the meantime don't forget to enter our Hallowe'en meeting giveaway for your chance to win one two Cthulhu-themed ARUs!

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PoC

Welcome to the November 2015 meeting of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club.

 

(Yes, I kept in the conversation about routers. :-))

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GBSteve

Cheers!

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Galbraith

Those numbers are almost too large to believe! It's hard to imagine a $1 million budget for a game, but then again, the copy of the original set I saw at NecronomiCon was really impressive. I can only imagine what grandeur has been added.

 

Also, much joy upon hearing of the ARU! I await with bated breath...

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PoC

Our December meeting of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club is booked in for quite close to Christmas.

 

We should also have a guest with us (who may sound familiar to many)!

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PoC

I thought it might be fun to do a limited "retro-release"/souvenir edition of the Christmas CBC as well.

 

cbc-2015-tape-release.jpg

 

If you're interested in the idea, do say!

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Buchhalter

Just listened to November CBC "All Seeing Eye" and realised I had a lucky escape... managed to avoid the effects of Halloween Cthulhu. And you seemed pleased to have the orange Great Old One.......

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PoC

Orange and black, the colours of Hallowe'en!

 

We'll be holding our December meeting of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club tomorrow.

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PoC

Join us for the Yuletide and the December 2015 meeting of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club.

 

For we all like foggy pudding,

We all like foggy pudding,

For we all like foggy pudding,

So bring some out here!

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GBSteve

Not a current owner of Pelgrane, but the co-owner of Profantasy.

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PoC

Of course you're right, but there is association. ;-)

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PoC

As you'll have heard in the recording, we've finally closed down the Yoggie online shop - however we do still have a few things left in some of the darker recesses of the Innsmouth House subterranean laboratories cellars, including a few Cthulhu Breakfast Club Dice Towers.
 
As such, during 2016 we'll be giving away a Dice Tower each month to a lucky "Breakfast Clubber". A "Breakfast Clubber" is simply someone who either supports the CBC via Patreon or is a Patron+ or higher level supporter of YSDC. (This gives you access to the CBC forum.)
 


I also discovered a cache of YSDC "All Black" pencils as well, so you may find a few of those accompanying your Dice Tower prize!
 
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Our first Dice Tower giveaway will be in January.

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jlynn

That is very nice; both of you, for doing it, and the towers themselves!  ;-)

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PoC

The January 2016 edition of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club is now out.

 

As promised, during each month of 2016 we're giving away a CBC Dice Tower!

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Galbraith

I can confirm that Bourbons are not present in the US, along with most UK 'biscuits' such as the digestive and the Rich Tea. I suspect that the lack of afternoon tea contributes to this specific paucity.

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yockenthwaite
On 19/01/2016 at 22:50, PoC said:

Interestingly it's not usually served with biscuits!

 

Afternoon tea is widely available in the UK but in my experience it's more of a rare special treat thing for people. So not an every day, week or even monthly experience. Says me who is having another one on Saturday ;)

 

However tea drinking, especially around 4pm in the afternoon, is widespread in the UK, in homes and at work. And it's very common to have the cup of tea (often made fast with a tea bag in a cup or mug) with a biscuit, such as Rich Tea or Digestive. Dunkable biscuits that can be dipped in the tea are popular with many people.

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Galbraith

Perhaps not 'Afternoon Tea', but tea in general. It's certainly not as ubiquitous or assumed over here (as evidenced by the fact that I was ignorant that Afternoon Tea was something more than tea in the afternoon :-D). Also, as was mentioned, biscuits in the US are something completely different, and are usually a sort of savory scone.

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GBSteve

Monopoly is a sucky game, why settle for the lesser of two evils: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/15057/necronomonopoly


Regarding biscuits I took a couple of packets of Hob Nobs to Gen Con and gave away a free biscuit with every purchase at the Pelgrane booth, they didn't last very long.

 

Fearful Symmetries is set in the 1930s rather than being modern day like Rivers of London. I ran it as a campaign two years ago in our regular gaming group.

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jlynn

Interestingly it's not usually served with biscuits! It appears Afternoon Tea is available in the US, but I'm not sure how common it is.

 

So, Bourbon and Bourbon...

 

Just about any relatively large town or larger will quite possibly have a "tea house" or "tea shop," or even just a restaurant that serves afternoon tea.  I would imagine they have the appropriate biscuits as well, if they make a major thing out of having "afternoon tea" at all.  Of course, the vast majority of folks in my economic bracket don't go to such places (they tend to be a bit pricier than a coffee shop, though they are quieter, nicer, and serve better snacks and the like, plus, Americans just don't seem to think in terms of tea a lot of times; as an historian, I speculate that it has something to do with how it went out of vogue for about 10 years around the time of the Revolution, and for some reason it just never really caught back on). 

 

How do I know all of this about tea shops in America?  Because, while I was on active duty, a female Lt Col invited a bunch of us junior officers (all of whom happened to be male) to go out for a late "lunch" in the city (actually pretty much a very large town) we were in (we had all been working a project for several days which was important enough that we were skipping lunch and the like).  So we all piled into her van and she took us to "one of her favorite places!"  A tea shop.

 

Imagine the scene as 7 big guys (I was the tiny guy and I stand just under six feet and weighed in at 185 lbs) in Battle Dress Uniforms and combat boots are ushered into this joint that serves tea in little porcelain cups and has doilies on the tables!  You had to laugh at the looks we got from the rest of the customers, but the owner and her wait staff were very professional, and very nice, and tried their best to make us feel welcome.  It was a good experience...  ;-)

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Shimmin Beg

I visited a friend in Canada a few years back and popped into the teashop round the corner a couple of times.  It was decent, and they seemed quietly delighted to have an authentic Brit drinking their Earl Grey.

 

Japan, on the other hand... I'm just going to say "Darjeeling with coffee creamer".

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PoC

Monopoly is a sucky game, why settle for the lesser of two evils: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/15057/necronomonopoly

 

There's certainly been a few variants over the years. ;-) Cthulhu Monopoly is currently available if anyone is after it.

 

Regarding biscuits I took a couple of packets of Hob Nobs to Gen Con and gave away a free biscuit with every purchase at the Pelgrane booth, they didn't last very long.

 

A master stroke! No wonder Pelgrane does so well...

 

Steve, do share more on Fearful Symmetries when you can.

 

There's a few pictures of Afternoon Tea in the "Comestibles" gallery. Patrons can even watch a video about one experience last year.

 

One of the images is from the old Criterion (as featured in Downton Abbey), which has just been re-opened as Savini at Criterion by the owners of the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II (so a new link to HotOE); though I note the price for Afternoon Tea has gone up by 50%! - In which case I'd recommend Afternoon Tea at the British Museum.

 

afternoon-tea-british-museum.jpg

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littleo

Most places around here will serve what they call "tea sittings" or "high tea" with 2-3 different teas, small savory dishes, and scones with clotted cream, over about 90 minutes to 2 hours. That's pretty fancy for Albuquerque, NM. Funnily enough, a few years back when I was in China, I could not get a decent cup of tea to save my life. Everything was weakly brewed with tea bags and offered coffee creamer!

Mike D

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PoC

I've just read that the UK spends £80 million pounds a year on Bourbon biscuits alone.

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