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    nameless: The Manderley Mysteries

    By PoC, in News,

    Just out for Patrons is the recording of the concluding part of our latest nameless scenario, The Manderley Mysteries by Graham.
     
    An old friend, Christopher Manderley,  calls for help with a sensitive family matter. What is going on with Uncle Robert, and the increasingly strange happenings at Belltower Hall? Find out in the latest instalment from the Innsmouth House Players.
     
    The Manderley Mysteries is one of a unique series of scenarios run under YSDC's own rules-lite Lovecraftian roleplaying system, which will be appearing in our Eternal Journal format in the coming months.
     
     
    The Players have been recording games for more than a decade and you can download a veritable avalanche of them in our Actual Play files section (just log in to access).
     
    I do wonder if we'll ever get better at it..! 🙂
     
     
    Afanc by WaynePeters.
     
    nameless recordings are released in binaural (3D) sound evolved from a high resolution Ambisonic master. It's the only games podcast in the world to do so.
     
    To get all the latest content (and to support the site) become a Patron of Yog-Sothoth. 

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    CBC, Sep 2018: Gandalf in Lederhosen

    By PoC, in News,

    Welcome to the September 2018 meeting of The Cthulhu Breakfast Club, a podcast for Yoggie Patrons. We return to the tea rooms of Yorkshire for discussion of all things, Cthulhu'ey, Lovecraftian'ish and Yog-Sothoth'ery once more!
     
    In this meeting of the CBC we talk about Zeppelin translations, nameless: releases & resolutions and RPGs as spectator sport, along with other topics and tangents that Breakfast Club is known for.
     
    The recording is available to Patrons via our Downloads section, as well as podcast feed, and features chapters and links in the file for enhanced navigation.
     
    ICYMI, we've moved on from Patreon and now offer a less formal "tip jar" (bottom of main CBC page). If you'd like to sponsor the hosts a cup of tea or a biscuit (we'll let them fight over who gets it 😉) they're always grateful.
     
    Not a Patron? It's easier than ever to become one and you gain access to a world of extras. It's how we're able to be here. So come, pull up a chair and join us for possibly one of the more unusual podcasts out there (or in here for that matter)...
     
    Oh, and next month look out for a special Hallowe'en LIVE CBC broadcast (and Val's Cthulhu Cthuiz)... don't say you weren't warned!
     
     

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    CBC: Paraphernalia [MiniDisc]

    By PoC, in News,

    The Cthulhu Breakfast Club (our YSDC Patron podcast) is no stranger to unusual formats, whether by location (tea rooms, al fresco), recording (Ambisonic) or delivery (wax cylinder). For August 2018 we added a new (or rather, old) delivery format, Sony MiniDisc. This isn't our first MiniDisc release, but it is our first MD-only one.
     
    CBC: Paraphernalia features @BigJackBrass and myself as we spend an hour and more discussing all manner of grognardian topics at Geek Retreat. Got an old MD player, or maybe you won one on Breakfast Club? Here's an excuse to dig it out of the attic/cellar/shoebox/shoggoth pit and listen to a "Disc-cast" like it's 1999...
     
    We were also delighted to see that the British Library took an interest in it too.
     
    The Cthulhu Breakfast Club: Paraphernalia
     
    "The first rule of Secret Cthulhu Breakfast Club is... order breakfast."
     
    CBC August 2018 Special Edition. A MiniDisc exclusive release.
     
    The MD features a 78 minute CBC meeting with Paul and Jon, recorded at Geek Retreat (Leeds). Produced in SP (Standard Play) format, suitable for any MiniDisc player.
     
     

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    News from Pnakotus: I.C.E.

    By PoC, in News,

    Welcome to another News from Pnakotus, our own "news and views" podcast from Yog-Sothoth. Join me and Marty as we discuss all manner of games, Lovecraftiana and more, while ensconced in the purple and yellow surroundings of Geek Retreat.
     
    In this edition of NfP we discuss being "Big in Japan", the perils of altitude, 17th century machinations and small discs (of various sorts) amongst quite a few other things.
     
    Sit yourself comfortably, plug in your headphones and join us for 50 minutes of Cthulhu-phile chat...
     
     
    NfP is an Advanced Podcast [AAC audio] featuring artwork, chapters and links inside the file – can be quite useful.

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    From Raven God Games comes Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing, an OSR rules set with its roots in the "...original version of the world's favourite RPG" (read: Dungeons & Dragons). The game (out now in PDF) builds on the mechanics of the Swords and Wizardry White Box and other OSR-style publications. So if you want to take your Lovecraftian gaming back into the halcyon days of early 1970s roleplaying, it may be worth a look.
     
    We first talked about Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing back in the March 2017 edition of News from Pnakotus.
     
    Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing
     
    Aeons before man arose from the primordial mire, ancient creatures descended from the stars or stepped through dimensional passages to inhabit the Earth. Whilst many of these Old Ones have since passed into inactivity, the secrets they carried with them have been shared with man and now terrible cults haunt the fringes of modern society. These ancient terrors thus still menace mankind and, if the prophecies are to be believed, the Old Ones shall return to reign again over the Earth!
     
    Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing in an OSR rule set with its roots in the original version of the world's favourite RPG, but instead of exploring musty dungeons, characters in Eldritch Tales investigate Mythos horrors in the 1920s! The setting and background are based on the cosmic horror tales of Howard Phillips Lovecraft and other members of his writing circle. 
     
    Within the pages of Eldritch Tales you will find four character classes representing many classic pulp archetypes, occupations, rules for insanity, spells, monsters, esoteric tomes, artefacts, a starting scenario, and setting material, as well as advice on using Eldritch Tales with other White Box games. This game is compatible with Swords & Wizardry White Box and other OSR games.
     
    Eldritch Tales offers a Compatibility License to third-party publishers interested in creating material to support the game.
     
    Price: $9.99 USD (PDF)
     
    Source: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/250356/Eldritch-Tales-Lovecraftian-White-Box-RolePlaying




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