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!
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.
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.
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.
For the past few weeks we've been mentioning our new publication format, the Eternal Journal - a notebook and magazine system. The Eternal Journal uses a disc-binding mechanism to corral and correlate your content into one flexible, compact and practical space.
Pre-orders are open now (until the end of August).
Below you can watch Marty go through one possible combination. As of today's launch there are some 30 or more items and variations available – a number which will grow in the coming months as we add more articles, utilities, notepaper, scenarios, fold-out maps and rules sets to the mix. It is a highly configurable system (even the covers can be changed) and it's not restricted to just Cthulhu gaming.
Each Eternal Journal can hold up to 200 pages, which can simply be added or removed (push them in, peel them out). It can also conveniently fold back on itself to take up less space at your table. The more I've used the system, the more I've grown to love it. It's both a notebook and a zine, one that need never run out of pages and is compact and light enough to carrying around easily.
Why pre-orders? Why not crowd funding? – We're in a fortunate position that we do not need crowd funding to make this a reality. No over-hyped marketing, insane stretch goals or "eternal" delays, it's all ready to go, now – however by having a short pre-order window it means we can gauge initial interest and create correct quantities – so it's a big help to us (we may also locate some small pre-order freebies like the "bookmark"). Another incentive? After the pre-order window closes at the end of the month those will be fulfilled first before the Eternal Journal goes on normal sale several weeks later.
If you're a Patron of Yog-Sothoth you will also have access to exclusives, starting with the metal-disc Starter and Archive Set versions, as well as discounts (be sure you're logged in to see them).
So, welcome to the Eternal Journal. I hope you find it fun, interesting and most of all, useful! 😎
I would humbly suggest that the best part of the fight back rule is that monsters and cultists by default fight back, which requires them to get a greater level of success to succeed and therefore shortens combat as they aren't dodging.
Agree with prior two comments. The games mentioned feature it and it is expected. It isn't an underlying premise of CoC, and subverted expectations are often hard sells for gamers who have a limited time to game.