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Paul Fricker

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About Paul Fricker

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    Co-author of Call of Cthulhu 7th ed, and host of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias Podcast
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  1. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2021/03/02/mythos-deities-ubbo-sathla-and-mordiggian/ We’re back and we’re contemplating the mysteries of life and death. Sure, we could read a lot of dusty old religious texts but we’d rather seek the wisdom of the prophet Klarkash-Ton. His visions of the origins of life and the final mysteries of death are enlightening, uplifting and thoroughly entertaining. Sure, most religions don’t describe our creator as “yeasty” or suggest that our passage to the next world will involve priests gnawing on our bones, but some truths are uncomfortable. While we’re not cer
  2. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2021/02/16/media-catch-up-television/ We’re back and we’re sucking at the glass teat again. Like all lazy creative types, we watch a lot of TV and try to convince ourselves it’s research. There certainly is a lot that the structure of modern television can teach us about roleplaying games. Absorb too much, however, and you may find that your games become riddled with adverts for erectile dysfunction pills. Maybe not the kind of healing potion your party is looking for… Main Topic: Media Catch-Up: Television After the positive reception to our short ru
  3. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2021/02/02/occupations-in-call-of-cthulhu/ We’re back and we’re job hunting. This makes a pleasant change. We’re more used to things hunting us. But how much does your occupation actually matter when you’re running around the globe, trying to save humanity from eldritch gribblies? Sure, you may be the best haberdasher in the West End, but it’s hard to collect your pay packet when you’re being eaten by a shoggoth in Timbuktu… Main Topic: Occupations in Call of Cthulhu This is our discussion of the role of occupations in Call of Cthulhu? Are th
  4. This is our big 200th episode celebration! Somehow, we’ve managed to keep the podcast going for 7 1/2 years, racking up a frightening number of hours of our words. Once you count all the special episodes, backer-only specials, story readings and the like, the total is probably closer to 250 episodes, but we’ll only count the full releases. It saves confusing ourselves even more than usual. We thought we might celebrate this milestone by opening ourselves up to interrogation by our listeners. You sent in something like 200 questions via Twitter, Facebook, Discord, Reddit and Patreon. We ha
  5. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2021/01/05/top-3-mythos-media/ We’re back and we’re hearing the call of Cthulhu from some unusual places. Most of our consumption of Mythos media comes via the printed word. Sometimes, however, it seeps out from the page and infects other formats. Unless we commit to slapping an elder sign on the cover of every book, we had better learn to embrace this, or at least let its pseudopods embrace us. Main Topic: Top 3 Mythos Media This episode presents a discussion of some of our favourite Cthulhu Mythos media, in the form of films, songs, musicals and com
  6. And the final part 5 is out today! https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/12/22/the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-5/ We’re back and we’re saving face. OK, it’s not one of our own faces, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t keep it safe. You never know when Mr Akeley may need it again. Thinking about it, we should probably do something with these hands too. That old Akeley is a careless sort. We’re sure he’d forget his own head if it weren’t attached… This is the final instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. L
  7. And now for part 4 https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/12/08/the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-4/ We’re back and we’re getting sick of these fleshy bodies of ours. They’re always going wrong and they’re too expensive to maintain. This only seems to get worse the longer we have them. We suspect they’re long out of warranty by now. Happily, our new buzzy friends seem to have the perfect solution for us. They’ve told us that it’s not unlike taking a long, warm bath. A very long one. Maybe forever. Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 4 This is the fourth instalment of our mult
  8. And part 3 is out: https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/11/25/the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-3/ We’re back and we’re running low on dogs. Have you any to spare? For some reason, we seem to be getting through loads of them. They are considered consumables, right? We tried asking the breeder at the kennels but he just told us that we’re barking. And the fact that Professor Armitage only needed one dog to deal with his intruder is making us self-conscious. Regardless, we’ll carry on throwing dogs at this problem until it goes away. We’re dogged that way. Main Topic: The Whisperer in D
  9. Oh that's a good question Greggers. On page 134 under Actions in a Chase Round it says on their turn in the DEX order a character may use their turn to initiate one attack, with an asterisk indicating that the one attack can mean multiple attacks for some monsters (such as your ghoul). In a regular combat round a human can make one attack on their turn. In a chase round the human can make one attack in the round (expending one movement action to do so). In a regular combat round a ghoul can make three attacks on their turn. In a chase round the ghoul can make three attacks in the rou
  10. And part 2 is out today! https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/11/10/the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-2/ This is the second instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Part one offered some background to the story and a poke around the first chapter. This time, events are in full swing and tension is building! Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We have each forgotten what the others look like. These are strange times. Links Things we mention in this episode include: “The Whi
  11. Part 2 out today: https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/11/03/special-secret-societies-and-cults-part-2/
  12. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/10/27/the-whisperer-in-darkness-part-1/ We’re back and we’re heading up into the hills of Vermont. A folklorist friend told us that the nice creatures that live there might make us some surprising offers. There’s a risk that we could undergo a repellent mental change, but it seems unlikely anyone will notice that. The whole thing sounds like it should be a mind-expanding experience that’s out of this world! The Whisperer in Darkness part 1 This is the first instalment of a multi-episode delve into Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in
  13. https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/10/20/special-secret-societies-and-cults-part-1/ We’re back with a special interview episode about secret societies and how they might relate to Call of Cthulhu. In our recent episodes about cults, we briefly touched on how the representation of cults in Call of Cthulhu sometimes more resembled secret societies or magical orders. We thought it might be interesting to dig into what the differences are between these types of organisations. If nothing else, this may offer some inspiration for how we portray them in our games. Once again, we have ca
  14. And here's part 2 of our discussion of the weird west: https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/10/13/three-views-of-the-weird-west-part-2/ We’re back and we’re heading down darker trails. We really hope that those are tumbleweeds rolling towards us. That rustling in the sagebrush is making us jumpy too — we’re pretty sure that sagebrush doesn’t usually have that many eyes. For a such a wide-open place, this landscape is getting mighty crowded. Maybe if we read a few passages from this here dime novel Necronomicon we can get through the night without any eldritch var
  15. Part 2 out now: https://blasphemoustomes.com/2020/10/06/special-conspiracy-theories-and-cults-part-2/ This is the second part of our discussion with our good friend Bence Szlamka about the murky grey area between cults and conspiracy theories. Those of you on our Discord server will know Bence as TRNSHMN, one of our moderators. While Bence is clear that he is not a scholar, he has spent a great deal of time studying conspiracy theories. Our last episode largely focused on QAnon, which dominates the modern conspiracy landscape. In this instalment, Scott talks to Bence about some
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