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Exciting news! - our friends at Critical Role are doing a Call of Cthulhu one-shot in July! 

As announced in Critical Role's Summer Programming Schedule:

On Monday, July 29th, Critical Role's Taliesin Jaffe is stepping behind the screen once again as the Keeper of Arcane Lore for a special Call of Cthulhu one-shot, sponsored by our friends at Chaosium. Investigators Travis Willingham, Liam O’Brien, Marisha Ray, Ashly Burch, Phil Lamarr, and Erika Ishii will attempt to survive Taliesin’s harrowing scenario, which is set in a decadent 1890s London. We’re incredibly excited to explore this classic RPG of cosmic horror through a fresh lens.

VOD will be available immediately for our Twitch channel subscribers and will be available on our YouTube channel on Wednesday, July 31st. 

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The Keeper of Arcane Lore is Taliesin Jaffe @executivegoth.

The Investigators are @WillingBlam, @VoiceOfOBrien, @Marisha_Ray, @ashly_burch, @phillamarr, & @erikaishii

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Promo for the forthcoming Critical Role Call of Cthulhu one-shot:

 

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All set for a gaslight-era mystery of malevolent proportions: our friends Critical Role are playing 'Shadow of the Crystal Palace', their special Call of Cthulhu one-shot, tomorrow night at 7pm PST 

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Strange things are afoot in London’s Crystal Palace, and it’s up to these unwitting heroes to rise against it with all their sanity and might! : Watch Critical Role play Call of Cthulhu right now, on Twitch TV: https://www.twitch.tv/criticalrole

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Watch Critical Role play Call of Cthulhu here:

 

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Wow, more than 207,000 views in a little over 24 hours! : there's phenomenal interest in Critical Role's 'The Shadow of the Crystal Palace' Call of Cthulhu adventure on YouTube: https://youtu.be/0uhqZdJ8swQ

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The session won at least one potential convert.  I had given a co-worker a copy of the BRP and 6th edition Call of Cthulhu Quick Start rules.  He wasn’t interested much, but after watching Critical Role he is wanting to give it a shot.

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My hundred dollar bills comes from Into the Darkness and Skype of Cthulhu, not Critical Role. I watched an hour of it and that was enough.

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On 8/3/2019 at 4:36 PM, seneschal said:

The session won at least one potential convert.  I had given a co-worker a copy of the BRP and 6th edition Call of Cthulhu Quick Start rules.  He wasn’t interested much, but after watching Critical Role he is wanting to give it a shot.

Over 570,000 views now: lots of new people experiencing Call of Cthulhu for the first time

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Back in the day, horror fans' first impression of HPL was through his stories and the hero-worshipping that Arkham House encouraged.  (Not that the self-styled "Granpa Cthulhu" wasn't a highly entertaining, congenial correspondent and a generous literary peer and mentor.) Thanks to the Internet, however, all his truly horrible opinions expressed in his letters, early political essays, and verse are now easily accessible.  There's no way to sweep them under the rug, so the only recourse is to acknowledge them while still identifying what's worthwhile in his writing.

Taliesin Jaffe was quite right in bringing this up from the start—not least since HPL had expressed appalling views that would have directly attacked Jaffe and Phil LaMarr if he had been there in person—and then proceeding to what's enjoyable about Call of Cthulhu.

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57 minutes ago, MOB said:

Wow, fan artists really got inspired by the recent Critical Role Call of Cthulhu one-shot

Yeah the Critical Role fan community is completely mindblowing when it comes to fan art. Every episode of their main D&D campaign they showcase at least a few dozens of art pieces, many referencing things that happened in the previous episodes.

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It was a DnD party, but we talked some Call of Cthulhu too...

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"Emerging seemingly unscathed from the horrors of 'The Shadow of the Crystal Palace', Taliesin Jaffe @executivegoth and Erika Ishi @erikaishii talked more Mythos madness with Chaosium's Neil and MOB at Critical Role's DnD Beyond Party on Saturday night at Gen Con."

 

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Mod Hat: OK, this thread is about Critical Role. if you want to have that broader discussion here, start a new thread.

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We've recently had 5 threads blowing up with raging debates about inclusivity, gender, race, tolerance and political correctness. May all the SJWs and red pill'ers take that discussion somewhere else instead of using RPG as an excuse to fight it out here? If you get all emotional and angry about something you read, please just use the "Ignore user" feature...

 

 

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I think, rather than criticising the people that are calling out the thinly veiled bigotry, and using the term SJW to describe them, the words you should be looking for are :

’Chaosium is an inclusive company that makes games for everyone to enjoy. We do not support the posting of comments that are against this ethos’

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2 minutes ago, stadi said:

I did not know that this was not an official Chaosium site. My previous comment was deleted (I asked why the troll wasn't banned). I guess this is a sign to leave this forum. I hope Chaosium will distance itself from these people and from the forum as well.

Calling someone a Nazi was what caused the post to be hidden. I'm not saying there was no bait, but if you cannot refrain from those sorts of personal attacks, then yes maybe you should.

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4 minutes ago, Cloud64 said:

Now, I agree with Triff that people come here for RPG chats not politics – I certainly do and stay out of such discussions as they are divisive and quickly turn unpleasant. However, there is a danger that using the  term SJW accusatively, which is a pejorative, will label one a bigot, so he may want to rethink that. And that’s as much as I’ll break my rule. 

I agree, shouldn't have done so. 

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Anyway, back to the topic: it’s a real coup to have Critical Role run the game, but it’s also testament to the worldwide popularity of Call Of Cthulhu. Did I read somewhere that Call Of Cthulhu is actually the most popular RPG in Japan, ahead of D&D?

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On 8/10/2019 at 4:31 PM, Addison said:

Anyway, back to the topic: it’s a real coup to have Critical Role run the game, but it’s also testament to the worldwide popularity of Call Of Cthulhu. 

Yes. Setting up the Critical Role game was nearly two years in the making, and everyone involved hopes it will not be a one-off. 

On 8/10/2019 at 4:31 PM, Addison said:

Did I read somewhere that Call Of Cthulhu is actually the most popular RPG in Japan, ahead of D&D?

Right here on BRP Central!

 

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The thing that matters to me most is that the game we all love is opened to EVERYONE, not just people who conform to an exclusive perspective or persuasion. Whether people understand it or not, what we say on this Forum influences how much the game grows. And if the game growing means finding ways to accept players, even when you disagree with them, that should be a critical goal of what we do here.

It is quite possible, after people watch the Critical Role episode, new prospective players will find their way to Chaosium.com, and by extension to this Forum. And some of us are here simply trying to emphasize that EVERYONE is welcome in Call of Cthulhu. And, in response, some forum members have been saying really unwelcoming things like "it is bad Keeping to attenuate to social issues at your table." Anyone who is a successful Keeper knows that that is just false.  It also sends the message that different perspectives and experiences aren't welcome in the game and shouldn't be welcomed in the game. I've been contacted by forum members thanking me for defending respectful Keeping. But for every person who thanks people who defend gaming for all and respect for realistic experience, there are new people that see voices defining this as an unwelcoming place and they may never play the game because of it. Don't like people who don't think like you? Fine. But sure as heck don't chase them away from the rest of us who are willing to listen and work with them! It isn't our job to babysit your insecurities. This is EVERYONE'S game. 

Coming full circle, the Critical Role video has given us another of many recent opportunities to expand the game to new players. And some people here seem eager to protect "their" space against perspectives they don't like, even if it means all of us losing prospective players. I won't stand for that kind of poisoning of the well if I can show people they are welcome here. I'd like to think that Trifletraxor wants prospective new players to feel welcome on this forum. I salute them for making it available to all of us and to Chaosium, but that also means that how we represent the accessibility of Call of Cthulhu matters.

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