Miskatonic University Podcast | Interviews, actual play, and discussion about Call of Cthulhu and other horror and Lovecraft re
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The Miskatonic University podcast is all about the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game published by Chaosium, Inc. We will cover the rules, roleplaying in the different settings the game can take place in, and GMing techniques to help bring your story to life.
||MU Podcast 075 – Dust-up on the Dunes||Download the episode - Episode 75 sees Jon and Dan back from the Bestiary and trying to get sand out of their stuff (I hate sand, it gets everywhere). Then they crack open the digital goodness of the Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition rules to look at ho...||3/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 074 – Uncommonly Commonplace||In this episode, all four Keepers are back together to talk about a certain "unfathomable" Hyperborian wizard, postcards, Attract Fish, and the occasional Lemming. We also delve into an invaluable well of ideas from Lovecraft's own brainstorming journal.||3/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 073 – Gaming Through the Ages||In this episode, Keepers Dan, Jon and Chad chat about a new PDF from Chaosium, Cthulhu Through the Ages, that serves as a primer for various settings and eras of Call of Cthulhu. We also talk about Mythos-inspired board and card games.||3/1/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 072 – Romans, and Commies, and Knights, Oh My!||In episode 72, Keepers Dan, and Murf are joined by Chad Bowser, one of the authors of the Cthulhu Invictus core books, lead on the Cthulhu: Dark Ages 2nd Edition, and Cold Harvest. Chad shares some info on what to expect from the new updated and expand...||2/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 071 — The Worm Has Turned||In episode 71, Keepers Dan, Murf and Chad grab their Thumpers and hop onto an old Shai Hulud as we bore into the Bestiary for a tour of Lovecraftian worms, worms and more worms. We had a last minute schedule change on this one,||2/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 070 – I love the smell of Mythos in the morning||In episode 70, Keepers Murf and Dan are joined by Keeper Scott Dorward for a show that means WAR! This episode was recorded on January 18, 2015. - - Campus Crier: Arkham Gazette Issue 3 Kickstarter is complete!||1/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 069 – Correlating the Contents of the Calendar||In episode 69, Dan takes the good ship MUP out on a solo excursion to share the news, reminisce about the year that was, and ponder the year that will be. This episode was recorded on December 28, 2014. Campus Crier -||12/28/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MUP Interview- Bret Kramer about the Arkham Gazette Issue 3||Bret Kramer- Interview by Keeper Dan Bret takes some time to talk with Dan about the successful Kickstarter campaign for issue 3 of the Arkham Gazette magazine. The Gazette is now an officially licensed product with Chaosium,||12/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 068 – The New Hotness||In episode 68, Jon, Chad and Dan get together and geek out about the beautiful horror contained within the eldritch electrons of the Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition! There's a lot of general discussion about the Core Rulebook as well as narrowing the talk ...||12/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast Campus Crier Supplemental Nov 28||Keeper Dan chimes in with a brief update on current events on the podcast and in the Mythos Game-o-sphere. There won't be an episode on the weekend of November 30th due to Thanksgiving holiday here in the US.||11/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 067 – Blinded With Science||In this week's potpourri of hypotheses, Chad, Murf, Dan, and (eventually) Jon brainstorm about how to overcome some of the perceptions and stereotypes about Call of Cthulhu. We also put Lovecraft’s science fiction under the knife,||11/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast Campus Crier Supplemental||Keepers Chad and Dan recorded episode 67 on November 2, but the audio came out poorly and Dan wasn't able to get it cleaned up enough for a full episode release. Here is the Crier segment pulled out and cleaned as well as possible. Campus Crier -||11/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 066 – Final Frontiers of the GenCon Q and A||MUP_066_Final_Frontiers_of_the_GenCon_Q-and-A||10/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 065 – Game Prep and Time Bandits||This week, we look into era-spanning campaign ideas. We’ll also talk about how we prep to run published scenarios, we get a new Dr. Gerard lecture on Roman Sky Armies, plus news and more!||10/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast – Post GenCon: Jon’s GenCon Tale||Jon talks with Murf and Dan about his trip to GenCon 2014! You heard how things went for the others, now hear how things went for our Mr. Hook!||10/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 063 – Star Spawn of GenCon!||Here it is! In this episode, we bring you a recording of our live show at GenCon, with special guest Mike Mason, the line editor for Call of Cthulhu.||9/21/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 064 – Suppressive Fire and Shelves of Mythos||In episode 64, we cover auto fire rules for Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition, and we talk with Brian about all the many and varied projects he has in the works and on the shelves.||9/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast – Chaosium Panel from GenCon 2014||This is the audio for the Chaosium panel at GenCon 2014, hosted by Call of Cthulhu lead developer Mike Mason.||9/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast – Post GenCon Random Bizarre BS||In this almost episode, we get together to chat about our experiences at the con, blather about our horrific travel experiences, watch bunny-related YouTube videos, D&D 5th Edition, the stuff Murf bought, and our live games.||8/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 062 – Under the Gun||In this episode, we field lots of questions from listeners, we walk a high-wire line between Monte Hall and Killer Keeper. And for the main topic, flintlocks, revolvers and javelins, oh my!||8/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 061- Dark Times on the Road to Leng||In this episode, it’s another visit to the bestiary to examine the inscrutable "almost-humans" of capricious highlands. And for the main topic, we get all medieval on your a**. Plus news, and more! Campus Crier||7/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 060 – Manuscript of Secrets and Shadowed Halls||In this episode, we’re cracking open a real-life mysterious tome written in half-mad scribblings (no, not that one), and correct the record on its game stats. Plus, we talk about our alma mater, and why it makes for such a great home base.||7/14/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 059 – Build a Better Rat Trap, and the Mythos Will Beat Down Your Door||In episode 59, investigate the scurrying of tiny feet in a new Bestiary, and talk about what makes the Cthulhu Mythos appeal to us so much as a gaming backdrop. -- Plus a talking mongoose!||6/29/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MUP Interview- Badger McInnes for Feed the Shoggoth||Badger McInnes- Interview by Keeper Murf Layout artist extraordinaire Badger McInnes had an interview with Murf about his new card game, Feed the Shoggoth, currently on Kickstarter. - Badger's business is Squamous Studios,||6/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 058 – Warpo is Kicking it Old School!||In episode 58, Jon, Murf and Dan cover the common issue of replacing dead, mangled, or mad player characters in a long campaign. Then Dan chats with the heads of Warpo Toys, the company that dares to bring us the Cthulhu Mythos toys that 1979 didn't ha...||6/15/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 057 – Mappers’ Friends and Lunar Fiends||In episode 57, we're rifling through some hidden digital cartography and floorplan resources to help you flesh out your games. Plus, hop aboard a black galleon for a lunar safari to see if we might spot a Moon-beast. Plus news,||6/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 056 – Boundaries and the Sire of Serpents||Note: This episode contains explicit language. (It's at the end, during the outtakes segment.) In episode 56, Dan, Jon, Murph and Chad talk about personal boundaries in horror gaming. Plus, a trip to see that slithery citizen of the subterranean spher...||5/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Keeper Chad Report: 1D4Con And Sundry||Chad Perseverates About Some Games Here's a roundup from Keeper Chad about the games he played at 1D4Con in Winchester, VA from April 25th to 27th. He also mentions a couple of other games that he's been playing lately. - - - -||5/17/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MUP Interview- Bret Kramer of the Arkham Gazette||Bret Kramer- Interview by Keepers Murf and Chad This is an interview we had with Arkham Gazette creator and editor Bret Kramer about the upcoming release of issue #2 dedicated to Innsmouth. The interview leads to a mention of Therion Arms.||5/5/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 055 – The Secrets of our Mistakes||In episode 55, Dan, Jon and Chad take a walk through the Hall of Shame and put some of our worst Keeper decisions on display. It isn't pretty. We also chat about our favorite "secrets of" resource and setting books from Chaosium.||5/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||The MU Podcast IndieGogo Campaign is LIVE!||Our first ever crowd funding campaign is now alive and squirming its way across the interwebs! We're using IndieGoGo, as their Flexible Funding plan makes more sense for us in this project. - Be aware that Flex Funding means that we get any funds pled...||5/1/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 054 – Again, WTF is with Cults?||In episode 54, the full MU crew meets up once again to revisit the topic of cults and how best to use them in horror gaming. Plus, a new Bestiary segment to chat about the not-so-sparkly Star Vampires from one of Robert Bloch’s early stories,||4/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 053 – Fudging, Flubbing, and Failing||For episode 52, Keeper Dan was out of town when this episode was recorded, so you have Keepers Jon, Murf and Chad go through the debate on whether or not a GM should fudge their rolls, and then now to take bad Idea rolls from dull to dynamic.||4/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
|34||Cephalophobia Issue 1 Is Unleashed!||We are proud to present on our 2 year anniversary the Miskatonic University Yearbook, issue 1. Also known as, Cephalophobia! - This magazine has loads of great features and articles, and we hope that you find articles that help your Call of Cthulhu ga...||3/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 052 – Ruling the House of the Pre-Generates||In episode 52 Chad, Jon and Dan talk about the pros and cons of pre-generated characters and how they can be integrated into Call of Cthulhu stories in a way that players will have buy-in, and then we cover the bottomless topic of house rules.||3/24/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 051 – Wacky Gadgets and the Wackos Who Use Them||In episode 51 we try to figure out some of the gadgets left behind by our extradimensional visitors. And we talk about the ways to use the antagonistic clubs and organizations the game is so well known for. Campus Crier Michael Shea,||3/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 050 – Semicentennial with the Count of Chaosium||In this episode, we mark a momentous milestone in the mad machinations of our Miskatonic mayhem -- with Chaosium's master of manuscripts, Mike Mason! Along the way, we talk over a whole sheaf of topics, from reinventing Lovecraft to the vagaries of Kee...||2/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview- John Houlihan, author of the Achtung! Cthulhu scenario The Trellborg Monstrosities||John Houlihan- Interview by Jim Phillips Jim from Skype of Cthulhu talks to John Houlihan, author of the Achtung! Cthulhu scenario The Trellborg Monstrosities and writer for Modiphius. The scenario is available using Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds...||2/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview- Scott Dorward of Cubicle 7 about World War Cthulhu||Scott Dorward- Interview by Keepers Murf and Chad Keeper Murf and Keeper Chad talk to Scott Dorward, line lead of World War Cthulhu for Cubicle 7. He is also one of the hosts of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast.||2/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 049- The Ideology of Sandboxing||In episode 49, the whole MUP crew steps back into the old sandbox again with our special guest, podcaster and comics encyclopedia Aron Head from Ideology of Madness. We chat about Mythos influence in the realm of comics,||2/9/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||Interview- Oscar Rios of Golden Goblin Press about Tales of the Crescent City||Oscar Rios- Interview by Keeper Murf Keeper Murf interviews Oscar Rios, President of Golden Goblin Press about his Kickstarter for Tales of the Crescent City. This is a new sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu in 1920's New Orleans.||2/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 048 – The Con in Yellow||Episode 48 returns to the roots of the show with the original three hosts (We didn't get rid of Chad, he's just out of town), and the standard side and main topics. We have some cool info in the Campus Crier including awards for Island of Ignorance,||1/26/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 047 – Starting 2014 the Hite way||In this first show of 2014, writer and game designer Kenneth Hite joins us for a stuff-filled episode, in which we visit a myriad of "huts," including: Dangerous Mechanics, Chicago Rats and Other Horrors, The Nazi Occult, Batman, Supersmart NPCs,||1/12/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 046 – Here comes Glancy Claus||In this mega-length episode 46, Keepers Dan, and Murph chat with our own personal Santa, Adam Scott Glancy. We have a long talk about the many projects he's working on, others he expects to be in the future, his mysterious Cyber-Chimp,||12/29/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 045 – You got your Mythos in my Cyber Punk!||In episode 45, Keepers Dan, Jon and Murph chat with author, editor, and all around "Cthulhu Dude," Brian Sammons. We talk about Italian horror cinema, the CyberPunk genre and gaming that can take place in it.||12/15/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MUP 044 – What a Twist!||In episode 44,, Keepers Dan and Chad tuck into a cornucopia of topic ideas from excellent voicemails and email feedback, including a listener suggestion about the use of twist endings in scenarios and campaigns.||12/2/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 043 — The Campaign Trail||In episode 43, we talk about the pacing and of construction of campaigns. We also head back to the bestiary to investigate the mysterious Serpent People! Fortunately, we also get a visit from our favorite adrenalin junkie, Monterey Jack,||11/17/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 042 – Eldritch Inklings||In Episode 42, we talk about sources of inspiration for scenarios, as well as how to keep your game fresh, and your players coming back for more. We also talk about when to use an existing skill versus when to create a new one.||11/3/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 041 – Ignorance Is Bliss||In this episode, we interrogate returning guest host Oscar Rios, president of Golden Goblin Press, about the status of his successful Kickstarter, The Island of Ignorance. We also have a new lecture from Dr.||10/20/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||MU Podcast 040 – Bugs in the Journo’s Belfry||In episode 40, we’re spooling up the time machine to investigate how news and media worked in the Jazz age and beyond. Then, we take a trip back to the Bestiary's secret laboratory to dissect the Insects from Shaggai. Campus Crier||10/6/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
This is THE podcast to listen to for all things Call of Cthulhu, from rules explanations to actual play. These guys are a great source for new and old keepers.
Podcast is awesome/
Tabletop rules made easy/
John, Dan, and Murph rock!
Keep it up guys! I'm saving every last episode forever because this is a resource that should be tapped as many times as Kim Kardashian.
As a new Keeper preparing to run my first game, this podcast is awesome. I've learned so much in just a few episodes. I'm so happy I found this podcast right at the beginning.
The live play episodes are also very helpful to listen to how a game is run.
Keep up the fantastic work, guys! Looking forward to hearing more.