HOLY CRAP! We actually managed to get episodes out 2 weeks in a row! Just when you thought you were going to get to stop listening to us, too. Join your hosts Robert and Matt as they discuss all manner of (not so) timely geek news, conspiracy theories, board and vidya games, also with a dash of intellectual discussion on mythology to boot (seriously)! Strap yourself in for some pure magical goodness pouring into your ears like molten gold, because it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!
Well, we actually managed to do it! We got half of the Monkeys to Gen Con 2013 to represent the podcast, and not only was it “The best four days in gaming,” it was likely to be the best four days of the entire year! Matt and Robert packed up their dice, grabbed all their cash, and shipped out some recording equipment to bring the MITC community a special episode straight from Gen Con, complete with special guests and fellow gamers Kevin and Sarah Smith! So, butch up on your 80’s action flicks, make some room in your luggage, and prepare for a whole shuttle full of teh awesome as you get ready to listen to a brand new, limited edition, foil wrapped episode of Monkey in the Cage!
So, I can’t really pinpoint when it was exactly that I became a fan of Cthulhu and H.P. Lovecraft. I believe it was someplace where my years of gaming, reading fantasy novels, and my first few trips to San Diego Comic-Con intersect where my interests really started to zero in on the most famous of the Elder Gods. However, I must admit that I am currently just a casual fan of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos, having read only a small portion of the collected works, but I find myself really inspired by the themes and imagery of close to 100 years of Lovecraft. My Society of Odin d20 game is arguably Call of Cthulhu in Steampunk clothing, but hey, it’s my game world! Although I’m a newcomer to the fan community, I definitely bring enthusiasm with me, so I’ve decided to share some of my favorite Cthulhu/Lovecraft things in hopes of spreading the madne… er… literary interest!
With WonderCon this weekend, I couldn’t help but think of Lovecraft. I do remember the first Lovecraft-inspired read of mine as being a comic book that I picked up at SDCC, The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft. Essentially, it’s about Lovecraft as a pulp writer in the 20’s, but an unfortunate series of events has led to him having writers block… which happens to be cured by Lovecraftian horrors!! The comics are great, and Ron Howard has the rights to a film, but that ownership has been going on three years now… Maybe Ron needs some meat spiders to make a visit and get the ball rolling!
This past week’s podcast on board games, Ramses said “Once a cultist, always a cultist” in reference to a game of Munchkin Cthulhu we all played a couple of months back. One of the greatest aspects of this version of Munchkin is the Cultist class. The more cultists in play, the stronger they ALL are, receiving a +2 for each one. Plus, with the ability to turn other players into Cultists against their will, the rules state that if all players become cultists, the game ends with the highest level player winning. Needless to say, Ramses and I teamed up and let the madness spread. That’s what Cultists do!
Definitely on my list of must-haves/must-plays is the Arkham Horror Board Game. It’s in the collection here at the studio, but considering my willingness to spend money on things I don’t necessarily need, I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before I add this game (and it’s multitude of expansions) to my personal game collection. According to BoardGameGeek.com, the point of the game is for a team of investigators to clear the City of Arkham of monstrous horrors and prevent one of eight randomly drawn Ancient Ones from entering our world. Players can upgrade their characters, equipment and spells in their efforts to keep the world safe, but what is this!!! It only requires a minimum of one player!?! Looks like learning to play will be educational and satisfying, unless my brain melts first.
I could go on and on and list numerous Cthulhu related anythings to you unfortunate readers, but I’ll leave you with the ski mask. You can find them all over the internets and while prices vary, it’s really worth the cost… everyone needs one…everyone………eeeeevvvveeeerrryyyoooonnneee…..