MUP 133 - Pulp Magic, Psychics, and SCIENCE!


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MUP 133 - Pulp Magic, Psychics, and SCIENCE!

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In this episode, Jon, Murph, Chad, and Dan are joined by Christopher Smith Adair to talk about Chapter 6 of Pulp Cthulhu, Pulp Magic, Psychics, and Weird SCIENCE! This episode was recorded on October 9, 2017.


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Pulp Cthulhu Chapter 6, Magic, Psychic Powers and Weird Science!

Christopher talks about his experiences using these rules in his playtests of A Cold Fire Within, the Pulp Campaign he wrote for Chaosium.
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Post Tue Oct 17, 2017 2:43 am

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I should have mentioned during the discussion of the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival that the organizers have begun releasing compilation DVDs again, highlighting some of the best films shown at each year's festival. You can now get compilations for 2014 through 2016, along with two collections of classics from prior years: https://arkhambazaar.com/hplff-films/. Films can also be occasionally tracked down on various streaming services and elsewhere.

Also, I didn't go into detail about individual films for purposes of time, but my highlights among short films were as follows:

"The Sound from the Deep," a Finnish film that won both the organizer's prize for best short of the festival and the audience choice award (apparently, a rare combination). "A research group searches for oil in the Arctic Ocean, but finds much more." It's very well done in every aspect, and the screenwriter definitely knows not only Lovecraft but related writers.

"The Ningyo," a US film that came close to winning the prizes. "Professor Marlowe finds a piece of a map pointing to the way to the Ningyo, a mythical Japanese creature." This is a gentler film than most of those shown at the festival, and, like, "The Sound from the Deep," it boasts impressive production values.

"Wattmarck," an Austrian film inspired by Lovecraft and early synthesizer music. It was another strong contender for audience choice. "German inventor and musician Karin Steckheim reassembles her band for a final concert."

"Home Education," a strange film from the UK. "An inquisitive girl is convinced by her controlling mother that her dead dad will resurrect if they show how much they miss him."

"There Is No Door," another strange one, also dealing with death, this time from the US. "From childhood to adulthood, Sam contends with a curse that has plagued her family home for generations."

"Gut Punch," a buddy comedy from the US. "A rag-tag group of good-time seeking bros are invited to the party of their dreams." It was made by a group of friends who are already involved in various aspects of Hollywood, and it sounds like there's some interest from outside parties in expanding it into a feature. The creators say they definitely have more stories they want to tell. Comedic Lovecraftian films at the festival tend to be hit or miss for me, and more often miss, but this one actually worked all right for me.
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Post Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:02 pm

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Great episode!

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Post Thu Oct 19, 2017 2:08 pm

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Great episode.

I love how CSA has casually dropped that he's publishing a pulp campaign later on this year. This was the first I heard of it and am really excited! Can't wait to hear more on that.
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trevlix wrote:Great episode.

I love how CSA has casually dropped that he's publishing a pulp campaign later on this year. This was the first I heard of it and am really excited! Can't wait to hear more on that.


It should actually be out late next year, if all goes well. Revisions are with Mike Mason, so it's just waiting to move fully into the production queue. Mike Mason announced it, along with other upcoming books, at NecronomiCon this year. There should be more concrete information in a few months. As I hinted, my goal was to take characters deep into corners of the Lovecraftian universe we've never really gotten to explore in the game before. I hope it's worth the wait!

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Post Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:45 pm

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Just wanted to say that I love the whole weird science ( or SCIENCE! ) thing too. The way Nicola Tesla gets used in pop culture is kind of in this vein. Also, for a more modern example, Rick from Rick and Morty. Though from the examples of what they can do with it in-game, I'm also reminded of this cartoon :)

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Post Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:14 pm

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Hi all, just a quick thank you for once again throwing some light on to The Dark Times! I am so glad that it's going down well with people, and I want to take this opportunity to thank CSA and all other previous Protodimension contributors.

Next issue should be out at Yuletide so look out for that, and keep sending us material! We can't do it without you. 8-)
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