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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

The Good Friends of Jackson Elia‪s‬ Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward

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The Good Friends of Jackson Elias is an irregular podcast devoted to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, horror movies and horror gaming in general. It is hosted by Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and Scott Dorward, three freelance writers who have worked on the new edition of Call of Cthulhu and other horror roleplaying games.



Episodes are usually built around a particular theme, always centred on our shared love of all things dark and horrifying.

    Mythos Deities: Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian

    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 certain we’d worship either Ubbo-Sathla or Mordiggian, we’ll happily learn all their juicy secrets. There’s something comforting in the thought that the brackets of our lives are as absurd as everything that happens between them.







    Main Topic: Mythos Deities: Ubbo-Sathla and Mordiggian







    This episode is the latest in our series on the deities of the Cthulhu Mythos. It is also a return to talking about Clark Ashton Smith, one of the key members of the original Lovecraft Circle. Smith was always the most imaginative and weirdest writer amongst Lovecraft’s correspondents, and the gods we discuss in this episode are no exception. Ubbo-Sathla, the unbegotten source, is at least as blasphemous a parody of creator deities as Lovecraft’s own Azathoth. And Mordiggian, the invisible eater of the dead, is a surprisingly sympathetic psychopomp, even if you have to watch out for his priests.







    Previous discussions about Mythos deities have covered Dagon, Shub-Niggurath, Yog-Sothoth, Nyarlathotep, Hastur, Azathoth and Nodens. We have also had a general discussion of the gods of the Cthulhu Mythos and a look at the role of religion in all this yog-sothothry.







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Google Meet is the blasphemous fain in which we gather to bring you these offerings.







    Ubbo-Sathla







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Clark Ashton Smith* “Ubbo-Sathla” by Clark Ashton Smith* The Lovecraft Circle* The Book of Eibon* The Fens* Beowulf* Azathoth* a href="https://www.

    • 55 min
    Media Catch-Up: Television

    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 run of lockdown specials for our Patreon backers last year, we thought it might be fun to carry the format into the occasional regular episode. This time, we each discuss some of the television we’ve been watching recently and how it’s informing our gaming lives. Even though none of the programmes we discuss are horror, we still manage to find plenty to borrow for Call of Cthulhu.







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. Chatting over Google Meet is like watching each other on television, only with worse scripts.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:















    * Patreon Lockdown Specials* Star Trek: Deep Space Nine* Star Trek: The Next Generation* Star Trek: Discovery* The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsythe* Cheers* Supernatural* Buffy the Vampire Slayer* Walker in the Wastes* Masks of Nyarlathotep* The X-Files* Hot War* World of Darkness















    * The Wire* David Simon* Kult* Sicario (2015)















    * Justified* Elmore Leonard* Pronto by Elmore Leonard* Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard* Raylan by Elmore Leonard* “Fire in the Hole” by Elmore Leonard* US Marshals S...

    • 56 min
    Occupations in Call of Cthulhu

    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 they just character classes? How do they work? Are there any that can be difficult to fit into a game? How might we create some of our own? And are there any we find particularly appealing or off-putting? (Clearly, Author is the best profession in the game, only because of the ludicrously high Credit Rating bracket.)







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Call of Cthulhu Investigator Handbook* Tatters of the King* Masks of Nyarlathotep* Walker in the Wastes* A Cold Fire Within* Into the Darkness* Shadows of Yog-Sothoth* The Fungi From Yuggoth* Charles Babbage* Ada Lovelace* Deprogramming* Cults episodes* Call of Cthulhu subreddit* Escape From Innsmouth* The Two-Headed Serpent* “The Dunwich Horror”* Pugmire* “The Whisperer in Darkness”







    News







    A Weekend With Good Friends







    The first Weekend With Good Friends took place a couple of weeks ago and went marvellously. This is the revamped version of the online convention formerly knows as Jacks-con, organised by our lovely listeners. There were well over 100 games run over the course of the weekend, including huge amounts of Call of Cthulhu, and a smashing time was had by all!Thank you so much to Bence, Chris and Martin for running the whole thing and to everyone else who helped out, ran games and generally joined in the fun!















    Kult on How We Roll







    Scott has been let off GM duties and is getting to play a game! Craig from Red Moon Roleplaying is running another Kult game for How We Roll, this time weaving a custom creepy narrative around equally creepy c...

    • 1 hr 1 min
    200th Episode Special: Ask Us Anything

    200th Episode Special: Ask Us Anything

    We’re back and we’re turning 200. Please be gentle. We’re tired and our feet hurt.







    John Sumrow captures the dark, fishy heart of the podcast better than we ever could. Check out his Patreon for many more eldritch wonders: https://www.patreon.com/JohnSumrow







    Main Topic: Ask Us Anything







    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 had to narrow this down to a dozen or so, otherwise we might still be recording this episode. Our audience proxy, asking your questions in his own voice, is Mike Mason, creative director for the Call of Cthulhu RPG.







    Thank you again to cuppycup of the wonderful Ain’t Slayed Nobody podcast for his help in salvaging some damaged audio from this recording session!







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.







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    Things we mention in this 200th episode include:







    * Call of Cthulhu Temple Edition* Kult Demiurge Edition* Hot War Transmission* Nameless Horrors* Softcover AD&D Monster Manual* Beyond the Mountains of Madness* Tunnels & Trolls* St Elmo Steak House* Dah Bin Lo* Fogo de Chão* The Good Friends YouTube channel* Ain’t Slayed Nobody* Into the Darkness* Necronomicon Providence* Gen Con* Con-tingency* Continuum* Miskatonic University Podcast* Sons of Kryos* The Grognard Files* What Would the Smart Party Do?* a href="https://en.wikipedia.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Top 3 Mythos Media

    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 comics. Anything, really, as long as it’s not a novel, short story or RPG. Obviously, there’s going to be a bit of debate as we never agree on anything. We are joined in the scrum by Mike Mason, creative director for the Call of Cthulhu RPG.







    Thank you very much to cuppycup of the wonderful Ain’t Slayed Nobody podcast for his help in salvaging some damaged audio from this recording session!







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. We’re getting used to this.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * Night Gallery* “Professor Peabody’s Last Lecture”* The Twilight Zone* “The Return of the Sorcerer” by Clark Ashton Smith* “Cool Air” by HP Lovecraft* “Pickman’s Model” by HP Lovecraft* The Corridor (2010)* “Lovecraft in Brooklyn” by The Mountain Goats



















    * “The Whisperer in Darkness” by HP Lovecraft* Heretic Pride by The Mountain Goats* Bletchley Park* Berlin Airlift* Return to Innsmouth (1999)* The Yellow Sign (2001)* The Two-Headed Serpent* Call of Tutu (2006)



















    * The Void (2016)* Underwater (2020)* Midsommar (2019)* The Dunwich Horror (1970)* The Dunwich Horror Picture Show* Absentia (2011)* Oculus (2013)* Hush (2016)* a href="https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5606664/?

    • 58 min
    The Whisperer in Darkness part 5

    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…







    Main Topic: The Whisperer in Darkness part 5







    This is the final instalment of our multi-episode investigation of Lovecraft’s classic weird tale, “The Whisperer in Darkness”. Last episode, Albert Wilmarth travelled to Vermont to visit his eccentric penpal, Henry Akeley. The two shared some mind-expanding conversation that quite unnerved Wilmarth. Now, we cut forward to that night as Wilmarth searches for answers and then wishes he had never found them.







    Once again, the pandemic means we recorded this episode remotely. None of us has had to call in from Yuggoth, mercifully. The internet connectivity there is shocking.







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    Things we mention in this episode include:







    * “The Whisperer in Darkness” by HP Lovecraft* Model T Ford* You’re Next (2011)* Necronomicon (1993)* The Whisperer in Darkness (2007)* The Whisperer in Darkness (2011)* The Whisperer in Darkness Dark Adventure Radio Theater* The Lovecraft Investigations podcast* Mythos* “To Arkham and the Stars” by Fritz Leiber* “The Dunwich Horror” by HP Lovecraft* “Documents in the Case of Elizabeth Akeley” By Richard A Lupoff* Agents of Dreamland by Caitlín R Kiernan* Delta Green* The World, The Flesh and The Devil by JD Bernal* Disgust and Body Horror* Machinations of the Mi-go* Cordyceps* The Fungi From Yuggoth/Day of the Beast







    News







    Last Chance for The Blasphemous Tome 6!







    You can still secure your issue 6 of The Blasphemous Tome if you act quickly! We shall send you a copy or two of this exclusive fanzine if you back us by the end of December 2020.







    This is the print-only ‘zine we put out every year for our a href="https:...

    • 58 min

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