55 episodes

Under the Library,an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.

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Under the Library,an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.

    UtL S2E20: A Control Sip for Science

    UtL S2E20: A Control Sip for Science

    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.
    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.
    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    UtL S2E19: It's F*cking Funny B*tches

    UtL S2E19: It's F*cking Funny B*tches

    On this Episode of Under the Library:
    Hiding in a barn, Jo and Cully agree to go with Sam out of fear for Franny's wellbeing. Jo disguises herself as a boy using resources from Sam's truck while Sam rebandages Franny's wound. 
    At the same time, Rutherford and Boone have been on the road for about 5 hours and arrive outside of Abiquiu. Boone slept for the whole drive while Rutherford experienced intermittent visions. Despite this, Rutherford wants to test the advanced technology of the agents' car and speeds into town. A policeman pulls into his rear view, siren blaring.
    Back in the outskirts of Los Alamos, Sam takes a different route out of town to stop at his ranch. His son Amos bonds with Jo and wants to accompany them. Sam has to promise Amos a blue bike with baseball cards for the spokes to convince him to stay behind. Inside the house, Sam speaks with his wife, Cheryl. She asks if he has paid his gambling debts and seems generally adversarial.
    The policeman approaches Rutherford's window and Rutherford poses as an agent to avoid trouble. The policeman buys into his ploy and even agrees to send any agents that might follow back to Los Alamos. 
    Finally, Rutherford and Boone arrive at 2500 Modern St. They park the car in the unlocked garage and enter the house through the side door. Inside, they meet a woman with an 8 year old daughter. She sends her daughter into a back room so they can talk. The woman has no patience for Rutherford's rambling and just wants to know what happened to Richard. Rutherford tells her everything he can about the abduction and death, and together they drink gin & tonics in Richard's honor. 
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    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.
    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.
    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 1 hr 25 min
    UtL S2E18: Walk Around the Cat Vomit

    UtL S2E18: Walk Around the Cat Vomit

    On this Episode of Under the Library:
    Boone invites Sam to accompany him to Richard's house where he can find the recently deceased Bello. As they pull into the driveway, they see Rutherford loading bodies into the trunk of the agents' car. Sam is understandably taken aback and wonders who he's fallen in with. In the front of the car, Rutherford found an old, worn wooden box. At the same time, Boone leads Sam inside the house to Bello's body and then leaves him there to pay his respects. He then orders Sam to get the kids from the doctor's office and meet him at 2500 Modern Street, Abiquiu.
    Back at Dr. Gardener's clinic, Jo pockets the rod that the doctor used to explore Bello's wound, and finally heads upstairs to find Cully and get some sleep. When Sam arrives, it is early morning and everyone is still asleep. Ellen invites him in, although after Sam shares the story of his experience at the house, she has a very foreboding feeling and checks to make sure he wasn't followed. 
    Dr. Gardener checks Franny one more time and then encourages her to accompany Sam. Although Franny doesn't know or trust him, she takes the doctor's word and agrees to get in the truck. Similarly, the kids are also suspicious of Sam, and when Jo discovers they're headed to Abiquiu she freaks out, demanding that she needs supplies from her room at the general store to disguise herself. Finally, as the argument drags on too long, she runs away. Cully follows, and even Franny gets out of the truck and hobbles along until she can go no further. As we close, Franny's health is failing as Sam tries to talk the kids into his truck.
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    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.
    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.
    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    UtL S2E17: Shooting Into a Meatloaf

    UtL S2E17: Shooting Into a Meatloaf

    On this Episode of Under the Library:
    Rutherford regains consciousness in Richard's bedroom, stands, and turns on a light. He sees Bello's body near the bodies of two strangers, as well as Richard's remains. Rutherford has a hole in his shirt in the middle of his chest with blood soaking the shirt below, yet his body seems to be intact. He uses Richard's spy camera to take a picture of the stranger with the scarred face. He also searches the bodies to find that both strangers have 4 digit numbers tattooed on their abdomens.
    At the same time, Boone drives the doodlebug with Cully, Jo, and Franny, seeking medical care for Franny's gunshot wound. They visit Dr. Gardener, who treats Franny's wound and questions the kids forcefully, clearly suspecting Bello of the shooting. 
    Rutherford leaves to find his friends and finds the morning paper has been delivered. Headlines include the explosion at the lab (14 dead!) and the removal of a spy.
    Back at Dr. Gardener's place, there is a pounding on the door and the doctor sends Boone, Cully, and Jo to hide in the back room. The person at the door is a very distraught Sam Wagonear, who's son is "all torn up" (emotionally). He's looking for the chicken man who is responsible for his son's situation. Sam, on edge, bursts into the back room and has a heated exchange with Boone. Sam calms himself and apologizes, and Boone, with a wink to the kids, takes Sam outside to tell him about Bello.
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    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.
    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.
    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 1 hr 46 min
    UtL S2E16: Screamatic Outbursts

    UtL S2E16: Screamatic Outbursts

    On this Episode of Under the Library:

    As everyone in the house decides to get some sleep, Boone pulls into the driveway, putting the doodlebug into neutral and rolling up silently. He sees a car parked behind Richard's in the driveway and recognizes it as the one from the abduction. He grabs a tire iron and smashes in a window to find the car empty.

    Suddenly, everyone inside awakes to the sound of glass breaking. Bello realizes it's in Richard's bedroom. As Jo and Cully head upstairs, Jo spots the claws of a stuffed wolverine that sends her into flashbacks of her mother's death. She can't stop screaming intermittently. 

    Franny runs to the kitchen to look for a knife, but after grabbing one, collides with Bello. His gun goes off, shooting her in the side of the abdomen, and her knife sticks in his good arm.

    Rutherford tries to enter Richard's bedroom, shoots a silhouetted figure inside, and is shot in turn. Bello also heads toward the bedroom, calling "come out with your hands up," and is shot through the door. He dies engulfed in visions of his father becoming the devil from his past. 

    Boone, hearing Jo's screams, barrels through the front door. He helps the kids outside and then goes back for Franny. They leave in the doodlebug to get Franny to a doctor.

    Rutherford wakes, alone in the house, and enters Richard's room. He sees a man on the floor, struggling under a corpse, and shoots him. 
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    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.

    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.

    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 1 hr 44 min
    UtL S2E15: Darkroom or Dark Room

    UtL S2E15: Darkroom or Dark Room

    On this episode of Under the Library:
    Jo continues to grill Bello on the events in the parking lot, and he eventually reveals that he punched Paula Bradford in the throat, probably causing her death. Her screams triggered memories of his violent childhood. We learn that Bello killed his father to protect his family, and Jo relates her own experience with the journal, the summoned creature, and the death of her family.
    In the basement, Rutherford continues to develop the image from the film and enlarges the face. He doesn't recognize it, but realizes that the background is a car interior. He also hypothesizes that Richard's secret house in Abiquiu might have more pictures from the camera. 
    Boone, driving the newly repaired doodlebug, arrives in Santa Fe around 2:30am. He sees a liquor store, closed, and pulls over. In his emotional state, he craves a drink and pounds on the doorframe, fighting temptation and his own overwhelming anger. He succeeds in moving past the cravings and gets back on the road. As he drives he battles waves of emotion, torn between returning for his brother Duke and rejoining the group in Los Alamos to explain his actions and replace the chicken-mobile.
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    Under the Library, an actual-play Call of Cthulhu podcast, where cosmic horror is steeped in mystery and slathered with self-deprecating humor. Our main storyline, a sandbox created by our Keeper (Michael), is set in (a fictions) 1942 Los Alamos NM and follows the misadventures of Boone (Chris), Jo (Emily), Culligan (Scott), Bello (Rick), Rutherford (Wayne), and Franny (Artur). We focus on narrative, improv, and character building. We may stick our heads in front of a train because that’s what our character would do, and when we look under the bed even the Keeper may not know what we’ll find. We’re crafting a story, creating flawed characters, suspenseful events, and fulfilling revelations. Call of Cthulhu is a horror TTRPG; characters die horribly graphic deaths. It’s for mature audiences, but played by immature people.
    Background art on YouTube courtesy of the brilliant artist Andrii Shafetov.
    https://www.artstation.com/andriishafetov & AzDimension Virtual Technology from their game The Last Dead End available on Steam.

    • 55 min

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