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Endgame Assemble! – Episode 184 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

avengers endgame podcast shane plays podcast title 5-4-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 5/4/2019:
Endgame Assemble!

Highlights: Avengers… ASSEMBLE! The gang of Michael Brown, William Brackeen and Richard McBain gets back together with Shane to geek out about Avengers Endgame a year after geeking out about Infinity War! What did they think, what were their favorite moments, and what are their theories moving forward with the MCU? Plus: is fanservice always a bad thing, big announcements from adventure fiction publisher Cirsova and a tribute to the evertall Peter Mayhew on Star Wars Day!
(Podcast version has extra content not included in radio broadcast)

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

Direct MP3 Download:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/shaneplays/Shane_Plays_5-4-19_podcast.mp3

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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Peter Mayhew talks Chewie (YouTube)

Free Comic Book Day
https://www.freecomicbookday.com/

Game Goblins is partnering with Arkansas Childrens Hospital / Extra Life to help children in need. You can help!

Extra Life & Game Goblins

Avengers: Endgame Box Office Totals at Box Office Mojo
https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=marvel2019.htm

‘Avengers: Endgame’: All the Box Office Records Broken in Debut Weekend
‘Avengers: Endgame’: All the Box Office Records Broken in Debut Weekend

Avengers: Endgame Sees 85% More Repeat Viewings Than Infinity War Did on Fandango
https://comicbook.com/marvel/2019/05/02/avengers-endgame-85-percent-more-repeat-viewings-infinity-war/

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Easter Eggs: All Of the Callbacks to the MCU Phase 1

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Easter Eggs: All Of the Callbacks to the MCU Phase 1

Did You Catch These MCU Phase 3 Easter Eggs in ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

Did You Catch These MCU Phase 3 Easter Eggs in ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

What Phase 4 looks like after Avengers: Endgame
https://www.polygon.com/2019/4/27/18484839/avengers-endgame-marvel-movies-mcu-phase-4-eternals-black-panther-gotg-vol-3

Avengers Endgame: Who’s The Kid At The End?
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/avengers-endgame-whos-the-kid-at-the-end/1100-6466505/

“Avengers: Endgame” Had One TRUE Hero And It’s Not Who You Think
https://www.buzzfeed.com/andyneuenschwander/avengers-endgame-true-hero

Tony Stark’s Most Iconic Moment In “Avengers: Endgame” Was A Last-Second Addition
https://www.buzzfeed.com/alliehayes/tony-stark-avengers-endgame-best-line

The Russo Brothers Try to Explain Captain America’s Wild Avengers: Endgame Twist
https://io9.gizmodo.com/the-russo-brothers-try-to-explain-captain-americas-wild-1834423270

84 Avengers: Endgame Easter Eggs & References You Might Have Missed
https://www.gamespot.com/gallery/84-avengers-endgame-easter-eggs-and-references-you/2900-2738/?ftag=NLS-04-10aaa1d

33 Marvel Movie Moments That Are Referenced In “Avengers: Endgame”
https://www.buzzfeed.com/noradominick/avengers-endgame-details-references-other-marvel-movies

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane’s book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
Order on Amazon now:

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event’s early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year’s one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
ARPGCON.COM


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D&D Stranger Things Starter Set: Unboxing & First Thoughts

Let’s take a look at the D&D Stranger Things Starter Set. Interest in D&D, Stranger Things, and all things retro is running high. Is this combined D&D / Stranger Things introductory tabletop RPG starter set a non-starter at the gate, or is it amazing enough to turn your gaming entertainment upside down? Watch and find out! Hint: Shane thinks it’s pretty cool. Plus ya get two count ’em two demogorgon minis.

Product description from the Dungeons & Dragons site:

The Stranger Things Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set contains everything players need to embark on a Stranger Things adventure including the essential rules of the roleplaying game. It’s a great way for new as well as seasoned Dungeon & Dragons players to experience the D&D adventure Stranger Things character Mike Wheeler has created for his friends.

Pick your character—will you be Will the Wise or Dustin the Dwarf? Get your fireballs ready as you investigate the mysterious castle and battle the ferocious Demogorgon. Prepare for just about anything, because the game just got stranger.

Includes Stranger Things Adventure book, Rulebook, 5 Stranger Things character sheets, 6 dice, Demogorgon figure, and paintable Demogorgon figure.

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Comics Update With Timothy Lim & Mark Pellegrini + Heroes & Angels ComiCon! – Episode 183 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

comics update with timothy lim and mark pellegrini plus heroes and angels comicon - shane plays podcast title 4-20-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/20/2019:
Comics Update With Timothy Lim and Mark Pellegrini plus Heroes and Angels ComiCon!

Highlights: Heroes & Angels ComiCon 2019 is coming! Brandy “The Bulldog” Bullock gives the details on this fun event and the amazing organization that helps families of children with cancer behind it. Con guests Timothy Lim and Mark Pellegrini share their latest comics project updates, including Black Hops II, WALL-MIGHT: First Term Part II, and Kamen America. Plus zombies, The Walking Dead, Survivor: Westeros and all the usual nonsense and tomfoolery!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

Direct MP3 Download:
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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Monty Python and the Holy Grail

ninjaink (Timothy Lim) on DeviantArt:
https://www.deviantart.com/ninjaink

Mark Pellegrini on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Mark-Pellegrini/e/B072N1DZW2%3F

13 Lesser Known Found Footage Films That Just Might Restore Your Faith in the Genre | Dread Central
https://www.dreadcentral.com/top-10-lists/264367/13-lesser-known-found-footage-films-just-might-restore-faith-genre/

Heroes and Angels on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/heroesandangelscorp/

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane’s book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
Pre-order on Amazon now, releases May 12
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Heroes and Angels ComiCon 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!
Heroes and Angels provides non-medical assistance to families affected by childhood cancer, and to military families in need. Also provides funding to organizations that research the causes and cures of childhood cancer.
Heroes and Angels ComicCon is their biggest fundraiser of the year!
Come on out, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event’s early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year’s one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
http://arpgcon.com 


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Converting Historical & Mythological Figures to D&D! – Episode 182 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

podcast converting historical & mythological figures to d&d shane plays podcast title 4-13-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/13/2019:
Converting Historical & Mythological Figures to D&D!

Highlights: RPG designer Mike Myler returns to talk about converting historical and mythological characters to D&D! He runs down Genghis Khan, then we take a look at Merlin for a spell. Plus D&D / RPG news, Shane and Zach speculate on Avengers: Endgame plot twists and all the usual nonsense and tomfoolery!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

Direct MP3 Download:
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SHOW NOTES

Podcast Zinger is from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Mike’s Genghis Khan D&D 5E Conversion:
http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6212-Mythological-Figures-Genghis-Khan-(5E)

Mike’s Merlin D&D 5E Conversion:
http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?5494-Mythological-Figures-Merlin-Ambrosius-(5E)

EN World Mythological Figures:
http://www.enworld.org/forum/list.php?category/56-Mythological-Figures

EN World EN5ider:
https://www.patreon.com/ensider

D&D Ability Score Calculator:
http://chicken-dinner.com/5e/5e-point-buy.html

Kickstarter update – Critical Role: The Legend of Vox Machina Animated Special:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/criticalrole/critical-role-the-legend-of-vox-machina-animated-s

The #DnDSelfie: Why ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ players are posting selfies in spite of ‘SNL’ | Mashable
https://mashable.com/article/dungeons-and-dragons-saturday-night-live.amp

Chinese censors incinerate entire run of a kickstarted Call of Cthulhu RPG sourcebook | BoingBoing
https://boingboing.net/2019/03/25/the-sassoon-files.html

Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
Shane’s book! Co-authored with Matt Barton of Matt Chat
Pre-order on Amazon now, releases May 12
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

Heroes and Angels ComicCon 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!
Heroes and Angels provides non-medical assistance to families affected by childhood cancer, and to military families in need. Also provides funding to organizations that research the causes and cures of childhood cancer.
Heroes and Angels ComicCon is their biggest fundraiser of the year!
Come on out, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event’s early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year’s one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
http://arpgcon.com 


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D&D Tomb of Annihilation Notes #1 – Introduction

This episode: A worldwide death curse has struck and it seems like the dangerous and mysterious continent of Chult holds the answers to stopping it. Jungles! Dinosaurs! Undead! Undead dinosaurs! Buckle up for a crazy thrill ride that has a connection to Tomb of Horrors, one of the most famous and dangeous early D&D adventures. This video covers the introductory notes, adventure hook(s), optional meatgrinder mode, and more. Shane runs his first session zero. Discussion: Do players absolutely have to know what adventure they will be playing before rolling up characters?

Shane has a book coming out with Matt Barton of Matt Chat!
Pre-order now on Amazon, releases May 12!
Dungeons and Desktops: The History of Computer Role-Playing Games 2nd Edition
https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Desktops-History-Computer-Role-Playing/dp/1138574643/

All Freely Available Tomb of Annihilation Maps:
https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/8pdpjl/all_freely_available_tomb_of_annihilation_maps/

Out of the Abyss NPC list by chapter (created by Zac Arbuckle):
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WQh52ESZiGEGBhrMMJYNQrrTOU5ZuqHJ/view?fbclid=IwAR0iEUqoXejl7T3nyYNU5GI9riUkuTrZ3WQqXZ3faS_dPujrW_I0KMJtdP4

This is an ongoing series of Shane’s notes, thoughts and tips for running the D&D adventure Tomb of Annihilation plus D&D rules clarifications and DM / GM tips in general

Each video follows recent a recent session (or sessions) with his group.

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IndieCron & ComicsGate with Edwin Boyette! – Episode 181 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

indiecron and comicsgate with edwin boyette shane plays podcast title 4-6-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 4/6/2019:
IndieCron & ComicsGate with Edwin Boyette!

Highlights: Can ComicsGate have a positive side? Rising comics personality Edwin Boyette certainly thinks so! Shane and Edwin talk about comic book crowdfunding hub IndieCron, ComicsGate itself, why Edwin cares and what other cool stuff he has in the works, the safest way to respond to a swatting, being ruthlessly positive and A WHOLE LOT more including what the heck is a Geek Containment Unit??? Plus: Shane and Zach give their thoughts on Captain Marvel AKA The Goose Movie.

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

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SHOW NOTES

IndieCron:
https://indiecron.com/

Edwin on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Edwin_Boyette

Edwin’s YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/HonoluluEdwin

Heroes and Angels ComicCon 2019
Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM
Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!
Heroes and Angels provides non-medical assistance to families affected by childhood cancer, and to military families in need. Also provides funding to organizations that research the causes and cures of childhood cancer.
Heroes and Angels ComicCon is their biggest fundraiser of the year!
Come on out, Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10 AM – 4 PM at Sherwood Forest
Admission is just $3!

Arkansas RPG Con registrations are now open!
Head on over to ARPGCON.COM for Arkansas RPG Con 2019 on Nov 9th and 10th. This two day event’s early bird badge is only $20 the same as last year’s one day event badge. Get them before the price raises to $30 on July 1st.
http://arpgcon.com 


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Random Shane Generator! – Episode 180 – Shane Plays Geek Talk

geek podcast shane plays podcast title 3-23-2019Podcast version of the Shane Plays Geek Talk radio show from 3/23/2019:
Random Shane Generator!

Highlights: Shane gets random! Sabaton, the Swedish metal band acting as modern day bards! Hipster D&D! Google+ shutting down! Neon Buttstain RPG! Ray Bradbury in a prunes commercial! The (in)famous Orson Welles “Frozen Peas” outtakes! Lice, pink eye and the flu! Call of Cthulhu skit “Now That’s What I call A Sanity Check!” Star Wars Return of the Jedi reactions from 1983! More!

Shane Plays airs on Saturdays at 1 PM Central on 101.1 FM The Answer in Little Rock. It can also be heard online at 1011fmtheanswer.com  and on the Tune In Radio app and iHeart Radio apps. Call in at 501-823-0965 or tweet @ShanePlays during the show!

Listen to the Shane Plays podcast on iTunes, Google Play Music, SoundCloud & Stitcher (plus other fine podcast directories) after the live show.

Direct MP3 Download:
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SHOW NOTES

Songs used in this episode:

SABATON – The Last Stand (Official Lyric Video)

SABATON – Uprising (Official Music Video)

SABATON – Winged Hussars (Official Lyric Video)

Land of the Lost Opening Credits and Theme Song

Topic notes:

Shane talks about the importance of feedback and encouragement (or even discouragement) to a creator.

Sabaton YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/c/Sabaton

Sabaton History YouTube Channel
“The real history behind one Sabaton song every week”
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaG4CBbZih6nLzD08bTBGfw

D&D Out of the Abyss Notes #83 – THE FINALE! – The City of Spiders / Against the Demon Lords – SHANE PLAYS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxGvXCYm6jQ
D&D Out of the Abyss Notes Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlNkQuTXnH2_naiW6rw3tF1tbE4A2Uk40

D&D / RPG Skit: Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check
https://shaneplays.com/dnd-cthulhu-rpg-skit-humor-skit-sketch-now-thats-what-i-call-a-sanity-check/
From Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk – #35 Sci-Fi Games with Ed Jowett
https://morrus.podbean.com/e/34-sci-fi-games-with-ed-jowett/

Shane Ponders: Lice, Pink Eye & The Flu
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOj4Iix27g

Ray Bradbury Sunsweet Prunes Commercial
“Brave New Prune” 1969
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoOj4Iix27g

Orson Welles – Frozen Peas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V14PfDDwxlE
Frozen Peas Wikipedia entry:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frozen_Peas

Reactions to seeing “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi” | Austin, TX 1983
KTBC FOX 7 Austin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6ODqcl1WxE

Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk Discord Channel:
https://discord.gg/cmMHRSP

Frequently asked questions about the Google+ shutdown
https://support.google.com/plus/answer/9217723?hl=en


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D&D Falling Star Ship Photos

D&D’s The Falling Star ship mini (officially known as D&D Icons of The Realms: The Falling Star Sailing Ship), is truly a table top RPG wonder to behold. I’m not usually one for props at the gaming table beyond maps and figure minis, but when one of my players bought this from our FLGS I was intrigued by the size of the box and went and took a closer look at the store’s display model. 

Check out the photos below for an idea of the The Falling Star’s size, quality and detail!

The perfect companion to D&D’s upoming Ghosts of Saltmarsh adventure (gee, it’s almost like they planned it!), here are The Falling Star’s specs from Amazon (which they currently list at $250 or $222 for Prime members):

  • 17.2″ tall, 33″ long, and 6.4″ wide (12.6″ wide at the masts!)
  • Multiple stackable deck tiles allowing players to fight on the deck or in the dark underbelly of the ship
  • Functional hatches on the sides of the ships for you to fire upon your enemies
  • Kraken and Islands! Premium Figure and other figure minis are not included

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Notice the open cannon port

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Arr, ya sorry excuse for a sea dog! When I said grab the wheel, that’s not what I meant!

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This is Blake, one of my players. Blake is a happy guy. He has told me in the past that the men in his family never smile in photos. Based on photos of both him and his brother I have seen over time, I can vouch for the truth of this statement 🙂

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The sail is actual cloth, very nice touch

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The Falling Star comes with deck overlays to represent different decks of the ship, another nice touch

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That’s the end of the tour, ya scurvy sorry excuse for a landlubber! Now off me ship!!!

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D&D / RPG Skit: Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check

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Russ “Morrus” Morrissey and Peter Coffey ask for user submitted skits (or “sketches”) on the Morrus’ Unofficial Tabletop RPG Talk podcast and in fact will perform them. 

I submitted the following piece, which they in turn performed on Episode #35 – Sci-Fi Games with Ed Jowett. (This is in fact the second time they’ve accepted one of my skits, the first was Not Your Garden Variety Giant Spider)

Enjoy the insanity 🙂 

Now That’s What I Call A Sanity Check

Cthulhu RPG Veteran #1: OK rookie, let me see what you have on your character sheet so far.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #1: Oh for the love of… you’ve got everything in Strength and Dex!

Cthulhu RPG Veteran #2: A classic mistake, youngster.

CRV #1: One easily avoided, however. Not the end of the world, just keep in mind Worlds of Lovecraft is more of an investigative game with lots of atmosphere than your garden variety hack-and-slash dungeon crawler. That’ll keep you sane in character creation. Heh heh.

CRV #2: Yeah, just look at this sheet (dismayed sigh). Listen, you’re not going to be hacking and slashing through unending SHOGGOTHS with a big manly two-handed sword at this table. The occasional insane cultist guarding a gibbering, whispering horror from beyond mortal ken, maybe, but they’re not really the main threat.

CRV #1: Have a revolver or better yet a tommy-gun handy for those insane cultists. (musing) Revolver if you need to reuse the robes for a bit of sneaking.

CRV #2: Right, I do love a bit of sneaking into the main sacrificial ritual right before the climax! Ah, don’t look at me like that, rookie. This isn’t that game of Dragonhawk Chronicles you’ve been playing with your schoolmates. You knew that, right? No epic war of good versus evil and fancy-schmancy tormented emo mages and their iron-thewed brothers here.

CRV #1: I mean, just look how low this Power attribute score is. Shameful.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #1: By Derleth’s inkpot, what do you MEAN why is the Power attribute important if it’s not hack-and-slash???

CRV #2: The rookie’s just confused, that’s all. Look, in Worlds of Lovecraft, see, Power isn’t like brute strength or fuel for magical missiles, it’s your inner resolve and charisma and whatnot.

CRV #1: Your mental resilience and spirit. That’s not why it’s important, though. Here’s why it’s REALLY important! The higher your Power, the more SANITY POINTS, rookie!

[momentary pause … ]

BOTH [Stunned & Flummoxed]: What do you mean “what are sanity points”???

CRV #2: Look, Pete, just sit back and breathe for a moment, you know how you get. Not his fault, we were all young once.

CRV #2: In this game the point isn’t to win, you see, but to survive for as long as possible against the inevitable doom of unspeakable elder horrors and unseeable colors from space that everyone can see…

Pete [aka CRV #1]: (Usually look like purple, actually.)

CRV #2: …and tentacled slimy fish people that will suck out your soul (if you’re lucky).

CRV #2: You’ll either die a gruesome, mind-numbingly horrible death just about the time you’re really getting a handle on your character, or, more likely, go absolute batscat whackjob starkers nuts from all those dread sights and horror that are infinitely beyond a sane mind. Just a matter of when the big straightjacket from underneath reality comes for you, really.

[momentary pause … ]

CRV #2: What’s that? Is great, immersive storytelling the point, then? Solving the unfolding terrible mystery in time to prevent the final horror? NO! No, look…

Pete: It’s to go out as spectacularly as possible, rookie.

CRV #2: Oh, by Howard Phillips, the man is right! Having your hair turned instantly white by the susurrations of an elder, sentient white dwarf star breathing directly in your mind would be the bottom of the scale, mate. That’s kid stuff.

Pete (wistfully): Why, I remember one time I lost all my sanity and drove that stolen lorry full of clanking bottles of degrading nitroglycerin down a busy high street, cackling like a loon and aiming for kittens. Except I don’t know why there were so many kittens. Maybe they were something else. Never found out. The crater, you know.

CRV #2: It was a nice crater as craters go, but P’SHAW! You call that failing your sanity check? I remember the time I thought I was great Cthulhu himself and exulted in menacing a fear-struck crowd of helpless victims with my uncountable tentacles. Oh, Cthulhu had been called that night, mate! Turns out the crowd was insane cultists, and the tentacles were all those ropes with nooses I was wearing, them being tied to leering, moldy stone gargoyles in that ancient castle and all. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall that night if you’ll remember, Pete! Except the fall was abruptly halted in the “neck” of time , ha ha!

Pete: Nice one, Bill, but fairly amateur, sorry to say. You remember that time I became one with all space/time and gained ultimate unutterable knowledge, but was in fact going completely, indescribably cosmically starkers while in the loo reading the Necronomicon?

Bill aka [CRV #2]: “Amateur”, indeed. That certainly qualifies, and barely at that! Why, do you remember the time we were on top of a skyscraper in 30’s New York City, when Spooky Simon wanted to run us through some more “Yank stuff” like he calls it? I took one look at AZATHOTH rampaging through Times Square, simultaneously pulled the pin on my grenade and popped it into my mouth like a tasty metal pineapple before executing a perfect swan dive off of the roof with a big stupid grin on my face, exploding spectacularly in a blossoming flower of fire and gore exactly half way to the busy street below.

Pete: Ha ha! Great times! Bet those pedestrians were wishing they had their umbrellas that night! You see, rookie…

Bill: Wait, where’s he going? He took his bag and everything. And he had the snacks!

Pete (you can hear the dismissive shrug in his voice): Ah, who knows? Kids these days. Listen, do you remember that time at the Mountains of Madness when…

cthulhu poster polish satire 2010 presidental election

Polish satirical poster from the 2010 presidential election. “Choose the greater evil. Vote for Cthulhu”
Większe Zło, photographed by Jakub Hałun [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]