Thursday, July 21, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.203: I Love Yog Radio!
My first encounter with the world of podcasts pretty much began in 2005 when I discovered the format via Yog-Sothoth.com, which remains the premier site dedicated to Lovecraftian roleplaying Both in the UK and globally. At that time, Paul Maclean (the founder of Yog-Sothoth.com) and his compatriot Yoggies (sometimes known as the 'Innsmouth House Players') produced actual-play recordings of the classic Chaosium Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign for the Call of Cthulhu rpg, as well as a (roughly monthly) discussion-based podcast called Yog Radio which dealt the Call of Cthulhu rpg, Lovecraftian gaming, and the Lovecraftian milieu more generally. Ths was at at time when the now-burgeoning Lovecaftian renaissance was pretty much in its inception, and when the likes of Chaosium and Yog-Sothoth.com were the principle bearers of the flame of Lovecraftian fandom. As I've noted before (see my earlier posts re: Chaosium's Cthulhu Mythos fiction line, and Carl Ford's Dagon zine amongst others), it was the gaming scene that played a significant role in revitalizing an interest in Lovecraft from the 1990s onwards. In any case, during the early 2000s there was no where near as much Lovecraftian media product available as there is today, and for me Yog-Sothoth.com provided the mainstay of aural Lovecraftian entertainment at the time.
Today Yog-Sothoth.com continues podcasting, producing the monthly Cthulhu Breakfast Club, as well as actual play recordings of various CoC campaigns; primarily these are for patrons of the site (and I would heartily recommend that readers support the work that the Yoggies do by become patrons - which you can do here); nonetheless, the Yoggies regularly release free samples of other recordings (many of which can be found on itunes), and they have made the entirety of their classic Horror on the Orient Express campaign recordings (70+ hours of listening) - as well as lots of other stuff - freely available on the YSDC Soundcloud page. Even if you are not a fan of roleplaying games, I would still recomend thar interested readers revisit some of the early days of Lovecraftian podcasting. Go on - you know you want to...