THE PROBLEM WITH LOVECRAFT: A lot of controversy was had (mostly on Twitter) over the last few weeks with the release of Evil Hat Productions’ Fate of Cthulhu, a new table-top RPG integrating the systems of Evil Hat’s Fate Core and the Lovecraft mythos. Evil Hat proudly declared that it was bucking tropes of other Lovecraft-inspired games––mainly how it addresses Lovecraft’s prejudices head-on and it doesn’t include sanity meters for its players––and that, for some reason, made a lot of people upset. Andrew talks about the subsequent furor while D. Bethel shows up as our resident Lovecraft scholar.
*Show image is a screenshot of Dean Stockwell as Wilbur Whateley from the 1970 film, The Dunwich Horror.
- Evil Hat tweets about how Fate of Cthulhu bends the traditional Lovecraftian gaming experience:
- Evil Hat Production’s content warning included with Fate of Cthulhu (click to enlarge):
- The adorable video of a coyote and a badger off to go hunting together:
- “Episode 02 – The Clap” (05 June 2014): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the popular Lovecraft story, “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”
- “Episode 11 – Anemic-Clap” (07 August 2014): Where Andrew and D. Bethel discuss the influential Lovecraft story, “The Dunwich Horror.”
- “Shortcast 03 – Interview with André La Roche” (31 December 2014): Where Andrew talks with André La Roche about Fate Core.
- “Episode 89 – High-Five Forever” (25 March 2016): Where D. Bethel discusses the Lovecraft revisionist novella, The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle.
- “Robot Monsters From the Future” (27 December 2019): Where Andrew talks about looking forward to play Fate of Cthulhu.
- “Starting By Starting” (03 January 2020): Where D. Bethel talks about Frogwares’ Lovecraftian adventure game, The Sinking City, which also openly addressed and push against Lovecraft’s racism.
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