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A podcast by Role Playing Public Radio which features actual people, actually playing Tabletop Games
— mainly Tabletop RPGs
; mainly Call of Cthulhu
one-shots and an ongoing Eclipse Phase
campaign recently. Listen to it here
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New World of Darkness
- Came Back Wrong: Alex, after returning from the Hedge.
- Candle Cove
- Church Militant: Sister Mary Michael's order apparently involves combat training.
- Crowd Song: Common amongst the players. So far there have been performances of "Don't Stop Believing" and TLC's "No Scrubs".
- Jerkass: Connor's handler, Teresa/Natalie. Whenever he calls her, she makes sure to passive-aggressively remind him that she has more important things to be doing. Granted, he did tell her to "enjoy [her] passionless night of passion with [her] androgynous husband", but you'd think she'd get over it.
- Overt Operative: Connor will never live down the time he gave someone his business card.
"Hi, I'm Connor with Project Valkyrie. If you have a Project Valkyrie-related disturbance you'd like to talk to me, Connor, agent of Project Valkyrie—"
"DON'T ASK ME, DON'T— WAIT, NEVER MIND, WAIT, SCRATCH THAT, HOW DO I DELETE THIS, HOW DO I DELETE THIS!?"
- Sword Cane: Sister Mary Michael's (non-supernatural) weapon of choice (it also serves as an actual cane). At one point she uses it to deal 8 damage to a guy's junk.
- The Slender Man Mythos
- Time Skip: The Slender Man campaign takes place 5/6 years after the Candle Cove one.
- Wacky Cravings: Once Alex comes back from the Hedge, he starts craving animal carcases.
- Bait-and-Switch Comparison: Thad in the Cthulhu Invictus episode, hamming it up for all it's worth and managing to make everything hilariously dirty. When discussing a chariot team:
Mmm, yes, some fine beasts on that team — and the horses are good too!
- Casting Gag: Ish. In a Mind Screw-y twist, Drew's next character in Cthulhu Dark: Revelations turns out to be...
Drew: Local writer and game runner Ross Payton!
Caleb: Nice. What's your motivation in life?
Drew: Getting published!
- Continuity Nod: Caleb loves to throw a reference or two to a previous game into a new one: referencing "Bryson Springs" both in "Lover In the Ice" and his Eclipse Phase campaign, for instance.
- Creepy Child: In "Bryson Springs". "She's singing a song about puppets!"
- Creepy Monotone: Tom employs this quite often (just listen to his centurion character in Cthulhu Invictus).
- Corpsing: Caleb really can't help but corpse over the player shenanigans in Revelations.
- Deadpan Snarker: Just about everyone has their moments.
- Department of Redundancy Department: Unintentionally in Cthulhu Invictus.
Jason: "Illegal matches are illegal"?
Ross: I know, yeah, thanks. Ross can't talk. Yay.
- Eldritch Location: The hotel in "The Night Clerk".
- Epunymous Title: The book titles Tom and Ross made up.
- Gladiator Games: Tom's character, a centurion, participates in an underground match.
- The Great Depression: Caleb's No Security horror scenarios are set in this period.
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: The denouement of Cthulhu Dark: Revelations. Be Careful What You Wish For.
- Homage: Ross runs two (to Lone Survivor and Hotline Miami), Aaron runs one (to The Secret of NIMH).
- In addition, Ross seems to really like The King in Yellow, writing at least three scenarios based on it.
- I Call It Vera: Dave's character's tommy gun, Lucille.
- Intrepid Reporter: "Sheldon Baykah, ace reportah." "Talk exactly like that, Ross, please."
- Kill It with Fire: Aaron's defence against a Scary Scarecrow. It (ahem) backfires when the orange grove around him burns up.
Aaron: I start backing away from it —
- Laser-Guided Karma: Tom's and Ross's characters mercilessly beat a rapist to a pulp.
- Literal Genie: When Yog-Sothoth answers a priest's wishes to live in a time of biblical truth and Ross's wish for things to "go back to the way they were yesterday".
- Murderous Mannequin / Perverse Puppet: Artists' marionettes in "Bryson Springs". (As illustrated by Ean Moody here◊ and here◊.)
- Out of the Inferno: Aaron's character, against all odds. See Kill It with Fire above.
- Out with a Bang: How many of the victims in "Lover in the Ice" died.
- Please Put Some Clothes On: "Why is your toga off?" "Why isn't yours?"
- Police Brutality: The cop in "Bryson Springs" gets his comeuppance.
- Porn Stash: Made horrifying to the point of inducing SAN loss in "Lover In the Ice". See Room Full of Crazy below.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Plenty of them.
Gang member (NPC): Hey, nice car. Let us borrow it.
Aaron's character: I'd like to, but there's a problem with the bloodstains. PUNCH (Knocks the punk out.)
- In "Lover In the Ice" Jason gets an epic one-liner when fighting an old woman with an alien entity's appendage covered with serrated bone protruding out of her mouth.
Jason: I go, "Granny... what big teeth you have."
Caleb (over players' uproarious laughter): I'll say you kill her outright with that. You kill her with wit.
Thad: That was not rapier wit. That was fully automatic wit.
- Room Full of Crazy: In Caleb's "Lover In the Ice". As the crew enters a suspect's house...
- Running Gag:
- Shout-Out: Saying "a lot" would be an understatement. See also Epunymous Title above.
- Shown Their Work: The amount of research Caleb did for "Revelations" is pretty dang impressive.
- The Stoic: Often Tom, usually combined with Heroic Comedic Sociopath, Creepy Monotone, and Made of Iron.
- Took a Level in Badass: Aaron is generally regarded as having done this. See also Pre-Asskicking One-Liner above.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: "Though the lure is alien, offensive to his eyes, the fish sees food, and bites, and dies a death beyond his imagining."
- Your Mom: "Your face is stupid." "Your mom's face is stupid." "Ooh, snap."