Earlier this year, the comedy roleplaying troupe Ain’t Slayed Nobody officially launched and debuted its first audio podcast adventure, Y’all of Cthulhu. The group chose the superb Call of Cthulhu (published by Chaosium) as its first RPG system to play, and decided on the Down Darker Trails Old West setting to ride roughshod in. You can find the Season One intro episode to Y’all of Cthulhu and the rest of the season on the Ain’t Slayed Nobody website.
Ain’t Slayed Nobody bills the comedy-horror podcast as “where Tombstone meets The Thing”, with a deliberate mix of “characters and critters from the Wild West and terrors from the H.P. Lovecraft mythos.” The podcast is professionally developed and recorded, and comes complete with quality sound design and music, and highly entertaining roleplaying by people who you can tell are having a great time playing the game.
The first S1 episode Y’all of Cthulhu (a play on the system’s title Call of Cthulhu) starts with a warning for violent themes and adult language, then introduces the players and their Investigators.
- Alex McDaniel as Deputy Sheriff Ellie Bishop
- Jay Arnold as Lance
- Brandon Wainerdi as Father Flint Westwater
- Wes Davis as Jeremiah Fenceworth
- Chuck as Johnny
- Will Baizer as the Deputy Keeper of Arcane Lore
- Cuppycup as the Keeper of Arcane Lore
The campaign is set in Texas in 1891, and begins with the Investigators all gathered in Deputy Bishop’s office in Canutillo to plan the execution of Maxwell Posey, a formerly-wanted man recently captured and brought in by Lance. As Keeper cuppycup explains, though the game is played within the Down Darker Trails setting, they don’t have any plans to spoil any of that sourcebook’s scenarios, allowing the players and the dice to tell the story they want to be told.
So far, that story has spanned 12 game sessions slash podcast episodes, with episode lengths generally running from about an hour up to about three and a half hours. You also don’t need to have any prior knowledge of the Call of Cthulhu system, or the Down Dark Trails setting, to fully appreciate the podcast story. However, if you would like to know a bit of lore before riding along with the podcast, check out the Call of Cthulhu – Getting Started post, the free-to-download Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start Rules, and the Down Darker Trails video by Chaosium. And you can also roundup with Ain’t Slayed Nobody via Twitter, Patreon, Facebook, and Discord.
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