Unspeakable! Episode 1 – John Scott Tynes

We’re proud to present the first episode of Unspeakable!, the monthly podcast of The Unspeakable Oath.

Subscribe to the Unspeakable! podcast feed: http://theunspeakableoath.com/home/?feed=podcast

Or subscribe at iTunes.

Unspeakable! is hosted by Oath editor Shane Ivey, Ross Payton (Role Playing Public Radio, Zombies of the World) and Toren Atkinson (Caustic Soda, The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets).

In Unspeakable! we talk all about new and upcoming Cthulhu Mythos games and stuff that our fellow fans of Cthulhu Mythos games might love. Since this is our first episode it rambles a bit, but bear with us. We’ll have some great guests to keep things lively.


In our debut episode we interview John Scott Tynes, who founded The Unspeakable Oath back in 1990.

As the founder of Pagan Publishing he oversaw such acclaimed Call of Cthulhu sourcebooks as Delta Green, Walker in the Wastes, Mortal Coils, Coming Full Circle, Realm of Shadows and The Golden Dawn, and the funny Cthulhu-themed miniatures game The Hills Rise Wild! Tynes co-wrote Wizards of the Coast’s adaptation of Call of Cthulhu with Monte Cook and many of Pagan Publishing’s writers.

Tynes has been a videogame designer and producer for the past few years, starting with Flying Labs’ Pirates of the Burning Sea. He is now a lead producer at Xbox Live Arcade.

Like so many good things, it all started with Winona Ryder.

Show Notes

(0:00:00) THEME MUSIC: “Nyarlathotep” by The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, courtesy Divine Industries. Copyright 2011. Visit www.thickets.net.

(00:01:50) THANK YOU! The Unspeakable Oath 19 is sponsored by “The Atlantic Express” from Atlas Games, “Historical Lovecraft” from Innsmouth Free Press, and Miskatonic River Press.

(00:4:08) UNSPEAKABLE OATH NEWS: We relaunched the Oath! “Delta Green: Through a Glass, Darkly.” The Oath at GenCon. “Zombies of the World.”

(00:09:00) INTERVIEW: John Scott Tynes!

(1:23:00) CTHULHOID NEWS: New music (“Shhh…”), new video (“20 Minutes of Oxygen“) from The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. “Call of Cthulhu” video game, “The Wasted Land.”  “Re-Animator: The Musical.” Lovecraft on “Supernatural.” “Cthulhu Sleeps” by Deadmau5. “The Whisperer in Darkness” movie. Necronomicox, for your pleasure. Alan Moore’s “Neonomicon.” “The Festival” from Dark Vision Films.

(1:44:25) CTHULHOID GAMES — NOW AVAILABLE: Ken Hite’s “Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales” (illustrated by Toren!) now on Kindle and Nook. “The Legacy of Arrius Lurco” from Miskatonic River Press. “Cthonian Stars” from Wildfire. “Age of Cthulhu 5” from Goodman Games. “Black Bag Jobs” for The Laundry RPG from Cubicle 7.

(1:50:45) CTHULHOID GAMES — PREORDERS AND FUNDRAISERS: “Dead But Dreaming 2” from Miskatonic River Press. The Doom That Came to Atlantic City from Z-Man Games. “Shadows Over Scotland” from Cubicle 7. “Burning Horizon,” “The Void” and “Are You the Cultist?” from WildFire. French translations of Delta Green and Delta Green: Countdown (with unauthorized editions) from Editions Sans-Detour. Spanish translation of Call of Cthulhu (with “The Chapel of Contemplation” from The Unspeakable Oath 18) from Spain’s Edge Entertainment. “Eldritch Skies” fundraiser at Kickstarter. “Stealing Cthulhu” fundraiser at IndieGogo.

(2:00:28) WHAT WE’VE BEEN PLAYING: Cthulhu Dice” from TUO 18 sponsor Steve Jackson Games. “Strange Aeons” miniatures skirmish game. “Mansions of Madness” from Fantasy Flight Games. Shane launches a Delta Green game for his group with some new rules.


18 comments for “Unspeakable! Episode 1 – John Scott Tynes

  1. Simon Brunning
    May 31, 2011 at 10:06 am

    Is there an RSS feed for Unspeakable!, so I can subscribe via iTunes?

  2. May 31, 2011 at 10:08 am

    It’s under review at iTunes now and ought to show up there in the next day or two.

    The direct link for the feed is: http://theunspeakableoath.com/home/?feed=podcast

  3. Simon Brunning
    May 31, 2011 at 10:14 am

    That’s great, thanks. Subscribed.

    You can subscribe to the direct feed from iTunes – no need to wait for Steve Jobs’ say so. 😉

  4. Fitz
    May 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    That picture looks strangely familiar…

  5. June 3, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Future episodes could do with a bit of noise removal and sound levelling. I’m not sure what program you’re using to build your episodes, but Audacity has pretty solid noise removal feature, and CN’s Levelator auto-levels like none other.

    Best part is that both of those are free.

  6. June 4, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    I added show notes!

  7. June 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I’m glad to see more entertaining interviews with writers and RPG history. For future events I hope you guys invest in some better mikes or leveling software, there is alot of painful static, especially from Shane Ivey.

    • June 10, 2011 at 7:05 pm

      Yeah, my mic was turned up way too high but I didn’t realize it until we listened to the playback. I’ve turned it down a little now. Sorry about that!

  8. Jonnygadfly
    June 12, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    No Zune? No love for the Zune?

    Zune users get no respect…

  9. June 16, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Thanks for this. I enjoyed it very much. I liked the show notes too, great for following up on all the news you talked about. Eagerly awaiting episode 2

  10. Calibannnn
    June 24, 2011 at 1:29 am

    The content of this episode was fantastic — great job, guys. I’ve been waiting a long time for a new Lovecraftian media feed, and this is a tasty launch. Tyne’s comments provide rich stuff for rumination.

    I’m going to second or third the motion for audio production improvements. Sound dampening and controlling your mic levels is a step in the right direction, but I would like to encourage y’all to go pro and use solid state flash recorders on each end of the conversation and mix them together in a free program like Audacity. I know from RPPR episodes that Ross has a good recorder, and he seems savvy about things audio, so I’d like to call on his chops to make that happen. Tape sync. It only takes a few minutes. That would be exponentially sweeter.

    (also, someone needs a cough switch on their mic. There were some painful really pops in the recording)

    Right now Lovecraftian media leaders include HPPodcraft and Yog Radio, and those guys have set a very high bar for production value. Ransom if you need to raise funds for a Marantz 660 or a Zoom H2.

    Now back to fanboy compliments: Unspeakable is poised to be best of all. Thanks so much for making this happen.

    • June 24, 2011 at 10:13 am

      Thanks for the feedback. (So to speak — har har har!) OK, sorry. I’m certainly the one with the challenges when it comes to audio, since Ross and Toren are old hands at that kind of thing. I’m getting their tips so we can improve things next time around. Which ought to be next weekend, btw.

      • Calibannnn
        July 5, 2011 at 1:53 am

        Fantastic. Really looking forward to the new episode. With HPPodcraft having just wrapped up a hellofa series on Mountains of Madness, YSDC’s ongoing Shadows by Gaslight and release of a stellar talk from Ken Hite on setting creation (hrm…here we will omit any grumblings about THAT sound quality though), and now this Unspeakable emerging giant…it’s like a Golden Age of Lovecraftian audio, friends. I’m happy as a zoog. Thanks again…

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