Jul 152015
Rag-NERD-rok Podcast Tree

Packed to bursting with quirky living objects, Mrs. Ketcham’s attic has always been a special place, but is it a fantastical wonderland of enchantment and whimsy, or an eldritch prison for those unfortunate enough to meddle with ancient cosmic forces? Two hapless Cthulhu Mythos investigators find themselves transformed into toys after a confrontation with cultists, but that may be the least of their worries. One finds acceptance in the attic as a hero of the Red Team on the Foosball table, while the other skirts the edges of madness as he adjusts to his new life as the littlest Matryoshka doll. When Old Mrs. Ketcham unexpectedly dies and her relatives put the house up for sale, the denizens of the attic worry that they will surely be junked. Their only hope is to retrieve a copy of The Necronomicon from a neighbor’s private collection and use the lunatic ravings of Abdul Alhazred to restore the two toys to their former human forms. Aided by the largest Matryoshka doll, they set out to make the perilous journey, but the forces of madness conspire against them. A rival from the Yellow Team vows to get to the book first, invoking the fearsome power of his unspeakable King to do so. Can they defeat the agent of evil, break the curse that stripped them of their humanity, and rescue the rest of Mrs. Ketcham’s living sundries from the scrap heap? Listen to find out!

This Fiasco was created using “The Fun and Exciting World of Antiquing” Playset, penned by our very own Edward Cress. Feel free to use it to create your own Fiascos, and be sure to leave a comment. If you would like to hear the setup for this session, you can listen to it here.

  • Unit Omega

    Man, the way you guys were going on in the setup, I’d almost expected you guys to have written a speculative fiction short story by the end. Or planned some kind of game to stop the ejaculation menace. (And yes, Ed, I at least listen to and enjoy the setups. I like hearing the process of how we got to some of this shenanigans).

    Excellent Fiasco, I love the idea of the playset and how it works. Meyer wins our accent theater award for his Oleg voice, but 10/10 to Ryan for the Burger King and Yellow Guy’s Song.

    • I think calling it “the ejaculation menace” is really underselling just how horrible it would be for the world.

  • Mark Hedden

    Your Fiasco sessions are always a joy to listen to, and this one was no exception. Working the KiY references was particularly brilliant.

    If you guys *do* end up recording a sequel session, might I suggest that Red Team is revealed to have an equivalent to the Burger King in Yellow. Possibly some sort of Crimson King, in whose court three lullabies are sung in an ancient tongue?

    • Chris

      As long as he’s cooler than the crimson king in the dark tower. We do not need another evil santa who is defeated by an eraser. You can set your watch and warrant on it.

      • Mark Hedden

        You have no idea how disappointed I was that those books contained not a single proper King Crimson reference. No black queens, no fire witches, not even a yellow jester or a sidelong reference to a gardener who happens to trample a flower while planting an evergreen.

    • Obviously the Crimson King would have to be Ronald McDonald.

      • Mark Hedden

        Oh, man, I can already hear Big One saying “Hey, why don’t they call *you* the yellow king?”

  • Nextlevel2

    Your fiascos are always interesting! On other forums I always send people here to listen to them. Ed always adds such an improvising theatrical element to the AP sessions, so much so that Meyer actually attempted the Russian accent hahahaha – that was awesome Meyer.
    And by the way, Britney Spears is still hot.. I think I made the mistake of thinking Denise Richards was still hot because I used to love her when I was a kid and totally forgot that like over ten years passed since then and she’s aged dramatically LOLZ.
    Anyway, another great episode.

  • Chados

    I’m about an hour in and liking it so far. I don’t mean to criticize, but what is the loud background thumping/drumming noise as evidenced around 40:10 and continuing on and off for awhile? Maybe my ears are less waxy than normal, or was the mic too close to something making noise on the table? Is there a good way to isolate the mic/recorder?

    I’ve heard worse background noises during podcasts, just wondering. Maybe my headphone volume is just up too high…

    • Sounds like something scraping against the table, which is kind of inevitable with our current setup. We’ve discussed getting a mic stand with a boom arm so we wouldn’t have to put the mic on the table itself. Maybe getting ourselves some new kit can be one of our Patreon goals–y’know, that Patreon we’ve totally been setting up for the past year.

      It’s actually going to happen soon!

      • Chados

        Count me in! For what I can, anyway.

  • Chados

    New Yorkers don’t like Mustard on burgers? I guess I don’t really put it on my burgers either, unless it comes that way from… Burger King… Oh fuck.

    Great episode- had a real Toy Story meets HPL/Chambers feel to it. 🙂

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