The most massive episode of Dark Adventure yet conceived! Based on the lavish new edition of the beloved Chaosium role-playing campaign, this is a gigantic production over seven hours in length and with more props than usual.
In Masks of Nyarlathotep, the death of a dear old friend and an investigation into a doomed archeological expedition spiral into a global investigation with dire repercussions. Can a handful of intrepid investigators make a stand against an insidious and bloodthirsty cult? Can a diabolical conspiracy be thwarted before a doomsday plan comes to fruition? Is there any hope for mankind against the machinations of an Elder God or will they meet only despair, death and madness?
The "standard edition" of the show comes on a set of six CDs, with twenty bonus prop documents. We also offer an expanded Deluxe Edition that includes 82 prop documents. And for the truly mad, we are offering a Super Deluxe Limited Edition that features all that plus artifacts. For role playing gamers, we offer a special Gamer Prop Set that includes all the props you need to actually play Chaosium's game. (Some props needed for the show are not needed for the game, and some needed for the game are not needed for the show.)Get It!
Because this episode cannot be contained in a standard jewel case, the bonus props are packaged separately in a special collector sleeve. The "standard edition" of the show comes with 20 prop documents, including:
1. America 1 11:53
2. America 2 12:46
3. America 3 9:17
4. America 4 16:21
5. America 5 17:41
6. England 1 20:59
7. England 2 23:23
8. England 3 8:11
9. England 4 8:12
10. England 5 4:46
11. Egypt 1 13:13
12. Egypt 2 19:32
13. Egypt 3 8:50
14. Egypt 4 12:14
15. Egypt 5 7:42
16. Egypt 6 12:19
17. Kenya 1 18:50
18. Kenya 2 17:32
19. Kenya 3 10:54
20. Kenya 4 9:08
21. Kenya 5 7:11
22. Kenya 6 6:26
23. Australia 1 12:36
24. Australia 2 18:38
25. Australia 3 14:32
26. Australia 4 19:02
27. Australia 5 5:18
28. China 1 13:24
29. China 2 26:34
30. China 3 17:18
31. China 4 20:45
Total Runtime 7:05:27
Sean Branney...R. C. Andrews, Zeke Ford, Mortimer Wycroft, et al.
Tom Bromhead...Insp. Barrington, Billy Burraglong, Jeremy Grogan
Kacey Camp...Victoria Woodhull, Mahmoud, Nuri, Waitress
Ken Clement...Lester Mayhew, Jonah Kensington, Omar al Shakti
Dan Conroy...Dr. Mundt, Dr. Starrett, Robert Mackenzie
Phillip C. Curry...Okomu
Mike Dalager...Chelsea Cultist, Egyptian Museum Guard, Bundari
Matt Foyer...Albert Wilmarth, Ali Kafour, Robert Huston
Larissa Gallagher...Agnes Claflin, Penny O'Brien
Michael Hagiwara...Anthony Chang, Mu Hsien
Hollie Hunt...Millie Adams, M'Weru
McKerrin Kelly...Berenice Buchannan, Miss Ruha, Natalie Smythe-Forbes, Gertie Wycroft
Sophia Khan...Yalesha, Abubakar, German Nurse, Ubaid, Quivering Jade
Nardeep Khurmi...Gupta, Opinder Singh
Kirsten Kollender...Erica Carlyle, Rebecca Shosenburg, Hypatia Masters
Casey Kramer...Agatha Broadmoor
Andrew Leman...Matthew Sanderson, Cecil Watson, Nails Nelson, Ho Fang, et al.
Dick Lizzardo...Nigel Wassif, Hakim, Fergus Chum
Jacob Lyle...Billee, Jack, Maclean, Roger Carlyle, Mark O'Brien, et al.
Barry Lynch...Scott Dorward, Capt. Robson, Mickey Mahoney, Ibn Tulun Nazir, Capt. Montgomery
Rosney Mauger...Jimiyu, Eddy
Johnny McKenna...Mason, Arthur Emerson, Dr. Turnbull, Capt. Torvak, Larry D., Chinese Souvenir Vendor
Pip Moore...Janice Wycroft
Grinnell Morris...Lt. Poole, Corrupt Cop #2, Ernest, Cassidy
Mehrnaz Mohammadi...Zahra Shafik
David Pavao...Carlton Ramsey, Neily Vanderbilt
Shawn Michael Savage...Jack Brady
Samir Shakur...Jackson Elias, Silas N’Kwane, Faraz Najjar, Johnstone Kenyatta
William C. Stephens...Mukunga, Sam Mariga
Annie Sway...Auntie Gee
Kevin Stidham...Marcus Buchannan, Paul Fricker, Edward Gavigan, Nigel, Martin Winfield, Sgt. Bumption, Onkwani, Willis
Marilyn Tokuda...Madame Lin Yenyu
Josh Thoemke...Announcer, Kakakatak
Sarah van der Pol...Hazel Claflin
Madi Vodane...Shula Wycroft
Time Winters...Prof. Cowles, Warren Besart, Toddy Randolph, Sir Aubrey Penhew
Based on the 5th edition of "Masks of Nyarlathotep", a campaign for the Call of Cthulhu® role playing game originally written by Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis. Fifth edition written by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker and Scott Dorward
Radio Adaptation by Sean Branney & Andrew Leman
Original Music by Troy Sterling Nies
“Charleston” by James P. Johnson & Cecil Mack
“I'm Gonna Charleston Back to Charleston” by Roy Turk & Lou Handman
“Sincerely Yours” by Bellenda, Casey & Pinkard
Arranged and Performed by Troy Sterling Nies
"Bub-L-Pep" jingle written by Andrew Leman, arranged and performed by Harald Lindell & Kathleen Demarest
"Bile Bean March" composed by F.H. Fulford, arranged and performed by Reber Clark
Vocals Recorded at The Jungle Room, Glendale, California
Audio Engineering by Dan Viafore and Jeff Stone
Vocals Recorded at Horse Latitudes Recording, Glendale, California
Audio Engineering by Michael Dumas and Ellie McNeil
Original Illustrations by Darrell Tutchton
Prop Inserts by Andrew Leman and Sean Branney
Research assistance by David G. Cercone II
Warren Besart penmanship by Jay Stigdon
Special photographic makeup effects by Dave Snyder
Produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
Licensed by Chaosium Inc.
“Call of Cthulhu” and “Masks of Nyarlathotep” are Registered Trademarks of Chaosium Inc., and are used with permission. Some names, descriptions, and depictions applied to this audio drama are derived from works copyrighted by and include trademarks owned by Chaosium Inc., and may not be used or reused without Chaosium’s permission.
Because this episode is based on a famous game, we thought it would be fun to build a game into the episode! Join Hazel in trying to decode the messages of the Black Sphinx! Each chapter of the show contains at least one hidden key to a secret coded message. Listen carefully and you can hear the keys hidden within the dialogue. For more information, and all the secret messages, visit the Dark Adventure Decoder Club.
The Deluxe Edition of the show includes 82 prop documents housed in this special Providence Trust Insurance Company case file. Some of the props overlap with the ones included in the MON Gamer Prop Set, but there are 24 new documents specific to the show.
The Super Deluxe Limited Edition of the show includes all of the prop documents of the Deluxe Edition, along with seven artifacts. The edition will be limited to 99 copies. It includes The Golden Mirror from Peru, the Scepters of the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh along with a complete set of cult robes, a statue of the Bloated Woman, the Token of Bast's Regards, Bundari's enchanted Fly Whisk, and both halves of the Eye of Light and Darkness.
Victoria Woodhull and her sister Tennessee Claflin were real people with a really fascinating history. Our fictionalized version of Victoria has a great many friends:
This episode won the golden ENnie Award at Gen Con 2019 for "Best RPG-related Product"!
For your enjoyment, we present free PDF downloads of the final recording script and liner notes of "Masks of Nyarlathotep". Note: this script is only for use for reading along with Dark Adventure Radio Theatre; no performance or reproduction of the script may be made without written consent of the HPLHS.