Episode Eighty Nine – The Rampant A.I. Was Surprisingly Helpful

A lushly forested ark cruises between stars, collecting waifs and strays.  What are the motivations of the statue-like guardians, and what is visible though the cracks in the walls?

An interstellar gold-rush spurs travelers to distant stars, but the extinction of the human race makes them the rarer commodity mid-transit.

A world where the boundaries of genre are so thin, the heroes pursue their opponents from paradigm to paradigm seeking to leverage their laws to their advantage.

The elderly roleplayers of the future raise up against their overly conciliatory robotic caretakers.

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Episode Eighty Eight – Our Listener, International Human of Mystery

What if, rather than using the standard approach to a numbers station, someone recruited a bunch of community radio and music enthusiasts, handed them the keys to a station, and said “Go Nuts, Kids. Have fun. Oh, and can you play this at 8pm?”.

The communications medium of the revolution isn’t letters or phone calls; It’s a bunch of counter-culture types in an old bus, transmitting their pirate radio messages of rock & roll, societal change, and instructions for the movements and activities of resistance cells.

We develop the business case for a Aggregated Untraceable Intelligence Broadcast Provider.

In which we decide that the Big Red Couch is Intellectual Drāno.

In the near future, the AI advertising bot wants you to be happy, but all it has to go on is the reports from your various Internet Of Things appliances, and it can only communicate with you by tweaking the advertising it sends your way.

Podcasts inadvertently become the cultural touchstones of a society.

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Episode Eighty Seven – Canadian Mind Beams

Episode Eighty Seven - Canadian Mind Beams


This is episode is sponsored by the collective socialist consciousness known to your puny human minds as “Canada”.

Sorry if you haven’t been assimilated yet, we are all out shoveling  snow, eh.


In a bilingual country with a dashingly handsome Prime Minister, super heroics must include a strict Francophone quota.

Your gritty cyber-punk cabal is poised for immediate action – if they could just stop apologising to one another.

The ur-Canuck is waiting. The ur-Canuck is watching. The ur-Canuck is insistently, politely unstoppable. And it’s knitted you mittens.

Striking north from your crumbling society, you and your group push towards salvation through dangers both real and imagined.


(Apologies.  Genuine inhabitants of “The Canadia” were hard to come by, so we we had to settle for a lost, stair-well dwelling geographer, a travel-shy antipodean, and the finest quisling that Her Majesty could spare.  The wild generalisations and stereotypes abound, but at least we didn’t do the “aboot” joke.  Small mercies and all that.)


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Episode Eighty Six – I noticed, to his rear, that the Alhazred Icon had begun to glow

Episode Eighty Six - Alhazared Icon

The trouble with having a dedicated team who go spelunking through the dark paths of the internet in search of That Which Must Not Be Downloaded is that you’ve got to deal with what it does to them: How fine is the line between Burned-Out and Hollowed-Out?

What’s it like to be back at the Ops Centre as the strike team hits a Mythos Infestation, trying to keep the strike team alive as it all goes to hell, or worse, around them?

You’re the second-best, and the very best spare no effort to make sure you never forget it.

Why might a time-traveller need a 74-gun ship of the line? And how long does it take to sail home when you’re not really sure how the time drive works?

Abd Alhazred has been dead for centuries, but the revelations of blasphemous events just keep on coming, through the medium of an unholy relic; When the Icon glows, it’s time for Alhazred’s Angels to leap into action.

Battling Mythos threats would be easier if your guide wasn’t insane, out of touch, and overly fond of metaphor and hyperbole.

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Episode Eighty Five – Captain Plantagenet and the Plantageneteers

Episode Eighty Five - Captain Plantagenet and the Plantageneteers


A crumbling gentleman’s club and it’s equally crumbling members are called upon to defend the realm.

The disinherited sons and daughters of a fallen dynasty join forces to reclaim their birthright.

In a binary star system, the ancient machines holding the two stars apart are being tampered with, threatening (very literal) disaster.


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We’re having some server … Issues (Resolved)

Specifically, uploading of the complete and edited episode isn’t happening, and this may be a “crappy hostel internet” issue, or it may be at the hosting end of things.

Sadly, this was only found out after the rough cut, which is assembled for just this sort of circumstance, was deleted, because of extreme cleverness.

We’re … Working on it.


….and crisis (for a given value of crisis) averted.  It only took launching the file around the planet and coming at it from the other hemisphere.

Kid’s stuff, really.


Episode Eighty Four – A Big Red Christmas

Big Red Christmas

Indiana Jones and Santa’s Workshop.

Krampus isn’t just about beating people with sticks; It’s about sending a message.

The maintenance crew of a hibernating colony deal with a heist in the dead of winter.

What happens when you come out of stasis to discover that the wintering-over crew have gone a bit … odd?

Here are some links to stuff we nattered about

Episode Eighty Three – Don’t think about the WHITE ELEPHANT

Don't think about the WHITE ELEPHANT


As they move against the enemies of their society’s psychic overlord, his agents must balance their own misgivings and their team’s allegiances with the needs of the mission.

The city is enveloped by a choking malaise, an invisible force sapping it’s inhabitants and industry.  Is it an conspiracy, a twisted secret, or something even darker?


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Earthquake in New Zealand

There was an earthquake, followed by a large number of large aftershocks across a large swath of the country, in the South Island of New Zealand a couple of days ago.

Followed by some tsunami warnings which had people heading for high ground along a good chunk of the East Coast.

Followed by a storm which blew into the middle of the country to really make things difficult.

I have no idea whether it made the news in your area; We are, after all, right out at the raggedy edge of the world in some respects, and there are some fairly momentous things happening these days.
I’d like to let you know that the Big Red Couch crew are all fine.

  • (Craig) am in the UK, and would have to try very hard to get any further from the quakes.
  • Ben lives hundreds of kilometers from the events, and is unaffected. And until he read the news reports, unaware.
    (that said, some people in the same city did feel them)
  • Kevin & Tonya live much closer, and felt the quakes to be significant enough to seek shelter from any falling objects.
    (their cat slept through the whole thing)

Sadly, there have been fatalities from this; Two as I write this.

There’s no shortage of news reports from sources across the full range of reliability, but here, if you’re interested, is the Official Word from Geonet, who are the go-to people in New Zealand for this sort of thing – M7.5 Kaikoura Quake: What we know so far

And now, a request.

Please, if you don’t have an emergency kit at home, wherever home may be, put one together.
If you do have one, now would be a fantastic time to check that it’s up to date, nothing’s expired, the electrical bits actually work, … That sort of thing.

Epiosode Eighty Two – Alien Leprechaun

And It Was Aliens All Along – Is that really a creature of faerie you’ve come across? Does the Leprechaun actually need your help to get to their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Or did you just help a crashed alien explorer return to their spacecraft?

The Grandest Central Station – Workaday life in a ‘train’ station where the 08:15 could be coming in from absolutely anywhere, and the Starlight Express might not just be a fanciful name.

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