Episode 88: They Came from Within the Podcast!

Onyx Pathcast, Projects, They Came From Beneath The Sea!

In which we do a deep dive (get it?) into They Came from Beneath the Sea! (TCfBtS!) with developer Matthew Dawkins.

  • A Dickensian derailment!
  • About the meta-elements in TCfBtS!
  • Connecting it to MST3K
  • Cinematics
  • How Matthew came to make this game
  • How the tone of the game shifted over its development
  • Larry Blamire and meta horror movies
  • A bit about the fiction in TCfBtS! (Dixie helped!)
  • Some thoughts on the humor and inclusivity of TCfBtS!
  • A bit on cult movies
  • A Twilight digression
  • Putting TCfBtS! into Storypath
  • Mechanics discussion
  • Various ways to run TCfBtS!
  • A bit on They Came from Beyond the Grave!
  • Matthew talks about the Midwinter TCfBtS! session (Hi, Gehenna Gaming crew!)
  • Types of characters you can play/crossover possibilities


  • They Came from Beneath the Sea!: https://they-came-from-beneath-the-sea.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders
  • Don’t Hug Me I’m Scared (CW: all sorts of weird shit): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C_HReR_McQ
  • All Flesh Must Be Eaten: https://www.edenstudios.net/allflesh.html
  • Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garth_Marenghi%27s_Darkplace
  • X-COM: Terror from the Deep: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X-COM:Terror_from_the_Deep
  • Phoenix Dawn Command: https://www.phoenixdawncommand.com/
  • Men in Black: The Roleplaying Game: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men_in_Black:_The_Roleplaying_Game
  • Trail of the Screaming Forehead: https://www.shudder.com/movies/watch/trail-of-the-screaming-forehead/2228147
  • The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lost_Skeleton_of_Cadavra
  • Twilight Article Dixie mentioned: https://www.syfy.com/syfywire/twilight-isnt-the-worst-film-ever-made-youre-just-sexist
  • Scream: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scream(1996_film)
  • Red Moon Roleplaying: https://www.redmoonroleplaying.com/
  • The Room: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Room_(film)
  • Gehenna Gaming: https://www.gehennagaming.com/
  • TCfBtS! Movie Trailer: https://youtu.be/kxLydk4t76s
  • TCfBtS! Actual Play: https://youtu.be/DlcvFpWKH6Y
  • Onyx Path Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/theonyxpath
  • Onyx Path Discord: https://discord.gg/5uckcBk

  4 comments for “Episode 88: They Came from Within the Podcast!

  1. Nautical Nonsense
    January 24, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    From within the podcast? Does a podcast have volume? And, if so, is it bigger on the inside?

  2. Troy
    January 27, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Did not expect Matthew to make a Letterkenney refernce, but it is much appreciated.

    • January 28, 2020 at 8:17 am

      And that’s what you appreciates about me.

      • January 28, 2020 at 9:18 am

        Pitter patter, let’s get at ‘er.

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