Movie Mining: Hellboy – Ep259

Movie Mining: Hellboy – Ep259


A rare “gamer perfect storm”. The 2004 film based on the Dark Horse comic is everything a gamer should like, and would make the perfect RPG campaign.


Cast – Mike, Dan, Eric and Jayson


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11 thoughts on “Movie Mining: Hellboy – Ep259

  1. I know you pronounced it the same way they did in the movie, but “thule”, as in the “thule society” is pronounced “too-lee”. Great show.

    1. Too-lee. Well that’s rocked 40 years of my life, lol. As a Greyhawk fan I’ve often been amused by proper pronunciations and being corrected is half the fun. Well done Ursus.

  2. Like a lot of HPL stuff Nergal was taken from history. “He” was worshipped in Mesopotamia.

    I’ve always wanted to run a BPRD game as well. If you want to get around the “I want to play Hellboy” just set the game in the time frame when he disappeared. Or, following the movies after the end of the Golden Army when he, Liz and Abe quit. A BPRD game where the Agency is trying to compensate for the loss of its “Big Guns” would be interesting I think, anyway.

    Another excellent ep guys.

      1. I really don’t know why some one hasn’t done an official Savage Worlds BPRD setting. It seems to me to be a “no brainer” franchise to exploit.

  3. BPRD is my favorite setting to run. Anything can be tossed in.
    You want fantasy, find some elves or look into Hyperborea. You want superheroes, they’re jumping all over World War Two. You want Lovecraftian horror, look under a rock, it’s everywhere.You want 30’s pulp, go find Lobster Johnson.
    Mike Mignola purposefully designed a universe where he could draw whatever he wanted, which gives tremendous freedom to Gamemasters. BPRD is the only setting I can comfortably run in Savage Worlds, Gumshoe, BRP, and D6 without changing tone or story.
    When I run BPRD, the player’s aren’t Hellboy. I let one player per group play a character with supernatural abilities, but they know before hand that anything otherworldly will be a curse more than a blessing. Abe Sapian, thankfully, doesn’t know who he is, Liz Sherman has killed hundreds of innocents, and Hellboy has to bring about the end of the World.

    1. That’s very cool!
      I like Hellboy, but wasn’t sure why until you wrote this. I always assumed it was the archetypal villains and monsters, but no it’s the whole mood of the setting.

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