(Technically we are always hurtling into a near void, as our solar system spins along on the outer edges of the Milky Way, itself tumbling ever outwards… maybe I shouldn’t have watched all those episodes of the Expanse last night?)
So, 2015 has come and gone and 2016 is rapidly piling up on my doorstep. Happily with the new year comes actual progress on various fronts, some at a satisfactory speed, others at a rate that only a geologist could love. Nevertheless, part of that work is updating ye old blog. To that point I’ve updated a few bits and pieces here including:
- Checking the various links on the right-hand side of the page. I deleted a few defunct ones, noted the date of last posting if a personal blog’s not been updated in more than a year (in blogging terms that suggests a blog is dead, but that more an art than a science), and added a link to Hans-Christian Vortisch’s new blog “Shooting Dice” which is about RPGs and firearms… appropriate considering he’s the author of Investigator Weapons Vols 1 & 2 for Sixtystone Press.
- I’ve also updated my list of Lovecraftian RPG products for 2015. It is a rather idiosyncratic list of products and I am sure I’ve missed something, so I’ll probably update it at some near point. I don’t know if I’ll run down the various books for 2015 at any point as I’ve not actually purchased all of them and my time is at a premium of late.
Golden Goblin Press unleashed one more product under the calendrical wire for 2015, making the scenario “Goblin on Bourbon Street” available via the GGP website for $5. This is apparently a convention scenario the GGP crew has run multiple times and a not-quite-reached stretch goal from the Tales of the Crescent City kickstarter. I don’t know the page count of the scenario or much beyond the blurb:
When four people turn up dead of an apparent wild animal attack in the French Quarter of New Orleans the police are quick to close this case. If that weren’t strange enough one of the dead is reported to be a Mordechai Whateley of Massachusetts. Could he be from the decayed line of the Dunwich Whateleys, rumored in certain circles to be a powerful clan of degenerate sorcerers? Things just don’t add up and nobody really seems to care. It’s clear, to the investigators at least, that something dark and dangerous is at work here. If they don’t get to the bottom of this mystery no one else will.
In other gaming news, Squamous Studious is now offering the public a chance to buy their excellent and amusing card game ‘Feed the Shoggoth’. In the game each player takes on the role of a cult leader (the cults being very familiar to Call of Cthulhu players I suspect) with the goal of being the last one standing once everyone else has been devoured by the titular shoggoth. $20 (and shipping) gets you fine Lovecraftian amusement, perfect when some of your gaming group is late or you’re waiting in a crypt until the ghouls finally awaken. I played it at Necronomicon 2013 and am a very satisfied Kickstarter backer. Check it out.
Keeping a Festival all its own (for ten years now!) the Delta Green Mailing List had its annual Shotgun Scenario competition. There were 12 entries this year and I look forward to seeing which one is chosen by the DGML readers as the winner. Check out this year’s entries (and vote for your favorite) HERE.
And, finally, what madness has come up in the realms of podcastery since our last post?
- Cthulhu Breakfast Club -had a small gathering for episode #10 (aka “Foggy Pudding”) in which they talked about whether or not the Christmas season is conducive to horror. The CBC will also be offering a monthly give-away of their few remaining (and very handsome) dice towers, some of the last remaining evidence that the Innsmouth House shop ever existed…
- the Good Friends of Jackson Elias have been rather prolific, with episodes #67 (Favorite Lovecraftian Deities), #68 (A pair of lesser-known Clive Barker films), and #69 (The Colour Out of Space, pt. 1). There was also a special episode recorded live at Dragonmeet in the UK where the GFoJE trio debated the Smart Party podcast on the topic of: “Is there too much Cthulhu in Gaming?“
- Ken and Robin talked about- scenario revision, John Keel, and Hitchock/Truffaut in one episode and then finished off the year with their ‘Live from Dragonmeet (2015)‘ episode.
- The Miskatonic University Podcast had some delays in releasing episode #92 but they were at last overcome; they discussed using a co-Keeper in a game and alternative skill advancement rules as well as the usual gaming news and early-AM banter.
- A Podcast of the Curious had a Christmas surprise for us, with a new episode all about a collection of 12 medieval ghost ‘stories’ transcribed and published by M.R. James. Amusing, odd, and offering a bit of insight into the Medieval English worldview (i.e. very unlike our own).
- Let’s not forget the good folks at Role-Playing Public Radio. They supplied interviews with Pierce Fraser (author of sci-fi RPG HC SVNT DRACONES), handling mature themes in gaming, and another interview, this time with artist, illustrator, and Hollywood escapee Darrell Claunch.