Grab-baggery

Let us get to it, in no particular order:

Pagan Publishing’s Kickstarter for Horrors of War: A Covenant with Death reached its initial goals… eagerly awaiting news of an stretch-goals.  Huzzah!!

Modiphius has announced they are working on an Achtung! Cthulhu movie.  Really?!?

Paul of Cthulhu (from Yog-Sothoth.com) has posted a short video of a visit to London’s The Atlantis Bookshop, an occult book emporium of considerable age.  More videos are available to YSDC patrons.

Golden Goblin Press continue to offer glimpses of art from De Horrore Cosmico.  As Oscar reports: “Currently all of the scenarios are written. In fact, two are ready for final edits, two are in editing, and the last two should be back from re-writes over the weekend”.  Skips, is that you?

Dan Harms has been conducting a reconnaissance of Lovecraftian sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  Hmmm… very suspicious.

A smattering of post-GenCon reports continue to filter in:

  • Matthew Sanderson (of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias) was nearly killed by horseradishes
  • Chaosium minion Dustin adds his report
  • and RPPR posted their first panel recording – Diversity in Gaming
  • There’s also a video of Goodman Games panel

Finally, we have a new episode of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff – covering Dracula’s castle, the Oak Island mystery, and answer a listener day to come up with an advanced civilization lacking fine motor control (and no, they don’t say “give them scotch”).  It was recorded pre-GenCon so they don’t spend the entire show calling themselves “ENnie awarding winning…”

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NecronomiCon 2013; a few thoughts (part 2)

Mark Morrison transporting us to death under an African sun

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Saturday
I was scheduled to run a game on Saturday at 8 am. The Con staff had inexplicably IDed it as “Delta Green”, despite my attempts to have it correctly named in the program. Nevertheless someone had signed up for my rather generically named event; sadly he was the only one. MrBlueSky (I’m using YSDC forum names) was kind enough to bring a gift all the way from Australia and it went a long way towards appeasing the Homunculus upon my return home later. Since the scenario I had prepared (mostly prepared… it is still a little underdone) demanded at least two characters, he instead had the “privilege” of play-testing my submission to this years DGML Shotgun Scenario contest. I hope he had fun… had fun… had fun… (look a joke only he can get!)

Since that only took about an hour (what can I say, it is short), we then had the good fortune to jump in on a game run by Horror on the Orient Express’ own Mark Morrison – that was the amazing thing about Necronomicon: you could find space in a Call of Cthulhu game GMed by famous (for CoC, I’m not wholly crazy) authors. Hell, my DG game was across from Sandy Peterson’s demo of Cthulhu Wars… such pretty (expensive) ‘miniatures’.

Returning to Mark Morrison – the five of us adjourned to the open air porch and found ourselves in the Kenya wilderness of 1939 in a scenario (unpublished, by Penelope Love) in part based on a Hemingway short story I’ve fortunately never read. The scenario is better than the story, in my opinion, but I must confess in school I found myself rooting for the Sea and not the Old Man. I played Wilson the “great” white hunter and leader of our safari and I came to most sticky end. It was a great game, showing that with good players and a great GM, you can make even a breezy veranda a place of nightmare and terror. (Confidential to M.M. – Dear god, please never make that hyena sound again. Yikes!)

After that MrBlueSky and I were joined by Keeper Murph of the Miskatonic University Podcast (whom listeners to their program will recall I promised a lunch when I was interviewed on the most recent episode). We supped at a nearby tavern, and discussed the state of the game, the weather in Australia (i.e. HOT), GenCon, etc. It was an enjoyable and convivial meal and I was glad to have the chance to talk with both of them. MrBlueSky also made some disturbing hints about a ritual taking place that very evening by the shore of the Providence River, which I unfortunately could not investigate due to my second scheduled game.

Next I returned to the Biltmore to drop off copies of “The Graveyards of Providence” to Tom Lynch who had agreed to sell them at the MRP table. (I still have a few for sale) and browsed the tables, briefly saying hello to Oscar Rios – I should note that I saw several Golden Goblin Press shirts – and then I returned to the Providence to prep for my game that evening.

After getting a chance to peruse the Chaosium booth briefly and drop off some instructions where they might wire my outstanding payments (The Royal Bank of the Caymen Islands, of course), I had the good fortune to listen in on the final hour or so of “The Last Flight of the L58“, as Keepered by Adam Scott Glancy and will hopefully soon appear in print form…

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NecronomiCon 2013; a few thoughts (part 1)

The Biltmore, in Lovecraft’s day

This past weekend was NecronomiCon in Providence, the first in over a decade.  I had the good fortune to be able to attend (at least for a few hours) every day and had a wonderful time.  While I have a bit to say about the Con, for those of you in a hurry, I present:

The Executive Summary
It was a very successful con, with only a few minor frustrations. I wished I’d been able to meet more people, but was glad to see those I did. While sometimes the RPG side of things felt a little shunted aside, it was amazing to have a venue in which so many of the people I’ve only known online could meet, talk, and game together.

For those looking for a more details discussion, here’s a recap, day by day followed by additional thoughts…

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NecronomiCon, here I come

I will be in attendance at NecronomiCon in Providence tomorrow and Sunday.  I’ll be running some games, selling copies of my new booklet, shooting the breeze, and generally have a good time (hopefully, I might end up eaten by a gug, but fingers crossed, eh?).

If your in Providence this weekend, look me up!  I’ll be the con-goer not wearing a black t-shirt.

Whisperer (and no park…ness?) and fun with Spambots

I had the good fortune to heading down to Providence over the weekend to catch a double-feature of The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness at the Cable Car Theater.  Before I dive into my Lovecraftian cinematic adventure, I wanted to share the latest computer-generated poetry to grace my spam filter-

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Huh? I wish my cousin had a princess…

Now, on to Lovecraftian fun!  First off, I should have remembered that weekends, May through October, Providence hosts ‘Waterfire‘ an outdoor arts festival along the Providence River.  The double-feature was scheduled to start at 10 and I’d not allowed much time for delays (i.e. I was running late) so when I discovered downtown Providence was full of laughing families, all of whom had filled every convenient parking space near the theater.  I suspect there are not a lot of people with serious heart ailments living in Providence since I had to make a CON check to descend the hilly streets to the cinema.  After convincing the lone employee that, despite being 1/2 an hour late that I did indeed wish to see the double feature.  A quick visit to the concessions stand (err, counter) and I was ready to watch the movies…

Having already seen The Call of Cthulhu several times (including once in Providence previously), I wasn’t unhappy to come in at the climax of the film, as the poor doomed sailors reaching the ‘tomb’ of Cthulhu.  After the sailors had been eaten, Cthulhu impaled on a freighter, and our narrator driven mad by his discoveries our next film began… which for five minutes was The Call of Cthulhu again.  Ooops.

(Speaking of TCoC… I noticed in the ‘Thanks’ section of the credits of the film was one Nick Offerman, which a quick check on ye olde Yternette confirmed that it is the very same gent who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.  Nifty!)

Now, after the break, my thoughts on The Whisperer in the Darkness

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