2012: The year in Lovecraftian RPGs

It’s that time again… time for my year-in-review recap of 2012’s Lovecraftian RPG releases.  I suppose the first thing I should mention is that caring for the homunculus is rather time intensive and my free time for reading has greatly diminished. I find that books sit on my nightstand longer and longer and my desire to sacrifice sleep to finish another scenario shrinking. C’est la vie. Without further ado (and with apologies for the delay), let’s get started — Continue reading

Advertisements

Omnibus catch-up

I’ve had a myriad of items to report here to my corner of Blogsylvania.  Life has kept me away, but I have declared “No More!”  Of course, I started this post when it was still September, so you might infer from that how well I can slap life around.  Let’s get cracking!

  • Paul Maclean of Yog-Sothoth.com was extraordinarily generous and sent me a copy of The Express Diaries as a thanks for my ‘work’ as a moderator at the site.  What a splendid book!  Now if I only could stay awake for more than 10 minutes after laying down for the evening…  Speaking of slow reading pace-
  • I’ve been very slowly working my way through Bumps in the Night and am generally enjoying it.  My favorite scenario so far the the Westerfield Incident but I’m only about 1/2 way through the book and two scenarios and change are yet to come.  John Crowe 3 definitely has a style of scenario, which I generally like.  Now if he might only be convinced to allow his work to be sold as a PDF…
  • Various Kickstarter projects continue to progress.  Chaosium managed to raise in excess of $200,000 for their revamp of Horror on the Orient Express.  Updates for both Cristoforo and Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man suggest those two projects are moving forward satisfactorily as well.  Excelsior!
  • My friends at Miskatonic River Press have started taking pre-orders for Tales of the Sleepless City, their newest scenario collection.  Check it out.
  • I’ve slowly been adding to my Massachusetts graveyard maps.  In addition to Worcester County and Middlesex County which I’d finished previously, I’ve completed Norfolk County and am making progress on Hampden.
  • I’ve been compiling a list of all the CoC scenarios set in New England.  When I have it something closer to done I’ll share it
  • Speaking of, I’ve got some gaming news, all of it forcibly ambiguous… a cult for Delta Green… an old work in translation… a new [redacted]… fun stuff.
  • Finally, yay October!  What candy do I buy for… the kids?

Oooh, shiny

We’ve had some nice developments in the land of Cthulhu.  Aside from my receipt of Bumps in the Night a couple days back, I’ve also had an update from Dennis Detwiller regarding The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Mancampaign (including a little preview, woooo) Kickstarter project.  Looks to be shaping up very well.

Finally, Shane Ivey has posted the audio recording of the Delta Green seminar at GenCon this year.  Give it a listen, here.

Outside of gaming, I have also learned a bit more about a more obscure burial site in Worcester County, this time the Baptist Church at Harvard at Still River.  Looks like one of the stones is legit (or the late Deacon William Willard, d. 1793) but the other two are discarded stones found in secondary use near to the church.  My thanks to the Harvard Historical Society for the information.  (Oh, and I’ve finished a preliminary survey of Middlesex Co. graveyards on my Graveyards page; Norfolk County is up next.)

All that, plus it is once again apple picking season here in Lovecraft Country so I’m happily saited with cider and fine varietals.  Yum.

Holding pattern

Not much to report on the ‘Tomes’ front recently; waiting for my print copies of The Unspeakable Oath #21 to arrive, waiting for news from Chaoisum about the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion (and watching their Kickstarter hit $75k), waiting for my copy of Bumps in the Night to arrive, waiting for any news from the various books I’ve had a hand in, waiting for Arc Dream to post audio from their Delta Green session at GenCon, waiting for my daughter to start sleeping regularly again (thanks teething!), waiting for any of my regular podcasts to release a new episode… lots of waiting.  I suppose we can blame August?

In the mean time, I have, very nicely, been gifted a copy of Cthulhu by Gaslight, which, 34 pages in, I am enjoying greatly.  I’m also doing research for some Lovecraft Country projects (when I’m not tinkering about their edges), added some content to my LC graveyards book (3000 words so far), and went to take better pictures at a local cemetery.  Unfortunately I forgot what time of day it was, leaving me with the sun in the wrong position relative the stones, so they were damned hard to photograph clearly.  Next time I won’t forget my mirror.

Hopefully I will stop waiting for something from the above list soon…

The Other Kickstarter project…

Bumps in the Night cover

I forgot to mention in my post about The Sense of the Slight of Hand Man fundraiser that Pagan Publishing is also having its own Kickstarter fund raising project,

in this case for its long in the works scenario collection Bumps in the Night. They have already passed their goal level (blasted past it really) but if, somehow, you read this blog but don’t read Yog-sothoth.com, rpg.net, or any of the other sites where this has been publicized, I figured I should mention it here.

It is great to see how much support these recent Kickstarter endeavors have had; they really do see like the way forward for small publishers for Call of Cthulhu.  It’s also been a very good month, with several new books released or soon to be published.