Metal Kings, New Orleans’ Beasts, and a 124 year old man

We’ve got a lot to cover today… First two new releases-

Cthulhu Reborn has unleashed The Machine King, a free Gaslight and Dreamlands scenario by Geoff Gillan.

Meanwhile Golden Goblin Press have released (to Kickstarter backers of Tales of the Crescent City only) The Black Goat of New Orleans, developed by New Orleans Mythos.

Gen Con is over and there are various after-action reports:

Speaking of Mr. Ivey, I’d like to note that, as per usual, I’ve been sent my payment for two pieces in the latest issue of the The Unspeakable Oath.  Arc Dream continues to be the most prompt-paying company I’ve written for.  Thanks!

A poster by Daniel Spitzer

Finally, today marks (among other things) two different anniversaries.  It is the 124th birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, without whom this blog would not exist. Here are few folks doing likewise:

I am of two mind about old Grandpa Howie.  On one hand he was a uniquely creative writer, synthesizing earlier horror writing with new fears and terrors of the 20th century, spawning not just the Cthulhu Mythos, but a community to foster his nightmare imaginings even after his death.  At the same time he was, even for his era, a racist and bigot, and wrote some pretty terrible things that we cannot wish away no matter to what degree these views may have softened or changed as he aged.  I think it is fitting, when we recall his good qualities we must also temper it by acknowledging his worst ones.   Today I think it best I have a small dish of ice cream (sorry, no beans and toast, my fandom only goes so far), think of HPL, and make a small donation in his name to a charity he would likely have despised.

The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man arrives

The Cover of tSotSoHM

I am happy to report that The Sense if the Sleight of Hand Man is now available, at least in PDF form.  As a contributor to the Kickstarter, I’ve had a chance to preview the book as it was coming together.  Perhaps I will find some free time to read it soon?  If you have any interest in the Dreamlands or in Dennis Detwiller’s writings, definitely pick it up.  (PDF, Print pre-order)

In other news, there is a new episode of the Good Friends of Jackson Elias podcast.  This time the potting shed crew talk about the revised chase rules from CoC 7th Ed.  Apparently it is “hot” in England right now.  Call me when you break 100, or umm… 37 degrees.

(Dollars and) Cents of the Sleight of Hand Man

Dennis Detwiller (of the Delta Green troika along with A.S. Glancy and John Tynes) has been on a posting roll with his blog lately.  Of potential note to my readers (I have two now) is his new Kickstarter, raising funds to complete his scenarios “The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man”.  Here is what he has to say about it:

The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man is a complete classic Call of Cthulhu campaign set in 1920s New York and in H.P. Lovecraft’s Dreamlands. It will be approximately 128 pages. It is a fully illustrated, mapped and lavishly detailed tabletop RPG PDF book, written and illustratedby Dennis Detwiller (me). This work will be finished by summer 2012.

Already portions of the scenario have appeared online (as well as in the final issue ofWorlds of Cthulhu); assuming Dennis raises the funds, he will complete the scenario and release it to donors as a PDF.  While I’d prefer a paper version, I’ll take what I can get of this nicely re-imagined take on the Dreamlands. Best of luck to Dennis on this (and hopefully future) project(s).

(As an aside; it looks like Kickstarter based self-publication is a good way to go for Lovecraftian rpg writers… note to self…)