The Oath returns, Simulated Models, and even more Witch-House fun

UO24There’s a new issue of the Unspeakable Oath (#24) and I am fortunate enough to have two (!) articles in it – a revamped version of my shotgun scenario “Holding Cell” and “The Cult of A”.  I’m very happy to see both in the august (or even July! hah!) pages of the Unspeakable Oath, I’m especially happy with “The Cult of A”as it is one of the few pieces I’ve ever written that genuinely unnerved me.  I hope you enjoy them both (and the whole issue; currently available as a PDF, with a print version to follow).

Ken and Robin talked about the Flat Earth Society, female heroes and trend of ‘Batmanization’, simulation vs. modeling, and Subhas Chandra Bose (who curiously enough did not develop a stereo system).  While I usually enjoy KaRTaS, I must confess that Robin’s insistence that we replace “simulation” with “modeling” in referring to that goal of gaming seems to arise out of a sort of straw man argument which claims some inherent superiority of “simulationist” gaming as it is rooted in the real world.  Frankly I don’t know anyone in RPGs who imagines their game system is a perfect mirror of reality, bullet impact ratios, blood points, or 90 page combat tables be damned.

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias have wrapped up their discussion of “Dreams in the Witch-House” in which they cover the various adaptations of the story over the years (from Bad to Rock Opera) as well as using the story in gaming and inspiring your own material.  They may have overlooked the otherwise obscure d20 Cthulhu scenario “Jenkins Lives!” but I recommend it.

There has also been another positive review of GGP’s Tales of the Crescent City.

Adam Gauntlett has posted a teaser for his contribution to the upcoming Trail of Cthulhu release Mythos Expeditions.  Count me as interested.

I forgot to say so earlier, but Protodimension Magazine is looking for submissions.  (I’m still looking for submissions to the Arkham Gazette as well.)

(On a personal note – We’ve hit 200 posts!)

 

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Win some (contests), lose some (podcast)

Tsathoggua… he’s the Mythos version of Puxatawny Phil, right?

Ah, Groundhog’s Day… the time when everyone catches up on their blog with a news roundup…

  • I’m happy to announce that my submission to this winter’s Shotgun Scenario Contest, Holding Cell, was the top vote getter in the poll of members… granted the poll only had 28 votes, but I’ll take that as a win.
  • I’m sad to announce that News from Pnakotus is ending its run.  I have greatly enjoyed NfP (and Yog Radio, which came before it) and, while I understand Paul’s reasons (lack of time, for example), I’m still sad to see it go.   It was a good run.
  • I’m happy to announce (my, what mood swings I’m having) that Dean Englehart has released his mock newspaper article generator Mutable Deceptions.  Now you too can have high quality newspaper articles to use as handouts in your game, Call of Cthulhu or otherwise.  It is such a great idea I’m stunned no one has done this before.  I cannot wait to use it.