Post-Yule Post

Shockingly, between the Arkham Gazette Kickstarter (48 hours to go!) and other seasonal obligations, I’ve had scant little time to update good old Tomes in Progress.  Sorry!

So, here’s what has been going on in the world of Lovecraftian roleplaying games.

In other news, Shane Ivey might possibly have had the best Christmas of us all.  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Finally, a bit of seasonal poetry from HPL himself:


by H.P. Lovecraft

There is snow on the ground,
And the valleys are cold,
And a midnight profound
Blackly squats o’er the wold;
But a light on the hilltops half-seen hints of feastings unhallow’d and old.

There is death in the clouds,
There is fear in the night,
For the dead in their shrouds
Hail the sun’s turning flight,
And chant wild in the woods as they dance round a Yule-altar fungous and white.

To no gale of earth’s kind
Sways the forest of oak,
Where the sick boughs entwin’d
By mad mistletoes choke,
For these pow’rs are the pow’rs of the dark, from the graves of the lost Druid-folk.

And mayst thou to such deeds
Be an abbot and priest,
Singing cannibal greeds
At each devil-wrought feast,
And to all the incredulous world shewing dimly the sign of the beast.

London Boxed Set news, a Kickstarter, and the Good Friends keep busy

As always seems to happen, just as soon as I post an update, yet another podcast appears.  In this case it was the rather prolific Good Friends of Jackson Elias, who talk this time about how to emulate various horror genres at the table, both mechanically and by GM action.  It is a pretty thorough rundown though I wish they’d talked about the Blood Brothers series from Chaosium since, though dated, that pair of books does a great job of capturing all sorts of horror types (albeit cinematic variations) within the Call of Cthulhu rules, from Hammer Film to Black and White expressionism, with zombies, beach-party hating monsters, and midget Nazi shaman for good measure.

On a personal note, I’ve been cleared by the editor of the London Boxed Set to reveal that I will have a scenario in the scenario book (aka book 3) for the set.  I don’t want to say more than that at this point, in part because I have yet to submit a finished draft of the scenario to Cubicle 7.  If you run into me or spot me on line and I don’t seem to be working on getting that done, give me a kick.  I have already turned in another short piece for the project, what I will for now only describe as a tool for Keepers.  No, not a corkscrew.

I am very honored to be a small part of this enormous project.  I ran a year-long campaign set in 1920s London more than a decade ago and it was enormous fun.  This London guide has been a project I have long hoped for and to be a part of it, even in a small way, is a tremendous honor… err… honour.

Lastly, my friend Matt Madigan has launched his own Kickstarter to publish his first novel “Her Name is Violence”, which he describes as ‘Hard Boiled Noir’.  He’s got a week to go and has already made his initial funding goal but would really like to hit a few more stretch goals. If you like mystery fiction or Noir, give it a look.

Another Kickstarter: the Call of Catthulhu

As Cubicle 7’s London Boxed set’s Kickstarter rockets skyward, I wanted to mention another crowd-funding project running at present…

Whilst at NecronomiCon is had the pleasure of picking up an early version of the Call of Catthulhu.  It was an amusing game and I’m glad I picked it up.  Now (well, two weeks ago but my attention has been elsewhere) they launched a Kickstarter for a deluxe edition of the game.  It’s already reached and exceeded its initial goal, which is lovely.  If you want to fight the Mythos as a cat (and now as a dog as well thanks to a stretch goal), check it out.

(In case you wondered, this has nothing to do with the Call of Cathulhu (note the single ‘t’), as appeared in Worlds of Cthulhu and to eventually be released by Sixtystone Press, though they both involve the Mythos and cat.)

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.