of the Unspeakable Oath podcast. We talked about their respective projects (The Unspeakable Oath #25, Horrors of War, Role-playing Public Radio and other projects), my projects (The Arkham Gazette) and, for most of the show Masks of Nyarlathotep and The Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion. Do give it a listen.
It was a lot of fun to chat with the UO crew and hear about their experiences running Masks. I hope I remembered to speak slowly and enunciate. If you haven’t taken a look yet, there are (currently) about 5 days to go in the MoNC Kickstarter.
The Good Friends of Jackson Elias released a new episode all about Cubicle 7’s World War Cthulhu ‘setting’ (or is more of a line?); if you want to win a PDF bundle of the two WWC books to date, retweet/G+/facebook their post about this episode. They’ve also got some insane Patreon supporterspaying them to sing!
There is a lot to say about the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion but I wanted to start by highlighting my absolutely favorite piece from the book: The Seven Cryptical Books of Hsan, written by Anthony Warren.
Anthony had previously written the monograph Kingdom of the Blind, which inspired me to contact him when the original writer who offered to work on our Keeper’s notes for London back in 2008. Not only did he end up writing London, he took on Shanghai, the Raid on Grey Dragon Island, a history of the Order of the Bloated Woman,and this piece, a reinvention of the Seven Cryptical Books. Let me quote a short section:
Unfortunately for readers despite some superficial similarities with traditional esoteric works, this is no mere catalog of star charts and mystic formulae. There is no apparent theme or structure. The densely packed symbols give no clue where to begin. Often multiple – even conflicting – meanings are possible depending on the direction the text is read. With time and study, however, it becomes apparent this is more of a puzzle than a text. By ignoring or adjusting rules of structure, and by picking apart twists of language and symbol, endless variations can be uncovered.
Anthony took what was a sort of second-rate Pnakotic Manuscript and turned it into a mind-shredding nightmare text worthy of being the center of the war between Jack Brady and Ho Fong. I like the Companion, I love some of its parts, but I really, deeply love this re-imaging. If you haven’t checked out the Companion yet, start on page 436.
The Missing Link, like Rubik’s Cube but I could solve this one
Not much new to report on my own writings (sorry Dean, still inching forward on that what I owes ye) but I wanted to pass on a few links that may be of interest:
For those patiently awaiting the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Dennis Detwiller has posted some helpful advice for Keepers running that storied campaign.
The roster of interviews at Cthulhu Reborn has grown by 1, this time with Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia author and friend of Tomes in Progress Dan Harms.
The merry Keepers of the Miskatonic University Podcast have released a new episode all about prop-making in CoC, including some advice on how to make your own faux documents. The secret ingredient is coffee.
First off, Thomas Phinney’s Kickstarter for Christoforo did not make its (admittedly rather high) goal. Hopefully he will not entirely abandon the project. I do love Columbus.
Secondly, I have dusted off a piece I wrote several years ago and submitted it to the new Delta Green website… I did mention they have a new site, yes? Oh dear, it looks like I did not. The item in question, “The Milltrap Stone” was inspired by a visit to “America’s Stonehenge”, among other things. Not quite a scenario, not quite enough for a submission to the Unspeakable Oath, it has slept on my hard drive until now.
Finally, I will reiterate my offer to answer questions about the creation of the Masks Companion. Do you have any? I may eventually solicit the folks at Yog-sothoth.com, but I thought I’d start here first as a reward to my three daily readers (and that one guy in Slovenia who found me looking for “tome poisoning“).