Adventures in link mongering

There have been a few worthy bits of news since our last update here. I’m still recuperating from wrapping up the last issue of the Gazette. There also has not been all that much going on the world of Call of Cthulhu and Lovecraftian roleplaying…

The latest fiction collection from Dennis Detwiller – Delta Green: Tales from Failed Anatomies is now available for sale as a PDF.

The gang at the Miskatonic University Podcast have released a new episode: #56, in which they talk about GenCon plans, personal topical limits in gaming, and Yig. Did I mention there fundraising so they can all meet for the first time at GenCon? No? Damn.

Ken and Robin talked about stuff including using ghosts in horror roleplaying and the Comte Saint Germain.

Tentaclii, a blog for all things H.P. Lovecraft, has resumed updating again after a two month break. Too many interesting links to pick just a few – check it out.

The latest issue of the Arkham Gazette was very favorably reviewed on DiehardGamefan. We are looking for submissions for the next issue as well.

Finally, I spotted this on Yog-Sothoth.com… ever wanted to hear authentic Babylonian chants? Of course you do.

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News from the Islands

Golden Goblin Press lead goblin Oscar Rios has been interviewed in the latest episode of the Miskatonic University Podcast, wherein he talks about not only this first release from GGP, Island of Ignorance, but the process of birthing that book as well, which I think is useful listening for anyone considering launching their own Kickstarter.

Speaking of Island of Ignorance, that book has had its second review, this time by Matthew Pook over at Reviews from R’lyeh.  Two positive reviews so far for “Island”, which bodes well.

Whisperer (and no park…ness?) and fun with Spambots

I had the good fortune to heading down to Providence over the weekend to catch a double-feature of The Call of Cthulhu and The Whisperer in Darkness at the Cable Car Theater.  Before I dive into my Lovecraftian cinematic adventure, I wanted to share the latest computer-generated poetry to grace my spam filter-

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Huh? I wish my cousin had a princess…

Now, on to Lovecraftian fun!  First off, I should have remembered that weekends, May through October, Providence hosts ‘Waterfire‘ an outdoor arts festival along the Providence River.  The double-feature was scheduled to start at 10 and I’d not allowed much time for delays (i.e. I was running late) so when I discovered downtown Providence was full of laughing families, all of whom had filled every convenient parking space near the theater.  I suspect there are not a lot of people with serious heart ailments living in Providence since I had to make a CON check to descend the hilly streets to the cinema.  After convincing the lone employee that, despite being 1/2 an hour late that I did indeed wish to see the double feature.  A quick visit to the concessions stand (err, counter) and I was ready to watch the movies…

Having already seen The Call of Cthulhu several times (including once in Providence previously), I wasn’t unhappy to come in at the climax of the film, as the poor doomed sailors reaching the ‘tomb’ of Cthulhu.  After the sailors had been eaten, Cthulhu impaled on a freighter, and our narrator driven mad by his discoveries our next film began… which for five minutes was The Call of Cthulhu again.  Ooops.

(Speaking of TCoC… I noticed in the ‘Thanks’ section of the credits of the film was one Nick Offerman, which a quick check on ye olde Yternette confirmed that it is the very same gent who plays Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation.  Nifty!)

Now, after the break, my thoughts on The Whisperer in the Darkness

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Views and reviews

Hey, I’ve had my 3000th page view.  Yippee!  Thank you Chinese spam sites, graveyard junkies, Cthulhu fans, and one guy in Albania.

In other news, there have been some positive reviews of my article “Saucer Attack 1928: The Dunwich ‘Horror'”:

My favorite is “Saucer Attack 1928!” which ties the events of The Dunwich Horror to the UFO craze. – Ed Grabianowski, Robot Viking

and

“Saucer Attack 1928! The Dunwich ‘Horror’” is… a very funny idea for a book that definitely is outside the box… I’m not sure I’d ever use it (I rarely play in or run modern era games of COC. Delta Green though…). Still this is exactly what COC needs after thirty-one years: things that stay true to the old conventions while giving them a new twist rather than relying on the clichéd trappings.  – Alex Lucard (is that an anagram?) at Diehard Gamefan