Stranger Things

Stranger Things

The popularity of Netflix series Stranger Things has a lot to do with nostalgia for the kid-focused coming-of-age movies of the 80s, but also the sounds, sights, fashions, and that damned game Dungeons & Dragons. The other fascination comes from the adventure potential of the Upside-Down and the creeping horror within – nicknamed the Demogorgon by the kids, but something else altogether. The story progression of Stranger Things is not too far adrift of a Lovecraftian tale. A slow progression,…

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Happy Birthday, Mr Lovecraft

Happy Birthday, Mr Lovecraft

In celebration of Howard Lovecraft’s 126th birthday, OneBookShelf is offering a 20% discount on all Mythos related games across their websites, including RPGNow and DriveThruRPG. That means you can grab a copy of The Cthulhu Hack and From Unformed Realms at 20% until 31th August. That includes the softcover! And while you’re at it, you can also pick up Pay-What-You-Want release The Cthulhu Hack: Convicts and Cthulhu and the Outpost Generator. And while you’re there, why not try the excellent The Many Deaths…

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Outpost Expansion

Outpost Expansion

The Outpost Generator release came from looking at maps of the settlements in the early period of the Australian colony while putting The Cthulhu Hack: Convicts and Cthulhu‘s adventure together. Most provided little more than a beach head for civilisation, as the British would have seen it, in a savage and challenging land. Meantime, the native people of this great land looked on – no doubt with a mixture of emotions and responses that would have grown more negative with…

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Outpost Drop Table

Outpost Drop Table

A small release on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG today in the form of the Outpost Drop Table generator for free settler / colonial outposts, suited to pre-modern adventure environments – like The Cthulhu Hack: Convicts & Cthulhu – but open to other possibilities. Drop five or six 6-sided dice into the table and read off the result, which tells you the building and something unusual about it – like the strange native burial mound near the church or oddly weathered walls of…

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Beware the Jurrawarra

Beware the Jurrawarra

Read through Waste-Land Beasts and How to Kill Them and felt I had to post a variant of the Yowie, as the Australian variant of the classic Big Foot (or the Yeti) has so many names and faces according to which Aboriginal tribe sighted them. Looking at some of the Waste-Land monsters clearly triggered something. Aboriginal myth helps no end. It makes for great reading in preparation for a session of Convicts & Cthulhu, simply as a taster of the native…

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RPGGeek Review of The Cthulhu Hack

RPGGeek Review of The Cthulhu Hack

After the review of From Unformed Realms yesterday, I was delighted to see the time and effort taken to publish a very thorough review of The Cthulhu Hack yesterday, by Eric Dodd on RPGGeek. I think it’s well worth reading – a thorough take worth the time to work through if you’re teetering on the fence as to whether The Cthulhu Hack will work for you. To paraphrase the review, I present the concluding paragraphs: Combining The Black Hack’s approach to old…

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From Unformed Realms Review

From Unformed Realms Review

There’s a new review on RPGNow/DriveThruRPG for From Unformed Realms, which I engineered to some extent by offering free copies. I consciously offered copies of this supplement to people who didn’t ‘play Cthulhu’, because From Unformed Realms supports but isn’t constrained to The Cthulhu Hack. I wrote this as a generic, non-system specific supplement – and the review shows Steve’s appreciation of that: First things first, Paul offered me a free copy of this product, but after I read it,…

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