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CthulhuWiki, December 2014

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in wiki 04 December 2014 · 560 views

Early days yet, but I don't imagine I'll write another this month...

Since my brain decided I only need an hour's sleep tonight, I needed something to do that would fill the next six hours or so, but wasn't particularly difficult and made no noise. Categorisation and scenario entries are just about ideal. There's a little bit of work required to keep t...


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I accidentally wrote a horror game

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in mechanics, design 03 December 2014 · 546 views

I'm posting this just in case anyone's interested.

During a series of discussions on between my other blog and a couple of friends, I ended up writing a lot of blog comments about mechanics in horror games, with a lot of focus on maintaining tension, darkness and light. After a while I realised that between all these ideas I had quite a large chunk of a...


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Reviewish: The Menace from Sumatra

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 03 June 2014 · 142,084 views

or, The Adventure of the Explorers‘ Return, wherein investigators are drawn into deadly battle in the by-ways and fogs of metropolitan London, seat of empire .

This is a spoileriffic review of The Menace from Sumata , by Kevin W Jacklin and L.N. Isinwyll (Lynn Willis), from Dark Designs .

The scenario is described as suitable for beginners, but also dea...


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Special Collections: Bemerkungen über die (Un)Logische Grundlagen der Menschenphysik

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in inspiration, tomes, Call of Cthulhu 10 April 2014 · 1,093 views

This is the second in this irregular series where I offer some unusual tomes based on my experience in library work, starting with a non-standard tome type and turning it into an example, along with a few ideas for how they might be used.

Manuscripts
Manuscripts are relatively common in academic libraries, which is still not to say all that common. Acad...


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Scenario Skeleton: "Bringing Home The Bacon"

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in scenario, design, Call of Cthulhu 27 March 2014 · 777 views

This is a partially-written scenario that I roughed up over lunch while listening to the MUP. I can't remember what prompted it, to be honest, though it could indeed tie in to Episode 51. It's not a complete scenario, but an outline of core conceit, several suggested sinister truths as solutions to the mystery, and some surrounding detail that you might f...


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Actual Play: On Silent Wings

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in actual play, Call of Cthulhu 24 March 2014 · 860 views
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A couple of weekends ago, one of my friends was seized with the desire to run an occult game, so we ran an impromptu improvised game with the Call of Cthulhu rules. It worked out well and I was recording stuff that day, so here's a link in case anyone's interested. Link goes to my other blog first, as I already posted link and discussion of the game on...


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Reviewish: Eyes for the Blind

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 12 February 2014 · 771 views

This is a spoileriffic review of Eyes for the Blind , by David Hallett and L.N. Isinwyll (Lynn Willis), from Dark Designs .

Eyes For The Blind: or, The Adventure of the Iron Knives, wherein the investigators confront villainy of the most monstrous kind, and find that good men and bad men alike can overreach themselves.

The scenario begins with “scen...


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Special Collections: On Neanderthal Survival

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in inspiration, tomes, Call of Cthulhu 05 February 2014 · 1,034 views

This is the first in (hopefully) an irregular series where I offer some unusual tomes based on my experience in library work, starting with a non-standard tome type and turning it into an example, along with a few ideas for how they might be used.

Offprints
An offprint is a single chapter or article extracted from a larger volume. They are printed or re...


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A seasonal shock

Posted by Shimmin Beg , 31 December 2013 · 624 views

It is always a shock to return to the old fishing town where one's dark furtive ancestors dwelt to keep festival as they had commanded, only to find som fule hav erected a giant, conical shoggoth amidst the temples of commerce.

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This picture really does...


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Reviewish: Dark Carnival

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 04 December 2013 · 3,200 views
Jazz Age, Spoilers, Review
(I am shamed into resuming these reviews by my shout-out on the latest MUP, where Keeper Chad referred to me as a "profilic poster". I haven't written here in ages through a mixture of work and personal stuff, but let's get back on that horse.)

This is a spoileriffic review of Dark Carnival , by David A. Hargrave, from Curse of the Cthonians .

It’s the...


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Tomefoolery, part six

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in tomes, Keeping 10 October 2013 · 943 views

Part six of this series, dealing with containment of tomes, is now up on my other blog.


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Monster balance

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, mechanics, Keeping 10 July 2013 · 613 views

For some reason, I a) posted this on my other blog, and B) forgot to link it at the time. I talk a bit about what balance means in a game like CoC , and waffle vaguely about narrative monster roles.

Cthulhu monster balance


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Inside the Library: getting in and getting stuff

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Keeping, inspiration 09 July 2013 · 809 views

Part 2 of a sporadic series about libraries, based on professional experience, hearsay and wild speculation.

So you’ve come to Lower Dulling, uncovered a peculiar event, and sought out the town library to research a few nuggets of hearsay. Or perhaps you returned from the Amazon with unusual botanical specimens, and rush to the Faculty of Horticulture in...


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Inside the library: Librarians and their ilk

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Keeping, inspiration 06 July 2013 · 808 views

So I thought, given how often libraries pop up in this game, I would scribble down the odd thought about it from the other side of the desk. Obviously, there are many geographical, institutional and temporal differences between libraries and library practices, so this is just one perspective. To the many other library and information professionals I know...


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Reviewish: Sleigh Ride, part 2

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 18 June 2013 · 855 views
Review
This is the second half of a spoileriffic review of Sleigh Ride , by Steve Kluskens & Liam Routt, from Fearful Passages . Part one is here .

Overall notes

Editingwise, there are a couple of missing lines where an NPC is introduced, which a Keeper will have to improvise around. This one also makes the common mistake of cramming a wodge of general n...


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Reviewish: Sleigh Ride, part 1

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 18 June 2013 · 614 views
Review
This is the first half of a spoileriffic review of Sleigh Ride , by Steve Kluskens & Liam Routt, from Fearful Passages .

This is the longest scenario in the books (hovering on the border of mini-campaign), and as such different portions of it have different traits. Sleighing is prominent in the scenario, though it’s a method of transport rather than...


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Reviewish: Along the Indus

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 22 May 2013 · 652 views
Review, Spoilers
In this scenario, the Investigators are summoned by an army commandant in a remote part of India, seeking their help with some local problems. The letter is cryptic and uninformative, but displays a sense of urgency – as it should when asking a group of complete strangers to travel for a full day to a remote part of India. On arrival, they find that a mys...


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Reviewish: Armored Angels

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 20 April 2013 · 620 views
Review, Spoilers
This is a spoileriffic review of Armored Angels , by Gustaf Bjørksten, from Fearful Passages .

Like Crash Dive, I found this scenario quite difficult to evaluate. Armored Angels is definitely an actual scenario, but it’s a very straightforward one. In terms of the collection’s transport theme, armoured cars are important tools in the scenario, but not ce...


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Tomefoolery, part five

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in tomes, design, Keeping 07 April 2013 · 406 views

Part five of this series is now up on my other blog, and discusses some physical and supernatural abilities that powerful tomes might have. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.


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Reviewish: Slow Boat, part 2

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, scenario 12 March 2013 · 463 views

This is part two of a spoileriffic review of Slow Boat , by Peter F. Jeffrey and Mark Morrison, from Fearful Passages .

Nitpicking

You have to be handwave their freedom of movement: murder suspect Raven's allowed to roam around free, even revisiting a possible crime scene, while the tunnels themselves are still open to the public, even though a woman...