Cultists Descend Upon Arkham...
Well, not really. But Yog-Sothoth regulars Mograg and Nightshade (Brian and Rob in their civilian identities) decided to meet in person in the old town of Salem, Massachusetts this past Sunday. We picked Salem because it was somewhat central to both our locations, and of course Salem is Arkham's "real life" counterpart, so the town seemed ideal for a real life meeting.
Rob and I met up at the Salem Beerworks, not far from Pickering Wharf (one of the old wharves in the days of the East India trade, now refurbished to house trendy shops, restaurants, and upscale condos). We had an enjoyable lunch, devoting our friendly conversation to learning more about one another and our appreciation of the game that is Call of Cthulhu.
After the restaurant, we spend a few hours walking the old streets of Salem, talking about Lovecraft, the game, this website, role playing games in general, etc. We prowled through Salem's many hobby shops and occult emporiums. For those who don't know, Salem is an odd mix of the genteel and the tawdry. It's the East Coast's haven for Wicca, neo-paganism, metaphysics, and things of that nature. The town has also made itself into something of a cartoon, capitalizing on its horrific past as the site of the Salem Witch Trials and catering to the tourist industry (actually those occured in neighboring Danvers, which was part of Salem in 1692 but later split off into its own town, but that's another story...).
So Salem has a sort of year-round Halloween spirit, and there are all sorts of odd shops and interesting characters around. I'm sure Lovecraft would be bemused at how "Arkham" has capitalized on its history, turning its darkest days into a sort of occult Mardi-Gras, while simultaneously attracting neo-pagan Witches whose earth-based religion has nothing to do with the heresies levelled at the unfortunate "witches" back in the late 1600s. But I digress...
So Rob and I prowled the hobby shops and the occult emporiums, happily chatting about Yog-Sothoth and Cthulhu and the Necronomicon amidst all the weirdness that is Salem. It was a thoroughly fun day and great to meet another Yog-Sothoth poster in person.
Any other New Englanders who post here? Would you like to meet Rob and myself in person? Rob and I are hoping from the humble beginnings of two CoC cultists meeting in person, we might attract other local posters and get something going on here in the New England area.
Do drop a line if you're interested, or if you - like Rob and I - have met other Yog-Sothoth.com worthies in person in your area. I'd love to hear of your experiences.
Best to all,