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#1 Gol-Goroth

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 01:27 PM

Miskatonic River Press is proud to announce our 5th project!

Tales of the Sleepless City - a collection of Classic Era Call of Cthulhu scenarios set in New York City.

Why New York City? So many scenarios are set in lonely farmhouses, in remote corners of New England or isolated locations such as lighthouses, islands or forests. However, someone can be just as alone in a major city surrounded by millions of people. The urban scenario has long been in short supply. Writing and running one, as well as conducting an investigation in an urban setting, has its own set of rules, challenges, opportunities and limitations. For the cultists and creatures of the mythos, a city is a great place to hide, to plot and to hunt. Lastly, Tom and I are both native New Yorkers, this is our town.

We are thrilled to tell everyone that this project is being managed and edited by Call of Cthulhu veteran Scott David Aniolowski, who will also be writing one of the scenarios for it. While we’re not ready to announce the exact line up just yet, Call of Cthulhu veterans Dan Harms, Oscar Rios and Brian Sammons have already send in their New York scenarios for review. The cover is currently being produced by none other than the great Paul Carrick.

We’re shooting for a mid 2011 release. Stay tuned for more updates in the weeks and months to come.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 01:40 PM

Sounds a good un. So whose doing the words?

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 02:52 PM

YAY!
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Posted 24 September 2010 - 05:35 PM

Cool!

"There are eight million scenarios in the naked city..."

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:06 PM

Cool!

"There are eight million scenarios in the naked city..."



Hey, give Osk a break...he's prolific, but 8 Million scenarios is probably beyond even him !
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Posted 24 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

We are thrilled to tell everyone that this project is being managed and edited by Call of Cthulhu veteran Scott David Aniolowski, who will also be writing one of the scenarios for it. While we’re not ready to announce the exact line up just yet, Call of Cthulhu veterans Dan Harms, Oscar Rios and Brian Sammons have already send in their New York scenarios for review. The cover is currently being produced by none other than the great Paul Carrick.


*does ritual dance* Sounds like another high-quality, high-impact release from MRP! Looking forward to see what scenarios and art these mythos-blasted minds will give us keepers to torment our players with this time! Another reason to look forward to midsummer 2011 - it's not just getting boozed up on schnaps and chasing elks naked through the forest this time! ;-)

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:09 PM

MRP produces it, I'll buy it. That simple.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:21 PM

Lastly, Tom and I are both native New Yorkers


Technically, Scott and I are New Yorkers, too, just to confuse matters.

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Posted 24 September 2010 - 10:25 PM

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 10:28 AM

Something Cyclopean this way comes! Great news! :)

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 11:02 AM

Technically, Scott and I are New Yorkers, too, just to confuse matters.

Tom and I are both native New Yorkers, this is our town.


I, however, am not a New Yorker. But have a New York state of mind.

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Posted 27 September 2010 - 09:54 AM

not just getting boozed up on schnaps and chasing elks naked through the forest this time!


Ha! I wanna come to your midsummer party! :D

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:34 PM

Awesome news guys - is it too much to hope for that there will be links (at least acknowledegement) to existing NYC scenarios like those in DoTB and Masks?

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:42 PM

Awesome news guys - is it too much to hope for that there will be links (at least acknowledegement) to existing NYC scenarios like those in DoTB and Masks?


I hadn't considered that. While a good idea, that seems more the territory of a Secrets of sourcebook. But what does everyone else think? Is this something people want to see?

As far as the book itself goes, I've gotten all but three of the proposed scenarios, and have begun the task of reading them and making editorial comments. So far it looks like this is going to be a really good collection of scenarios, chok full of Mythosy goodness.
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Posted 04 October 2010 - 09:12 PM

I hadn't considered that. While a good idea, that seems more the territory of a Secrets of sourcebook. But what does everyone else think? Is this something people want to see?

As far as the book itself goes, I've gotten all but three of the proposed scenarios, and have begun the task of reading them and making editorial comments. So far it looks like this is going to be a really good collection of scenarios, chok full of Mythosy goodness.


It gets my two tentacles up. I like it when scenarios acknowledge other scenarios and tie into the Call of Cthulhu Mythos.

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Posted 04 October 2010 - 11:18 PM

It gets my two tentacles up. I like it when scenarios acknowledge other scenarios and tie into the Call of Cthulhu Mythos.


Indeed. I don't think what StagLord is suggesting would put it in Secrets of... territory at all. Think of it as how Carl Stanford pops up here and there in different books, for instance.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:46 PM

Thanks Badger. Exactly.

Scott: nothing as involved as a sidebar about the Bloody Tongue (and their activities and machinations) in NY - but just a reference to bugsy Wexler or the Ju Ju shop or the Carlyle estate or Nathan and Cassandra Bishop in the society pages: things like that. Acknowledges the three decades of hsitory in the game, and makes the in-game city feel even more viibrant and real.

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 02:25 PM

I think that's a great idea, just a subtle connection to NY as it has existed in the game. It may even have the upside of inspiring people to include in their campaigns if they're already making use of that material.

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Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:32 AM

The cover painting is just in, and it is a beautiful thing to see! I am even more excited to be editing this collection now.
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Posted 08 October 2010 - 12:43 AM

The cover painting is just in, and it is a beautiful thing to see! I am even more excited to be editing this collection now.

Indeed it is! I almost cackled and did crazy cultist dance when I got it!

Two things...
1. Credit where it is due: Ia! Paul Carrick!
2. Since I've always been one to share:

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