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#681 jlynn

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Posted 06 July 2017 - 10:33 PM

If they ever do Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Volume II, someone should do "Masks over the Midwest". Eldritch-shadowed Manitowoc, WI! Degenerate and bustling river port St Louis, MO! Cosmopolitan Chicago! Remote Leelanau, MI! The cult-infested Twin Cities! 

 

That'd just be a cool campaign regardless of what you called it!  Wasn't August Derleth from out in that neck of the woods?  Should be plenty of material to work with.  I seem to recall a story by him that was a pretty obvious pastiche of "The Whisperer in Darkness" and "The Dunwich Horror" about some professor types who stayed in an old hunting lodge in Minnesota or Wisconsin and subsequently ran across something they shouldn't have.


There is a Mountain of the Black Wind in Wisconsin.

 

Oh, you go right ahead and laugh.  I did, when I first heard of it.  A mountain!  Wreathed in storms, and full of caves and temples that were here before the Menominee, leastways that's the way I heard it.  But I still rode out with the professor from Out East, and Hank and a few other boys.  He was paying top dollar, after all.  No harm in humouring a crazy old coot.  Sure enough, nothing but forest and creeks and a couple of mounds you could hardly call a hill.  Give it up, we told him, but he had his map. 

 

"It's not where you go," he told me one night.  "It's how you get there."  Thought him an old fool and wondered how long the pantomime would keep up.  We crossed our own tracks, more'n once.  Two weeks out on the trail and hitting the halfway point on supplies.  Then one morning we turned out of a gully and there it was.  A tooth of coal-black rock, towering up like it was nailed to the sky, and the clouds squirming about it like they was in pain.  I didn't like the smell of it, no sir.  No matter how you look at it, there ain't no mountain in that part of the state, and no mountain like that any place I heard of.  But there it was.

 

Well... we did our job and escorted him to his mountain.  And I came back, and so did Hank - leastways, most of him did.  And maybe I don't like to go inside no more, and the sound of music gives me a twitch in my eye, but that's by the by.

 

But you heard me, son.  Don't you go looking.  There ain't any mountain there unless you want to find it.  And let me tell you, that ain't a thing you want, not at all.  Don't you go following any crazy maps, nor any rhymes and riddles you heard off some stranger with a red neckerchief.  There's a path there all right, and if you walk it once, you may get the chance to walk out again, but it ain't ever bringing you back home.

 

(with apologies for wildly inaccurate dialogue; I have never been to a Wisconsin, not even of any kind)

 

Well done!  :-)

 


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Posted 06 July 2017 - 10:55 PM

If they ever do Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Volume II...


Imagine the size of one for Horror on the Orient Express! (There isn't one, as far as I know, the 2nd edition is already quite hefty.)



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Posted 06 July 2017 - 11:38 PM

Imagine the size of one for Horror on the Orient Express! (There isn't one, as far as I know, the 2nd edition is already quite hefty.)

 

Honestly, as i'm in the midst of running HotOE for my group, i can absolutely see a Companion being useful. More information about the cities and countries along the route, the political situations going on, weather and moon phase charts, more details on the citizenry of the local populaces, the laws and customs for each country (especially gun laws and availability), newspaper headlines, local cuisine, folklore and legends (for possible other scenario seeds?)...

 

I didn't realize that list would get so long until i started typing it.

 

You'd probably need a hand truck to cart it around, though. ;)

 

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:08 AM

(with apologies for wildly inaccurate dialogue; I have never been to a Wisconsin, not even of any kind)

 

It's not too far off from the rural Wisconsinites (including my great-grandfather) I've known. Jolly good! 

 

Imagine the size of one for Horror on the Orient Express! (There isn't one, as far as I know, the 2nd edition is already quite hefty.)

 

Honestly, as i'm in the midst of running HotOE for my group, i can absolutely see a Companion being useful. 

 

I'm inclined to agree that even for Second Edition, HotOE could stand a companion. Aside from a cursory knowledge of interwar Royal Navy activity in Turkish waters, I know very little about interwar-era southern Europe.

 

My copy of MoNC arrived in the mail today, pretty impressive given that I'd plumped for the slowest and cheapest shipping option. 



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:56 AM

Honestly, as i'm in the midst of running HotOE for my group, i can absolutely see a Companion being useful. More information about the cities and countries along the route, the political situations going on, weather and moon phase charts, more details on the citizenry of the local populaces, the laws and customs for each country (especially gun laws and availability), newspaper headlines, local cuisine, folklore and legends (for possible other scenario seeds?)...

 

I didn't realize that list would get so long until i started typing it.

 

You'd probably need a hand truck to cart it around, though. ;)

 

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The Resturant Menu supplement alone would have to be over 1000 pages.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 10:47 AM

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 11:07 AM

If they ever do Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Volume II, someone should do "Masks over the Midwest". Eldritch-shadowed Manitowoc, WI! Degenerate and bustling river port St Louis, MO! Cosmopolitan Chicago! Remote Leelanau, MI! The cult-infested Twin Cities! 

 

That would be Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Volume II: The Corollary or Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Volume II: The Companion's Companion. Of course, there really is no need for such a volume, though I suppose that you could put together an anthology of scenarios inspired by the campaign with integration guidance.

 

Further, there are other campaigns far more deserving of a similar treatment, starting with the original, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth.


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:36 PM

Further, there are other campaigns far more deserving of a similar treatment, starting with the original, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth.

 

That venerable campaign will, down the line, be getting a considerable revamp. 


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Posted 07 July 2017 - 01:46 PM

That venerable campaign will, down the line, be getting a considerable revamp. 

 

Squee!



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:03 PM

My order (from DTRPG) just arrived today ... and ... it is *huge*! Thanks for all your work. At first glance it looks pretty amazing.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 03:59 PM

Further, there are other campaigns far more deserving of a similar treatment, starting with the original, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth.

 

This.  I've felt for decades that SoYS desperately needed a re-do (or, a Companion style treatment); in the wake of the original MoN, it was quite clear that Call of Cthulhu had moved well beyond this sort of "D&D-ish" treatment of a campaign.  And now, forty plus years later, it is well overdue.  Add in a "Companion" and you would have another truly outstanding campaign to look forward to.

 

Because, whatever else you say about SoYS, it has good bones.  When we consider that it was just about the first supplement ever written for CoC, you have to admit that it was a strong effort; especially considering the state of the art back in 1982.  The underlying plot is good, and the scenarios were clever and interesting, and it made excellent use of the First Edition rules and concepts.  It was also one of the earlier books that had props as an integral part of it's make-up (in the industry at large I mean; it was certainly one of the first that did so for CoC) though the idea wasn't nearly as "realized" as it was a year or so later with MoN.  The problem with it, to me, always seemed that it wasn't well tied together...that, and the opposition was extremely strong for mere humans to tackle.  However given either an extensive re-write, or a Pulp Cthulhu treatment, I'm betting this one would once again charge to the forefront.


That venerable campaign will, down the line, be getting a considerable revamp. 

 

This is truly excellent news!!



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 07:16 PM

That venerable campaign will, down the line, be getting a considerable revamp. 

 

That is really good news!

 

D.



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 07:21 PM

very happy to receive the hardback in the post today, sadly the corners on the front right-hand side look like they have been bashed in a bit :( i assume it's from the shipping, has anyone else had this?



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 09:56 PM

There's an update on the MoNC KS page for this kind of thing: What to do in case of damaged books or printing errors



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Posted 07 July 2017 - 10:21 PM

I has received it! It is insane and awesome! :mrgreen:

 

The only thing I do not understand it why it is called the 'Sand Bat' edition when the cover shows a Pharaoh's mask; surely calling it the 'Black Pharaoh' Edition would have made more sense?

 

Now i just need a Hardcover edition of the actual campaign. I have the original boxed set (complete and uncut) and a 3rd edition 'Complete Masks' ('lightning print' unfortunately), and at some point I will get a 2nd edition one as well, just 'cause, but right now I'm looking for a hardcover to match the Companion. Which HC versions have been printed and are they still available somehow?

 

Chaosium doesn't seem to have them anymore and ebay only has a limited 'anniversary edition' that's $100 + shipping to the Netherlands.

 

Incidentally, at the time I write this, there is a softcover Companion (called 'Black Pharaoh' version, though the cover looks more like a 'Bloated Woman' cultist to me) available for 30 pounds (only ships within Britain though) on ebay.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 12:05 AM

Incidentally, at the time I write this, there is a softcover Companion (called 'Black Pharaoh' version, though the cover looks more like a 'Bloated Woman' cultist to me) available for 30 pounds (only ships within Britain though) on ebay.

 

The seller is confused. It's a Bloody Tongue edition. Those are the only version that were made as softcover. The original Kickstarter pledge was called the Black Pharaoh edition but the name were changed afterwards. 



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 12:46 AM

The only thing I do not understand it why it is called the 'Sand Bat' edition when the cover shows a Pharaoh's mask; surely calling it the 'Black Pharaoh' Edition would have made more sense?

 

To differentiate the Chaosium version from the KS versions. And "Black Pharaoh" was already taken by the limited edition. I did offer Chaosium a different cover but they declined.


There's an update on the MoNC KS page for this kind of thing: What to do in case of damaged books or printing errors

 

Sorry, not if its a Chaosium edition. The advice above only applies if its a KS book.


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Posted 08 July 2017 - 03:46 AM

very happy to receive the hardback in the post today, sadly the corners on the front right-hand side look like they have been bashed in a bit :( i assume it's from the shipping, has anyone else had this?

 

Mine is a bit smushed along the top of the spine and in a corner. Not sure if I should care. . Maybe?



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 05:27 AM

Hmm.  Mine arrived in perfect condition, but then, it was a KS version from SixtyStone.  Usually stuff I get from DriveThru is packaged pretty well though.  Perhaps you should contact them and find out what your options are.



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 05:36 AM

I've sold on E--Bay myself. Just because it sold, doesn't mean it actually sold. Often buyers don't actually pay, usually with auctions, but this can happen with Buy It Now listings. If you see feedback for it, that 'almost' guarantees that it sold at that price.

 

Also, this one sold as a best offer, not for the full $300. Doing some detective work, it looks like the final price was $250.







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