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christian

Its' a great cover

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red_bus
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 think that sounds like a good idea. While I am sure it would be a pain to try and link to many (all!) published NYC set scenarios (and not something to be recommended), it would be really good to have some linkage or even reference made to Masks Chapter 1.

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Badger
Oh, and Scott...niiiice avatar! :-D

 

Two (or more) can play that game!

 

Also: Huzzah for Paul doing the cover! It's about time you two got to work together on something CoC related. :D

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Beyond03

While we're all eagerly waiting for this book, may I recommend Diane Duane's novel So You Want to Be a Wizard? (first in a series) -- which also takes place in NYC, and (though not Cthulhu Mythos) is both High Myth and in passages very dark and nightmarish. Not a children's story, this is rated "Young Adult."

 

I should think the whole Trail of Cthulhu / GUMSHOE system lent itself to an urban/noir setting, looking for Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe to walk these mean streets and kick some tentacled ass. Meanwhile the urban fantasy of writers from Charles de Lint to John M. Ford has been slumming in the urbanized Elflands, but every so often slouching R'lyehwards. Surely some sort of collision was inevitable....

 

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tlynch999
Two (or more) can play that game!

I *love* it! Thanks, Bud!

 

Also: Huzzah for Paul doing the cover! It's about time you two got to work together on something CoC related. :D

Indeed. Having known Paul for...crap...almost 25 years (We met when we were teenagers. Honest!), a professional collaboration is long overdue...I'm just glad we've gotten to do it...and man, what a COVER.

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tlynch999

Okay, so more news.

 

I have to say what a pleasure it is to work with a professional editor on this project! I love calling Scott up and harassing him. :D Seriously, though, between the two of us we just generated a bunch of ideas for the book!

 

Item #1:

A chapter on New York. This would be all about the city itself. Who's there, what it's like, getting around in it (the various subway systems in the days before the Metropolitan Transit Authority...complete with maps). This would include the culture of the time, and what it was like to live in the midst of it all.

 

Item #2:

Scenario Seeds! Did you like the book? Wanna play more? Wanna start a New York-based campaign? Here are some thoughts! Several seed-thoughts jumped right out at us during the conversation, so watch for that.

 

Scott also confirmed that we'll be mentioning the other scenarios out there that take place in NYC. But here's a question to those with larger libraries than myself...other than Masks and the NY Source book, what is there that is New York based? Anyone?

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Xipuloxx

Hi! First I'd like to say that this book sounds great already, and the cover art is a thing of beauty. Having liked NTOTMV and fallen in pathetic drooling love with MAIAC (the handouts helped a lot with that, kudos to Mr. Leman), I've become eager to see more classic-era stuff from MRP!

 

Item #1:

A chapter on New York. This would be all about the city itself. Who's there, what it's like, getting around in it (the various subway systems in the days before the Metropolitan Transit Authority...complete with maps). This would include the culture of the time, and what it was like to live in the midst of it all.

I'm not sure about this; isn't it covered in Secrets of New York? I haven't read that book, so if it isn't, please ignore me! But if it is, duplicating that info seems like a waste of space to me.

 

Item #2:

Scenario Seeds! Did you like the book? Wanna play more? Wanna start a New York-based campaign? Here are some thoughts! Several seed-thoughts jumped right out at us during the conversation, so watch for that.

 

Scott also confirmed that we'll be mentioning the other scenarios out there that take place in NYC. But here's a question to those with larger libraries than myself...other than Masks and the NY Source book, what is there that is New York based? Anyone?

"The Dreamer", from Day of the Beast / Curse of Cthulhu / Fungi From Yuggoth is the only one I can think of.

 

And story seeds are never a bad idea, though I wouldn't want them to take up more than a page or so.

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WinstonP

Scott also confirmed that we'll be mentioning the other scenarios out there that take place in NYC. But here's a question to those with larger libraries than myself...other than Masks and the NY Source book, what is there that is New York based? Anyone?

 

Classic era scenarios:

 

"Look to the Future" (Shadows of Yog-Sothoth)

 

"Only after Dark" (from the Book of Dark Wisdom #1), combined with the article on Greenwich Village, both cut from SoNY

 

"Lurker in the Crypt" (Fatal Experiments)- great cult group, but far too much a dungeon crawl

 

"Restoration of Evil" (CoC Keeper's Screen)- Red Hook

 

The Cold Case of Robert Suydam- ditto

 

"Song of the Spheres" (In the Shadows)- evil musicians, underrated scenario in my opinion

 

"Last Stand at Fat Maybelle's" and "What if Carlyle Sells the Books" (forthcoming in the MoN Companion; short scenarios/encounters, both by Mike Czaplinski)

 

"Sense of Slight of Hand Man" (Worlds of Cthulhu #6, part 1 only, also from Dennis Detwiller himself, see link)- starts in NYC

 

(also- his villains in "Call of Duty" are relocated Gothamites)

 

Probably more- I'll edit this list if I can recall any others (I know "The Scuttling" as a brief Gaslight visit, for example)

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Xipuloxx
"Restoration of Evil" (CoC Keeper's Screen)- Red Hook

 

The Cold Case of Robert Suydam- ditto

*Kicks self in head for forgetting those two*

 

"Only after Dark" (from the Book of Dark Wisdom #1), combined with the article on Greenwich Village, both cut from SoNY

 

"Song of the Spheres" (In the Shadows)- evil musicians, underrated scenario in my opinion

And I really should have remembered those as well, having read them both fairly recently! Mr.Brain just isn't at home today. :oops:

 

I agree with you re: Song of the Spheres, btw. (Though it's just one evil musician,isn't it?)

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sda

Secrets of New York does, indeed, cover all of the things Tom and I were discussing, so no need to reprint the material here.

 

Two of the scenarios have begun author rewrites, so the ball is moving.

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StagLord

In addition to winstonp's list - the Chaugnar Faugn story from Curse of the Cthonians is set in NY.

 

Lurker in the Crypt is probably a failure as a scenario - but the Bishops are great villains. More to the point: the author in that piece uses the NY Pillar-Riposteas the newspaper of record for handouts.

 

The same Pillar-Riposte that appears in Chapter I of Masks. Little touches like that serve as connective tissue between scenarios and really make the campaign game world seem alive.

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Badger
:shock: I can't believe no one's mentioned Beyond the Mountains of Madness yet!

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Beyond03
I'm not sure about this; isn't it covered in Secrets of New York? I haven't read that book, so if it isn't, please ignore me! But if it is, duplicating that info seems like a waste of space to me.

Ooh ouch. Tricky territory here. Do we want to say you can't use this book unless you get Secrets too?

 

You should be able to use one without having the other.

 

But then again...{wild eyes gleaming} having both should confer some extra benefit, by cross-reference.

 

Every so often, a path traced in Secrets should be crossed in Sleepless... and that shift in perspective should reveal something.

 

At least the intersection point -- be it a street crossing, a newstand, a café, a motel room, or a particular bus or subway car -- would be knowable only to someone who'd read both books. What changed there, what it meant, where it led... there's the story hook.

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GreveMagnus

It might be worth bearing in mind that the German version of Secrets of New York adds a chapter on organised crime, as this is an element of life in 1920s New York that the Germans apparently thought was neglected in the Chaosium version. Maybe you should address this perceived shortcoming in your book?

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sda

Well, this is a collection of scenarios, not a source book. Tom and I felt it would be helpful to include some source material for gaming in NYC, however there is little point in repeating what is already in Secrets of New York. No, you will not need one book to fully utilize the other: the one will simply compliment the other.

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Xipuloxx
Ooh ouch. Tricky territory here. Do we want to say you can't use this book unless you get Secrets too?

 

You should be able to use one without having the other.

I'm certainly not saying you should need one book to use the other. Do you need the Lovecraft country sourcebooks (Arkham, Kingsport, Dunwich, Innsmouth) to use More Adventures in Arkham Country or New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley? Instead, they're designed so you have everything you need, but if you have the sourcebooks as well you can use them to flesh the scenarios out. Information is only duplicated if it's directly relevant to a scenario.

 

Well, this is a collection of scenarios, not a source book. Tom and I felt it would be helpful to include some source material for gaming in NYC, however there is little point in repeating what is already in Secrets of New York. No, you will not need one book to fully utilize the other: the one will simply compliment the other.

This sounds eminently sensible! If there's info you feel needs to be included to make the scenarios work properly, it should of course be included. But I'd be annoyed at paying for a book and finding it duplicates a lot of stuff I already paid for.

 

It might be worth bearing in mind that the German version of Secrets of New York adds a chapter on organised crime, as this is an element of life in 1920s New York that the Germans apparently thought was neglected in the Chaosium version. Maybe you should address this perceived shortcoming in your book?

That would be cool. I don't know if it's possible, but I'd certainly like to see such info. I think CoC books have been pretty lacking in info on organised crime generally. Though as Scott points out, this isn't a sourcebook, and I wouldn't want it to get bogged down in such things.

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nightserpent

I was out of town just after Tom posted the art until now- thanks for the kind words about the cover art everyone! I had a good time with that piece.

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tlynch999
I was out of town just after Tom posted the art until now- thanks for the kind words about the cover art everyone! I had a good time with that piece.

Oh, it shows...it shows.:twisted:

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sda

I have on my desk five of the seven scenarios for the book. Edits are out on the first two, with the edits on the others going out soon. This is going to be an exciting book chock full of Mythos goodness.

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tlynch999

As I get myself excited by this project, looking at the writers and artists involved, I realized I needed a new background on my computer monitor. I'll share it here in case anyone else would like to join me. :cool:

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tlynch999

Of course, that has reduced the image size. :evil:

 

I've posted that wallpaper and another I've made on the bottom of the Downloads Page of the MRP site.

 

Prefer to go directly? That's fine:

Wallpaper 1

Wallpaper 2

 

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Iä! Paul Carrick!

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Dstack1776

As a former New Yorker who is about to launch a campaign in the city this makes me happy. Do the scenarios have a default year? And will there be Trail of Cthulhu rules? I was rather pleased to find them in More Adventures in Arkham Country.

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Lisa

Tasty! And let me know if you need an extra pair of eyes giving the book a once over.

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tlynch999
As a former New Yorker who is about to launch a campaign in the city this makes me happy. Do the scenarios have a default year? And will there be Trail of Cthulhu rules? I was rather pleased to find them in More Adventures in Arkham Country.

I do not believe there is a set year in the scenarios, but they're not all complete yet, so don't quote me on that. Hopefully we can include Trail rules again, because most seemed to like having them in there, so we shall see.

 

Tasty! And let me know if you need an extra pair of eyes giving the book a once over.

Extra sets of eyes never hurt. :-D

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Gol-Goroth

The very first play test took place over the weekend. A great game, which we finished in one long session. Very creepy. Everyone had a wonderful time.

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