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I'll hopefully be working up some modern day dream/Dreamlands related stuff in the new year, and found myself recalling the scenarios in the Kingsport sourcebook as the sort of vibe I'd like to go for. Anyone know if there's anything out there (fiction or gaming material) that considers what a modern day Kingsport would be like?.

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Angelman

The only thing I can think of is that the Tulzscha cult's upcoming centennial "Festival" beneath Kingsport's Central Hill is supposed to take place in 2022, ostensibly on the Winter Solstice. That's only about 5 1/2 years away at the time of writing this ;)

 

Other than that, I Guess Kingsport would be somewhere near real world Beverly, Massachusetts?

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JeffErwin

The only thing I can think of is that the Tulzscha cult's upcoming centennial "Festival" beneath Kingsport's Central Hill is supposed to take place in 2022, ostensibly on the Winter Solstice. That's only about 5 1/2 years away at the time of writing this ;)

 

Other than that, I Guess Kingsport would be somewhere near real world Beverly, Massachusetts?

 

Very like Marblehead today - it would be a coastal resort town - and I live in one and have visited the ones in Massachusetts  - with a remnant fishing industry (along with a lot of "fishing tours" for tourists) and a lot of hotels (prob. one on the site of the Old Man's high house), overpriced restaurants, shops full of kitsch and bad art, homes for people working in Boston, and if you want to borrow from Emrys' Winter Tide, "Hall College", the originally woman's sister school to Arkham, so a moderately sized student population. In other words, an insane price of living...

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WinstonP

There are a pair (?) of stories by Willum Pugmire set in a modern Kingsport - The Fungal Stain and another whose name escapes me currently.

 

You can also read "The Last Feast of Harlequin" by Thomas Ligotti as a retelling of "The Festival"

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Travern

Very like Marblehead today - it would be a coastal resort town

 

Instead of such a scenic, historically preserved town, Pelgrane Press's forthcoming Cthulhu City imagines Kingsport as the eastern-most part of an urban sprawl called "Great Arkham", with Old Arkham at its center and extending from Dunwich to the west and Innsmouth to the north.

 

EDIT: I may have incorrectly assumed Cthulhu City is set in the present day, rather than a Mythos-inflected alternate 1930s.  I imagined a contemporary Arkham that had set itself up as an upstart rival to a gradually fading Boston (much the way an independent Brooklyn would have done with New York City if it hadn't merged at the turn of the 19th century).  At any rate, the book's available for pre-order.

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GBSteve

I'm writing some stuff with a Marblehead/Kingsport crossover. The modern place is very preppy. There's an amusing feed from the local police force detailing their activities. A lot of it is very mundane but easily warpable into something much creepier.

 

Cthulhu City is far weirder than that. I was involved in a playtest and it was very noir, and extremely creepy.

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Gaffer

Wow.

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Oncorhyncus

I have always imagined Kingsport as being a sort of small town version of Detroit, periodic efforts at urban renewal followed by horrific periods of economic decline resulting in a place somewhat picturesque but ultimately very off-putting with signs of genuine decay and abandonment near every area showing life and energy.

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yellowsigh

Thanks everyone for the responses to this - I, sadly, haven't been able to jump onto this as soon as I had liked, but am finally getting into gear and starting work on it. The Masterful resouece looks like it will have some nice tidbits, but I'm going to try to seek out 'facts' from any scenarios I find dotted around, just for the sake of consistency.

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yellowsigh

As I look into this, I stumbled across the MBTA Commuter Rail, one branch of which runs through Arkham in the books, and the other which stretches to Rockport (from 1861) through what looks to be Kingsport on the maps. Yet Kingsport doesn't have a railway station in the 1920s, does it?

Just wondering what transport links to have in a modern day Kingsport, based on what exists in the real world now. It feels like it would be a commuter town, much like real world Marblehead is, but I'm not sure whether transport links would make it more of a satellite to Salem and Beverley, rather than Arkham upriver.

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RogerBW

That's got me picturing a Lovecraftian version of The Amityville Horror (which at its core is basically about the suburban panic of having bought a house you can't really afford).

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yellowsigh

Interesting!

I'll largely be looking at the town from the perspective of those who've grown up in Kingsport, so as it increasingly becomes a suburb to people working elsewhere (and yet, being on the coast, will likely be highly sought properties), I imagine that many of the people living there will come from privileged backgrounds. But the idea of a family that have sunk all their money into a place is a nice alternative.

And then there might be those who are 'Old Kingsport' families, with family homes that are increasing in value but have a means to work locally, and so aren't selling their properties and moving to where the work is. 

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