Category: Weird Wide Web

Another Lovecraft birthday sale…

Building on yesterdays Happy Birthday Howard post and once again not wanting to sound like an endless advert for the Onebookshop web sites; they are having an amazing Lovecraft birthday sale – for the next twelve days.  The sale includes “mountains of madness” for you and your players so take our advice and “shambler” along and prove what a “fungi” you are by treating yourself to something different.

Here are three recommendations from me for a slightly different Lovecraftian experience.

Firstly, go back to a time where it all began – Primeval Thule with the setting from Sasquatch Game Studio.

Thule“Thule, a primordial land of fierce barbarians, elder horrors, and savage wilderness. In this ancient age, humankind is a young race, newly arisen on a monster-haunted Earth. Cities of cruel splendor lie scattered across the great lands of the north like a handful of gems strewn from a dead thief’s hand.

This is a doomed age, a time of great deeds and inhuman terror destined to be lost and forgotten beneath the numbing cloak of endless winter. But for one glittering moment, Thule lives—and it is a fierce, cruel, splendid, and marvelous moment indeed”.

Available in both D20 and for Savage worlds I personally prefer the latter, there is also a wealth of other Thule material – The best Lovecraftian High Fantasy.

Secondly try a game system different to any other you will have played – Macabre Tales from Spectrum Games.

macabreMacabre Tales is the dominoes-based RPG of Lovecraftian horror that strips out the “contributions” of later authors and focuses solely on what Lovecraft himself created. Spectrum Games, known for accurate emulation of various genres in their products, offers a brand new take on role-playing in the terrifying and abhorrent world of Howard Phillips Lovecraft. Will you emerge from the experience unscathed? Or will your mind snap in the wake of all the hidden abominations that lurk in the shadows, just out of sight of humankind? “

monstersLastly – but by no means least – use the sale as an excuse to pick up a copy of Monsters and Other Childish Things by Arc Dream Publishing (the folk that bring you Delta Green), and then whilst you have your finger on the button add Road Trip, a full-length adventure campaign to go with it.

In Monsters and Other Childish Things, Monsters are real.  You know this because you have one. He’s more fun and way tougher than all the other kids’ monsters. Try not to let him eat your friends.

“Monsters and Other Childish Things is a distressingly fun and funny roleplaying game about kids and the relationship-devouring horrors from beyond time and space who love them. Players take the roles of kids and the vicious monsters who are their best friends in all the world — and the source of all kinds of otherworldly trouble.”

This is a really great game – embrace your inner child – Think Monsters Inc.  but only if the script had been written by Lovecraft when he was having a particularly bleak day…  I love it.

road-tripRoad Trip provides a great campaign for this gem of a game – nine adventures centred around “The Best Summer Vacation Ever …and maybe the last!

“A crazy cult plans to destroy the world — not just a school or the boring grown-up shops at the mall, but the WHOLE WORLD — and it’s up to you to stop them.

Now you and your friends, and your horrible friendly monsters, are taking on the Cult of the Ur-Monster from one end of the United States to the other. You’ll explore creepy amusement parks, dusty tourist traps, and quaint roadside farms in the throes of violent revolution. Also, the land of Oz. “

 

With all that horror abounding in the world how could Howard not have a happy birthday – have fun looking at our recommendations and enjoy the birthday sale.

Happy Birthday Howard

August 20th 1890 Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born and it is fair to say that in his 46 years he managed to change forever the horror genre.  In honor of his memory we once again present our five top tips for doing something Lovecraftian.

1. Play a game of Call Of Cthulhu

Since 1981 people have been playing Chaosium’s Call Of Cthulhu Role Playing Game – it has become the definitive horror RPG, and frankly I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening than deep into a 1920’s setting, battling the horrors of Lovecrafts Mythos.  However the Lovecraftian mythos has spilled over to so much more than the roaring twenties and if you are looking for something a little different then you could do a lot worse than to pick up something from Modiphius’ Achtung Cthulhu range of titles.

AC-trans“In the Achtung! Cthulhu universe, a band of Allied heroes fight the Secret War against the Nazi Black Sun and their rivals Nachtwolfe. Powered with ancient secrets and terrible Mythos allies, Black Sun and Nachtwolfe are on the verge of unleashing terrible weapons upon the Allied forces.”

To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of the master of the macabre, we’re having a Lovecraft Lives sale with a massive 20% discount on all Achtung! Cthulhu titles!

To claim your 20% discount, just the use the code LovecraftLives when you checkout.  You can only use the discount once and the sale lasts for a limited time, so make sure you get in early and celebrate HP Lovecraft’s birthday with a whole new world of adventure!

2. Check out the Cthulhu Mythos PDFs available online

I hate sounding like nothing but an advert for the Onebookshelf marketplaces, but if you like RPG’s then you can’t ignore the fact that they have changed the way we buy our games and have probably done more to keep our industry alive than anyone else.  But that’s a debate for another day, all you need to know is that there is a mountain of material to indulge in related to the Cthulhu Mythos  at DriveThruRPG, DriveThruFiction and DriveThruComics.

3. Lots to see on Cthulhu’Tube

Well actually I mean YouTube, but there are no shortage of really cool Cthulhu Mythos clips to be found.  My favorites are and will probably always be the “Calls For Cthulhu” series.  Check out the available episodes here, or click below to watch my personal favorite – Episode 1.

 

 

4. Watch a movie

For sure there are some awful adaptations of Lovecraft stories into film, but there are also some fantastic ones and more importantly there are some movies that are inspired by and just would not exist if it wasn’t for the influence of Lovecraft’s tales.  My personal favorites are clearly the Reanimator films starring Jeffery Coombes, (see the trailer for the 1985 classic below), but for greater and wider inspiration check out “MIKE DAVIS’ LIST OF RECOMMENDED LOVECRAFTIAN MOVIES” over at The Lovecraft eZine.

 

5. Read a book!

I’m always staggered by my CoC players who actually haven’t read any of Lovecraft’s books.  So treat yourself and read some of his works.  If you have an e-reader (Kindle, Nook etc) then treat yourself for free and visit Cthulhu Chick’s blog and download her fantastic “The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft” which contains all of the original stories which Lovecraft wrote as an adult. It begins in 1917 with “The Tomb” and ends in 1935 with his last original work “The Haunter of the Dark”.

It is a great piece of work and to make it available in this way I think is a truly kind spirited thing as I am certain it was no small effort.  If you like it, then you could always consider hitting the button on the page to make a donation.

The Mountains of Madness – Live! [INTERVIEW]

We have had a great response to our previous post about the Kickstarter for the Icarus Theatre Collective production of H.P Lovecraft’s iconic “At the Mountains of Madness“, and are thrilled to be able to share with you the following interviews with Tim Hardy (actor), Max Lewendel (director), and Theo Holloway (composer) taken during rehearsals.


The Kickstarter has a little while still to run and there is time for you to contribute to what promises to be a spectacular event.  It is worth bearing in mind that this project will go ahead and your pledges will go to making it the very best production that it can be.  It’s a superb opportunity to secure your tickets early, or even to grab a copy of the CD or Download of a “Radio Play” version of the show complete with sound effects and music, [estimated run time 60-79 minutes].



If you have the misfortune to not be near enough to any of the performances and you feel that the £50 pledge is a little too steep for the Radio Play, then the organisers of the Kickstarter are offering the option for you to support them with £25 (or more) and you can swap your tickets for a CD instead!

This is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience one of Lovecraft’s most famous stories in this way, after all, as Lovecraft himself put it; “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear.”

So come on experience it in a very special way and back the project while you can!

 

H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” starring RSC veteran Tim Hardy, will be touring across the UK and Ireland from January to December next year (see here for the latest schedule).

The Mountains of Madness by HP Lovecraft – Live!

“I am forced into speech because men of science have refused to follow my advice…”

Here at miskatonic.co.uk we do our fair bit to promote campaigns on Kickstarter; we strongly believe in the power of crowdfunding to give life to projects that perhaps otherwise wouldn’t see the light of day, or in other cases to ensure that they get healthy jump start in life and succeed in being the very best that they can be.  Every now and again there is something on Kickstarter that really catches our eye. In this particular instance it was both the subject matter and the evident enthusiasm of the creators that appealed.


Icarus Theatre Collective will be touring an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” starring RSC veteran Tim Hardy, across the UK and Ireland from January to December next year (see here for the latest schedule).

We are very excited by the prospect of experiencing this stage adaptation of one of  Lovecraft’s most famous tales, a veritable cornerstone of Weird fiction which has thrilled readers with its tale of a disastrous expedition to Antarctica, and the awful implications of what was discovered.   In this one man show Tim Hardy brings William Dyer vividly to life, trapped and tormented by visions of what he saw – and what he could not possibly have seen – in those ancient, Antarctic mountains of madness.

The Kickstarter gives you a great opportunity to contribute towards making the show the best it can be and to support the amazing people behind it.  This is probably your only chance to see a Lovecraftian tale produced for stage in the UK, and by backing the project you can secure some really great rewards for yourself including making sure you get those all important tickets!

You can find all the details you need here, the Kickstarter is live now and runs through to the 7th December, help the project and get to experience this amazing tale as never before.  We hope to bring you more details over the coming weeks, but don’t wait for that – back the project now!

AtMoM Poster

Happy Birthday Howard

August 20th is the the birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft without whom there would clearly be no miskatonic.co.uk so every year we, along with millions of others mark the date.  This year we still find ourselves in the throes of preparing for and helping to organise the ReuniCon 2015 RPG Day – Brighton’s premier RPG event on September 5th (full details here).  So we haven’t really had a chance to put the balloons out or to bake a cake – however for those of you looking for a good way to celebrate Howard we have a few suggestions here.