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, 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.
“Macabre 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? “
Lastly – 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 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.