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miskatonic.co.uk is extremely proud to have become a member of the RPG Blog Alliance.
What’s that we hear you ask? Well, the RPGBA is collection of Pencil and Paper Role Playing Game related websites that opt-in to be aggreated. Members benefit from having a relationship to each other and by having a unifed place for people to look for RPG material. The RPGBA does not include the entire source material but rather includes the first 100 words and links back to the original source. In this way members get traffic to their respective sites while still getting the benefit of belonging to the Alliance.
For us here at miskatonic the most important thing is that it is a great way to discover new and interesting RPG Blogs, and hopefully for more people to discover us.
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Apologies to anyone who has had problems with downloads from our site recently – thanks to a botched plugin upgrade (all my own fault – can’t even blame a minion), many of the download links became broken.
Well I’m happy to announce that all the download links are fixed – everything works again and has been tested and I won’t be performing anymore unacompanied upgrades without somone qualified looking over my shoulder.
I couldn’t let the week pass without noting the passing of Ray Bradbury, who died this week aged 91. Although I am sure it is Fahrenheit 451 and Something Wicked This Way Comes for which he will be mostly remembered in the press, it was his short stories that always captured my imagination, significantly his series The Martian Chronicles.
Ray Bradbury was born in Waukegan, Illinois and although he graduated from high school in 1938 he never went on to college. He became a full time writer in 1943 and he wrote numerous short stories, publishing his first collection DarkCarnival in 1947. By 2010 there were a back catalogue of over seventy anthologies containing his work, including collaborations with other celebrated authors including Fever Dream and Other Fantasies published with Robert Bloch in 1970.
Like Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury’s early stories graced the pages of Weird Tales magazine and he also eschewed the clichéd ghost story and stock monsters of the time. Bradbury produced true weird fiction, thought provoking and intelligent. Not afraid to tackle sensitive issues; he wrote about bystanders rubbernecking at traffic accidents in his short story The Crowd and was not afraid to tackle racism and sport in his tale The Big Black and White Game.
Ray Bradbury was also highly successful in his writing for Radio and Television and for film adaptions of his work. Most notably the 1966 film adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 by director Francois Truffaut and starring Julie Christie. And whilst I may have fond memories of it, I understand that Bradbury himself was never happy with the 1980 TV adaptation of The Martian Chronicles which starred Rock Hudson in the lead role. Other novels and stories also have been adapted to film and television, as well as for radio, theatre and comic books. Bradbury has written episodes for Alfred Hitchcock’s TV series, as well as for many other TV productions.
Often lauded as one of the most accomplished science fiction authors of the 20th century and a prophetic visionary, he was once quoted as saying of Fahrenheit 451, “I wasn’t trying to predict the future. I was trying to prevent it.”
A digital copy of The Martian Chronicles is attached on a mini-DVD to the deck of the Mars Phoenix Lander, launched in 2007 and now sitting proudly on the red planet itself.
I recently set about writing and running a Science Fiction game using the Traveller rules with a strong theme of Lovecraftian Horror. I came late in my roleplaying career to the Traveller rules, but despite my preconceptions I have found that I like its simplicity and ease of play. The one thing missing for me was the concept of Sanity, something that I think is fundamental to the Lovecraftian horror genre. Wildfire games “Cthonian Stars” does have a nice set of rules for dealing with Lovecrfatian Horror in a Traveller setting and if you are familiar with that set of rules then please ignore this and stick with what you know, because at the end of the day it is all aboutRole-playing not a Rule-playing.
However if you are in need of a simple system for bringing Lovecraftian Horror to your Traveller Science Fiction we present for your immediate delight and edification the “Traveller – Fearful Imagination” rules add-on!
I recently acquired a copy of Abney Park’s Airship Pirates and I have to say that I am really enjoying the concept. I’ve never really grasped the steampunk genre before but this really has got me chomping at the bit to play it. So much so that I have decided that I will run my first game for a group of friends at a roleplaying reunion in Brighton later this year. As always the first thing I do when getting to grips with a new system is generate a few characters. Well Airship Pirates hasn’t been any different and I’ve certainly had some fun generating the motley crew of the airship “Luck Lady” – a mobile casino captained by William Teach-Rackham a disaffected Neo-Victorian Air Navy Officer… Anyway, once I’m done with them I might post them in the Download Stacks, as pre-gens for others to enjoy.
The character generation exercise did however give me my first, and only real complaint. The PDF character sheets are pretty to look at on screen, but the mottled parchment effect background makes them slow to print and a little bit difficult to read – not to mention a tad wasteful on the old toner. So with that in mind and with clearly nothing better to do I knocked up an un-official alternate character sheet very much based on the original – but, well, frankly it is more readable… If you are interested you can find it here or click on the thumbnail.