Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Orient Express Posters and History App

There's a new exhibition in Paris, containing posters and brochures from the Orient Express. There are other posters from the Simplon line in SwitzerlandAs I am gearing up to finally run this campaign, I'll be sure to make use of some of these, though many of them are already available through a Google search. At the end of the sliodeshow, you can download the images in pdf format for ease of use.
 
A major exhibition on the Orient Express is currently on show in Paris. retours presents a brief history of the famous luxury train by taking a closer look at 10 posters along with matching brochures and photos, partly from the exhibition and partly from own collection.
The creators of this exhibition are also the authors of this amazing app and ebook on the history of the Orient Express. For a grand $6.99, I'll be sure to be investing in that for my tablet, for use at the table.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Complicated Friendship of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert Barlow

Robert Barlow, 1931
H.P.L. was in the news in this recent New Yorker article, written by the author Paul La Farge, which has clearly come from the research for this book, looks at the relationship between Lovecraft and Robert Barlow. The article contains another attempt to guess at Lovecraft's sexuality through his associations with others, but I think the article pins it with this phrase, even if it continues afterwards to try to suggest otherwise.
"the salient feature of his sexuality really seems to be how indifferent he was to it"
Even the choice of image to accompany the article is provocative There are many more existing images that could have been used, even of Lovecraft and Barlow together
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However, it is an interesting article in how it goes on to talk about Barlow himself. I have heard of him, but he isn't someone I looked into a great deal, and that seems a shame, as he looks to be an interesting character. It does strike me though, that Barlow's life as an academic would make a great Call of Cthulhu Investigator background.

It is slightly heartening to see that his influence as a writer may not have quite ended with the sad story of his exclusion from the weird tales community. After this article, I should track down what Barlow fiction I can. Not entirely sure that this has made me want to read La Farge's book however.

Barlow's collaborations with Lovecraft are all available on hplovecraft.com here, including The Night Ocean by Barlow and Lovecraft. Most of his work also seems to have been collected in Eyes of the God (2002).



Saturday, March 11, 2017

7th Edition Review Video

This is a nice little video as both a quick introduction to Call of Cthulhu, if not an in depth review of 7th edition, as the title suggests.


Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The Star on the Shore

So, I can't help myself. I just backed another Call of Cthulhu Kickstarter, The Star on the Shore. There have been a couple that have passed by that I let go, as the price point was a bit too high, but for $25 US for the softcover book, plus the stretch goals was just about right for me (I couldn't justify the extra $15 US for the hardback. The exchange rate is ok, but not that great).

This is a sandbox type adventure for Call of Cthulhu classic era, released by Dark Cult Games, and licensed by Chaosium. The sandbox is really my preferred type of game to run, but there are not that many adventures written in this style, as most published adventures are shorter and more succinct. I'll be very interested to see how that works out.

I was really taken by the artwork and layout on the cover too. So clearly inspired by the 80s modules and adventures that Chaosum released. How could I refuse.

I'll be sure to let you all know how this one runs, once it arrives and I get a chance to read it and play through it.

Battle in the Mosque

In 1911 Montreal Syrians tried to open a mosque, the locals thought this so strange that they attacked and beat the participants and destroyed the Mosque.




With the recent happenings in Quebec City, I will refrain form gamifying this one. It's literally too soon. It is an example of what can be used to mirror current events in your game. Allowing you to link players to the past in a real way. I am looking for more info on this event, but resources are scarce.


Edit:
The Gazette ran the same story.


Friday, January 20, 2017

Props of Nyarlathotep

One of the great things about the Call of Cthulhu community is the gusto with which they enter in their prop making. From the print outs of newspaper handouts to full blown resin props.


I was a backer of the Kickstarter by Delphes Desvoivres to make the Sedefkar Simulacrum, and am eagerly waiting to use it in the Horror on the Orient Express Campaign which I intend to start this year (after finishing the Time to Harvest Campaign I am currently running)


video


I already have the Eye of Light and Darkness that is pictured in the video, but I really like the look of the other props. The necklace is a nice touch, and it is nice to see that not all the props will be made out of resin. The Mirror is larger than I thought it would be, which means all in these are going to take up a lot of storage space in my gaming cupboard, but how can I not be tempted?


The Kickstarter will go live this Sunday (the 22nd), at 10pm GMT.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Survive a Call of Cthulu Adventure

This WikiHow is lots of fun, but more importantly, can save your Investigator's life.


Read it.


Memorise it.


Use it.


And remember kids, if the Keeper just allowed you to tool up with automatic weapons and explosives, it's because she knows it's going to make no difference at all.