At the Mountains of the Middle Kingdom: a Call of Cthulhu RPG Scenario Sketch

 “…and talked with undying leaders of the cult in the mountains of China…”

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It occurred to me that this period and location might make an interesting sandbox for investigators. In retrospect, the Chinese Civil War is more complicated than one might suspect (no surprise), though I think the GM could almost make up anything they want to serve the story and likely have no player “Well, actually” them, OR be able to find some kind of supporting evidence via a web search. If it sounds fun, I say do it. Also, it gives you an excuse to relish archaic spellings like “Thibet” and “Peiping.”

Who: The factions:

  • Cthulhu cultists (naturally)
  • Nationalist / Republican Chinese
  • Communist Chinese
  • Imperial Japanese
  • Soviets

What: Investigators are called to a mysterious monastery in the mountains of China. Perhaps an approaching army threatens a priceless collection of Buddhist scriptures? Or maybe what appears to be a humble Buddhist monastery on first glance is in reality a cover for the insidious cult of Cthulhu, pulling strings behind the scenes to make mankind “free and wild and beyond good and evil, with laws and morals thrown aside and all men shouting and killing and revelling in joy.” Or perhaps there is a Great Old One sleeping underneath the (actually legit) monastery, and the monks need help to keep it sleeping. This also allows a possible connection to various Hollow Earth tropes.

When: Since the ‘deathless Chinamen’ are apparently immortal, an adventure with this setting could be staged at any time you desire; however, the ‘golden age’ of COC and the forces involved might fit best within 1926-1941. This covers the start of the Chinese Civil War to America’s entry into WWII, after which one presumes it would be more difficult (though not impossible) to casually insert a group of Westerners. Just before and even early in WWII, American servicemen were inserted into China on their own civilian passports, via commercial flights (Pan Am) from the East coast of the US, down to South America, across to West Africa, then to Egypt, then India, and finally through Burma into China (if I recall correctly).

Where: Rural China?

 

 

 

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Tour de Lovecraft: The Destinations

A reference & info guide & companion for most of the settings used in HPL’s fiction. This will be in the vein and in fact a companion piece to his previous work, Tour de Lovecraft: The Tales.

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Lovecraft’s Psi Delta Fraternity Seal

Based on my previous art for this fictional fraternity from “Haunter of the Dark,” I’ve made this sticker-like design; oddly perfect for stickers!

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Also available on other select products at RedBubble:

Psi Delta Seal Stuff at RedBubble!

Lovecraft’s Morrison Company Stickers & Paraphernalia at RedBubble!

I’ve tweaked some of my Morrison Co. art and uploaded it to RedBubble for your decorating pleasure:

Morrison Co. & Lovecraft Stuff

Lovecraft Paper Props / Ephemera for Sale

Just popped the two items I have in hand on eBay, if anyone’s looking for some inexpensive, obscure gifts for themselves or others:

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“It is written on the brick cylinders of Kadatheron that the beings of Ib were as green in hue as the lake and the mists that rise above it…”

My mock museum artifact souvenir postcards inspired by “The Doom That Came to Sarnath”

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“It was languid curiosity which first brought Stephen Jones to Rogers’ Museum… and he had strolled in one April day to see how disappointing he would find it. Oddly, he was not disappointed…”

My mock Rogers’ Wax Museum tickets inspired by “The Horror in the Museum”

 

Coming Soon: New Lovecraft Paper Paraphernalia!

I’ve been designing some new, paper ephemera inspired by various HPL stories and creations:

  • Student ID blank
  • Two hotel luggage labels
  • Student union card
  • Fraternity membership card
  • Student club card
  • Two Three steamship baggage labels
  • Museum artifact postcard
  • Museum ticket

Waiting for stuff to come in the mail – Lots of excitement! All the result of many hours of work and research online. And there’s still one more business card which I have yet to get printed.

EDIT 11-27-2016: Ha ha! The two hotel labels have come in! Now to wait a week or more for the other six other jobs…

EDIT: 12-01-2016: Got the student IDs in the mail last night!

Lovecraftian Newspaper Filler Articles

Presented as a public service for those who need to pad a period newspaper, or add some red herrings to the back side of an article. The following images are all real, period articles from American papers, 1924-1929.

A special note to those composing period newspaper articles: please do your due diligence. Research real articles from the period and area in question. A simple Google Image Search for the location, year, and ‘newspaper article’ should give you some samples of what they would look like. As will the following excerpts: