Category Archives: Trail of Cthulhu

A Mythos Valentine

by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan Love is eternal… if you’re an alien monstrosity from beyond all sane conceptions of space and time, an undying horror that seethes and defies our pitiful understandings of entropy and existence. For the rest of us, love’s a brief candle, a momentary delusion to distract us from the horror of existence, our […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Christmas in Cthulhu City

It was the Yuletide, that men call Christmas though they know in their hearts it is older than Bethlehem and Babylon, older than Memphis and mankind. It was the Yuletide, and I had come at last to the ancient sea town where my people had dwelt and kept festival in the elder time when festival […]

The Great Omar

A Bookhounds of London rare tome by Mike Drew Keepers of Bookhounds of London may find themselves growing tired of the same old mythos tomes. How many copies of the Necronomicon can be discovered in mouldy crypts before they become rote? Here then is a real world tome along with possible ways for it to […]

Call of Chicago: Building the Mystery Block by Byock

It might take more than one swallow to make a summer, he said from a city where it would take about eighty Fahrenheit degrees along with any number of migratory birds to make it summer right now. But it only takes one monster to make a mystery. That, at least, is the thesis, or among […]

A Rigged Deck

The 1920 murder of Joseph Bowne Elwell asks the question: who would want to kill a womanizing bridge expert and gambler with interests in the worlds of horse racing and Wall Street speculation? When hacked from the history books as a Trail of Cthulhu scenario premise, we can answer the question with a Lovecraftian spin. […]

The Plain People of Gaming: To Hell In A Handout

I must confess that I love handouts in roleplaying games. I love them a little too much. In the upcoming expanded Hideous Creatures, we’re doing player-facing documents for each monster, hinting at some aspect of the creature in an oblique way. Some tips on their creation and use… Handouts are Artefacts Handouts must feel real. […]

Call of Chicago: H.P. H.P. Halloween

“Then Hallowe’en drew near, and the settlers planned another frolic—this time, had they but known it, of a lineage older than even agriculture; the dread Witch-Sabbath of the primal pre-Aryans, kept alive through ages in the midnight blackness of secret woods, and still hinting at vague terrors under its latter-day mask of comedy and lightness.” […]

Book of the New Jerusalem excerpt

It is 1927, and August Darcy, a young journalist, is seized with a strange obsession to recover the very essence of England – her traditions, customs, and legends. Sketches of English life, in his unique style, are interspersed with private letters and diary extracts to offer an extraordinary insight into the victim of England’s most notorious […]

Fearful Symmetries excerpt

by Steve Dempsey Fearful Symmetries contains tools and support for the Keeper who wants to run a folklore-inspired magical campaign in 1930s England. The first part of the book is about setting up the game and running a Campaign. This is the long view of the drama as it develops across several Series and the Episodes […]

Call of Chicago: The Ravensrodd Horror

A land that is thirstier than ruin A sea that is hungrier than death Heaped hills that a tree never grew in Wide sands where the wave draws breath. — Algernon Swinburne, “By the North Sea” (1880) At some point around 1230 (perhaps during the “St. Luke’s Storm” of 1228 when the people of London […]

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