19th Level
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Stepping Away and a New Beginning  00h27 19 février
After maintaining this blog for nearly seven years (an eternity in internet time), I’ve decided to step away from it.When I first began I wasn’t 100% certain what it would be about. For a while I thought it would be a blog related to OSR type RPGs but I found my own tastes not firmly rooted there....
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Call of Cthulhu Actual Play: Against the Cthulhu Cult of Boston  03h09 30 janvier
I’ll be making a small adjustment for this actual play. I’ll be focusing less on what happened during play - though I will cover that - and more discussing the makeup of the adventure. I think that is probably more of interest to my readers.One of my players commented how she didn’t recall any...
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RPG Review: Malleus Monstrorum for Call of Cthulhu  01h35 24 janvier
One of my favorite supplements for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu RPG is Malleus Monstrorum. Though written for the 6th edition of the game, in my experience it can be converted on the fly to other editions. It is out of print, with physical copies selling in excess of 100.00. It is available...
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The Great Molasses Flood in Call of Cthulhu  01h37 16 janvier
Today, January 15, 2019, marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Molasses Flood in Boston. On that day, around noon, a massive tidal wave of molasses flooded the North End neighborhood. Supports for elevated trains were damaged, buildings toppled. Twenty one people died and around 150 were injured...
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Call of Cthulhu Actual Play - Still Waters  02h29 07 janvier
Though based in Boston, the investigators do make occasional forays. When an opportunity to acquire a forbidden tome in Biloxi, Mississippi arises, the Watch and Ward Society sends one of their agents and her allies. Professor Victor Davies was willing to donate the Vishakhapatnam Fragment to...
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Film Review - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse  03h33 06 janvier
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is easily my favorite Spider-Man film, one of my top superhero films, and one of my top animated films. It’s a rare film - one that takes a lot of chances and wins. My younger daughter, aged 13, is a superhero fan, though more in the DC camp, loved it. She...
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Call of Cthulhu Actual Play - A Mythos Love Story  02h15 17 décembre
Not all tales of the Mythos involve a world-shattering threat. Some are mysteries as to why people become someone they weren’t previously. Sometimes this answer is more than the questioner can handle.Inspired by the adventure capsule People Change from Chaosium’s Escape from Innsmouth...
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Turtledove’s Timeline-191  00h23 16 décembre
In the American Civil War, Confederate General Lee’s Special Order 191 fell into Union hands, providing Union General McClellan with the location of the Army of Northern Virginia. This allowed for Union victory at the Battle of Antietam which provided President Lincoln with the proper conditions to...
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Fiction Review: 14  02h33 06 décembre
This July I started a new job. Beyond the cool work, free food, and awesome headquarters, there’s a ton of interesting social groups that meet physically and or on Slack. One group I’m in is a reading group which has introduced me to fiction that is of interest to me but that I might not have...
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Ripping from the Headlines - Raiding Old Newspapers for Call of Cthulhu  13h51 03 décembre
One of the challenges I found in setting a Call of Cthulhu campaign in Boston was in understanding what the city was really like around a century ago. Sometimes I find it easier to do things in a fictional city or in one I’ve never been in than as opposed to one some 25 miles away from me...
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Call of Cthulhu Actual Play - Ashes of the Feast  02h03 03 décembre
The world doesn’t know it yet, but the shots which will trigger the Great War have just been fired. In Boston, the Hub of the Universe, massive construction projects are underway, building the infrastructure which will serve the city for the rest of this century and beyond. However, that...
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SJWs, Alt-Right, and Fascists, Oh My Real World Horrors in RPGs  00h43 19 novembre
There’s a lot of controversy going on with the latest incarnation of Vampire: The Masquerade. Apparently, in the new Camarilla book Vampires are posited as being behind the Chehen anti-gay purges - somehow related to hiding the true threat of Sharia law or something. To be honest, I found the...
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1910s vs. 1920s United States in Call of Cthulhu - A Quick Overview  01h30 16 novembre
The default era in the Call of Cthulhu RPG is the 1920s. The 1930s, a common era for pulp campaigns, is another well known era. I’ve kicked off a 1910s campaign. One of the things that I’m working on is making the period stand out differently. This is an incredibly brief, stream of consciousness...
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Introducing Cthulhu Boston: 1914  03h38 12 novembre
After mulling over a few options for gaming this autumn and winter, I’m kicking off a game set in Boston of 1914. The First World War has been in the news a lot lately, with today being the centennial of the armistice. I came across a quote by Lt. Colonel William Murray which struck me - No more...
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Summary of my 1920s Call of Cthulhu Campaign  00h31 29 octobre
Going over my notes I’m a little surprised to discover I’ve had a Call of Cthulhu campaign that’s reached a decent length. It seemed reasonable for my own purposes to summarize and it might be of interest to others... The more recent adventures have writeups at this site, the older ones have...