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Monday, 1 June 2020

Miskatonic Monday #38: Unremembered

Between October 2003 and October 2013, Chaosium, Inc. published a series of books for Call of Cthulhu under the Miskatonic University Library Association brand. Whether a sourcebook, scenario, anthology, or campaign, each was a showcase for their authors—amateur rather than professional, but fans of Call of Cthulhu nonetheless—to put forward their ideas and share with others. The programme was notable for having launched the writing careers of several authors, but for every Cthulhu InvictusThe PastoresPrimal StateRipples from Carcosa, and Halloween Horror, there was a Five Go Mad in EgyptReturn of the RipperRise of the DeadRise of the Dead II: The Raid, and more...

The Miskatonic University Library Association brand is no more, alas, but what we have in its stead is the Miskatonic Repository, based on the same format as the DM’s Guild for Dungeons & Dragons. It is thus, “...a new way for creators to publish and distribute their own original Call of Cthulhu content including scenarios, settings, spells and more…” To support the endeavours of their creators, Chaosium has provided templates and art packs, both free to use, so that the resulting releases can look and feel as professional as possible. To support the efforts of these contributors, Miskatonic Monday is an occasional series of reviews which will in turn examine an item drawn from the depths of the Miskatonic Repository.

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Name: Unremembered

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Heinrich D. Moore

Setting: 1990s New Orleans

Product: Scenario
What You Get: 11.13 MB forty-three-page, full colour PDF
Elevator Pitch: When no-one remembers the father, can the missing son be found before he too is forgotten? 
Plot Hook: New Orleans police detectives are assigned to find a teenager missing after he receives a letter from the father his mother denies knowing. Just who was the father and what is the denial of his existence masking?
Plot Development: Difficult investigation in a wretched city, high school breakdown, and a town lost from the bayou.
Plot Support: Six pre-generated investigators, eight NPCs and entities, and ten handouts.

Pros

# Based on the James Blish short story,‘More Light’
# Murky investigation
# Creepy use of masks

Nice handouts
# Two or three session one-shot
# Could be adapted to Delta Green: The Role-Playing Game
# Solid slice of Southern Gothic

Cons
# One pre-generated investigator needs stronger ties
# Maps would have been useful
# Sanity rewards and losses too high
# Climax needs careful handling

# Very specific in terms of time and place

Conclusion
# Missing person case masks a creepy plot
# Solid slice of Southern Gothic

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