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Saturday 22 August 2020

Miskatonic Monday #45: The Reunion

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.

Name: The Reunion

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Esko Evtyukov
Artists: Ina Pylkkö

Setting: Jazz Age Lovecraft Country

Product: Scenario
What You Get: 15.14 MB, twenty-page full colour PDF
Elevator Pitch: “In time of test, family is best.”
Plot Hook: Magic and the Mythos do not exist, but even the FBI hates to see a sorcerous criminal with the wrong book.
Plot Support: ‘New’ investigator organisation, eight NPCs and creatures, and a Mythos tome.
Production Values: Needs another edit, but clean layout.

Delta Green, not-Delta Green
# Family-focused scenario
# Federally-backed investigation
# Bowler-hatted Man-in-Black
# Suitable for a smaller group of investigators # Decent first scenario by new author

Delta Green, not-Delta Green
# FBI rather than P-Division?
# No maps
# Illustrations more placeholders than helpful
# Monster motivations underdeveloped

# Too close to Delta Green
# Decent first scenario by new author
# Suitable for a smaller group of investigators

1 comment:

  1. I bet it would be easy to use it in the modern Delta Green setting?
    Is it easy to develop the mosnster's motivations a bit more?