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Sunday, 23 August 2020

Miskatonic Monday #48: Nightmare in Providence

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: Nightmare in Providence

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Justin Fanzo

Setting: Jazz Age Lovecraft New England

Product: Scenario
What You Get: Thirty-three page, 2.0 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Sometimes it really is possible to get lost in movies.
Plot Hook: Occult experts
—the investigators—are asked to look for a missing Nickleodeon owner and a missing wouldbe star. 
Plot Support: Two gods and eleven handouts.
Production Values: Plain layout, needs another edit, and ordinary maps.

Pros
# Linear like a silent movie

# Verbally challenging
# Lunar cameo

Cons

# Linear
# Minimal roleplaying
# Pointless puzzles
# Overeggs the Sanity losses

Conclusion
# Linear
# Minimal roleplaying

# Pointless puzzles

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