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Sunday, 23 August 2020

Miskatonic Monday #49: Hidden Within

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: Hidden Within

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Avery M. Viers

Setting: Jazz Age Toledo

Product: Scenario
What You Get: Thirteen page, 820.88 KB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Blue murder in the doghouse
Plot Hook:
 When family members suddenly turn giggly, obese, and standoffish, something strange must be going on.
Plot Support: Four NPCs, two Mythos creatures, one Mythos tome, and one handout.
Production Values: Tidy layout, needs another edit, and functional map.

Pros
# Bloody body horror

# Charnel house horror
# Decent mix of investigation and combat
# ‘Aliens’ in Toledo?

Cons

# Bloody body horror
# Potentially too combat focused?

Conclusion
# Decent mix of investigation and combat
# Charnel house horror-oneshot

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