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Monday, 24 August 2020

Miskatonic Monday #50: Leptis Magna

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: Leptis Magna

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Marco Carrer

Setting: 1930s Libya for Pulp Cthulhu: Two-fisted Action and Adventure Against the Mythos

Product: Scenario
What You Get: Eleven page, 606.96 KB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Imperial ambitions don’t always end in glory, sometimes they end in gore.
Plot Hook: 
 Exemplary service got you noticed, a special mission could get you sent home—a fine reward. 
Plot Support: Three NPCs, multiple Mythos creatures, and four pregenerated Italian Regio
Esercito soldier player characters.
Production Values: Tidy layout, scrappy art, and needs localising.

Pros
# Different time, different place

# Scenario for Pulp Cthulhu

Cons

# Linear
# Just following orders
# No investigator agency
# How are you with the fascist regime? 
# Pulp Cthulhu or Call of Cthulhu, Seventh Edition—does it matter?

Conclusion
# Just following orders
# More novel than scenario

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