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Monday, 21 June 2021

Miskatonic Monday #66: The Folly of Ponsonby-Wild

 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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Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Iain Ross

Setting: Jazz Age Britain

Product: Hotel Horror Mystery Scenario
What You Get: Forty-two page, 7.98 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: West Country Weirdness.
Plot Hook: A widow in need, a husband’s legacy shrouded...
Plot Support: Plot outline, five decent handouts, five maps, five pre-generated Investigators, and a new servitor of a new Old One. 
Production Values: Decent.

Pros
# Part One of a Very British Horror
# Introductory scenario 
# Nicely illustrated with period photographs
# Nice array of curios and details
# Cosy Call of Cthulhu
# Short, tightly plotted, one or two session scenario

Cons

# Underwhelming maps
Needs editing
# Anachronisms ahoy
Overwhelming climax for an introductory scenario

Conclusion
# Underwhelming maps
# Needs editing
# Short, tightly plotted, one or two session scenario
# Very Green & Pleasant Land

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