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Monday, 2 August 2021

Miskatonic Monday #69: The Bottle Episode

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.


Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Benjamin Wenham

Setting: Jazz Age Kingsport

Product: One-session, ship-in-a-bottle (literally) scenario
What You Get: Twenty-two page, 76.74 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Can you bottle the power of dreams?
Plot Hook: Locked Room, Missing Persons 
Plot Support: Detailed plot, ten decent handouts, two NPCs, and one Mythos monster
Production Values: Reasonable.

# Set in Kingsport, ‘The City in the Mists’
# Suitable for one or two or three  Investigators
# Playable in a single session
# Nicely done, all-too genteel NPCs
# Entertaining NPCs for the Keeper to portray
# Subtly touches upon period social mores and attitudes
# Can be enhanced with access to the Kingsport, ‘The City in the Mists’ supplement
# Lovely cover illustration
# Detailed invocation guidelines
# Strongly thematic, detailed plot


# Requires a strong edit
# Requires a stronger organisation
Potential ‘disaster’ for the Investigator left underdeveloped
# Keeper needs to read this thoroughly
# No end-of-scenario Sanity gains or losses
# No Mythos tome developed
# Potential Total Party Disaster

# Requires a strong edit
# Underdevelopment of disaster scenes undermines scenario’s potential
# Poentially, an excellent addition to Lovecraft Country
# Delightfully thematic scenario

1 comment:

  1. Has been updated with edit pass and additional content based on the content of this review.