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Saturday 29 October 2022

Miskatonic Monday #147: Taken for Granite

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 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 Jade Griffin

Setting: Jazz Age Vermont
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Thirty-eight page, 11.84 MB PDF
Elevator Pitch: Invasion of the Ringing, Singing Rocks
Plot Hook: Graniteville turns strange in the Fall
Plot Support: Staging advice,
six handouts including one map, six NPCs, and one Mythos monster.
Production Values: Good.

# First part of a series
# Solid plot
# Good artwork
# Decent small town investigation
# Petraphobia
# Phonophobia

# Forced failure of a skill roll?
# Needs a careful read through to understand the plot
# Underdeveloped in places
Slightly underwritten plot

# Strange behavior in a small town reveals a weird menace from outer somewhere in a decent little scenario.
# Scenario hindered by unclear explanations in places and a slightly underwritten plot

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