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Monday 14 November 2022

Miskatonic Monday #153: The Change

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.


Name: The Change
Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Bobby Nelson

Setting: Jazz Age Lovecraft country
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Fourteen page, 51.06 MB Full Colour PDF
Elevator Pitch: “Nature never knew colors like this.”
Plot Hook: ‘The Color Out of Space’ Redux
Plot Support: Four NPCs, one map, two floor plans/handouts, and one Mythos monster
Production Values: Plain.

# Tranquility turns into countdown horror
Eerie environmental horror
# Lovecraft Country scenario
# Easy to adapt to other periods and places
# Chromophobia

# No pre-generated Investigators
# Region map would have been useful
# Needs an edit
# ‘The Color Out of Space’ Redux

The Change has an eerie sense of bucolic horror and environmental decay in what is a reactive, countdown horror. 
# Ultimately, ‘The Color Out of Space’ redux too far


  1. You don't get enough comments but thank you for your reviews which have alerted me to works I should read and equally some I should probably question. There are some rpgs I wouldn't even have been aware of without your consistent efforts. Thank you.

  2. Ian, more comments would of course be lovely, but the relative lack of them means that I can appreciate yours all the more. Thank you and you are welcome.