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 Invictus, The Pastores, Primal State, Ripples from Carcosa, and Halloween Horror, there was Five Go Mad in Egypt, Return of the Ripper, Rise of the Dead, Rise 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.
Author: Jarrod Lipshy
Setting: 1930s Pennsylvania
Elevator Pitch: A night in Whishly Chocolate Factory
Plot Support: Staging advice, eight NPCs, three handouts, two maps, and one non-Mythos monster.
Thank you very much for the review and the appreciation of the work I put in! The request to include pre-gen NPCs is highly valid, and I will work on that for an updated edition of the scenario. Pre-gens offer an opportunity to tie the investigative lore to the characters history in the area (or the career field) in addition to removing creative heavy lifting on the part of everyone involved.ReplyDelete
I'm working on a new scenario as we speak, so expect more good things akin to Blood on the Chocolate in the near future!