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Monday 26 June 2023

Miskatonic Monday #201: The Thing in Tunnel 12

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.


Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Alison Cybe

Setting: North of England
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Twenty-Three page, 1.41 KB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Sometimes locals really do have something to hide...
Plot Hook: A body in the mine means murder!
Plot Support: Five pre-generated Investigators, two NPCs, and one Mythos monster
Production Values: Plain.

# One session industrial horror
# Easy to adjust to the eighties or twenties
# Nice sense of locals with something to hide
# Claustrophobia
# Cleithrophobia
# Taphephobia
# Submechanophobia

# Needs an edit
# Not clear who the Investigators are meant to be
# Underdeveloped historical background
# No maps
# Underdeveloped pre-generated Investigators

# Underdeveloped historical and Investigator background
# Solid one session industrial horror easily adapted to other time periods

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