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Monday 18 September 2023

Miskatonic Monday #217: On Air

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: On Air
Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Quico Vicens-Picatto

Setting: Arkham
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Fourteen page, 449.09 KB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Coast to Coast AM meets H.P. Lovecraft 
Plot Hook: The truth is out... side
Plot Support: Staging advice, five pre-generated ‘Investigators’, forty-six NPCs, 
and one Mythos monster.
Production Values: Tidy

# Experience the Mythos at telephone call’s length
# Heavily structured plot
# Strong roleplaying situation
# Innovative and intriguing set-up
# Excellent art

# Needs a strong edit
# Keeper has a lot—really, a lotof NPCs to portray
# Heavily structured plot
# Reactive rather than investigative
# Potential for underwhelming climax
# Format needs reworking to be easier to use

# Intriguing set-up leads to vicarious encounters with the Mythos
# Lack of investigation means scenario relies on reaction and roleplaying in call-in show radio play

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