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Monday 25 September 2023

Miskatonic Monday #219: Baba Dochia

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: Christopher Dimitrios

Setting: 1990s Romania
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Sixteen page, 4.57 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Suffer the little children... for the greater good
Plot Hook: Corruption and faith may be undoing of the ancient ways.
Plot Support: Staging advice, four pre-generated Investigators, four NPCs (plus more), two handouts, one map, and 
one Mythos monster.
Production Values: Decent

# Wraps local folklore in the Mythos, but the Mythos is not really needed
# Engaging piece of folkloric horror
# Strong sense of place

# NPC connections and what they know could be clearer
# Lines of investigation could be more clearly presented
# Wraps local folklore in the Mythos, but the Mythos is not really needed

# Creepy post-Communist folkloric horror one-shot
# Keeper needs to make line of investigation clearer to better run the scenario, but the scenario has everything she needs

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