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Monday 4 December 2023

Miskatonic Monday #248: Season of Growth

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: Carrer Marco

Setting: 1990s
Product: One-on-One Scenario
What You Get: Fourteen page, 1.06 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Twin Peaks-style small town, forest mystery
Plot Hook: What secrets does the oldest tree in America hide?
Plot Support: Staging advice, one pre-generated Investigator, one NPC, four handouts, 
and one Mythos creature.
Production Values: Rushed

# More folk horror than Mythos
# One Keeper, one Investigator one-shot
Nicely played sense of eeriness
# Nice sense of small town paranoia

# Needs a strong edit
# Familiar and linear plot
# More folk horror than Mythos
# Why not just use Shub-Niggurath?

A familiar combination of Twin Peaks meets The Wicker Man
# Strong atmosphere directed down a familiar and linear plot

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