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Monday 29 January 2024

Miskatonic Monday #258: The Search For The Forbidden Door

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: Matthew Tansek

Setting: 1920s Hawaii
Product: One-Shot Scenario
What You Get: Forty-four page, 90.57 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Horror on Hawaii (...and below)
Plot Hook: The fate of a missing archaeologist leads to confrontation with the locals, mad and bad.
Plot Support: Staging advice (including investigation flow!), five pre-generated Investigators, four handouts, six NPCs, one map, and two Mythos monsters.
Production Values: Good

# Nicely organised investigation
# Easy to adjust to other time periods
# Potential convention scenario
# Nicely detailed investigation once the Investigators get to it
# Entamaphobia
# Gephyrophobia
# Teraphobia

# Excessively high Cthulhu Mythos skills!
# Needs an edit
# No helpful maps
# Two of the pre-generated Investigators have the Cthulhu Mythos skill

# Steamy, sweaty tropical island horror investigation
# Nicely organised scenario


  1. Imagine my surprise when I saw that Reviews from R'lyeh, one of my favorite Miskatonic Repository review sites, took a look at one of my published adventures! I'm really happy you took the time and had the interest. It made my day.

    This title was my first time publishing any kind of game module, and I learned a lot about the process and technique. It was a lot of fun to make, and I think creates a really fun investigation for players to find themselves in that is unlike anything else. Since its release I have published two more which can be found here (https://preview.drivethrurpg.com/en/browse?author=%22Matthew%20Tansek%22) and am currently working on finishing up my fourth which should be available at the end of March 2024.

    It's been an absolute blast finding and being part of this community content community. If anyone out there is looking for a collaboration partner, or needs help with their own Miskatonic Repository content please don't hesitate to reach out.
    Cheers and thanks!

  2. Matt, you are welcome. It was a pleasure to review and I look forward to being able to review more of your releases from the Miskatonic Repository.