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Monday 5 February 2024

Miskatonic Monday #259: Flash Cthulhu – Café au Morte

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: Michael Reid

Setting: 1920s Boston
Product: One-Location, One-Hour Scenario
What You Get: Eight page, 1.94 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Even cultists need coffee
Plot Hook: Coffee, Cultists, and Chaos.
Plot Support: Staging advice, four pre-generated Investigators, six NPCs, one map, and one spell.
Production Values: Plain

# Short, sharp, encounter
# Easy to slot into a campaign or between scenarios
# Easy to adapt to other times and settings
# The investigators are cultists, the cultists are investigators?
# Set-up designed for confusion
# Potential convention mini-scenario
# Anthropobia
# Imposter Syndrome
# Foniasophobia

# Needs a slight edit
# Set-up designed for confusion
# The investigators are cultists, the cultists are investigators?

# Short, strange encounter with yourselves
# Easy to use no matter the time and setting

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