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Monday 11 March 2024

Miskatonic Monday #268: Deep Mud

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: Deep Mud
Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Jared Tallis

Setting: Jazz Age Australia
Product: One-Session, One-Location Scenario
What You Get: Thirty page, 2.95 MB Full Colour PDF

Elevator Pitch: Moreau meets the Mythos.
Plot Hook: A missing scientist
Plot Support: Staging advice, five pre-generated Investigators, five handouts, one floorplan, three NPCs, and two Mythos monsters.
Production Values: Plain

# Self-contained mystery
# Can be run with just one Investigator
# Easy to slot into a campaign or between scenarios
# Easy to adapt to other times and settings
# Potential convention mini-scenario

# Needs a good edit
# Linear in structure
# Set-up could be better for the Investigators as a group
# Where is Harry Black?

# Short and serviceable investigation and confrontation with the Mythos
# Room for development with the location of one NPC left dangling...

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