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Monday 10 June 2024

Miskatonic Monday #290: Bathory’s Children

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 Sean Liddle

Setting: Eighties Berlin
Product: Scenario
What You Get: Four-page page, 291.07 KB PDF
Elevator Pitch: A battle of the bands isn’t a battle when you’re playing against a bastard
Plot Hook: A band on the skids looks for way back and discovers this isn’t it
Plot Support: Staging advice and one
Mythos monster.
Production Values: Plain

# Inexpensive
# Short, easy to prepare scenario
# Grungy heavy metal madness
# Easy to adapt to other musical genres
# Potential convention scenario
# Rokkuphobia
# Dendrophobia
# Proditiophobia

# Needs an edit
# Whither part 4?
# No cultist stats
# No pre-generated Investigators

# Heavy metal mayhem turns to madness
# Cheap

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