Posts Tagged 'call of cthulhu'

Cthul Who?

The number of web comics that I regularly read has been steadily increasing over the past few weeks and now I find myself up-to-date with, and eagerly awaiting more from: XKCD, Nerf This, Axe Cop, Heroes Inc. and Tails. The last two are new and come on the recommendation of and/or sponsored links on the pages of some of the prior ones. All are quite different and seem to have enough story, humour and whatever else makes me tick to keep my interest up. All are very much worth checking out.
Seeing as how I’ve had a pretty quiet Sunday afternoon, I thought I’d turn my hand to a bit of slapdash… cartoonery? Cartooning? Either way, I’m not for a second suggesting that I will ever have anything on the artists responsible for the comics listed above, more that I was bored and fancied messing about. The joke’s a bit obvious and probably been done before, but it made me giggle.
(Click on the images to see them full size)

'Entrances' - Make a SAN check.

Believe it or not, amazing as you no doubt find my ‘artwork’ to be, I actually envisioned certain aspects of the strip being a little bit less simplistic. I actually sketched out what I thought it would like on my whiteboard (I love that thing) but then I ended up with really poor quality scans and photos and it seemed like a bit too much work to make it presentable. Here it is for reference, anyway:

More tentacles!

In sanity loss-related developments, I’ve ordered a copy of Masks of Nyarlothotep and am looking to start the campaign in about half a dozen sessions time, now that we have at least one (sort of) new player in our group. Binky’s back from university for the forseeable and there may or may not be another female joining us soon – we shall see! If anyone who has run the Masks campaign has any helpful hints or tips they’d be happy to impart to me I’d be really grateful.

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The Thing

This past couple of weeks have been fuelled by images of the strange (predominantly the usual Lovecraftian madness) and welded to the processes of improvisational construction and modification. Later on tonight, I’m hoping to continue work on my thing in a jar over at Inner Sanctum collectibles (as well as some more miniatures for IABSM) but last night I watched The Thing, the classic 1982 sci-fi/horror (Lovecraftian cosmic horror, anyone?). I mean, John Carpenter directing, a score by Ennio Morricone and the magnificent Kurt Russell in the lead – who could ask for more?

Burn it. Burn it with fire!

As it happens, it doesn’t matter who, as we got more anyway. If you haven’t seen The Thing, then suffice to say it was absolutely groundbreaking in terms of its special effects – the majority of which were created by Rob Bottin (only 22 years old at the time i.e. the same age as me). Some of these effects have now become fairly legendary in shocking horror movie moments legend – such as the use of a double amputee for the scene in which a man’s arms are ripped off by a giant alien maw. Oh, spoiler alert.

In fact all the gribbliness of the film has not only helped spur on my own model-making project, but also given me some more campaign ideas for Call of Cthulhu. Actually, part of the reason that I decided to watch the film properly was on the recommendation of another keeper, a certain Mr. John Wick who wrote a monograph for Chaosium entitled Digging For A Dead God. The scenario focuses on a group of Nazi soldiers in 1939 who stumble across an unfathomable evil – as per CoC standards.

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Thing in a jar, pt.1

This is hardly something new, and there are many good examples of other people having done precisely this and more, but as so many others before me I’ve always been fairly enchanted by the stereotypical laboratories and workshops of mad scientists, necromancers and Cthulhu cultists alike. So I have decided to make my very own ‘thing in a jar’ mostly for use in our Call of Cthulhu campaign, but also just because it’s the sort of thing that I think is cool. The main part of the structure, the ‘body’ of my… uhm, ‘thing’ if you like… was where I started:

Very simply: two champagne (or similar) corks drilled out and pinned together with a brass rod and liberal amounts of superglue.

Next I thought about giving my thing some sort of claw / head / other non-specific appendage but definitely something to be the main focus of the thing. It’s kind of hard to glue non-Euclidean shapes out of things that you find lying around your house, but I thought that this so-called desert rose crystal with a fossilised shar’s tooth on top looked kind of cool. I’m also adding some glass beads in non-symmetrical numbers and places to (possibly) represent eyes.

Old ornaments and things you find lying around in old drawers/boxes under the bed are a brilliant source of inspiration. Also, superglue is your friend.

Finally, as the… ‘assembly?’ …above is going to sit on top of the thing in the jar, and it weighs quite a lot, I decided that I needed to start constructing a base for the thing. Something to act as ballast to keep the thing upright once it’s submerged and sealed in the jar. So I drilled through some English two pence pieces and pinned them together with a brass rod. I find myself defacing the Queen’s image way too much recently.

I really hope I don't get hanged for treason...

More updates coming soon: Tentacles, eyes, limbs, sickly flesh… all this and much more to be revealed! Fhtagn!

Off the Wagon

Compensating?

It’s the Friday after a very long couple of weeks, I’ve got the weekend off and a tournament on Sunday. The sun was actually (vaguely) out and I’m (still) not stone broke. So I went to the pub, and for the second time this year there was no new post yesterday.

How swift the fall… more proper stuff later! Until then have some Lovecraftian Lolcats-style pictures. 

I want a cephalapod!

Ololol.

Pro Evo

Laura tried to name her final major degree project this. Truth.

I’ve been a bit busy today, but I’m working on some proper posts for the next few days on various topics including games design, sweet deck tech, a new book review or two (finally) and, of course, more Cthulhu-related insanity! Thanks for reading.

That which is not dead… I choose you!

Gotta catch ’em all… without losing your mind!

 Admit it, you would play that game, wouldn’t you? People of a certain age (i.e. around my own) will have fairly vivid memories of the Pokémon craze sweeping through schools across the country, and of spending ridiculous money in search of foil Charizard. Pssh… kids, eh? (*ahem*magic:thegatheringsecondarymarket*ahem*) Then of course there was/is the immensely popular video games. A version of said game that took the original premise and filled it with eldritch, cosmic horror would be right up my street. Turns out, some people have already thought of it…

Pikathulhu Fhtagn!

To quote straight from the page of the RPG of the same name: “Amid the sagging gables of old New England, evil lurks . . . and squirms, and scuttles, and purrs. Grownups are fleeing in terror, hiding behind the Elder Sign. You’re 10 years old. You’re our last hope. Armed with a Shining Dodecahedron and the elder incantations to make it work, you capture the monsters and train them to use their power . . . But not for evil. For sport. You’ve thrilled to the popular TV show. Now, you can play the game!

Hey There

Just a funny video I found on the internet, consisting of a decidedly more eldritch version of the Plain White T’s hit. Or more specifically, it’s a funny song that has a photo montage video that is good in parts, but pretty discardable. Listen and be amused. Astute readers will notice that this link is also present in the latest addition to the blog – a Twitter feed. I joined Twitter over a year ago but really haven’t used it until the past few days, and it’s already turned up some gems (including this video) and will be trying to utilise it a little more for when I just want to drop something cool like this into the mix without writing a complete post.

I have been on a bit of a Cthulhu Mythos trip recently and will soon be expanding my collection of related literature beyond the Lovecraft and Chambers that I currently have and give Derleth a go. I know a lot of people have pretty mixed views about his inheritance of the Mythos and some of the things that he did with it, but he was definitely an important contributor and I’m eager to give it a read for myself.

I’m currently working on a number of home-brew scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. Some of these, if I feel particularly headstrong, I may even submit for consideration to be used as a monograph by Chaosium (check their website for details on this method of publishing gamer-created resources). Hopefully I’ll have some more concrete news soon. Cthulhu Fhtagn!


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