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At the time of writing, the Kickstarter for The Idol of Cthulhu has gone live!

I was contacted a little while ago by Delphes Desvoivres – the organizer of the Props of Nyarlathotep (New York & Kenya, London & Cairo) and Sedefkar Simulacrum Kickstarters – and invited to write a scenario that would accompany the Idol of Cthulhu sculpture that they plan to produce.

The scenario will be a sequel to the original The Call of Cthulhu story by HP Lovecraft. How long the scenario becomes will be determined by stretch goals for the campaign. The scenario will have multi-media components – the sculpture itself can be used as a key physical prop, and audio recordings will be provided by none other than the immensely talented HP Lovecraft Historical Society! Needless to say, I’m rather excited about this project and can’t wait to see how far it goes.

Stretch goals coming up include: maps of Providence and Rhode Island; cards featuring the likeness of the NPCs; expanded content for the scenario; creation of another prop for the scenario, the “Call of Cthulhu” manuscript, as written by the late Francis Wayland Thurston of Boston.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign went live about three hours ago and is more than 80% of the way to its initial target of €5,000, and has 20 days to run. The campaign ends on 27th December 2017.

Last chance for The Blasphemous Tome issue 3!

We currently putting the finishing touches to the latest issue of The Blasphemous Tome. This is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for Patreon backers of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias.

  • $1 backers will receive one copy
  • $3 backers will receive one signed copy
  • $5 backers will receive two copies, one of which will be signed

Barring last-minute delays, backers should receive their copies with their Christmas cards. It doesn’t get any more festive than that!

We plan on posting the Christmas cards on the 11th of December. That said, we will carry on sending copies of the Tome to anyone who becomes a backer before the end of the year.

The Blasphemous Tome issue 3 cover

What is The Blasphemous Tome?

The Blasphemous Tome is our attempt to recapture the spirit of gaming fanzines of the 1980s, staples, wonky layout and all. For maximum verisimilitude, we make Matt use Courier for the body text, even though this makes him cry. Some of the paste marks on the pages may actually be tear stains.

The Blasphemous Tome only exists in a physical form. There were no PDFs in the 1980s. They were dark times.

We print enough copies for our backers, with a few spares as prizes for charity raffles, review copies and the like.

What’s in this issue?

This issue sees the return of a few regular columns, as well as some new features. Once again, we also have contributions from our wonderful and talented listeners.

One major change is that this is the first Tome to be officially licensed by Chaosium! This means that we are able to include content specifically for Call of Cthulhu. We have taken advantage of this and written a new Pulp Cthulhu scenario, called A New Age of Wonders! As heavy snows descend, festivities at a ritzy New Year’s Eve party in Vermont soon turn to death and madness. The heroes will have to grapple with mad science, horrible monsters and a sinister plot that threatens humanity’s very existence.

And of course, we have art. The issue is filled with excellent and atmospheric work by Lucy Fricker, Daupo, Evlyn Moreau, Symon Leech and Linus Larsson.

Once again, we have an amazing cover from good friend of the Good Friends, Jonathan Wyke. Jonathan has illustrated many of the books we’ve done for Chaosium, and we are always excited to see him bring our fevered imaginings to unwholesome life.

Contents

  • Paul shares his fond memories of Necronomicon 2017
  • Matt Ryan and Noah Lloyd present two Great Old Ones of apocalyptic might
  • Paul, Matt and Scott discuss their favourite games of the past year in The Ludomancers
  • Matt makes your liver whimper for mercy in Cocktail Corner
  • Elina Gouliou suggests some unusual and piscine game concepts in Three Seafood LARPs
  • Paul examines another artefact of the 1970s in Vinyl Corner
  • Jason Janicki presents a shuddersome horror vignette called Technical Difficulties
  • In The Sanderson Collection, Matt discusses some limited editions of interest
  • Scott presents an overview of the Netflix Original horror films on offer
  • Matt punishes one of his misbehaving dice in Die, Die, Die!
  • Paul, Matt and Scott reminisce about their favourite recordings of the year in Episodes of Insanity
  • Matt earns more dirty looks from Scott in Plush of the Month
  • Trevor Hirst presents a nasty way to bind a group of investigators together in Something is Rotten in the Root Cellar
  • Scott reviews Nathan Ballingrud’s excellent short story collection, North American Lake Monsters

Getting your copy

We only produce The Blasphemous Tome for our Patreon backers. We do not sell copies directly.

If you want the latest issue, simply back us on Patreon at any level by the end of the year.

 

 

Necronomicon, the HP Lovecraft festival was held in Providence, RI, August 2017. While there I had a host of people sign my program, which I’m now selling in aid of charity.

The program is signed by:

Andrew Leman, Sean Branney, Kevin Stidham (actor) and Darrell Tutchton (illustrator) of the HPLHS. For more information about each of these individuals check out the bios on their website.

Nicolas Nicario (graphic designer at Chaosium) and Mike Mason (Call of Cthulhu line editor).

Reber Clark, musician and composer for the HPLHS and HPPodcraft.

Keeper Dan, Keeper Murph and Keeper Chad of the Miskatonic University Podcast.

Niels-Viggo Hobbs, director of the Necronomicon festival.

Jason Eckhardt, illustrator for such works as The Fungi from Yuggoth.

Brian Courtemanche, author of numerous works for Call of Cthulhu (Atomic-Age Cthulhu, House of R’lyeh, etc).

Badger McInnes, graphic designer and games designer.

Christopher Smith Adair, author and editor of many works for Call of Cthulhu and related games.

Lynne Hardy, author and editor of many works for Call of Cthulhu and related games, including the upcoming revised Masks of Nyarlathotep.

Randall Padilla of Skype of Cthulhu.

Greig Johnson, actor. Check him out in the fantastic Lovecraftian shorts on YouTube (with Chris Lackey).

The hosts of the podcast The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, Paul Fricker, Matt Sanderson and Scott Dorward.

You can find the eBay auction here.

A little later than planned, but we have the final two videos from our recent visit to Providence and New York City. First, here is a look at the Hamilton House on Angell Street in Providence, mentioned in passing in The Shunned House. This was part of our Lovecraftian tour of Providence and should have been included with our first batch of videos, but I managed to miss it first time round.

Then, moving on to New York City, we have a brief look inside The Compleat Strategist, where we were carrying out a signing. The Strategist is legendary in New York, and was my friendly local game store for much of the 1980s. It was wonderful to be back there.

 

 

Necronomicon 2017 is currently wrapping up. The three of us had a marvellous time attending panels, playing games and, most importantly, meeting a great many people who were only names on a screen to us until this weekend.

We will post some more detailed articles later, once we’ve had a chance to decompress. For now, however, here are a few videos to give you a taste of the eldritch madness that came to Providence.