Archive for March, 2012

The Club of the Seven Dreamers

For those who didn’t get it on Kickstarter, I’ve posted my Lovecraftian d20 RPG adventure, The Club of the Seven Dreamers, on the Mockman store. Named after the planned (but apparently never written) novel of the same name by Lovecraft, it’s a short RPG adventure set in the Dreamlands, featuring seven pregenerated characters who represent some of Earth’s mightiest dreamers. It is the story of their quest, and their downfall. (?)

I originally wrote “The Club of the Seven Dreamers” for NecronomiCon 2001, because I wanted to run a Dreamlands game there. I tried to draw from Lovecraft’s more obscure Dreamlands stories — “The Green Meadow,” “Hypnos”, “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” — as well as from Lord Dunsany and Gary Myers. For the PDF version I wrote it out in the d20 system, so it’s compatible with D&D 3rd edition, D&D 3.5, Pathfinder etc. Alternately, with some work you could adapt it to another system, such as the original Call of Cthulhu “Dreamlands” supplement. It’s about one or two nights’ worth of gaming, and I enjoyed writing it, although it is a rather atypical “Dreamlands” game. I like to think of it as a philosophical Dreamlands adventure, although it does have some potential gruesome violence, and horrible fates aplenty…

NOTE: For some reason I haven’t figured out, hitting “previous” to get to the blog entry before this one often leads to an error page. Here’s a workaround: a link to the previous blog entry, Dream-Quest Cover Sketches.

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Dream-Quest Graphic Novels Are Here!

After several delays (apparently the shipping company couldn’t find my house) the Dream-Quest graphic novels have FINALLY ARRIVED! During a brief break in the rain, a truck dropped off a pallet with 700 kilos of books!

If you’ve never exercised by carrying 1,500 pounds of SAN-blasting tomes up the stairs into your house, you don’t know what you’re missing. The books are now sitting in my living room in 44 boxes, but not for long; right after I send this I’m going to start signing them and sending them out in preaddressed envelopes. Luckily, it didn’t start raining while the books were sitting in my driveway.

Next step: the post office! Also, another set of books is on its way to Diamond Comic Distributors and should be arriving in comic shops within two weeks or so.

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Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos!

I’ve written in the past about the Lovecraft-anime connection for, as well as a sidebar way back when in Michael Dziesinski’s Secrets of Japan Call of Cthulhu supplement.

But now, I’m doing a whole series of articles on the Mythos for the Crunchyroll release of the new anime “Nyarko-san: Another Crawling Chaos”, based on the timeless premise “What if Nyarlathotep took the form of a cute girl with a vaguely tentacle-like forelock of hair hanging down over his/her/its forehead?” It’s based on the light novels by Manta Aisora, and in April Crunchyroll will be simultaneously debuting the English release of the new Japanese TV series. So RUN SCREAMING, don’t walk, over to Crunchyroll to check out my first article, The Nyarko-san Chronicles: What is the Cthulhu Mythos?! I’ve never seen an anime with so many references to SAN points!

Animals Love Dream-Quest

It’s true: all creatures of nature love The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath! It’s got more good speaking parts for animals and monsters than for humans, after all. For cats, the patriotic scenes of cat-on-zoog and cat-on-moonbeast battle doubtless inspire its own imagination with visions of future nocturnal combat. (Leong, thanks for the photo!)

But dogs, too, love the Dreamlands! There’s no need for bigoted, racially inflammatory Cats vs. Dogs rhetoric! Ghouls are just like big leprously decomposing man-dogs, anyway! Thanks to the awesome supporter who posted this photo on twitter!

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