Mar
09
2017
3

Pelgrane Press’s “The Yellow King RPG” Kickstarter to start soon.

Today in Shut up and take my money, damn your eyes:

Pelgrane Press is terrified to announce that The Yellow King Roleplaying Game is coming soon to a Kickstarter near you.

Written and designed by GUMSHOE master Robin D. Laws, YKRPG takes you on a brain-bending spiral through multiple selves and timelines.

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May
27
2016
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An entertaining Laundry competition that I can’t participate in.

Well, I can participate in it, only it won’t do me any good: the prizes are for UK/EU/Australasians only.  Which is cool. I imagine that there’s any number of American-based contests that are just for Americans, only I haven’t noticed because I’m an American so why would it register?

It’s still a fun idea, though. Basically, Charlie Stross’s British publisher (Orbit) is running a contest where people send in occult gear that’s suitable for the Laundry, which is of course the UK’s bureaucratic institution dedicated to fighting the Mythos and preparing England for CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN (a cosmic horror apocalypse coming soon to a reality near you!). Anyway: just because I can’t win it doesn’t mean that I can’t write something up anyway. If only because it amuses me to do so. (more…)

Oct
08
2015
1

So, I represented #Cthulhu2016 in this mock campaign debate…

…found here. BigGator5 represented Sweet Meteor of Death 2016; @thekytikat moderated.  I feel that I acquitted myself reasonably well, although I probably should have talked more about The King In Yellow.

Mar
25
2015
7

It is a glorious day at National Review Online.

Cthulhu reference. Also, SMoD. And, well, this:

Cruz is great. Rand Paul is great. Scott Walker is great. Bobby Jindal is great. Rick by-God Perry is great. Jeb Bush . . . was a really, really fine governor. We have primary elections for a reason, and these are some big boys (and girls? What says Governor Martinez? Governor Fallin? Governor Haley? Governor . . . ?) who are more than capable of inflicting upon themselves whatever savage and perverse ritual combat Republican-primary voters demand, with the last man standing demanding of the conclave in Cleveland: “Are you not entertained?”

Should be a hoot.

Personally, I recommend staying frosty when it comes to the primary. After all, every Republican candidate except one will end up losing it; their supporters should probably be prepared for that to happen. Or, conversely: if they’re planning to take their ball and go home if their candidate loses… then they should probably do it now, and avoid the rush.

Oct
29
2014
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“Possible Bubbles of Spacetime Curvature in the South Pacific.” #cthulhu

It is a scientific paper examining certain details – from the perspective of physics – found in HP Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu, and it is written in a style that is both entertaining, and interesting in its own right.  The author (Benjamin K. Tippett, PhD) – oh, I won’t be coy: this is good enough to sell as a short story, or get placed in a fiction anthology.  For money.

Via here and here.

Nov
23
2013
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“Antiques Roadshow: Arkham MA.”

Looked this up after flipping through The Lurker in the Lobby, which is of course a standard survey of Lovecraftian films. It’s pretty good, if you go into it accepting that it doesn’t have a budget and/or an actual film crew:

Honestly, my major issue here is the sound. An overhead boom (I THINK that that’s the right term) would have cleaned that right up. I still liked the whole thing.

Sep
20
2013
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Down to the Wire on The Moaning Words Kickstarter. #cthulhu

It’s an online game, sort of: honestly, I mostly care that Alan Dean Foster is writing for it.

Not that any of you actually care, but I have a good score on picking Kickstarters that get funded. As in, perfect*. This one I’m hoping won’t spoil my record…

Moe Lane

*Admittedly, I often come late to the party.

Sep
19
2013
7

OK this is just kind of messed up. (BLUE HADES watch) #bluehades

Hard to explain why it’s messed up, to people who aren’t part of the Scene: the normals think that we’re all like this, anyway.

…it seems that a strange project that melds artistic vision, future-proofing the human race, and deep-sea exploration is about to once and for all find out whether Lovecraft really was somehow channelling a heretofore unexplored reality, or just a very troubled SF nerd before his time.

It’s called the Hornsleth Deep Storage Project, and it is genuinely, terrifyingly, strange and odd.

So here’s the plan in a nutshell – take the DNA from 5000 people from all over the world, stuff it onto a bizarrely geometric sculpture-cum-ark, and then drop the thing into the deepest part of the ocean, the Marianas Trench.

That’s human DNA, inside something awfully close to being terminally non-Euclidian, ELEVEN KILOMETERS down in the deep dark, where only eyeless things who can only dream of bones reside.

What could possibly go wrong…

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Apr
29
2013
1

New exhibits to the Lane Art Collection.

Private viewings by appointment only, I’m afraid. 

First off (from Robyn Seales) we have this lovely updating of the traditional British exhortation: (more…)

Apr
04
2013
4

Cthulhu macrofasciculumque fhtagn! Cthulhu macrofasciculumque fhtagn! IA! IA! IA!

Couple things about this story:

 

  1. Cool.
  2. Cthylla? …Um.  Yeah. That’s kind of, well.  Look, I’m not going to say anything bad about Brian Lumley, OK?  And God knows that nobody should be too high and mighty to say that only certain people can play in the Mythos sandbox… so, yeah, I should shut up now.  Nevermind.
  3. …Again: cool.

Apr
20
2012
2

ML Interview: John Tynes (Delta Green: Strange Authorities)

OK, background:

  • John Tynes is the author of Delta Green: Strange Authorities, which is a compilation of John’s Delta Green-themed fiction for the last several years (the publisher is Arc Dream, which puts out a good deal of nice gaming material generally).  He is also one of the Names involved with Delta Green generally.
  • Delta Green (DG) is an extended supplement/setting/mutant, rugose appendage to the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game generally.  DG combines Cthulhu Mythos cosmic horror with government conspiracy, and it is dearly loved for that.
  • …I’m not going to explain the Cthulhu Mythos.  Go read Cthulhu 101 if you don’t know what the Mythos is; in fact, go read it even if you do know what the Mythos is.

Seeing as I am a roleplaying game geek AND a Cthulhu Mythos fan AND a Delta Green enthusiast… as you can imagine, I was more than happy to interview John about the book, get his thoughts on What Delta Green and the Mythos Means To Us, and tease out a hint or two about the planned update of the game setting.  Plus, some hard truths about the gaming industry! – Which believe me, I kind of already knew.

MP3 interview at the link below.  I’d like to do more of these, I think: they’re kind of refreshing.

John Tynes Interview – 04/20/2012

Moe Lane

Mar
05
2012
5

OK, this guy doing “Endangered” had me at “Tremors.”

I am not ashamed to admit it: I enjoyed the Hell out of Tremors. So this Kickstarter project about trying to make a SF/horror movie called Endangered hit all the right notes for me:

Lovecraft themes, no buckets of blood, independently made by enthusiastic people on a shoestring – what’s not to love?

Via The Watcher of Yaathagggu.

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