Trail of Cthulhu

This post is part of the H. P. Lovefest. TL;DR: I have rapidly become a fan of the Trail of Cthulhu roleplaying game, a modern, player-facing alternative to Call of Cthulhu that highlights the investigative aspect of Lovecraftian adventuring. I've always loved all kinds of games, but the frequency at which I played RPGs was, until recently, about once a

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Eulogies

This post is part of the H. P. Lovefest. I was not alone in observing the 75th anniversary of Lovecraft's death on March 15, 2012. Here are some other commemorations: HP Lovecraft: The man who haunted horror fans, by Ramsay Campbell for the BBC News Magazine. Lurid: Love Love Lovecraft, from Lit Reactor. Lovecraft’s Influence, from Pelgrane Press (publishers of

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Games: Arkham Horror

This post is part of the H. P. Lovefest. There are countless board games that simulate D&D and similar "dungeon crawl" RPGs. They accomplish this by providing the components and rules necessary for the hack and slash element of the game: the movement through the labyrinth, encountering of monsters, the throwing of dice to resolve combat. The narrative aspects of

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Grabbag O’ Updates

Risk: Legacy (no spoilers): We have now played seven games of Risk: Legacy, and our interest in the game has yet to flag. As I mentioned in my initial review, our first session ended with new rules and cards coming into play, inspiring us to reconvene the following Sunday and continue our campaign. Yet more goodies were unveiled during the

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Wither the Lovefest?

It's not uncommon for me to abandon a project due to lack of interest. I am pretty sure the H. P. Lovefest is the first project I have ever abandoned due to abundance of interest, though. Except for the part about abandonment. The original plan was for me to write an essay about Lovecraft for The Morning News, with a

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The SAN Trap

This post is part of the H. P. Lovefest. It is not, however, a review of the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying game, despite the title. It is instead an high-level overview of the game and its affect on both roleplaying and Lovecraft's legacy. If you are unfamiliar with tabletop roleplaying games, or have only been exposed to RPGs of the

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