Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.53: Elder Sign Dice Tower

I keep the light in my apartment somewhat dim, so unfortunately the first of the above photos - depicting my purple acrylic Elder Sign Dice tower (available here) -  is not as clear as I should like. In any case, it saw use earlier this evening in a solitaire game of Elder Sign, the aftermath of which can be seen in the second photo, shortly after Harvey Walters managed to close the gate to Yog Sothoth - thus averting the end of the world - subsequent to retrieving one of the eponymous Elder Signs from some dusty corner of the Miskatonic Museum. Private eye Joe Diamond, on the other hand, was sent irrevocably insane by something he encountered in the museum’s basement...Good times.

To round off my first solitaire game-night of the year, I played a quick game of Arkham Noir (the topic of yesterday’s post), which strikes me as being fiendishly difficult - and perhaps a tad too abstract for my liking.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.52: Arkham Noir - The Witch Cult Murders

Arkham Noir: The Witch Cult Murders is the first in a new series of solitaire Lovecraftian card games produced by Yves Tourigny. Oddly enough, I was able to procur the second and third in the games series directly from Yves during NecronmiCon 2017, but at that time the first game had not been published; regardless, the art on the cards is both gorgeous and thematic, and I mean to play this tomorrow evening (intended as the first of my weekly Lovecraftian solitaire gaming nights).

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.51: Silver Key Lapel Pin

As a follow-up to yesterday’s item, today we present the NecronomiCon 2017 Silver Key lapel pin, which current sits within the Ghooric Zone’s mysterious Cabinet of Lovecraftian Curiosities and Imponderabilia, alongside our 2015 and 2013 Silver Key lapel pins. Nice.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.50: Lodge of the Silver Key NecronomiCon T-Shirt

When I go to NecronomiCon I usually go as a Silver Key ticket holder - this provides certain perks, such as automatic entry into the popular Cthulhu Prayer Breakfast (a highlight of the convention), a special silver key pin badge, and the above Lodge of the Silver Key t-shirt (from 2017). But mostly I go as a Silver Key ticket holder because, well, its the Silver Key - and that’s pretty Lovecraftian.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.49: Cards from the Smoke

Cards from the Smoke is the final supplement produced by Cubicle 7 for their Cthulhu Britannica: London line of rpg material (using the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition rules set). Consisting of 160 tarot-sized cards, Cards from the Smoke is essentially a freeform storytelling aid for (amongst other things) creating (and resolving) CoC scenarios - which is precisely the reason why I picked these up. Being the friendless curmudgeon I am, I have noted previously that one of my goals for 2018 is to construct a toolkit for facilitating something akin to a solitaire Call of Cthulhu rpg experience - to which end Cards from the Smoke seems to offer some very intriguing mechanisms to aid solo play.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.48: An Amulet from Yuggoth

Last night the Silver Key unlocked a hidden doorway through which my dreaming consciousness was inexorably drawn, finding itself drifting through those empty depths of space which separate the planetary bodies of our own solar system. The star-winds bore me upon the particulate ethereality of their tachyon currents, carrying me past Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, onwards beyond the trans-telluric outliers of Uranus and Neptune, and thence to that boreal dwarf-planet which drifts mindlessly at the ultimate rim of known space - spoken of in certain, unfathomably archaic and prehuman texts as Yuggoth.

The miles-deep continental ice-sheets covering that mysterious orb proved no barrier to my formless consciousness, and soon I perceived evidence of strange life lurking within the nighted caverns beneath the ice: squat, alien cities of basalt; canals of pitch which flowed sluggishly through steep gorges of jagged black rock; and black windowless towers - whose exterior walls had been inscribed with strange hieroglyphs hinting at inscrutable cosmic secrets - from whence I heard buzzing voices articulating a horrid litany of monstrous revelations in half-formed human syllables...a litany mindlessly repeated by other participants in those grotesque rites - repeated by a chorus of all-too human speech, but with a droning, mechanical timbre...Investigating further, I pressed my consciousness into the interior of one of these black towers...Reeling at what I saw within, I fled back through the black abysses of space to the comforting confines of Earth. 

Awakening upon my bed, I found clutched in my hand a token from that monstrous sphere to which my dreams had drawn me: a token vouchsafed to me by an inhabitant of that black tower, within whose dismal interior I witnessed horrors of which I will not speak - a token revealing in crude outline something of the alien monstrosity of the very thing which had knowingly delivered that same amulet into my hands during my otherworldly sojourn within that cold and desolate orb.

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.47: Green Cthulhu Breakfast Club Traveller’s Journal

Not content with having one of the Cthulhu Breakfast Club special edition traveller’s journal, I also picked up what is currently the standard edition, available from (but only to patrons of the site). This version comes in a rich dark green, but like the special edition also has the classic silhouette of Lovecaft gracing its cover.

And lest we forget, an African-Amercan artist going by the name of Perry was responsible for one of the most enduring and iconic images of Lovecraft.