Friday, August 12, 2016

Lovecaftian Thing a Day No.225: Cthulhu Britannica - The Curse of Nineveh

The release of Cubicle 7's Cthulhu Britannica: London boxed set also heralded the release of Cthulhu Britannica: The Curse of Nineveh, an accompanying 7th ed. London-based campaign. Also shown here - and significant with regard to yesterday's musings on rpg handouts and verisimilitude - are two additional products which support (but are not necessary to run) The Curse of Nineveh campaign: The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson, and The Journal of Neve Selcibuc (written by friend of the Ghooric Zone, Paula Dempsey). These latter are two beautifully produced hardback volumes containing the personal narratives of non-player characters from within the campaign, and which can be provided to the player characters as a means of furnishing them with additional hints, clues and insights regarding the mystery they are exploring. So, on the one hand these volumes can be treated as long-form narratives of the Cthulhu Mythos to be read in their own right as fiction; on the other, they can be potentially provide an additional level of immersion into the gaming experience which effectively occurs outside of the confines of the typical gaming session. In any case, this kind of approach points to some of the very intriguing directions which Cthulhu gaming might be going in with the advent of 7th edition Call of Cthulhu. Nice.

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