Sunday, October 16, 2016
Lovecraftian Thing a Day No.290: Assault on the Mountains of Madness
Modiphius' Achtung! Cthulhu WW2 setting (for both Call of Cthulhu and Savage Worlds) provides another massive 350+ page Antarctic campaign setting where we return, once again to the Mountsins of Madness - in this instance to try and stop Nazi occultists calling up something very nasty and world changing indeed. in sctual fact, Assault on the Mountsins of Madness adheres fairly closely to key plot elements found in Chaosium's Beyond the Mountsins of Madness - although in this instance the denouement feels a little closer to what Lovecraft infers in the original work. The book is beautifully produced in full colour, and contains some amazing and awe-inspiring art. Even so, the pulpiness of the Achtung! Cthulhu setting doesn't quite fit with the bleak cosmicism of AtMoM, and as a consequence the feel of the piece doesn't entirely live up to what some of the art suggests. However, this is less the fault of Modiphius' excellent efforts, and more a consequence of the roleplaying medium, which I'm still not entirely convinced is an oeuvre capable of replicating the mood and feel of Lovecraft's writing.