Thursday, April 26, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.116: Barrens of Carcosa

This year’s Lovecraftian Thing a Day seems, thusfar, to have been somewhat dominated by Lovecraftian gaming ephemera - and today’s is no exception. Long-term readers may recall my presentation of Geoffery McKinney’s Carcosa back in 2016: published by James Raggi as a setting for the Lamentations of the Flame Princess retroclone rpg, Carcosa had already stirred up something of a controversy over its content in gaming circles. McKinney produced a few other (non-Carcosa) pieces which were also published by Raggi, then seemed to disappear from the rpg  publication scene.

I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to discover that McKinney has continued to develop and expand upon the Lovecraftian high weirdness of his Carcosa setting with four more hexcrawl-style modules - of which Barrens of Carcosa (available in POD format from is one.

In its previous manifestations, Carcosa went from classic OD&D to LotFP; in Barrens of Carcosa McKinney has opted for AD&D as the default ruleset. Whilst this creates some potential issues for GMs who want to run the module as a continuation of earlier versions of Carcosa, it nonetheless makes for an excellent fit with Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea. Nice.

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