Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Lovecraftian Thing a Day (2018) No.163: Cold City - The Dossier

Cold City: The Dossier is a supplement - of sorts - for the Cold City rpg, consisting of a number of documents - letters, reports, technical diagrams, and the like - for use as scenario plot hooks in the game. As such, Cold City: The Dossier is system neutral (containing no game mechanics), and can thus be read independently as work of short fiction in the vein of the Delta Green universe or Charles Stross’ A Colder War. Indeed, there are hints throughout the disparate documents intimating that they are perhaps fragments which, collectively, form part of a larger narrative whole. But in true Lovecraftian fashion this is inferred and left to the reader’s imagination - indeed, the obtuse nature of The Dossier’s various documents is such that the monstrous is portended or spied fleetingly, but rarely confronted directly: in the words of one US agent quoted in The Dossier, ‘The full horror of what we are discovering is, in my considered opinion, yet to be revealed. I have a deep, unswerving belief that we are teetering on the edge of a black abyss’. Nice.

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