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#CthulhuThursday is Alternative Visions of Cthulhu and of Christmas

October 19, 2017

I must start with news of our twisted campaign to create these blasphemous Christmas cards! We’re about 75% funded so do join us!

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Next is this great image of Cthulhu. Now we’re used to seeing images based on Lovecraft’s original sketch of Cthulhu, so it’s always cool when someone re-interprets the look of such an iconic monster…

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A very unique Cthulhu design by Christopher Onciu

Also this is a halloween book you NEED in your life!

Finally I enjoyed this article on why Ghostbusters as an antidote to the horror of Lovecraft’s vision…

This, then, is the world-view Ghostbusters offers in place of the Cthonic duality. As in Lovecraft we have a surface world of institutions, with a horror zone beneath—which, if you read human history, is not far from the truth. Many bodies lie buried beneath our marble facades. But if you press through the marble and the rot—which takes work, humility, courage, and a sense of humor—you’ll be able to connect with living breathing human beings.

See you next week!

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#CthulhuThursday Not the 1st Edition, but 1st with the Links…

October 12, 2017

First off, a picture of Ogrethulu to celebrate the launch of Ogre last week!

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Next we have news that a Lovecraftian 1st edition went up for auction on 5th Oct…

Have you ever wanted to own a first-edition H.P. Lovecraft book, to breathe in its sulphurous, deathless pages, preferably while wearing black robes and chanting? Obviously we all do. But only one of us will have the opportunity: Lovecraft’s first edition of his first novel — The Shunned House, 1928 — along with many others, will be going up for auction.

Happy news for board game players…

Join the search to stop innumerable cults worshipping a single, dreaded being in Masks of Nyarlathotep, a new expansion for Eldritch Horror from Fantasy Flight Games, inspired by the classic Call of Cthulhu roleplaying adventure! At the same time, you can experience the adventure anew in your roleplaying group with a new edition of the Masks of Nyarlathotep adventure from Chaosium that brings the definitive Call of Cthulhu roleplaying campaign into the game’s seventh edition.

Finally there is this amazing King in Yellow King image by Geber Luis…

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I’m Speaking at the new Gamesforum!

October 11, 2017

There is a new games conference, Games Forum, and I’m really pleased to have been asked to speak at it’s 1st event. It’s on 24th/25th Jan 2018. What it’s about is:

Gamesforum is where the games industry comes together. Join 600 representatives from the PC, console and mobile games business for two full days of talks, meetings and socialising in the heart of London.

If you fancy coming along, this discount code SPK20, which gives 20% off passes.
Hope to see you there!

Article on HuffPo: Meeple Rising: How Digital Technology Is Growing, Not Killing Board Games

October 7, 2017

As I’ve been working on, playing and also thinking about video games a lot, I’ve got an article on Huffington Post on Board Games:

As a digital game developer there might be a perception that what we do is all about the technology, that we’re always on to the new and shiny “next big thing”. And in part, yes, our industry is driven by changes in technology and they do constantly alter the landscape into which we release titles. So the antithesis of this might seem to be the board game: bits of card instead of GPUs, a couple of dice in place of CPUs, and an instructions manual instead of interactive tutorials. Chalk and cheese.

However the reality is quite different.

On the subject of related articles, there is also a new post on GameTheNews about AI, news and Ogre:

So while AI comes into the view of policy makers now, for science fiction creators it’s been a subject of thought for decades. … the 1977 classic board game Ogre, in part inspired by the Bolo novels, explores a future where AI is transplanted into huge cybernetic tanks so large and inhuman they even scare the humans fighting on the same side. Called ‘Ogres’ these immense tanks face off against each other on the battlefields of the last war. Ogre has both entertained and provoked debate around the subject for four decades now with its fearsome predictions of a near-future blighted by both AI and nuclear weapons.

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And also this on Wired about the game Pandemic is good!

#CthulhuThursday Beware the Ides of Oct

October 5, 2017

We’re back! It’s a busy week for me as we have Ogre launching! However always time for some Cthulhu mischief!

First up the fantastic Achtung! Cthulhu has a free PDF now available, ‘Tales from the Crucible’ about thier heroes fighting the Secret War…

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I’ve been really enjoying the work of Loïc Muzy. His Lovecraftian creature artwork is impressive! Here’s a sample…

The Lovecraft eZine has an article about Carnacki – he was a ghost hunter created William Hope Hodgson who’s work was admired by Lovecraft:

CARNACKI operates in shadowy occult realms, on the fringes of science, in places out of sight and out of mind of normal everyday people. But sometimes the darkness touches the lives of others in ways they cannot understand, and they find they need help – the kind of help that only Carnacki can provide.

Carnacki also appears in the 1910 story of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore of ‘Providence’ (see last entry) fame.

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Ogre is live! Grab it now on Steam! #OctOgre

October 5, 2017

I’m really pleased to be able to say that Ogre is now live on Steam! The team has been working super-hard to get it to this point and will be working after too as there are things we want to do with it. The game is now live and if you fancy some classic strategy action wrapped in a modern digital telling – this is for you!

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Here’s the trailer…

And the mighty tweet from Steam…

Now after all the excitement – it’s back to work!

Cthulhu Thursday – Fixed Edition

September 28, 2017

I’m sorry to say some evil Mi-Go got hold of a partially completed posted and published it! Shock! Horror! Who knows what next they might do! So sorry about that. I’ve fixed the post now…

On with the show: with some haunting music played by…

I’m really excited for Stranger Things 2 – and guess who has influenced it?

Stranger Things is famously rooted in ’80s nostalgia, but for the season 2 monster, it took inspiration from even further back: early 1900s writer H.P. Lovecraft. The author wasn’t widely recognized during his prime, but after his death in 1937, he achieved posthumous acclaim for his work in horror fiction — something Stranger Things knows well. Now, Lovecraft is regarded as one of the most celebrated 20th century writers in the genre, most notably for works like The Call of Cthulhu and The Shadow over Innsmouth.

I’ve backed Cult Simulator on Kickstarter as it looks amazing!

I also got this from Reddit, not strictly Lovecraftian, but creepy!

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The next image has a spoiler note attached! It’s for Alan Moore’s providence. Stop reading now if you’ve not read it and want too!

This is one of the ghouls from Providence #7. There is more on the photoshoot here.

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Ghoul photo via Mitch Jenkins and SusannaPeretzFx

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