of Madness is a collection of Call of Cthulhu scenarios that’s so good it
eventually wound up lending its name to a house-based Fantasy Flight Mythos
board game (I don’t honestly know that for a fact, but it seems plausible).
I noted yesterday, Cthulhu Mythos scenarios tend to get too cosmic to feel
properly Halloween-y, which is definitely the case here – snake gods and
formless horrors abound – but I think the house-based nature of the scenarios
manages to tap into some of the same elements that make haunted house stories
work so well.
best is the classic “Crack’d and Crook’d Manse,” which has players
investigating the disappearance of a millionaire from his mansion, a home with
a long history of death and madness. The detective work in the first two thirds
goes in lock step with an increasing sense of dread, which anchors the
conclusion, making it dramatic and nightmarish instead of implausible. It’s
also very gooey. It’s one of the best self-contained Call of Cthulhu scenarios
fond of Janet Aulisio’s illustration work here. She has a heavy crosshatching
style that server Call of Cthulhu well, though to my knowledge this is the only
Chaosium book she worked on. Shame. You might know her work from FASA lines
like Shadowrun and Earthdawn. I can’t help but wonder if her super creepy Child
Thing illustration (first one after the cover) served as inspiration for the
climax of Playdead Games’ Inside.
of note: this is the 2007 second printing. Identical to the 1990 edition, but
with an additional scenario (which looks…odd).
The Good Place Episode 2.06 Press Release and Promotional Pictures.
“THE GOOD PLACE”
“THE TROLLEY PROBLEM”
10/19/2017 (08:30PM - 09:00PM) (Thursday) : CHIDI TEACHES A PHILOSOPHICAL CLASSIC ¬- Chidi (William Jackson Harper) and Eleanor (Kristen Bell) tackle a famous ethical dilemma, leading to a conflict with Michael (Ted Danson). Meanwhile, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) harbors a secret and confides in Janet (D'Arcy Carden). Manny Jacinto also stars.
Janet Van Dyne is heiress to the Van Dyne corporation, known for their advancements in bio-fuel and providing easily accessible agricultural resources for developing countries. Janet and her husband, Hank Pym, one of the top scientists at SHIELD’s biotechnology division has worked closely with Nick Fury, to form the Avengers Initiative. After witnessing the death of her father by an extraterrestrial, Van Dyne thought it appropriate to help bring together a group of remarkable people with extraordinary capabilities to protect humanity.
Janet not only walks the catwalk as a charming spokeswoman for Van Dyne Inc. but also takes flight as a part-time superhero.