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Mansions 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).

As 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.

The 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 out there.

I’m 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.

Also of note: this is the 2007 second printing. Identical to the 1990 edition, but with an additional scenario (which looks…odd).


Not that it matters.


The Good Place Episode 2.06 Press Release and Promotional Pictures.


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.


D'Arcy Carden from NBC’s The Good Place is live on New Day! - New Day Northwest

anonymous asked:

I'll decide to be funny and say Michael for the headcanon meme

Ah my favorite Demon Dad™!!

  • * 2-4 songs that are probably on their iPod
    • idk man, Michael seems like a “1000 recordings of people screaming” kinda guy tbh
  • the one place they sometimes end up falling asleep — where they’re not supposed to
    • The conference room during Bad Place Architect meetings—look they’re boring and he has better things to do than listen to Paula’s thirtieth request for extra sharp spiked beds
  • the game they’d destroy everyone else at
    • Monopoly because he has no mercy & doesn’t care about anyone else (except Janet!)
  • * the emoticon they’d use most often
    • 👼(1. because it’s creepy, 2. because he likes to make fun of the Good Place people)
  • what they act like when they haven’t had enough sleep
    • Mopey and mean!
  • their preferred hot beverage on really cold nights. or mornings. or whenever.
    • Probably cinnamon-flavored antimatter
  • how they like to comfort/care for themselves when they’re in a slump
    • He bundles up in a hoodie and lays on the floor in misery
  • what they wanted to be when they grew up
    • A Bad Place architect! And he did it!!!! He’s living the dream!
  • their favorite kind of weather
    • Thunderstorms, he likes to watch the little kiddos down on Earth get extra scared :[
  • thoughts on their singing voice (decent? terrible? soprano? alto?)
    • Surprisingly, Michael has a really nice singing voice, he can belt it out like the best of them!
  • how/what they like to draw or doodle
    • New ways to torture people, funny ways to die, etc. etc.

Character Headcanons!

Rashida Jones as Janet Van Dyne

    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.