In episode 57, we’re rifling through some hidden digital cartography and floorplan resources to help you flesh out your games. Plus, hop aboard a black galleon for a lunar safari to see if we might spot a Moon-beast. Plus news, the conclusion of our IndieGogo campaign, and more!
Campus CrierCubicle 7 has released a book of scenarios for the Laundry system called Unconventional Diplomacy. Goodman Games is Kickstarting a hardcover version of Age of Cthulhu 8: Starfall Over the Plateau of Leng Our opening has been translated into Japanese by forum member Flashbackjuice! IndieGogo final tally: $3,692!! Once again, a sincere thank you to all who contributed. Perks for backers are on the way! Alumni Dinner signups will continue until August 1st. Just go to mu-podcast.com/dinner to sign up.
Card CatalogCheck out this amusing Lovecraftian description generator…
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“A small pendant fashioned from mammoth ivory that depicts the Native-American mythical being known as “The Wind-Walker” and “Ithaqua”. According to legend, wearers of the totem were possessed by the spirit of Ithaqua and became imbued with an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Scholars believe this to be the origin of the “Wendigo” legend. Item is currently housed in the Miskatonic University Special Collections Department.”
- This pendant is hand cast in solid resin by artist Jason McKittrick. The Totem of the Wind-Walker comes attached to a red suede cord that is ready to wear or hang.
- Measures 2″ x 3″
- $15 + shipping
BestiaryThis week, we’re gibbering about Moon-beasts! First reference:
“Great greyish-white slippery things which could expand and contract at will, and whose principal shape — though it often changed — was that of a sort of toad without any eyes, but with a curious vibrating mass of short pink tentacles on the end of its blunt, vague snout” — HP Lovecraft, The Dream-Quest of Unknown KadathThe Moon-beast makes an appearance in the Pathfinder world, too. Stats can be found on the Paizo site, and so can the miniature mentioned in the show. Here are some of our favorite Moon-beast images from Deviantart. Anchor text can be found here, here, here and here. As a web bonus, not mentioned during the show, here’s a link to the Mystery Science Theater 3000 episode of a terrible movie called Track of the Moon Beast. A warning: Lovecraft’s influence is pretty thin, here…
Main TopicThis week’s topic comes to us from PirateLawyer on the forums: As a Keeper I struggle to find map resources that I can readily convert for use in my games. Where can I go to find, say, a map of a deserted oil rig? An abandoned missile silo? A 1960s apartment block? etc. Dan focused on plans for ships and nautical structures…
- US Coast Guard
- The Historical Naval Ships Association
- The RMS Aquitania
- Steamship Deck Plans
- YSDC Forum Thread on Ocean Liners
- Smithsonian Nautical Exhibition Page
- Plus Lighthouse History from the Coast Guard and an Enthusiast Site