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A loooong time ago, i submitted a small scenario seed to The Book of Dark Wisdom magazine, back when it was a full-fledged Call of Cthulhu gaming publication (they soon switched to a fiction-only format). Years later, i got contacted by Shane Ivey at Pagan Publishing/Arc Dream to possibly have it included in The Unspeakable Oath. The thing desperately needed a rewrite, so i set about expanding and revising the scenario, fleshing out many aspects of the background, and the town that Mrs. Bentley resides in. It also needed quite the edit, which Shane graciously provided. And now, i can finally announce that the scenario is now live on The Unspeakable Oath's website! Please feel free to check it out here. Hope you enjoy it!
The final, corrected file for Horror for the Holidays has been sent! (Altered) Resonance manuscript has been mailed off to Pagan Publishing! Holy crap!
Didn't mean for me to neglect ol' Squamy like that. Just been so busy with working on books that i forgot to stop and talk about the work! Gaslight 3rd ed. continues to occupy the vast majority of my time. It's really coming along quite nicely so far; i've about 3/4 of the way through getting the raw text in a managable form, taking care of boxed text items, and generally massaging the basic book into shape. There's still plenty of work to be done as far as page decoration and such, but the core of the book is really getting there. What's really awesome is that i've been able to talk to both Kevin Ross and John T. Snyder about Gaslight; between John and another artists i'm lining up, this is really going to be a kick-ass looking sourcebook. Meanwhile, bit by bit, inch by inch, Bumps in the Night crawls closer and closer out of its cavern and into the light. I swear. It also sounds like i'll be putting together some more material for MRP's Arrius Lurco release, which will make all you Cthulhu Invictus fans even more happy. And we've got (i think) all of our ducks in a row for the next MRP release, so i'll be talking about that soon-ish. Lastly, Squamous Studios is involved in a non-RPG project, doing colouring work for a web comic. I'll post more about that soon.
The contract has been signed, so i'm now officially starting on Arrius Lurco! Of course, i've unofficially been working on it for several weeks, but don't tell anyone. At this stage, i'm working on the page design elements and attempting to massage them all into shape, see if i can get things looking how i envision them. This is one of the first huge chunks of work that's got to be completed. Once the design elements are in place, i can then go into InDesign and work on the templates for all the different chapters. In other news, i was approached by Pagan Publishing recently about a scenario i'd submitted to them a loooong time ago for The Unspeakable Oath, their amazing magazine for Call of Cthulhu (you can find out the latest news on The Unspeakable Oath here). Pagan's bringing it back, and wanted to possibly include it in an upcoming issue. Alas, the scenario in question, "Mrs. Bentley's Colouring Books", was published about seven years ago in The Book of Dark Wisdom, another small press CoC magazine that switched format to publish fiction not soon after my scenario was published. And Pagan has a policy about publishing things that aren't first run. But- i proposed another scenario that *hasn't* seen the light of day yet, which has been mentioned here under the rather suspicious name of "Project: Bad Roommate". Shane Ivey at Pagan is interested, so as soon as i flesh it out some and give it a nice buff and polish, i'll submit it. Woot!
The handouts are done, "page xx" bits have been wiped out, the credits have been updated...i think it's safe to say that "Bumps in the Night" is finally finished! Hot damn! I really need to give a special shout out here to Propnomicon, a person whose amazing prop work i've admired from afar for over a year. I was stumped recently on how to create one of the handouts needed for a particular scenario in the book, and contacted him for some advice. Prop went far, far beyond what i was asking for, and made this gorgeous handout! I'll see what i can do about posting a picture of it at some point. Anyway, i still need to get sign off from Scott at Pagan, and do my own final inspection, but i think this guy is good to go. *whew* Now maybe i'll get a break before resuming work on the BRP Magic Book...
I've gotten the last list of corrections that i need for Bumps in the Night, and am actively plugging them in. Fortunately it's less than 3 pages worth, so not much of a big deal. I also got a font i needed. The sticky wicket right now are a couple of handouts i need to make, which i'm not terribly experienced at. I've somehow managed to rope in someone else who might be helping me out with this...if that happens, i'll expand on this later. But even the advice is appreciated- i sure as hell am not at the level of the HPLHS guys. And since the project's getting announced, i feel safe in talking about it here: i'll be designing The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, a new Cthulhu Invictus campaign written by Oscar Rios. Should be fun! More information about that book can be had here. I haven't had much time lately to work on Project: Pineal Gland, which sucks, because i've had it on my brain a lot recently. There's a convention coming up next February that i'd love to playtest it at, so i'm hoping i can get it done before then.
Suddenly, the stars are becoming right, and i've got movement on a few things i've been working on: Bumps in the Night: i'm working through the last bits of corrections with Scott Glancy on this one, mostly having to do with map scales, bibliography, and, most importantly, those goddamn, accursed "pg. xx"'s. None of them shall escape my layout wrath. BRP Magic Book: finally got the feedback and stamps of approval i needed, so now it's time to get through the first draft of layout. Should be pretty smooth sailing from here on out. Except for the tables. There's lots of tables. Which involve tabs. I hate tabs. Project: Pineal Gland: Still chugging away at this. Getting to the point where i'm going to have to figure out the ending. Heh. Project: Bad Roommate: This was an old adventure idea for Call of Cthulhu in the Classic era, but got rejected at the time, as it wasn't fleshed out enough. I've dragged it out, and am going to see if i can do something with it. No one's done much with the tcho-tcho (outside of Pagan's piece on Tiger Transit, i can think of little else), so that and a certain love interest twist makes me think it might be decent.