Saturday, May 23, 2020

Lost Carcosa Announcement (What I've Been Up To)

So I know there is already an OD&D/OSR supplement about Carcosa, with a lot of inspiration from the Cthulhu mythos, but when I read it it honestly wasn't my cup of tea. I know other folks really liked it, but the gross sexual content, the die rolling system, the skin color based alien species, and the extreme lack of detail really turned me off to it.

But I do really really like Robert W. Chamber's The King In Yellow stories quite a lot, and I really like a lot of parts of the Cthulhu mythos, so I thought I'd try my own hand at creating a Carcosan supplement.

I present to you; Supplement 🜏: Lost Carcosa!

It is designed to be compatible with the original 3 OD&D booklets, but I will include notes for use with other games. Rather than having a sparsely detailed hex-map, the book will contain a rough map of the Carcosan region of the planet Aldebaran, some detailed notes on certain locations, and random tables to generate features.

The book itself takes inspiration from the works of HP Lovecraft (particularly The Dreamquest of Unknown Kadath), Robert E. Howard's Worms of the Earth, Edgar Rice Burroughs' A Princess of Mars and The Monster Men, and a slight reference to Lord Dunsany, because I don't really like Lovecraft's proper name for the Black Goat of the Woods with a Thousand Young, so I swapped it out for Sheol-Nugganoth.

Currently, art is going to be composed of black and white public domain illustrations, though this may change depending on if I suddenly magically become a talented artist.

Right now I'd say the book is about 10-20% complete (what can I say? I work slow).

On the topic of things you can immediately get your hands on, I have completed the most recent edition of the OSR hack formerly known as JABOM: Adventuring in Distressingly Hazardous Dungeons, or ADHD for short!

Click the image to read the document!

After some playtesting and feedback, this is the final version that I can see for the foreseeable future. I currently also have some documents of monsters and magic items that I'm working on separately.

That's all for now folks! Sorry for the dry spell of posts.