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.


  1. I have to admit that I was a little sad when I saw this isn't ready yet ;_; Something to look forward to!! :D

  2. I would like to see a Carcosa that feels like the Bierce story.

  3. I thought this post was really well done so I added a link to it in my BEST READS OF THE WEEK! You can check it out at this link if you want:

  4. I'm super looking forward to your Carcosa!

  5. I agree with flawsof that book that could have had any name really
    It is repetative, feels randomly generated and I used only as a place to visit that was horribel. Despite writer claiming in the civil war the sth should have been left alone to be as wonderful and free as brazil which is a bit of a choker. I liked the colour stuff because having no humans of any earth race/nationality/ethnicity has some advantages in planet fantasy.

    Looking forward to yours but Im hoping less planet fantasy and more horrible. Ive been doing lots of mythos ruin generators on my blog...

  6. Also really looking forward to your Carcosa supplement!