Jingle bells, jingle bells,
jingle all the…
wait…where am I?
Why can’t I wake up?!
H.P. Lovecraft was an American writer of horror-themed fictional stories. Forbidden, dark, esoterically veiled knowledge is a central theme in many of Lovecraft’s works. Lovecraft’s works are also ruled by several distinct pantheons of deities (actually aliens worshipped as such by humans) who are either indifferent or actively hostile to humanity. Lovecraft’s actual philosophy has been termed “cosmic indifference” and this is expressed in his fiction. One of the most prominent of these deities is Cthuhlu. Cthulhu was first introduced in the short story “The Call of Cthulhu“, published in 1928. Considered a Great Old One within the pantheon of Lovecraftian cosmic entities, the creature has since been featured in numerous popular culture references. Cthulhu’s appearance is described as looking like an octopus, a dragon, and a caricature of the human form.
One of the most beloved Tabletop Roleplaying Games of recent years is inspired by Lovecraft and his works. Call of Cthulhu, created by gaming legend Sandy Petersen is the definitive horror roleplaying game and has won over 40 awards including being inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design Hall of Fame.
No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That’s the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we’re still coming back for more.
I think it’s safe to say that whether you are a fan of Lovecraft or not, the mention of Cthuhlu is something that is recognized, and joked about, inside of many geek and nerd friend groups. There are books, plushies, comics, dice, memes, and more. And this Winter Solstice, coming to a screen near you, we will be having a Very Merry Lovecraftian Christmas! You can watch hours of genius and madness on the Scorched Dice Twitch stream. Not only will my players be investigating and hunting for clues, but viewers will also have chances to investigate and win some dice, and other shiny treasures.
Winters are cold in the hills of Pennsylvania. The snow is thick, and the roads are icy, but that matters little to those inside with good company and a roaring fire. Our players will be taking on the roles of college students in the 80s, heading home for a holiday bash. After hours of good food and better drinks, all that’s left to complete the evening is good sleep. With the daylight comes brunch, coffee, and presents for all! All they have to do is wake up…
If you’d like to join in on the madness you can apply for a seat to play here!
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