Saturday, 1 September 2012

Cthulhu meets Ireland with the help of a local author

"Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!" —William Butler Yeats

Mysteries of Ireland, a 104 pages. 8.5 x 11" Perfect-Bound paperback written by a local archaeologist and Table Top North member, Colin Dunlop, has been published by Chaosium.  Colin has written quite a number of Call of Cthulhu scenarios, including competition scenarios for Q-Con.  Really glad to see his talent recognised by Chaosium and we can think of no better a person to write this book.

Maybe Cubicle 7 will get him to do a "Shadows over Ireland" sourcebook for them?
From the hills the fairies whisper to lone strangers, “come join the dance”.  Watching from beneath the waves are the Merrow, the dwellers of the deep. Strange noises and half-heard screams ring at night from the cellars of the towns and villages. The unwary go missing in the wilds, the locals say “Pooka”, and shake their heads. Fires are lit on the mountainsides and bones are cast into the flames; a young woman sits in a trance as ectoplasm oozes from her mouth, and she speaks of times-past in a voice that is not her own. All these things and more are waiting on this Celtic Isle. This is a land of roaring seas, deep lakes, green pastures, barren bogs, and heather-topped mountains.
Mysteries of Ireland is a source book for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. It is a guide for playing games and running scenarios in 1920s Ireland. This book contains information on life in Ireland during this period and includes Irish Myths, Legends and Superstitions, the Occult, and the Mythos. There is detailed information for Dublin and Belfast, two new investigator occupations: Tinkers and WWI Veterans, several new creatures, and three new scenarios. 
MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY LIBRARY ASSOCIATION monographs are longer works by one or more authors on a subject of import to Call of Cthulhu roleplayers. On these products the author has also fulfilled the functions of editor and layout artist; we at Chaosium have done little in the way of editorial. We found these works compelling and thought that you would enjoy them. Through the publication of monographs we can offer our most loyal fans more information more easily, and evaluate the potential of these works for eventual release to the wholesale market.
Looking forward to getting our hands on this, and maybe even getting a review.  Available from Chaosium directly at $17.95.

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