[ 3 / biz / cgl / ck / diy / fa / g / ic / jp / lit / sci / tg / vr / vt ] [ index / top / reports / report a bug ] [ 4plebs / archived.moe / rbt ]

Due to resource constraints, /g/ and /tg/ will no longer be archived or available. Other archivers continue to archive these boards.Become a Patron!

/tg/ - Traditional Games

View post   

[ Toggle deleted replies ]
[ERROR] No.27179853 [DELETED]  [Reply] [Original] [4plebs] [archived.moe]

Other than the obvious works by Lovecraft, what other sources do you take inspiration when writing a CoC adventure?

First time DM here, so would appreciate all possible help.

>> No.27179871

>"what other sources do you take inspiration when writing a CoC adventure"
My own creepy nightmares. But then again... this is not a reliable source.

>> No.27179889

his inspirations, Arthur Machen and Lord Dundsay
his friends, Robert Howard and Robert Bloch
his sources, the Arabian Nights and Malleus Maleficarium

>> No.27179905

arthur machen

>> No.27179912

>Arabian Nights and Malleus Maleficarium
Holy shit son!

>> No.27179991

>Lovecraftian Chick tracts

Oh god my sides have gone mad.

>> No.27180054

Do you think there are more 'recent' examples of lovecraftnian examples?

I am afraid if I only take as inspiration works from Lovecraft, and his direct sources, I will end rewriting what they already did.

It would be also interesting to know how it had evolved over the time.

>> No.27180063

More or less any book, movie, television series or game that's spooky.

Different people formulate their ideas differently, but I tend to think of some really good image or concept, then think about how I can incorporate it into an investigation. How it could come about, how it could be used, abused, what kind of races or entities could be involved, what kind of characters could spring up to populate such a story, etc.

>> No.27180117

Charles Stross, the Atrocity Archives, is a good inspiration.

Amnesia reminded me a lot of Lovecraft's.

Some of the X-Files "monster of the week" episodes were pretty Lovecraftian.

And who could forget "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"?

>> No.27180163

Here's my CoC folder OP if you need anything


>> No.27180168

Amnesia was heavily inspired by Lovecraft.

Even the engine is called HPL.

>> No.27180213

Junji Ito's stuff if you remove the shamanistic undertones.

>> No.27180233

>"Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem"
Oh, shit, some of those sanity effects were either hilarious or pretty fucked.

Am I the only who actually shout "what the fuck?!" at the "Do you want to delete all your saved files?... Files deleted" message?

Do you think this something similar is possible to implement in the game? Something like

>Anon, your character finds a scroll with a strange message: 'the anon sitting at your right is playing a cultist character'. Regardless how much your character thinks about it, it made no sense for him.

>capcha: 2578 2593854
What the fuck is going on with this numeric capchas?

>> No.27180236

O Howard-kun supa kawaii desu UGUU

>> No.27180255

> Do you think this something similar is possible to implement in the game? Something like

Of course. There was a thread a few eons ago that talked about ways of mindfucking your players by passing them little notes like "Out of the corner of your eye, you catch a glimpse of [name]'s eyes going pitch black."

Some really good ones.

>> No.27180257

My campaign idea sources have included: Jem and the Holograms, Ex Machina, Cigarette Burns, Rock & Rule, Fringe, Abrahamic mysticism, conspiracy theories, the Brady Campaign, and a tour of a chicken processing plant.

>> No.27180261

>not Howard-senpai

>> No.27180275

b-but he is my nummah 1 supa husbando

>> No.27180281

This sounds either completely pretentious and stupid, or really relevant and fascinating.

>> No.27180282



>> No.27180307

All the above?

Cigarette Burns was a very interesting of a mindfuck movie, I could definitely see it being Lovecraftian.

Fringe would not be too different from Delta Green, so shamelessly stealing ideas would be fine.

>> No.27180329

Cigarette Burns involved some cool ideas and a genuinely thrilling premise, but it devolved into bland-ass horror with blood everywhere and Saw-like imagery.

>> No.27180338

Do you have a link?

>> No.27180371

It wasn't a single campaign and some of those ideas were minor parts of an overall campaign.

>> No.27180377

I'm a simple man of simple tastes. I'm not into using fancy-pants psychological horror films. I'm into giving me crew a fun time.
So inspirations for wacky-spooky CoC?
They Live!
The Thing (original and remakes)
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Return of the Living Dead

>> No.27180397

Maybe so, but I still enjoyed how Carpenter weaved the tale. I wish a little more could have been done to fine tune it, but for me it was a good ride. Definitely some Lovecraftian ideas (King in Yellow anyone?).

Sorry. I wish I did, but it was a long time ago, at least a year. If you search suptg, you could find it (eventually).

Here's the link to another good thread though: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/1791071/

>> No.27180399

The rapid skin growth toxin fits perfectly in Delta Green.

>> No.27180415

> No "Manos: The Hands of Fate"

And the "Pleb-Of-The-Year Award" goes to...

Just kidding. Good selections.

>> No.27180446

>Definitely some Lovecraftian ideas (King in Yellow anyone?)
well DUH.

But as I said, it did have a good premise, and could have been excellent if the screening scene was actually spooky material and not average horror stuff;
hell, it could have been chilling if it had been average horror stuff BUT actually looked like it had been shot in the 60s.

>> No.27180450

The Bloop
"Bloop is the name given to an ultra-low-frequency and extremely powerful underwater sound detected by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in 1997."

Fox's hunch is that the sound nicknamed Bloop is the most likely to come from some sort of animal, because its signature is a rapid variation in frequency similar to that of sounds known to be made by marine beasts. There's one crucial difference, however: in 1997 Bloop was detected by sensors up to 4800 kilometres apart. That means it must be far louder than any whale noise, or any other animal noise for that matter. Is it even remotely possible that some creature bigger than any whale is lurking in the ocean depths? Or, perhaps more likely, something that is much more efficient at making sound?"

>> No.27180463

The WOW! Signal
"The Wow! signal was a strong narrowband radio signal detected by Jerry R. Ehman on August 15, 1977, while he was working on a SETI project at the Big Ear radio telescope of The Ohio State University."
"Amazed at how closely the signal matched the expected signature of an interstellar signal in the antenna used, Ehman circled the signal on the computer printout and wrote the comment "Wow!" on its side. This comment became the name of the signal."
"Scientists say that if the signal came from extraterrestrials, they are likely to be an extremely advanced civilization, as the signal would have required a 2.2-gigawatt transmitter, vastly more powerful than any on Earth."

>> No.27180490

The Voynich Manuscript
"The Voynich manuscript is an illustrated codex hand-written in an unknown writing system. The book has been carbon-dated to the early 15th century (1404–1438), and may have been composed in Northern Italy during the Italian Renaissance."
"No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. The mystery of the meaning and origin of the manuscript has excited the popular imagination, making the manuscript the subject of novels and speculation. None of the many hypotheses proposed over the last hundred years has yet been independently verified."

>> No.27180522

Somewhere Lovecraft actually mentions that and that it contains sections of the Necronomicon

>> No.27180535

The 1959 Dyatlov Pass Incident
"The Dyatlov Pass incident generally refers to the mysterious deaths of nine ski hikers in the northern Ural mountains on the night of February 2, 1959. The incident happened on the east shoulder of the mountain Kholat Syakhl (Холат-Сяхыл) (a Mansi name, meaning Dead Mountain due to lack of game, not "Mountain of the Dead" as some suggest). The mountain pass where the incident occurred has since been named Dyatlov Pass (Перевал Дятлова) after the group's leader, Igor Dyatlov (Игорь Дятлов)"

>> No.27180562

Cultural trivia: Manos is the Spanish plural for mano, which translates as 'hand'. So, for a Spanish-speaker, that film's tittle reads as "hands: the hands of fate".

BTW: In the mouth of madness.

That film is a massive mind-fuck.

>> No.27180572

What the fuck is a chick tract?

>> No.27180578

Less of a mindfuck than your average post-evangelion "deep" anime.

>> No.27180612



Required reading for /tg/. (Not, of course, because it's any good.)

>> No.27180627

>implying you're not using the Mind Bondage spell on us

>> No.27180634


>In the Mouth of Madness (also known as John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness) is a 1995 American Lovecraftian horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter and written by Michael De Luca,

>Neon Genesis Evangelion (新世紀エヴァンゲリオン Shin Seiki Evangerion?, literally "Gospel of a New Century"[1]), commonly referred to as Evangelion or Eva[2], is a Japanese science-fantasy animation series that first aired from October 1995 to March 1996

Please, don't pollute a good thread with your overrated Chinese cartoon.

>> No.27180638

The Hum phenomena
"The Hum is a phenomenon, or collection of phenomena, involving a persistent and invasive low-frequency humming, rumbling, or droning noise not audible to all people. Hums have been widely reported by national media in the UK and the United States."
"The essential element that defines the Hum is what is perceived as a persistent low-frequency sound, often described as being comparable to that of a distant diesel engine idling, or to some similar low-pitched sound for which obvious sources (e.g., household appliances, traffic noise, etc.) have been ruled out. There are a number of audio reproductions of the Hum available on the web"

>> No.27180651

I'm not overrating it, on the contrary.
I'm just saying that you're overrating "in the mouth of madness" even more.

>> No.27180656

>Please, don't pollute a good thread with your overrated Chinese cartoon.
I support this.
Read Clive Barker.

>> No.27180676

Old books are awesome

Codex Gigas, the Giant Book or Devil's Bible
"According to one version of a legend that is already recorded in the Middle Ages, the scribe was a monk who broke his monastic vows and was sentenced to be walled up alive. In order to forbear this harsh penalty he promised to create in one single night a book to glorify the monastery forever, including all human knowledge. Near midnight he became sure that he could not complete this task alone, so he made a special prayer, not addressed to God but to the fallen angel Lucifer, asking him to help him finish the book in exchange for his soul. The devil completed the manuscript and the monk added the devil's picture out of gratitude for his aid.[1][16][17] In tests to recreate the work, it is estimated that reproducing only the calligraphy, without the illustrations or embellishments, would have taken 5 years of non-stop writing."

>> No.27180693

That's not really Lovecraftian, or mysterious.

>> No.27180701


>> No.27180730

Speaking of Chinese girly cartoons, R.O.D. the TV, while not Lovecraftian in itself, has some great elements like the plot to turn the world into a single mind or memories transforming the world physically.

>> No.27180732

>not mysterious
We basically don't know WHAT the fuck happened there - we just don't know. That's pretty mysterious if you ask me.
>Not Lovecraftian
Depends what happened, really. I could imagine a kind if Blair Witch style cabin fever taking over, until they're all killed. Some sleeping god in the Dead Mountain grinning, satisfied.

>> No.27180760

By that logic, every unsolved murder case is lovecraftian.

>> No.27180766

They all have the potential to be, if you apply a Lovecraftian view of events rather than going CSI.

>> No.27180777

I know it's not in everyones taste, but could you guys recommend some spooky music that could fit a CoC campaign?

>> No.27180785

I think my IQ dropped a point reading that.

>> No.27180794

This and most of the OST. I prefer the more ambient ones.

>> No.27180799

At least with unsolved murder cases, you know there was a murder.
Here, there's... nothing, they're just GONE!
I'm not saying you should build a campaign around it, but something like that could be a good hook.

>> No.27180801

The evidence points to death from hypothermia followed by animal scavenging. Remember, it was two weeks from time of death to when searchers found them.

>> No.27180816

Blanck Mass


Jupiter Noises

>> No.27180995

I think given the premise proposed by OP, that is a valid suggestion.

OP is asking for inspiration sources, so anything that is mysterious and could easily adjusted to be the result of a lovecraftnian entity, or a mad cult would fit. Things like the most famous serial killers would hardly fit, as there is a specific non-alien and identifiable culprit. Stuff like that Russian incident, the bloop or the Voynich manuscript fit perfectly.

Also, does anyone have attempted to fit the internet and the digital world into Lovecraft myths? Does anyone saw Experimental series Lain? Weird girl goes full hermit, commits suicide and then her companions receive messages from there telling she meet God on the internet?

Imagine a similar premise, but rather than "meeting God", she says I'm trapped in 4chan.

>> No.27181033

German philosophy is freaky as shit.

>> No.27181051

I guess stuff like the Cell or the The Ring would fit under the digital world.

Serial killers could fit, people like Richard Ramirez and David Berkowitz both claimed Satan being responsible for their crimes. You just refluff a bit.

>> No.27181074

Thanks dudes.

Name (leave empty)
Comment (leave empty)
Password [?]Password used for file deletion.