Crawling Chaos

No, it’s not a reference to my flat or my mental state. It’s a reference to the HP Lovecraft creation known as Nyarlathotep. He/it is also mentioned in the Metallica song the The Thing that Should Not Be, which is about Innsmouth and the Deep Ones.

With Halloween creeping closer, I’m getting back into the Call of Cthulhu RPG. To this extent I’m awaiting the new edition of the super-campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep – over 100 hours of play contained within (I also intend to get the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion). The plan is for me to run this at ORC, probably starting in the New Year – I anticipate a high turnover of characters, as it is supposed to be lethal! This should work rather well for anyone new to ORC or looking for one shot games, and I’m going to really try and make it the highlight of my GMing “career”.

I’ve not run much Call of Cthulhu in recent years although my eBranch games (see Necroscope) have used the system. As intimated on the Home page, I’m also working another on the setting of “Arunstoun” for the game. Some of it I will use in Masks (risks less sanity when I say it like that!), and I’ve a great idea for a new Mythos race: how this will fit into the campaign as a whole I don’t yet know. However, as I get on with the campaign I’ll likely blog about the progress, or put stuff in the wiki.

Arunstoun is going to be set in the West of Midlothian, not in Edinburgh itself, and will likely be quite similar to Ramsey Campbell’s Cthulhu Mythos setting, Goatswood.

Published by Bill Heron

Wannabe game designer and would-be author. I've been playing RPGs for over 25 years and have recently started creating my own RPG called Mandragora: Ashes of Freedom. I also run a number of RPGs: Cthulhutech, Call of Cthulhu, WFRP, and D&D. I'm active in the Edinburgh RPG community at and regularly play RPGs.