Saturday, April 9, 2022

OSR Commentary On Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing From Raven God Games

 "Aeons before man arose from the primordial mire, ancient creatures descended from the stars or stepped through dimensional passages to inhabit the Earth. Whilst many of these Old Ones have since passed into inactivity, the secrets they carried with them have been shared with man and now terrible cults haunt the fringes of modern society. These ancient terrors thus still menace mankind and, if the prophecies are to be believed, the Old Ones shall return to reign again over the Earth!"

So if you've been following 'the Lost in The Eighties' campaign then you know that we've returned to our own version campaign  of  Geoffrey McKinney's Carcosa. And we/ve already discussed White Box Gothic so let's move into Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing From Raven God Games. So what does  Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing From Raven God Games besides adding modernish technology to Geoffrey McKinney's Carcosa. There several reasons why this is a solid OSR addition to the already crowded campaign setting.. And that's adding alien sorcerers to the cultists NPC class that we have in Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing From Raven God Games. The deadliest monsters in the Eldritch Tales are the human cultists. Add to the mix is the alien sorcerers who are more then happy to deal with cultists for more forbidden magicks & knowledge. 

Besides opening up the 20th Century to Carcosa & its Lovecraftian monster gods. Carcosa is open to the Lovecraftian cults as well! This means that Earth's cultists could look at Carcosa as the promised land. And this brings into focus the fact that Carcosa could be the origin point for more then one horror that has been extinct or nearly so on Earth for millions if not billions of years! Plus we've got the unkown horrors as well. 
And this all comes down to the spawn of Shub-Niggurath whose spawn could easily overwhelm large portions of Earth. Fortunately these spawn are fragmented at best & actively opposed to each at certain points. 
The mixture of Eldritch Tales: Lovecraftian White Box Role-Playing & LoFP's Carcosa is actually a rather rich one to mine! There's tons of ideas just floating within the OSR mix that it could take months to untangle the whole cloth here! 

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