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(Some Guy)   RIP Lynn Willis, co-creator of the Call of Cthulhu role playing game. Please make a sanity check   (catalog.chaosium.com ) divider line
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2013-01-23 10:24:50 AM  
Also, the Ghostbusters RPG.
 
2013-01-23 10:29:40 AM  
RIP designer of unforgiving badass games like this.
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2013-01-23 10:31:03 AM  
He was part of some true classics of Cthulhu role playing.  Masks of Nyarlathotep was genius, and Horror on the Orient Express was inspired.

RIP sanity check dude.  ya done well.
 
2013-01-23 10:32:01 AM  
Please bow your heads and say a silent IA! IA!
 
2013-01-23 10:48:21 AM  
Very sad news.
 
2013-01-23 10:49:13 AM  
he helped write some of the best books Chaosium ever published.
 
2013-01-23 10:51:49 AM  
His role playing classics really messed with my brain back in the day.
 
2013-01-23 10:52:31 AM  



R.I.P WILLIS

 
2013-01-23 10:55:51 AM  
Willis was born a poor black child. It was never easy for her. People frequently didn't know what she was talking about.

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The years were not kind to her.

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Rest in peace, Willis.
 
2013-01-23 10:56:37 AM  
Wait... Lynn was a GUY?!?
 
2013-01-23 10:59:20 AM  
Beyond the Mountains of Madness is one of the best rpg adventures I've experienced.

/Del Toro ought to make a movie out of it, instead of Lovecraft's original; it's much more cinematic.
 
2013-01-23 11:01:02 AM  
Call of Cthulhu and Paranoia are probably the only two RPGs whose source books are 100% enjoyable on their own merits, without needing the attendant games to go with them. Masks of Nyarlathotep is a freaking masterpiece.
 
2013-01-23 11:03:04 AM  
Nobody else beyond August Derleth has done as much to bastardize Lovecraft's vision.
 
2013-01-23 11:13:27 AM  

likefunbutnot: . Masks of Nyarlathotep is a freaking masterpiece.


150% agreed.
 
2013-01-23 11:19:05 AM  
I had paranormal investigator once.
Once.
 
2013-01-23 11:45:28 AM  

likefunbutnot: Call of Cthulhu and Paranoia are probably the only two RPGs whose source books are 100% enjoyable on their own merits, without needing the attendant games to go with them. Masks of Nyarlathotep is a freaking masterpiece.


Indeed. I had the Call of Cthulhu source book when I was a kid, and just enjoyed reading - never even really played much. Some 18 years later, after having lost it many years prior, I decided to order it for beach reading material on one of my vacations - still enjoyed it just as much.
 
2013-01-23 11:47:50 AM  

Nurglitch: Nobody else beyond August Derleth has done as much to bastardize Lovecraft's vision.


I don't think that's true at all. First, Lovecraft himself drew from external sources for a lot of what we commonly associate with "Lovecraftian" horror. His work encompasses Dunsany, Bierce and Howard, after all. It's ALWAYS been a shared literary reality that exists as much in the spaces between authoritative sources as anywhere else. Derleth extended the mythos in a direction that's more compatible with Semitic religions. And that's FINE. Nobody else has to participate in his vision. Now we have Stephen King slipping in sly references to terrible secrets in Maine fishing villages, Necronomicon-fueled rape trees in Evil Dead movies and any number of video games and children's cartoons that name-check Cthulhu, all stemming from Lovecraft's circles of correspondence and publication in pulp magazines in the 1920s and 1930s.

You might also do well to remember that Derleth founded Arkham House. It's doubtful that Lovecraft would be the much-beloved figure that he is, were it not for that.
 
2013-01-23 12:23:25 PM  
What a shame, I just found used copies of CoC and Cthulhu Now at Half-Price Books recently. I liked them enough to get a copy of Great Tales of Horror.
Better late than never, I suppose.
 
2013-01-23 12:43:55 PM  
Sad indeed :(

CoC is a great game, perfect for a ruthless GM to have fun with. And the Ghostbusters systm was the direct precursor to Star Wars, my favorite RPG of all time.

On a side note, just discovered that FFG has released an app version of their Elder Sign board game. It's a fun time waster for Lovecraft fans. Link
 
2013-01-23 01:28:31 PM  
I tried to convince a few friends to play the RPG (The D20 version), and they wouldn't want to, the main reason being "I don't want to play a game I know we can't win, and we will all die".
 
2013-01-23 03:16:10 PM  
I hold my sword cane high in honor.
 
2013-01-23 03:18:14 PM  

CygnusDarius: I tried to convince a few friends to play the RPG (The D20 version), and they wouldn't want to, the main reason being "I don't want to play a game I know we can't win, and we will all die".


Time to disown them. Going insane IS the fun part.
 
2013-01-23 03:21:40 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: Sad indeed :(

CoC is a great game, perfect for a ruthless GM to have fun with. And the Ghostbusters systm was the direct precursor to Star Wars, my favorite RPG of all time.

On a side note, just discovered that FFG has released an app version of their Elder Sign board game. It's a fun time waster for Lovecraft fans. Link


I keep pimping weg star wars but it was nice a freewheeling, allowing quick fun seat of the pants adventures.

Coc ties with paranoia in the field of slaughtering characters.it might have the edge since you spend so much time building your chump.
 
2013-01-23 06:03:48 PM  

Weaver95: likefunbutnot: . Masks of Nyarlathotep is a freaking masterpiece.

150% agreed.


But has anyone ever tried to play it? I read it years ago and thought it would be unplayable.
 
2013-01-23 06:19:33 PM  

Fano: RoyFokker'sGhost: Sad indeed :(

CoC is a great game, perfect for a ruthless GM to have fun with. And the Ghostbusters systm was the direct precursor to Star Wars, my favorite RPG of all time.

On a side note, just discovered that FFG has released an app version of their Elder Sign board game. It's a fun time waster for Lovecraft fans. Link

I keep pimping weg star wars but it was nice a freewheeling, allowing quick fun seat of the pants adventures.

Coc ties with paranoia in the field of slaughtering characters.it might have the edge since you spend so much time building your chump.


I wish you guys lived next door.
 
2013-01-24 12:44:02 AM  

Nurglitch: Nobody else beyond August Derleth has done as much to bastardize Lovecraft's vision.


By introducing his works to many people that might otherwise have never read them? I was an avid reader of horror as a little kid but I had run across H.P. Lovecraft until 1981 when my local bookstore that had a small gaming section got their first copy of Call of Cthulhu. And as much as I love the Lovecraft, any talk like "bastardizing his vision" is ridiculous. He wrote some great stuff but let's not put it on a pedestal.

What do you find so offensive to his "vision" in the Call of Cthulhu role playing game anyway?
 
2013-01-24 08:55:12 AM  

Thrag: Nurglitch: Nobody else beyond August Derleth has done as much to bastardize Lovecraft's vision.

By introducing his works to many people that might otherwise have never read them? I was an avid reader of horror as a little kid but I had run across H.P. Lovecraft until 1981 when my local bookstore that had a small gaming section got their first copy of Call of Cthulhu. And as much as I love the Lovecraft, any talk like "bastardizing his vision" is ridiculous. He wrote some great stuff but let's not put it on a pedestal.

What do you find so offensive to his "vision" in the Call of Cthulhu role playing game anyway?


Leave Nurglitch alone, guys.

The fact that a 12 can even spell HPL is a feat to be proud of, so low has our bar for achievement fallen.

Lynn Willis was much more into the pulp-adventure side of CoC, whereas the nihilistic horror was all from
the fertile mind of Sandy Petersen.  Together, though, much like Twix or Reese's Peanut Butter cups, the
disparate ingredients made magic.
 
2013-01-24 10:04:32 AM  
Farkers are pen-and-paper RPG players. Who would have thought?

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2013-01-24 11:01:28 AM  

likefunbutnot: Call of Cthulhu and Paranoia are probably the only two RPGs whose source books are 100% enjoyable on their own merits, without needing the attendant games to go with them. Masks of Nyarlathotep is a freaking masterpiece.


I agree. The source books actually helped to solidify the scope of the Mythos for me. I was able to take my turn losing against ghouls, ghasts, and anything greater just like the protagonists in the stories.
 
2013-01-24 08:28:47 PM  
I'm actually GMing Call of Cthulhu for my 11 year old. Last time I, a building fell on him and exposure to a yet-unidentified Elder God through a portal cause him to bleed from every orifice. He survived, barely, but I like to tell people, "Oh, the other day I dropped a building on my son, then hemorrhaged him."
 
2013-01-25 01:12:16 AM  
Can it be called a role-playing game if you dont actually get to develop your character for more than three game sessions? The only character I ever had survive for very long spent most of his time running away from things.
 
2013-01-25 11:07:03 AM  

Katolu: I hold my sword cane high in honor.


Webbies and UN raiders join you for a brief moment of silence.

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It's 2013 and we're already turning into webbies. The Olympica timeline is looking prophetic!
 
2013-01-25 11:59:09 PM  
Metallica said to be inconsolable...
 
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