Miskatonic Monday #35: Church of Chiropteran Wisdom

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Between October 2003 and October 2013, Chaosium, Inc. published a series of books for Call of Cthulhu under the Miskatonic University Library Association brand. Whether a sourcebook, scenario, anthology, or campaign, each was a showcase for their authors—amateur rather than professional, but fans of Call of Cthulhu nonetheless—to put forward their ideas and share with others. The programme was notable for having launched the writing careers of several authors, but for every Cthulhu Invictus, The Pastores, Primal State, Ripples from Carcosa, and Halloween Horror, there was a Five Go Mad in Egypt, Return of the Ripper, Rise of the Dead, Rise of the Dead II: The Raid, and more...

The Miskatonic University Library Association brand is no more, alas, but what we have in its stead is the Miskatonic Repository, based on the same format as the DM’s Guild for Dungeons & Dragons. It is thus, “...a new way for creators to publish and distribute their own original Call of Cthulhu content including scenarios, settings, spells and more…” To support the endeavours of their creators, Chaosium has provided templates and art packs, both free to use, so that the resulting releases can look and feel as professional as possible. To support the efforts of these contributors, Miskatonic Monday is an occasional series of reviews which will in turn examine an item drawn from the depths of the Miskatonic Repository.

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Name: Church of Chiropteran Wisdom

Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Sal North

Setting: England Jazz Age of the 1920s

Product: Scenario
What You Get: 733.72 Kb seven-page, full colour PDF
Elevator Pitch: Shopping for sacrifices?
Plot Hook: A missing person case points to a jewel on the English coast.
Plot Development: Several missing persons and a batty old shop.
Plot Support: Two NPCs, a new monster, and a Mask of the Crawling Chaos.

Pros
# Simple, location based scenario
# Easily adapted to other times and periods
# One-shot or side-quest scenario
# Potential addition to Masks of Nyarlathotep

Cons
# Unedited
# Underdeveloped plot
# Paucity of clues
# Underwhelming hook
# Tamworth, ‘Surrey’?

Conclusion
# Underdeveloped
# Needs editing
# A Keeper project to improve?

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