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Masks Pre-Orders now Available!

  • October 9, 2018

We think we have solved the numerous puzzles of packing and shipping, and are now taking pre-orders for all of the various editions of "Masks of Nyarlathotep"! Many people have already ordered and received the MON Gamer Prop Sets, and so far people seem to be pretty happy with it. The props and handouts contained in the GPS are designed specifically for people who are going to play Chaosium's classic adventure. We are still working on production of the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre episode itself, and once it's done we will begin shipping it in all three editions.

All episodes of Dark Adventure Radio Theatre come with prop documents, and in the past we have been limited to the number we could pack into a standard jewel case: usually four. Since "Masks of Nyarlathotep" is six times bigger than a typical episode, and since it won't be packaged in a standard jewel case, we are including 20 prop documents with the STANDARD EDITION. We are now also taking pre-orders for the DELUXE EDITION, which includes the show plus more than 80 props, all packed into a vintage case file. This Deluxe Edition contains a number of props that are in the Gamer Prop Set which has already been shipping. Since the show is an adaptation of the game, there is of course some crossover in the props. But there are things that happen in the game that do not happen in the show — and events and characters in the show that do not appear in the game — so the Deluxe Edition omits some of the GPS props and instead includes more than 20 props that are not part of the GPS. We are also taking pre-orders for the SUPER DELUXE LIMITED EDITION. This will include everything in the Deluxe Edition, plus seven elaborate artifacts handmade and presented in painstaking detail. Images are in the slide show above. The Super Deluxe Edition is limited to 99 copies, and each will be numbered.

We are very happy to be working with our esteemed colleagues at Type40 in Australia on this prop collection. Allan Carey and his team have created some amazing artifacts out of solid metal: the Golden Mirror from Peru and the Crook and Flail of the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. For those who pre-order the Super Deluxe Edition, we will also be including a copy of Type40's leather-bound Carlyle Campaign Journal, which itself features a bonus prop or two!

We are also very happy that Laura Brody, the costume designer who worked on both of our film productions, is making the lovely ceremonial robes from the Brotherhood of the Black Pharaoh. The simple cassock which forms the bottom layer is a commercial product, but the elaborate phelonion/mantle and the headdress are hand-made by Laura.

We are also pleased to work again with Jason Hendricks, who sculpted the statue of the Bloated Woman and the Token of Bast's Regards.

We know that there are some people who want to get their hands on every possible prop we've made for "Masks". Because the Gamer Prop Set and the Dark Adventure episode feature some of the same props and some that are different, it can be complicated and confusing. The only absolutely foolproof way to get everything is to get both a Gamer Prop Set and the Super Deluxe Edition of the show. Realizing that's rather expensive, we are offering a special GAMER ADD-ON prop set for people who are fans of both Dark Adventure and the role-playing game. If you purchase a Deluxe edition of the show and the Gamer Add-On, you'll get all the prop documents from both the show and the game (with the exception of the Chinese Scroll, which is included only with the full GPS). You'll have duplicate copies of about 40 items, but we hope you'll agree that's not necessarily a bad thing!

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HPL Film Festival Portland!

  • October 1, 2018

We are now preparing for our annual trek to Portland, Oregon to attend one of our favorite events: The H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival! We are going to be performing Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Shadow Over Innsmouth LIVE on stage on Saturday afternoon, with the members of the audience portraying the Deep One horde! On Friday night after the theater closes we're hosting an Innsmouth Sea Shanty sing-along at the Moon and Sixpence pub. Card-carrying HPLHS members who attend can collect bonus stamps: be sure to show us your membership cards!

UPDATE: Our apologies to those who came to the Moon and Sixpence hoping to sing sea shanties. Due to a failure of communication, the people who run the pub did not know there was supposed to be a shanty event there that night, and it was impossible to arrange at the last minute.

Eric Lawrence

Featured Member

  • September 1, 2018

Our Member of the Month for September 2018 is Eric Lawrence of Los Angeles, California.

Eric says: "I was born and raised in West Lafayette, Indiana, the home of Purdue University (in retrospect, a Midwestern version of Misktatonic University, especially when one considers one of their noteworthy achievements is having graduated nearly two-dozen astronauts, who surely have seen some strange things out there in the inky darkness...) With my family I moved to Los Angeles when I was nine, and unlike HPL's experiences in NYC, I took to the big city like fungi to Mi-Go, and have lived here ever since, graduating from UCLA in '93, working as a DJ at a local public radio station for over 20+ years, and now currently working towards my M.A. in English Literature from Cal State Northridge (with a bit of a focus on the gothic, the subgenre into which HPL tends to get lumped by academics).

It was while at UCLA, with their borderline eldritch library collection, that I discovered the likes of Robert W. Chambers, Arthur Machen, and, of course, HPL. In fact, if I recall correctly, some cheeky librarian had created fake records for books like The Necronomicon, the play script of "The King in Yellow," the original 1st edition of the Principia Discordia, etc. I began visiting annual antiquarian book fairs, looking to collect assorted Arkham House books, beginning with a signed copy of one of Derleth's collections of his own short stories, but soon branching far afield & acquiring many favorites from that beloved imprint (no A Hornbook for Witches, alas). I even ventured into the Call of Cthulhu role-playing game, but rarely found investigators brave enough to venture too deeply. But the key Lovecraftian works remain a personal favorite, ones I am happy to reread and celebrate often!

I am honored to be among such august company, and honored even further by this recognition!

Nyarlathotep Editing!

  • September 1, 2018

Although we had originally hoped and planned to release the epic "Masks of Nyarlathotep" episode this month, we are still working on it and expect it will come out in October instead. It's as big as six regular episodes combined and doing all the editing, sound design, and music is taking some time. We know people are eager to hear it and we're eager to bring it to you. We're also working on finalizing the prototypes for all the Deluxe and Super Deluxe props and packaging so we can calculate final costs. As soon as we have those answers we'll be announcing pre-orders for those versions. We deeply appreciate the patience of those who have already pre-ordered the show!