Figure this is as good a place as any for an update. Apologies to all for not having the Miskatonic Archive opened yet. Last year sucked bad (lost 9 computers over a nine month period of time) and this year has tried to top it. Just when I'm catching up, have the space to host the massive resources I have been collecting I'm having to start over because my hosting company has lost their freakin' minds. You know it's bad when they screw up so hard that they have stopped answering email from clients (yes, this a PAY hosting service, not free) so I have just watched a year of work and money go down the toilet.
Couple that with some other online issues and I think I need to take a break. I have to finish a prototype and try to launch a game e-zine (Non-HPL related) to have the resources to fund my 'hobby' with (God, I wish I could just do HPL related material full time…now that would be a dream).
My plan is to keep pushing to get it done but now it seems like it is on the backburner until I straighten out this online mess. I will continue to collect any and all material released and keep it safe (I've been doing back ups of my back ups today).
I'd like to say I wish I could catch a break, but it would probably be my leg.
Keep the faith. I think Arkham has taken on a life of its own. The sheer amount of output (I collect every thread on the subject as well as FCC from multiple sources) makes this like no other game. I mean really, where else would building the perfect storage container for the system become a game unto itself
I think all we need to concern ourselves with is finding new players to turn on to the game so that they keep reprinting it (I noticed a large batch of reprints coming in soon) and we can handle the rest. Considering I'm not really into the ES expansion (maybe I'll have someone get it for me for Christmas…maybe) I'm almost hesitant to see new material at this point.
One idea I was thinking about was kind of a designers forum where we could meet and post things we would like to see or things we have built and be able to cut straight to the chase so to speak. This would encourage players to read the related material from the original authors (and maybe some latter ones) and try to find something not covered yet.
And again many thanks to all of you who make this scene what it is today. It's hard to imagine but perfectly logical in the realm of the Mythos - A game about going mad is the very thing keeping me sane.
For those in wait try some of these things to get through the slow periods:
1) All of HPL is now available free online (check your own country for this…I know it's gone PD in the States) so now is a perfect chance to discover some pieces you may not have read yet.
2) Post some feed back on the forum idea I mentioned and I'll try to put something together if there is an interest.
3) The game itself is a wonder to just study. I may try and compile all the rules into a guide to FCC and get that up. It might help someone to see what they may be missing on the FCC front.
4) And a tip for printing FCC - because this is set in the 20's try printing things out in black and white. It's a lot cheaper, looks period and can bring something new to the table very fast. The Gilman deck was my first experiment. Then if you find you like it you can do a full color treatment later on (I keep everything sleeved and have lots of extra sleeves and cards-both blank and from a 2nd copy of MH I bought just for such projects.)
Just some thoughts…
Good gaming everyone and may you always prevail in the endless struggle of throwing the Old Ones back into the void…