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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Going For a Walk-About

Given the recent and recurring interweb melodramas, my anger and sadness over the loss of Chgowiz's "Old Guy RPG" blog, and the incessant pressure of recent and recurring real-life melodramas, I'm feeling completely burned out. As a result, I've decided to take a break from the OSR blogosphere. The Rust Monster blog is - effective immediately - going on indefinite hiatus.

I'd like to think that over the last year-plus I've posted a lot of useful stuff, and I don't plan on taking any of it down. (At least not in the near future.) So there should be enough here to keep folks occupied in my absence. (Use the hard links and the label cloud to the right to find what you want.)

Take care, everyone.

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Edit: If you're wondering about my motives behind this post, here's a fine example of why I'm in dire need of a fucking break (excerpted from comments to my previous post):

"If ChgoWiz is the voice of reason in the OSR blogsphere (read that as: incessant circlejerking pundits), then that collection of rabble needed a new spokesman anyway."

Ugh. Yet one more asshat with a smelly opinion - and this one wasn't even brave enough to leave his name with his oh-so brave words. Thanks, "Anonymous" - my opinion of human behavior just sank a little lower. Well, fuckwit, you've got a couple less "incessant circle[-]jerking pundits" in this "collection of rabble" to worry about. You and the other courageous trolls like you that see the need to turn anything decent on the Web to shit are welcome to it. Later!

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Monday, March 22, 2010


I apparently blinked and missed another flare-up of "OSR" blogoshpere melodrama - but what in the name of Orcus' besmeared farting hole could have been so bad as to make Mike take down his "Old Guy" blog?

For fuck's sake...

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Friday, March 5, 2010

A Few of My Favorite Things Man Should Not Know

As spring approaches, I find myself beginning to entertain thoughts of madness and despair - different from the thoughts of madness and despair that the passing of the winter holidays brings, that is. No, this time of year I tend to find myself drawn toward the legacy of my favorite author, H. P. Lovecraft, and yearning to play one of my favorite role-playing games (if not my all-time favorite): Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu.

I don't know why this time of year causes such feelings. It may be because I associate late spring with the time of year I truly discovered my love for the horror genre. For whatever reason, though, this seems to happen to me every year. (Don't believe me? Then go read this and come back - it's okay, I'll wait for you.)

Being the visceral person I am, I like to fan the flames of my growing obsession interest by looking at pretty pictures. This year, I decided I'd share some of my favorite inspirational images with you.

Up first we have the cover of my favorite edition of my possibly favorite role-playing game: the third edition hardback produced in collusion with Games Workshop:

Although not from my favorite version of the book, the following image graced the covers of the game until its fourth edition. (I'm fairly sure of this, despite the 3rd edition cover above, because my third copy of the 3rd edition of the game is a boxed set with this image on its cover.) This image was also used for the cover of the limited 25th Anniversary Edition (don't get me started on that book!). It's my favorite of the game's covers, with the one above running a very close second:

I had the cover of Arkham Unveiled in poster form (it came with the original version of the book) hanging in my study/game room for years:

The book for which the following image is the cover - Mansions of Madness - has the distinction of being the only Call of Cthulhu RPG book from which I've run a scenario ("Crack'd and Crook'd Manse") in its entirety - with great success, I might add:

Here are the covers of a couple of books I would love but have yet to have the pleasure to own (despite regularly looking at them on eBay and used game sites)- Spawn of Azathoth and Cthulhu Now:

Shambling away from book covers, here are a few other game covers I like, starting with another game I wish I owned - the original Arkham Horror:

And here some covers from the version of Arkham Horror I do own (and absolutely love!) starting with the core game:

And the Kingsport Horror Expansion (I especially like this one; like the two main book covers above, this is - to me - what an in-game session of Call of Cthulhu should look like):

And the Black Goat of the Woods Expansion (yeah, shoot that dark young - that'll save your butt. Not!):

I guess that's enough for now. I've got a bunch of other images I use for inspiration, but these are - as I alluded to in the title of this post - just a few of my favorite things...
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Obviously, the images above are either the property of Chaosium (the Call of Cthulhu and 1987 Arkham Horror covers) or Fantasy Flight Games (the contemporary Arkham Horror covers).
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