The leaves they were crisped and sere -
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year:
It was hard by the dim lake of Auber,
In the misty mid region of Weir -
It was down by the dank tarn of Auber,
In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
Here once, through and alley Titanic,
Of cypress, I roamed with my Soul -
Of cypress, with Psyche, my Soul.
These were days when my heart was volcanic
As the scoriac rivers that roll -
As the lavas that restlessly roll
Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek
In the ultimate climes of the pole -
That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek
In the realms of the boreal pole.
-- Edgar Allan Poe, "Ulalume"
Welcome to the "A Night in the Lonesome October" blog carnival. We're collectively a group of RPG enthusiasts, for all sorts of games and all editions of games, who are coming together between now and Halloween to write all kinds of spooky things for our players (and, we hope, yours). As the week progresses, I'll add links here either to guest posts at my brain-attic, or to things people have written elsewhere, so that this can serve as a single go-to place from which to browse to your heart's content.
Monday, 24 October 2011
- Brian Liberge starts us off at the Stuffer Shack with the Charmed Hero, a theme for 4th edition D&D that can be used to help represent the Alexander Harrises, Samwise Gamgees, or John H. Watsons of the world.
- Brent Newhall gives us the stand-alone adventure for the Risus system called "The House of Dr. Chamberlain." If you've never played Risus, don't worry -- he's got enough of a quick-start in the document that you should be able to sit down and play in just a few minutes.
- Adam Page (better known as @blindgeekuk on Twitter) presents the Society of Shadows, an organization and two themes centered around nethermancy usable in a 4th edition Dungeons & Dragons game.
- The Roving Band of Misfits presents a review of Cthulhu Dice, a quick dice game by Steve Jackson Games
- Ben of Troll in the Corner is giving away his Contagion Infected Zombies expansion for the Pathfinder RPG for free up until midnight on Halloween.
- Adam Page and John Pope of the Daily Encounter team up to give us more necromancy powers for the 4E D&D Wizard.
Thursday, 27 October 2011
- The crew at the Roving Band of Misfits give us some ideas for haunted house-inspired terrain effects and monster ideas, statted for 4E D&D, but pretty easily adaptable to other systems of your choice.
- Chris Jackson of A Susurrus in Carcosa gives us The Village Above the Sea, an adventure for 3-4 characters of 2nd level. (Written for D&D 4E).
- "What begins as an end-of-summer sojourn in a seaside town ends up being far more sinister. The PCs discover a terrifying secret that threatens the entire village, but can they find the source and stop the threat from getting far more out of control?"
- Craig Oxbrow presents a short adventure for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer game. Yay, Unisystem goodness!
Sunday, 30 October 2011
- Craig Oxbrow also has an adventure for the Doctor Who RPG.
Monday, 31October 2011
- John Pope at the Daily Encounter feeds us some Lifeless Mariners come crawling up from Davy Jones' Locker to overrun any maritime vessels on which your PCs happen to find themselves.
- Craig Oxbrow contributes even more with a cryptic essay and five vampire-centered plot hooks that you could adapt to the game of your choosing.