This intriguing artifact featuring Dagon comes to us from artist Peter Burnat. The hand-carved stone tablet looks exactly like something you would find in a museum collection.
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
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Most of the magical prop sets we see are based on European traditions. Professional production designer and artist Craig Baurley brings us a change of pace with this collection of props inspired by Haitian voodoo/vodou.
Monday, June 28, 2021
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It's no secret that Nazi forces attempted to harness occult powers to win World War II, but it's still disturbing to see just how extensive their efforts were. The talented Andrea Bonazzi returns to our pages with this photograph from the personal collection of Dr. Henry Jones, Jr., taken at an unknown site in 1941. It bears some disturbing similarities to figures found at the Göbekli Tepe site in Turkey.
Tuesday, June 22, 2021
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Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Folkenstal returns to our pages after a long absence with this full-sized replica of Codsworth, the main character's Mr. Handy household robot from Fallout 4. Amazingly, it's almost totally made from foam. Click through to see his complete build log, including dozens of in-progress photographs.
Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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"Known to have once been in the possession of the Esoteric Order of the Dagon, the so called "Shoggoth Slate" was found washed ashore near a rotting wharf in Innsmouth, Massachusetts. While never officially sighted, the creatures known as "Shoggoths" have been rumored to inhabit underground tunnels below the town of Innsmouth. Shoggoths have also been linked to a mystery-shrouded city reported to exist somewhere in the icy mountain ranges of Antarctica. Analysis of Item #752-S13 has revealed a unique make-up of both slate and basalt adjacent properties, something never recorded before."
Jason McKittrick is back with another item from the Miskatonic University Special Collections vault. His latest is the "Shoggoth Slate", featuring a fantastic sculpt mounted inside a presentation shadow box. Wonderful work, as always.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
This white, waddling thing was fully six feet high, yet we seemed to realize at once that it was not one of those others. They were larger and dark, and according to the sculptures their motion over land surfaces was a swift, assured matter despite the queerness of their sea-born tentacle equipment. But to say that the white thing did not profoundly frighten us would be vain. We were indeed clutched for an instant by a primitive dread almost sharper than the worst of our reasoned fears regarding those others. Then came a flash of anticlimax as the white shape sidled into a lateral archway to our left to join two others of its kind which had summoned it in raucous tones. For it was only a penguin—albeit of a huge, unknown species larger than the greatest of the known king penguins, and monstrous in its combined albinism and virtual eyelessness.
One of the defining features of H.P. Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness" are the huge, misshapen penguins discovered in the ruins of the ancient Elder Thing city. Ironically, they could be the one thing that makes long-term exploration of the high plateau structures by the Miskatonic expedition possible. Charles Dickinson was kind enough to send over this article from the Guardian about the use of raw penguin meat to prevent scurvy during one of the earliest polar expeditions.
Thirteen years before he became the first person ever to reach the south pole in 1911, the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen experienced his first merciless taste of winter in the Antarctic. Stuck onboard the Belgian expedition ship Belgica, which was grounded in pack ice, he and the rest of the crew contracted scurvy and faced certain death.
That is when, according to a new book published later this month, Amundsen started eating raw penguin meat – and discovered a secret that would later give him a huge advantage over Captain Robert Falcon Scott in the race to the south pole.
It's a fascinating story. Amundsen was a huge influence on Lovecraft's story, in particular his use of the Dornier Wal seaplane for polar exploration. Given that resource management is a large part of Chaosium's classic "Beyond the Mountains of Madness" adventure, his use of penguin meat opens up some interesting story options . Having gigantic, eyeless albino penguins on the menu would be a wonderfully icky option for the final act.