Props & Beyond produces 3D models of tabletop RPG props. They have a cool selection of items, including this Cryptex-style "Orb of Safekeeping".
While the missions to Antarctica and Australia get most of the attention, Miskatonic University mounted dozens of expeditions to locations around the world. Andrea Bonazzi brings us this photograph of two intriguing figures discovered during the 1926 Abyssinian project.
For gamers of a certain age, the Imperial Type-S Scout/Courier is iconic. It was one of the go-to player ships in Traveller, the first major science fiction role-playing game. I spent many a weekend roaming around the Spinward Marches in a Type-S in the 70s and 80s, and it's been a part of every single edition of the game since then.
That's one of the reasons I was intrigued by 2nd Dynasty's Kickstarter to produce a tabletop scale miniature of the ship. They've made a specialty of producing digital spacecraft models designed for 3D printing and sized for the gaming table. How cool is that?
Now Seth Skorkowski has provided an in-depth review of the model. He's one of my favorite YouTubers, thanks in large part to his focus on scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu RPG. His review embraces the inherent awesomeness of the Type-S miniature, but it's tempered with some caveats. That includes the sheer amount of effort, including 450 hours (!) of 3D printing time, needed to create the model. In response, 2nd Dynasty posted a video addressing those concerns. Both videos are worth a watch.
I love the possibilities of a project like this, but I'm not sure if the technology is quite there yet. In the video you can see the filament printed parts have the distinctive striations produced as the hot plastic is deposited on the master, something that bugs me to no end. Those artifacts make me think conventional resin casting would be a better approach for at least some of the parts in a model like this.
Elsie Wright is the amateur photographer who captured the infamous photos of the Cottingley Fairies. Dan Baines of Lebanon Circle has uncovered some convincing evidence she captured far more than some intriguing pictures. This mummified fairy was reportedly discovered in a sewing box once owned by Ms. Wright.
I work for the Museum of Intrigue (an innovative hybrid "excaperoom") in Syracuse, NY, and we have just started doing a new special after hours spookie game, The Haunt.The game is limited to just 10 players and is played with the lights out in our 9,000 sqft Museum. The players need to identify and dispel an unknown entity from the Museum. Since we are only running the game a few times a month, we can change the type of entity (and the way to dispel it) for each game.This Sunday yours truly gets to be the monster, a Litch in this case, and I decided to spend a little time and cobble together a phylactery.It is made from the thigh bone of a Whitetailed Deer, banded in hand forged copper, and doodled upon with a Sharpie.
Note: The earlier post from today contained a spoiler for an event taking place this weekend. To maintain the mystery I've rescheduled it for Monday morning.
Russian artist Max Ovanesyants brings us this well-preserved mandrake specimen.
Artist Victoria Hofferson crafted these recreations of the axes from Assassin's Creed Valhalla for an upcoming fan project. They were digitally sculpted, 3D printed, molded in silicone, and then cast in foam. Foam!
This is insanely cool. "Billn53" at the BritModeller forums created this diorama of the Miskatonic University expedition to Antarctica, featuring the fateful flight to the Elder Thing city. I could quibble with the use of a Ford Trimotor instead of the canon Dornier Wal, but that would be picayune. To the average person the Trimotor is far more familiar, having played a vital part in Byrd's 1929 expedition.
There's so much to like here. You really have to click through and check out the full gallery. The diorama is filled with amazing details and easter eggs, including the story's giant albino penguins, the all-too-descriptive wall carvings, and a hungry shoggoth.