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A push your luck, set collection card game from the creators of Call of Cthulhu and board game design legend Reiner Knizia
3,697 backers pledged $106,994 to help bring this project to life.

Eldritch Art and Endowed Chairs

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)

Dear MU scholars,

Our next Stretch Goal coming up soon at $67K is commissioning Spanish artist Victor Leza to paint cover art for Molly Tanzer's Miskatonic University short story, which we unlocked at $58K*.

Fans of the Call of Cthulhu RPG and Chaosium fiction will recognise Victor's work in recent releases including Petersen's Abominations, Reign of Terror, Nameless Horrors, Goat Mother, and many others.

Victor Leza is also one of the artists involved in Chaosium's forthcoming updated edition of Masks of Nyarlathatop, widely considered "one of the best RPG adventures ever made" (Gizmodo). 

The new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep is due out in PDF soon—with the print version following later in the year—but we thought we'd give MU backers a first sneak peek at some of Victor's superb artwork from the book:

Detah Ritual in front of the Egyptian Stele - Victor Leza
Detah Ritual in front of the Egyptian Stele - Victor Leza
The Carlyle Expedition - Victor Leza
The Carlyle Expedition - Victor Leza
The Black Pharaoh (new) - Victor Leza
The Black Pharaoh (new) - Victor Leza
Aubrey's Rocket - Victor Leza
Aubrey's Rocket - Victor Leza


You'll be pleased to know Victor has already created all of the art for Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection, including the "Teaching Assistant" for our $72K New Library Card Stretch Goal. That's all part of our plan to ensure we can send the game off to print as soon as possible after the Kickstarter campaign ends. 

We'll commission Victor to do the cover art for the MU Short Story, once we crack $67K. We know he's going to come up with something memorable and evocative of our favourite university!

*All backers at Professor level ($25) and above will receive the story in multiple electronic formats (PDF, EPUB, MOBI, PRC). Once we achieve the $67K Stretch Goal the story will have Victor Leza's art added to the electronic files.

New Backer Levels - Endowed Professorial Chairs

We added some more unique backer levels. An endowed professorial chair is a prestigious academic appointment, sponsored by a donor. Professors appointed to endowed chairs are considered leaders in their field, and you have the opportunity to be named as one! 

At MU, these professorial chairs all have connections back to the Mythos - we're sure many of you will be able to pick the references!

  • The Arthur Jermyn Endowed Professorial Chair of Devoluntionary Anthropology
  • The Lake - Atwood Memorial Professorial Chair of Chthonic Geology
  • The Machen Professor of Aklo, Enochian and Lingua Ignota 

These all are limited to one backer only, who gets named in the Rule Book and receives an MU plaque. We may add more as the campaign progresses. Message us your suggestions for a new chair (especially if you want to endow a chair yourself and then back it).  

After the Cover Art for the MU story ($67K), the next Stretch Goals are a Box Upgrade ($70K), and the new Teaching Assistant Library Card ($72K). And with a week still to go in the campaign, Miskatonic University still has more secrets and surprises to reveal...

As always thanks for supporting our Kickstarter.

Alvin Helms, Jennifer, and 33 more people like this update.


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    1. Cam Kirmser on

      Seeing the graphics in this post made me think how useful it would to have a selection of character portraits for those of us who are less than artistically inclined.