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About this project

There is a shadow over Texas

Twenty-five years ago the island was all but destroyed by a hurricane and tidal surge. This horror is all but forgotten… except by the amphibians living deep off shore and itching for revenge against the surface dwellers. 

In San Antonio everyone still remembers the Alamo, and many remember the string of other Spanish missions built by the Spanish hundreds of years ago. But few remember the hidden mission, lost in the desert, expunged by the Vatican… and biding its time. The ghosts of the Alamo remember, and they are getting restless. 

 In Glen Rose Darwinist scientists and Creationist preachers contend over the significance of fossil footprints created by ancient dinosaurs or angels… But there are stranger still trackways described up until now one only in the Necronomicon. 

 In Marfa floating lights hover over the trails to the west. In Houston zookeepers import strange animals from around the world. In Jefferson a dying city retreats into dreams of mounds created by no known tribe. In El Paso rebel Pueblo Indiana continue their assimilation, while their degenerate brethren begin to crack open suspension chamber in a hidden subterranean city. In Amarillo oil drilling has discovered a bonanza of helium… The world clamors for access but deep below something is displeased. When the stars are right Enchanted Rock sings, the catacombs beneath Austin rustle, the skies above Palo Duro canyon buzz, and the swamps of Beaumont howl. 

 Texas needs a new kind of seeker, somebody who can investigate these shadows and survive to tell the tale. Seekers who can fight the monsters concealed in plain sight. And ultimately seekers who can act with their sanity and resolve intact in the face of situations stranger than anything imagined. 

 Seekers can be cattle barons or cotton sharecroppers. They can be oilfield geologists or circus performers or trolley drivers or modern-day cowboys. Or they can be Easterners thrust into a whole new environment far removed from the familiar halls of Miskatonic University. 

Welcome to Strange World Cthulhu: Shadow Over Texas

 Shadow Over Texas is a major new role playing campaign based on monster hunting in Texas in the Roaring Twenties. It is based on the Strange World game engine and is compatible with a variety of game systems including Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, and These Strange Worlds. 

 Included are: 

 Rules for character creation, scenario creation, encounter resolution, combat, and magic. 

Numerous narratives provide examples of gameplay. 

 Rules for Strange Tolerance and its impact on morale, sanity, and health.  

Conversion guidelines to other gaming systems. 

Biographies of historic Texas citizens… including their brushes with the mysterious.  Equipment lists and descriptions including the mundane and Lovecraftian: Everything from Dornier Murkurs to moonshine stills and lightning guns to brain boxes. 

A lengthy sourcebook for Texas in the 1920s including city profiles, history, economy, culture, inhabitants, and technology. This includes over a hundred detailed setting descriptions. 

Player and non-player character profiles for over seventy professions. 

Profiles for adversaries, dangerous animals… and monsters inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft 

Inspiration 

Shadow Over Texas is a complete re-engineering of the writings of H.P. Lovecraft that focuses on "canon": situations and a pantheon actually described in his novels, short stories, and letters. Players should count on surprises and shattered expectations, as well as elaborations on some of Lovecraft's sadly neglected creations. 

Texas Sourcebook 

 The Texas source book includes over 100 adventure seeds. In addition, a complete campaign volume is included. This campaign should take over six months to play and includes seven complete adventures. 

 More adventures will be added as stretch goals. 

Only you can help reveal these buried treasures
Only you can help reveal these buried treasures

 Adventure modules and the Empty Cabinet of Curiosities Campaign

 Each adventure can be played individually or linked as part of this “Empty Cabinet of Curiosities” campaign. The current adventures include:

 Glen Rose: Cyclopean Trackways 

 Galveston: Splash Day Panic (Now available as a free sample at: http://www.thesestrangeworlds.com/sampleshadowovertexas.html )

 San Antonio: Shades of the Hidden Mission 

Houston: The Lost White Apes of the Grey City 

Amarillo: The Semi-Polyp Helium Heist 

Athens: Temptations of the Six Pointed Lone Star 

 Enchanted Rock: The Enchanted Fungi 

 Jefferson: Beyond Lake Caddo Mounds 

 Fort Davis: The Fort Davis Talkie 

Austin: The Lost Librarians 

 Marfa: The Diabolical Angels 

Odessa: An Antimagnetic Tint 

 Bonus game: Battleship Texas versus Dagon! 

 Naval warfare rules for 1920s ships and Lovecraftian entities. This includes an optional Battleship-based role playing adventure: Coolidge Must Die 

 Generic naval warfare rules depict three scenarios that see America's steam-powered dreadnaught battleship versus Dagon. 

 Deep ocean meeting engagement 

 Dagon protects his undersea temple from Battleship Texas depth charges and torpedoes 

 Battleship Texas protects "rum row" freighters anchored on a salt mount off Galveston 

 There are also orders of battle for on-deck combat with the Battleship Texas crew and passengers fighting Deep Ones during the above engagements. This scenario assumes President Calvin Coolidge and his secret service are on board (based on a real life event). 

How can you pass up on a game that includes Coolidge in the order of battle?   

Sourcebook for Texas in the Roaring Twenties

Overview

History: 

Mundane  

Hidden  

Shadow

Geography (including mundane, hidden, and the shadow for each) Overview

Coastal Plain

Big Thicket

Barrier Islands

Panhandle 

Canyons

Great Plains

Hill Country

Piney Woods

Trans-Pecos Desert

Mountains

Offshore

Technology in the Roaring Twenties

Gear

Vehicles

Weapons

Medicine

Technology in the Shadow

Travel 

Compendium (including mundane, hidden, and the shadow for each)

Overview

Traveling Texas by Rail

Traveling Texas by Ship

 Traveling Texas by Road

Traveling Texas by Air

Hotels, Boarding Houses, Travel Courts, Campgrounds 

Hazards of the Road 

Houston, Galveston, Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Fort North, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Lubbock, Amarillo, Marfa, Beaumont, Jefferson, Waco, Brownsville, Abilene, Glen Rose, College Station, Odessa, Tyler, San Angelo, Sugar Land, Texarkana, and Others

 Being a Texan (including mundane, hidden, and the shadow for each) 

Overview Being a Texas: Transplanted Easterner, Women, African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, German, War Veteran, Creole & Cajun, and Unhuman 

Texas Industry (including mundane, hidden, and the shadow for each) 

Overview, Agriculture, Oilfield, Shipping, Tourism & Entertainment, Ranching, Mining, Medical, Mental Health, Technology,and Commerce 

Spiritual Texas 

 Overview, Mundane (Churches to Temples), Hidden (Witches to Spiritualists… And ghosts), Shadow (Cultists to Crusaders… And unhuman spirituality) 

Unhuman Texas 

Overview, Mundane Animals (Cockroaches and Alligators to Armadillos and Coyotes), Hidden Animals (Cryptozoology, Anachronisms, Giants), Animals of the Shadow (animals from the Lovecraft Canon) Hidden Monsters (non-canon unhuman sentients), and Monsters of the Shadow (Monsters from the Lovecraft Canon), and  Ghods of the Shadow (ghods from the Lovecraft Canon) 

Texas Government 

State and Local In, America In the World, Military, Police,  and Texas Rangers (and Loyalty Rangers)

Texas Mundane Mysteries 

Gypsies, Fortune Tellers, Mad Science, and Folklore,  

Texas Hidden Mysteries 

Witches & Sorcerers,  Indian Shamans, Chinese Practitioners, Santeria, Cryptobiology, Ghosts, Dreams and the Strange World,  

Texas Shadow Mysteries 

Cultists, Those That Came Before, Extra-terrestrials, Extra-Dimensionals, Dreamland Beings, Luminosities, Ghods, and Lovecraftian Animals Animals   

Available Professions for Players, Side-Kicks, Non-Player Characters:

Alienist, Bank Robber, Barber, Barnstormer, Basket Weaver, Barmaid, Beauty Queen, Boat Captain, Circus Performer, Coach, College Student, Drover, Family Doctor, Farmwife, Film Director, Fisherman (fresh or salt water), Flapper, Gambler, Gangster, Gypsy, Hobo, Hotelier, Indian , Inventor, Journalist, Local Police, Longshoreman, Mayor, Mechanic, Moonshiner, Orderly, Preacher, Private Security, Professor, Radio Operator, Railroad Engineer, Rancher, Revolutionary, Rice Farmer, Rodeo Rider, Roughneck, Rumrunner, Schoolteacher, Sexton, Sharecropper, Sherif, Spa Therapist, Speakeasy Operator, Stationmaster, Teacher, Telegraph Operator, Telephone Switchboard Girl, Texas Ranger, Traveling Salesman, Trolley Operator, Tycoon, and Zookeeper

Artist Credits 

 Luis Ngchong Jr http://luisngchongjr.com/about 

 Al Lau http://designosaur.us/ 

 Electronicdave http://electronicdave.deviantart.com/ 

 Cicada N https://www.etsy.com/shop/TwistedDissonance?ref=l2-shopheader-name 

www.thesestrangeworlds.com has more preliminary art selections

Risks and challenges

I am very deadline-driven and there is very little risk that the Game or other rewards will be significantly delayed. I've written over 80 books and never missed a publisher's deadline.

However the biggest risk is in production of the hard copies. Should hard copies be delayed more than six weeks I will email copies of the Game AND send the hard copy when the delay is resolved.

Who can say how reliable shipping is? My estimated schedule is based on delivery to the shipper. In the very unlikely event shipping is delayed beyond six weeks (in transit), I will also email copies of the Game.

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