About this project
Island of Ignorance - The Third Cthulhu Companion contains four articles, a collection of pre-generated investigators, and three scenarios for the Classic 1920's era. Additional articles, scenarios, and art will be added as we achieve stretch goals.
Golden Goblin Press has gathered a very talented group of artists for Islands of Ignorance - The Third Cthulhu Companion. Cover and interior illustrations by Reuben Dodd, maps by Alyssa Faden, digital art by Jessica Fisher and layout by Badger McInnes.
The Golden Goblin by Geoff Gillan - Golden Goblin Press, the fictional creation of R.E. Howard, was named after a small Native American figurine. What is this strange object? What does it represent and what powers does it possess? At long last, these questions will be answered.
Meet the Walsh Family by Dan Harms – The Walsh Brothers have a reputation as being some of the best rum-runners in all of New England. They are heavily armed and widely feared. Meet the Walsh Family, a small, yet deadly, Cthulhu cult!
Requiem for Shaggai: A History of The Devil's Opera by Scott David Aniolowski – In 1768, an opera about alien beings fleeing a dying world was written. Soon after it was banned by the Pope, all known copies were destroyed, and its composer put to death as a heretic. Learn the full history of the Massa di Requiem per Shuggay as told by the author who originally created it!
When Johnny Came Marching Home by Oscar Rios – This article provides a structured, well-balanced framework for creating investigators who are also veterans of the Great War. There are rules to reflect military training, combat experience, economic hardships, and the detrimental effects warfare had on both the bodies and the souls of Great War Veterans.
Dweller in Darkness by Tyler Hudak – He Who Comes in the Dark, the Great Old One Bugg-Shash, is little known, but very dangerous. Worshipped only by solitary madmen and sorcerers, we “shed light” on its servitors, learning why only the most fool-hardy would ever attempt to summon The Black One. A new addition from the Dark Gods and Dread Tomes stretch goal!
The Knjiga Mrtva (or Book of the Dead) by Eckhard Hülshoff – When Dr. Marin Kolar killed his first vampire in 1795, it lead the wealthy Serbian physician down a dark and dangerous path.He soon learned that there were more dangerous things lurking in the shadows than vampires. Shortly before Dr. Kolar mysteriously vanished in 1823, he sent a manuscript to his nephew.Those pages, detailing all Dr. Kolar had learned and seen, were published as the Knjiga Mrtva, or Book of the Dead. A new addition from the Dark Gods and Dread Tomes stretch goal!
The Silks of Irem by Tom Lynch - Few facts are known regarding the death of the Mad Arab, Abdul Alhazred. From his writings, it is clear that the mystic and poet was sensing something, an invisible pursuer which eventually caught him in a Damascus marketplace. After the attack, witnesses removed a large, elaborately embroidered silken cloth from around what was left of Alhazred’s corpse. The cloth was pristine, not even dusty, let alone torn or bloody. The patterns decorating the silk caused pain in the eyes of those viewing it, and made the sturdiest of men dizzy. What was this strange cloth? Where had it come from, and what did the mad Arab hope to achieve with it? A new addition from the Together Again stretch goal!
Raggedy Clothes and Out-Worn Shoes: A Look at the American Hobo by Oscar Rios – What is a hobo, where does he come from, and what makes him different from a bum or a tramp? Some considered the hobo a dangerous vagrant, others a harmless n’er-do-well. Hobos wandered the roads and rode the rails, finding refuge and persecution along the way. This article will discuss their origins and history, and their culture and lifestyle. It will also talk about hobo songs, signs, and slang, and will explain why hobos are perfectly suited to the life of a Mythos Investigator, presenting several new sub-occupations. A new addition from the Together Again stretch goal!
Heroes and Heroines of the Lovecraft Country – These eighteen pre-generated investigators have been portrayed by hundreds of players at conventions. Each is a well-rounded, combat-tested, ready-to-play investigator. Also included is a quick checklist of typical investigator equipment and a point system which uses the investigators Credit Rating score. Finally, each has a unique investigator portrait supplied by YOU (see Female / Male Investigator Levels).
Consumption by Brian M. Sammons – The investigators are drawn into a nightmarish sequel to an H. P. Lovecraft story. In Arkham, there are horrors that have nothing to do with ghouls, ghosts, or witches; there are monsters are all the more frightening because of their humanity. It all begins one misty night, on a lonely stretch of road between Dunwich and Arkham, with a horrible discovery. Madness, murder, and mayhem are sure to follow.
Let the Children Come to Me by Mark Shireman – Poor children, workers at a textile mill, are disappearing under mysterious circumstances in Aylesbury, Massachusetts.The children reappear after a few days, each perfectly fine and claiming that nothing happened. Investigators will be challenged to the edge of sanity as they examine whether the horrors of the Mythos are worse than the evils which mankind can inflict upon itself.
The Lonely Point Lighthouse by Oscar Rios – The investigators are hired to debunk rumors of a haunting in New London, Connecticut. The last two keepers at the lighthouse on the tiny offshore island of Lonely Point both quit after hearing strange sounds inside the lighthouse. Before that, the reclusive, but well-respected, Fitch family lived there for twenty years without incident. The investigators are dropped off on Lonely Point with supplies for three days. Can they unravel the mystery as a violent nor’easter rages along the Connecticut coastline?
With Blue Uncertain Stumbling by Jeff Moeller – For about a year now, a harmless little ghost story has been circulating around the rum dives and swanky resorts of Key West, Florida. It tells of a beautiful woman, dressed in black, seen only in reflections. Just a story, until the specter was seen by dozens of people in a mirror behind a bar at a society party. The image was also photographed, and none of the city fathers think it’s a harmless tale anymore. The investigators are invited to vacation in Key West and do a bit of debunking. Unless they do their homework, they might not ever come back. A new addition from the Worst Vacation Ever stretch goal!
Darkness Illuminated by Jon Hook -The investigators return to New England after the worst vacation ever in Key West. They are soon drawn to Arkham by strange happenings somehow connected to a school for the blind there. Not all is as it seems. A new addition from the Back To New England stretch goal!
The Mystery Scenario - This will be an extra scenario PDF that will be provided to all backers at the Private Eye Level or higher. What will this scenario be about and who will write it? No one knows... yet! All backers who support at the Local Politician Level or higher will get a vote on each of the four key aspects of this scenario: Setting, Antagonist, Objective, and Author! Voting will occur after we fund. The chosen author will write a short scenario incorporating the chosen setting, antagonist, and objective.
The voting choices will be (subject to change):
Locations - 1) Arkham, 2) Kingsport, 3) Dunwich, 4) Innsmouth, 5) A cabin in the woods, 6) An hotel / asylum / hospital, 7) A mine / cavern, 8) A boat / ship at sea.
Antagonists - 1) Cultists, 2) Ghouls, 3) Deep Ones, 4) The undead, 5) A mythos creature, 6) Aliens, 7) An evil artifact, 8) A human lunatic(s)
Objectives - 1) Locate a missing person, 2) Recover an item, 3) Survive, 4)Solve a mystery, 5) Disrupt a ritual, 6) Destroy an object or entity, 7) Capture a fugitive, 8) Shut down a criminal enterprise
Author - 1) Chad Bowser, 2) Christopher Smith Adair, 3) Adam Gauntlett, 4) Stuart Boon, 5) Bret Kramer.
Golden Goblin Press appreciates the support of all of its backers at every level. The rewards for backer levels Eyewitness, Local Police, The Feds, Helpful Librarian, and Private Eye are detailed in the sidebar.
Local Politician Level - Backers at this level will receive a Vote to determine the Location, Antagonist, Objective, and Author of the Mystery Scenario in addition to all earlier backer level items.Backers at this level will also receive a Golden Goblin pendant cast in resin.
All Backers pledging $100 or more (including backers at the NPC, Male / Female Investigator, Gamer, and Golden Goblin levels) will receive a Golden Goblin pendant cast in pewter.
NPC Level – Backers pledging at this level receive all items at the Local Politician level. In addition they may provide a photo of themselves which will be digitally altered and included to represent an NPC in the book (photo subject to approval).
Female / Male Investigator Levels - Backers pledging at these levels receive all items at the Local Politician level. In addition they may provide a photo of themselves which will be digitally altered and included to represent an investigator portrait of one of the Heroes & Heroines of Lovecraft Country. Choices (12 men, 6 women) are listed below and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Those in Bold and Italic are already taken.
1. Walt “Mashed Potatoes” Johnson (Hobo) 2. Stanley Dupont (Lawyer)
3. Roxanne Bennett (Stage Magician) 4. Dr. Herbert Hillyer (Physician)
5. Gareth Parkes (College Intern) 6. Lionel Price (Writer)
7. Officer Edwin Hurst (Police Patrolman) 8. Felix Bancroft (Musician)
9. Janet Whittles-Rose (Ghost Hunter) 10. Dr. Scott Baker (Professor)
11. Phillip Hyatt (Parapsychologist) 12. Sister Helena (Clergyman)
13. Bethany Willowton (Antiquarian) 14. Hank Duncan (Foot Soldier)
15. Elsa Nussbaum (Entertainer) 16. Bruno DeLuca (Criminal)
17. Simon Harper (Private Investigator) 18. Marcia Prada (Journalist)
Gamer Level - Backers pledging at this level receive all items at the Local Politician level. They will also participate in an online play through of The Lonely Point Light House with author Oscar Rios acting as Keeper. In addition, a key moment from the actual play will be illustrated and included in the completed book. Game date and time to be determined, subject to availability of all participants, but must occur before August 31st, 2013.
Golden Goblin Level - Backers pledging at this level receive all items at the Local Politician level. A photo of the backer (subject to approval) will be digitally altered and included in a special section of Island of Ignorance - The Third Cthulhu Companion Thank You page. Lastly, backers at this level will receive one of twelve numbered Golden Goblin Idols crafted by master mythos sculptor Joe Broers (http://zombiequadrille.deviantart.com/). These dozen Golden Goblins Idols are a Golden Goblin Press exclusive item; no others will ever be produced or made available to the public. Don’t miss out what is sure to become a treasured and valuable mythos collectible.
$9,500.00; Stretch Goal #1; A Terrible Inspiration – Our artists shall suffer horrible nightmares, and awaken driven to frantically create fantastic maps and frightening illustrations. Has the dreaded star Aldebaran risen above the horizon? Was there an underwater earthquake in the pacific? Who cares? YOU get the benefits from their tortured, terrible inspiration! The interior art, both maps and illustrations, of Island of Ignorance – The Third Cthulhu Companion is increased by 20%! ACHIEVED!
$10,000.00; Stretch Goal #2; Dark Gods and Dread Tomes – Two new articles will be added to Island of Ignorance – The Third Cthulhu Companion.One details creatures and cultists of a little known god, while the other tells the history of a rare Serbian mythos tome written by an 18th century vampire hunter. ACHIEVED!!
$11,500.00; Stretch Goal #3; Worst Vacation Ever – We will add a fourth scenario to Island of Ignorance – The Third Cthulhu Companion.By now, your frazzled investigators might need to relax on a quiet sunny beach and maybe drink a glass or two of rum. A fourth scenario, With Blue Uncertain Stumbling by Jeff Moeller! ACHEIVED!!!
$12,000; Stretch Goal #4; Together Again – Two more new articles will be added to Island of Ignorance – The Third Cthulhu Companion. Written by Miskatonic River Press colleagues Tom Lynch and Oscar Rios, one describes a mystical artifact of Irem taken by Addul Alhazred, while the other takes a closer look at one of the most versatile and overlooked investigator professions. ACHIEVED!!!!
12,500; Stretch Goal #5; Side Trails - For fans of the Trail of Cthulhu game a PDF of conversion statistics will be made available for download on the Golden Goblin Press and Pelgrane Press websites allowing players to more easily run any scenario included within Island of Ignorance - The Third Cthulhu Companion. ACHIEVED!!!!
$13,750 Stretch Goal #6; Back To New England (A Fifth Scenario!) - "Darkness Illuminated" by Jon Hook. The investigators return to New England after the worst vacation ever in Key West. They are soon drawn to Arkham by strange happenings somehow connected to a school for the blind there. ACHIEVED!!!!!!
Lurking in the Shadows, Further Stretch Goals – Golden Goblin Press has six more stretch goals planned, with ideas for even more after that. Every time a stretch goal is reached. We’ll post the full details of another one. For now, here's a peek at what we hope to offer (subject to change).
A Further Mystery – Ten useful lists every Keeper needs AND we will add an additional Mystery Scenario created from the second place votes to our Mystery PDF. Remember, the Mystery PDF is provided to backers at the Private Eye Level or higher.
Simply the Best - Custom handouts for our scenarios created by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.
Lost in Time and Space (A Sixth Scenario!!) – A scenario lost for over 25 years, written by one of Call of Cthulhu's true golden age greats. Golden Goblin Press will proudly present…"Cold Warning" by Scott David Aniolowski.
For more information on our talented artists:
Badger McInnes - http://www.squamousstudios.com/
Jessica Fisher - https://www.facebook.com/pages/JFisher/144825615586496?ref=stream
Joe Broers - http://zombiequadrille.deviantart.com/
Brian Sammons - http://brian_sammons.webs.com/
Dan Harms - http://danharms.wordpress.com/
Scott David Aniolowski - http://scottdavidaniolowski.blogspot.com/
Risks and challenges
Golden Goblin Press has assembled a team with decades of experience in writing, editing, and publishing quality products for the Call of Cthulhu Role Playing Game. While unexpected challenges may cause delays, we remain confident that if successfully funded, this project will move smoothly through production and into print as soon as possible. We here at Golden Goblin Press ARE passionately dedicated to Island of Ignorance – The Third Cthulhu Companion. With your backing we hope to bring you and your investigators countless hours of terror, death, and madness..Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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