New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley returns!
Lauded as authentically Lovecraftian and much loved for of its mood and style, New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley returns with a full-colour second edition. With its new art, varied formats (PDF, Kindle, softcover, and hardback), and an extra scenario, this Kickstarter will make its rightful return to print, uplifted to Call of Cthulhu, 7th Edition.
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Miskatonic River Press released New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley to great acclaim and it quickly became a favourite among Call of Cthulhu Keepers. Its faithful adherence to Lovecraftian themes and its location along the dark river it takes its name from, meant a return to an authentic home for many players who cut their anti-mythos teeth on earlier adventures set in the valley.
Started by Keith 'Doc' Herber and Tom Lynch, it quickly marked MRP as a company to watch. Tragically, Doc passed away while working on a subsequent title (Our Ladies of Sorrow with Kevin Ross) but Tom kept his dream alive and grew upon it with further books. Sadly, MRP closed its doors a couple of years ago and the titles have been out of print as Tom Lynch focused on writing fiction and his family.
Last year, Stygian Fox purchased four titles from Tom Lynch/MRP in order to bring them back to players of the world's greatest horror game and in turn, we aim to release new and updated versions of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, More Adventures in Arkham Country, Our Ladies of Sorrow, and Tales of the Sleepless City.
In New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, there are currently six scenarios and we aim to add a seventh set in the valley or Innsmouth (although Innsmouth isn't in the Miskatonic Valley it is such an integral part of Lovecraft Country as to be hard to ignore). The original is black and white and 130 pages. We aim to increase that to 160 pages and to make it full colour with all new art.
The original scenarios will appear and be updated to 7th edition Call of Cthulhu (still fully backwards compatible with previous editions) and are works by Christopher Smith Adair (The Darkness Beneath the Hill, Children of a Starry Heaven, This Village Belongs to Us), Tom Lynch (Ties That Bind, Vinea Perversa, Lines In The Sand, Lovecraft eZine) Oscar Rios (The Nature of Faith, The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, Borne Into Darkness)
Kevin Ross (Kingsport: The City In The Mists, The Music of the Spheres, Tell Me, Have You Seen The Yellow Sign?)
and Doc Herber (H. P. Lovecraft's Arkham, H. P. Lovecraft's Dunwich, Escape From Innsmouth 2nd Ed., and far too many others to mention)
Their adventures are set in such diverse locations as Arkham, Foxfield, Dunwich, and Kingsport and are:
The Reeling Midnight, by Tom Lynch
Wasted Youth, by Christopher Smith Adair
Spirit of Industry, by Oscar Rios
Proof of Life, by Keith Herber
Malice Everlasting, by Oscar Rios
The Night War, by Kevin A. Ross
The folks behind this new version of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley have a proven track record of bringing new Call of Cthulhu content to gamers everywhere via Kickstarter and other platforms.
Stephanie McAlea - Owner of Stygian Fox, Cartographer, and mad idea summoner (Hudson & Brand, The Things We Leave Behind, Horror On The Orient Express, Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd ed., 2300AD, The Book of Contemporary Magical Things)
Badger McInnes - Layout Artist and Word Wizard (Secrets of San Francisco, Secrets of Kenya, Secrets of Los Angeles, Our Ladies of Sorrow, More Adventures in Arkham Country, The Things We Leave Behind, Feed The Shoggoth!)
As mentioned, the book will contain a new adventure set in the valley or nearby, the layout will be by Badger McInnes and we'd like to add further art by creators we admire and trust to deliver, including more art by Mihai Bila (shown below). This is where the Kickstarter funds come in. The book will be printed in a premium format and, as Stygian Fox customers have come to expect, will use art to portray a slightly more horrific and mature version of NTotMV.
Mihai's Facebook page with examples of his art is here: https://m.facebook.com/mcrassusart/
The funds for this Kickstarter will go towards commissioning more art and the hiring a writer and creatives of quality to expand the book. The funds will also go on printing and distribution.
Backers can look forward to lovingly produced PDFs, Softcover and Hardcover books, and increased quality and content. Apart from a few tweaks to the text in order to update the scenarios, very little of the adventures will actually change. The entire cost of your books and getting them to you is covered by your pledge.
PDF: Backers will receive a full-colour PDF of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley via DriveThruRPG.
Softcover: Backers will receive a full-colour standard print in softcover format of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley via DriveThruRPG along with a free PDF.
Hardcover: Backers will receive a full-colour premium print in hardcover format of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley via DriveThruRPG along with a free PDF.
Hardcover + Naming: Backers will receive a full-colour premium print in hardcover format of New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley via DriveThruRPG along with a free PDF plus their chosen name and occupation done up all fancy n' such in the back of the book (we reserve the right to reject any inappropriate names or occupations).
With this project, our focus is to bring back MRP's first book back in print in a beautiful format. As it is a previously written project, there's only so much we can do in terms of stretch goals. We're already adding new art and maps but, hopefully, we can add a few other things too. If we're lucky enough to reach the top levels we'll also give a 'thank you' gratuity to the authors of the previous edition (even though it was paid for as work-for-hire) and we'll up our cents-per-word scale for the new writer and artists for helping us get there. Admittedly, this doesn't benefit our backers but as pay in the RPG industry is seriously low, I'm sure you'll want to help the creatives involved to get a bonus.
Distribution is via DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.
Risks and challenges
As with all projects, there is a risk but as this is an update to a complete book we think this has very little risk to it.
You'll receive a coupon for the full cost of the book and shipping from Stygian Fox which you will then redeem at no extra cost from the distributor.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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