I hope everyone enjoyed this year’s International Tabletop Day and spent some time connecting with friends and family around the game table. Here’s the final image I contributed to the London (ON) Game Crawl map:
I was first introduced to the works of H. P. Lovecraft by my dad when I was in high school. I’m not sure what discussion led to it, but he lent me two volumes of Lovecraft’s short stories. I have memories of reading selected works from these books while visiting my grandparents in the summer following Grade 11 (I think). In the twelfth grade, I wrote an essay comparing “The Cats of Ulthar,” “The Doom That Came to Sarnath,” and (I believe) “Memory” (ironic that “Memory” is the one about which I am unsure). Most of the stories I read were not connected directly to the Cthulhu mythos, so I don’t have very much knowledge of how all the stuff with the Great Old Ones fits together.
There certainly are a whole pile of games with a Lovecraftian theme – off the top of my head, I can think of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, Call of the Cthulhu: The Card Game, Mythos CCG, Mansions of Madness, Arkham Horror, Elder Sign, Cthulhu Dice, The Doom That Came to Atlantic City, Cthulhu Gloom, and the Cthulhu expansion for Smash Up. I also remembered, but had to look up the names of, Unspeakable Words and Eldritch Horror. I own the base set for the Call of Cthulhu card game but have yet to delve very far into it. I’ve enjoyed playing the digital version of Elder Sign as a solitaire game on Android.
My true recommendation for Lovecraft spin-off material for today, however, is not a game. Instead, I strongly suggest Metallica’s suitably ominous instrumental, “The Call of Ktulu,” from 1984’s Ride the Lightning.