Comments on Arthur B's Kickstopper: Turning the Lights Out On Those Who Most Need Them

The Cthulhu Dark RPG has its heart in the right place, but unintentionally ends up tripping over its own conflicting aims.

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Arthur B at 15:01 on 2017-11-27
A little update: apparently Walmsley has been to Mumbai - which is fair enough, but as said in the review I didn't really get much of a sense of the place in the setting writeup. (Writing which really captures a sense of the spirit of a place is hard; writing which captures that spirit for people who haven't necessarily been there is near-impossible. Though arguably, there's few more Lovecraftian skills you can work on, given how vividly Lovecraft portrayed places like the Vermont hills, or his own beloved Providence.)

Jaiwo is apparently based on a specific country. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, it sort of makes sense to offer an African equivalent of "Lovecraft Country" - like how Arkham and environs riff on Massachusetts. On the other hand, using the real location would have not only put it at centre stage in a way which Western media doesn't often do for African countries, but also opened up a lot of scope to look to real history and news stories originating from there for inspiration.
Ashimbabbar at 19:47 on 2017-12-03
say what you want about Masks of Nyarlathotep, but IMO joining a raid of Chinese anarchists against one of the bad guys' main bases just rocks

( Otherwise, this article is an extremely interesting dissection of how one can defeat one's own aims )
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