July 19, 2017 by Bret Kramer (aka WinstonP)
Recently the gang at the Miskatonic University Podcast have announced a small fundraiser to help defray their expenses for attending Necronomicon 2017 (and to regrettably confirm, I shan’t be attending this year due to various family commitments). Setting a goal of $750, they’ve offered to “ransom” a scenario by Jon Hook (aka Keeper Jon, author of many of the “Age of Cthulhu” scenarios for Goodman Games as well as the Lovecraft Country scenario “Darknes Illuminated” in The Island of Ignorance).
While the post announcing the ransom didn’t mention it, the short audio promo noted that the scenario is set in Arkham! Always interested in new Lovecraft Country scenarios, I wrote Jon to get some additional details. Here’s his reply, reposted with his permission (and lightly edited for concision):
Yeah, the scenario is titled “For the Love of…”. It is a traditional 1920s Arkham mystery.[I]t is suggested that the investigators all be members of the Miskatonic Area Paranormal Society (aka MAPS), which is something Keeper Dan created years ago for his home games to solve the problem of why the athlete, detective, and hobo are all investigating a mystery together.The scenario opens with the investigators being called in as special consultants to help the Arkham cops with a really weird murder of a socialite. I tried to pack the scenario with lots of clues, with several paths of investigation. Some of the paths lead to the same or similar conclusions, so it’s not required that the investigators nail down each and every clue. But, they’re there for the really diligent investigators.