May 25, 2022 by Bret Kramer (aka WinstonP)
I have recently learned that Todd A. Woods, who was, among his other creations, the co-author of several Call of Cthulhu scenarios, has died. Kevin Ross, his frequent collaborator and close friend posted the following:
It’s my sad duty to report the death of my longtime friend and frequent co-author Todd Woods. Todd was a huge fan of the works of REH, and a member of the REHUPA. He also originally created the Howard Works website over 20 years ago now, something he was enormously proud of, and rightfully so. I first met Todd in college, played any number of all kinds of games with him, and eventually co-wrote a few with him as well. His writings appeared in several Call of Cthulhu books, including Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, Sacraments of Evil, Adventures in Arkham Country, and Down Darker Trails. Most recently, Todd and I collaborated on Waves Stained Crimson, a swashbuckling Lovecraftian campaign for Modiphius’s Conan RPG. He was a great friend, a good man, and I will miss him more than I can say. Ride easy, my friend.https://swordsofreh.proboards.com/thread/1526/todd-woods-howard-works-creator
As Kevin mentioned above, Todd wrote, or shared author credits, on several Call of Cthulhu scenarios, including the following:
- Freak Show (Tales of the Miskatonic Valley; with Kevin Ross)
- Bless the Beasts and Children (Adventures in Arkham Country)
- The Scuttling (Sacraments of Evil; with Kevin Ross)
These are all scenarios I hold in high regard. Freak Show and Bless the Beasts and Children are clever uses of Deep Ones and Innsmouth that avoid simply rehashing the events of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth”, while The Scuttling is a delightful, non-Mythos scenario that somehow presents a Victorian version of Alien that I to this day consult for inspiration in how to build toward the presentation of a monster and make it compelling… and terrifying.
When I wrote to Kevin for some additional comments about Todd, he noted this, which was of particular interest to me:
Todd was one of the few in our gaming circle who liked Cthulhu. So A LONG TIME AGO I ran a one-on-one adventure for him set in Kingsport, featuring the Terrible Old Man and the Strange High House and its inhabitant — basically what was eventually published as “The House on the Edge” in the Kingsport book. It was my discussing that piece with Keith that led to him giving me the reins of the Kingsport book. So in a way, if it hadn’t been for Todd playing that adventure there might not have been a Kingsport book, and thus — perhaps, mind you — a Lovecraft Country series at all. It might be reaching a bit to say that, but it is a possibility.
I don’t have a picture of Todd, currently, but I believe he can be seen here in the second row. He is the man in the black shirt with a white goatee.