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    BRP is one of my favorite generic systems, despite its kinks. I've enjoyed Lovecraftian fiction and Call of Cthulhu for several years, along with various other systems. I've only recently gotten into running games, but it's been an absolute blast so far. Mythos litwise, I'm a fan of Lovecraft, Howard, Derleth, and Lumley.

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  1. Honestly, I've never been the biggest fan of New England and related for horror settings. Southern gothic/horror works great for me.
  2. The Sanitorium would be great remastered, maybe even given a modern makeover to be something akin to Outlast.
  3. Whatever works best. I usually do skill improvements at the beginning of a session, luck rolls at the end, and characteristic improvements when they arise, either in downtime, rolling an 01 for luck, or other situations.
  4. When it comes to interaction I might let another player help out, maybe doing a good cop/bad cop thing, but usually it's one check, unless the roleplay's good enough (or bad enough) to warrant otherwise.
  5. Honestly, much as I love the game, I've never thought the spells were designed well at all, and if a cultist wants to contact his alien overlords I handle it through roleplay and the story rather than a hard roll. The entire Magic system is more or less optional, in my opinion.
  6. Yeah, agreed. Our opinions on all this aside, it's definitely off-topic.
  7. You state, verbatim, that someone can't be a Lovecraftian author without being an atheist, and you imply, in so small way, that Lovecraft drew nigh-exclusively from nihilistic philosophy and literature, and that themes of hope, survival, friendship, or faith are incompatible with cosmic horror. Both of these things are factually incorrect. I will quote your prior posts if you want me to. If you feel like I'm mischaracterizing you, please explain your positions. Whether you find it interesting or not, whether you like Derleth's work or not, it proves my point and utterly invalidates you
  8. In fairness, you wouldn't have to explicitly say "Lovecraft was rigid" for it to be what you mean.
  9. I'm stating what you're stating. Saying Lovecraft's theme and influence was restricted to two authors and their interests, and that he wasn't a, quote, "heterodox dilettante", implies severe rigidity that wasn't there. Lovecraft's only influence was not nihilist philosophy and nihilist philosophy was not his only influence. Maybe it wasn't what you meant, but your wording suggested an opposite view of that. I'm passionate about pointing out the truth, and I've seen enough similar claims to yours over the years that, again, are factually untrue, that I feel a response is warranted. I've got no
  10. The only time I attributed a claim was with a direct quote that states said claim verbatim. If I messed up somewhere else though, my bad. I didn't intend it. Not every single horror story ends badly. A happy ending, or at least a surviving ending, are great too. Everything and everyone involved being screwed is if anything a tired and monotonous trope to a lot of people, one of many reasons I'd wager something like Aliens is critically acclaimed and the myriad Friday the 13th sequels are flops.
  11. In your case yes, you're not questioning it, but apparently others are. I'm up front about enjoying Derleth's work quite a bit, and I don't at all mind those who don't. It isn't the kind of work every person may want from Lovecraftian horror. I do reject the notion however, no matter how critical or flawed one might view Derleth's writing as, that it's improper and clashes with Lovecraft's work. Derleth was a close friend and pupil of Lovecraft as I've stated several times. If Lovecraft was fond of and eagerly encouraged Derleth to write cosmic horror, then that to me says that Derleth and oth
  12. It isn't fundamenetally atheistic, nor is it fundamentally antireligious. The existence of Outer and Elder Gods of blatant supernatural power constitutes as theistic in and of itself. There's a philosophical pessimism to the idea that we're a tiny part of an infinite universe, yes, but that's the only point of cosmic horror, or Lovecraftian fiction in general. Lovecraft wrote numerous stories that had nothing to do with anything cosmic or nihilistic, and he wasn't always pessimistic either. Nodens, a benevolent Elder God who fights against Nyarlathotep and will give aid to mortals fighting him
  13. And a lot of people greatly enjoy Derleth's contributions and admire his work in preserving and building on Lovecraft's legacy. Without his and Wandrei's work, a lot of Lovecraft fiction would've fallen into complete obscurity or been lost altogether. Those two preserved, and in many ways formed, the fiction we're discussing today. Liking or disliking Derleth's writings is opinion, but his influence on the genre is fact. Without Derleth, the "Cthulhu Mythos" wouldn't be what it is today. Remember that it was Lovecraft, not Derleth, that introduced the Elder Gods, and even before Derlet
  14. Quoting: Continuing: No one's saying everyone has to like Derleth, but his influence is undeniable. Aside from Lovecraft himself he's one of the most recognized mythos writers, a close friend of Lovecraft and something of a writing student under him, and the person to come up with the idea of a Cthulhu Mythos in the first place. He's a very important contributor and component of the mythos as we know it. This isn't to say you have to enjoy or use his works or ideas, you don't. However, it is objectively false to say that you can't write Lovecraftian fiction without being an
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