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Student-produced Call of Cthulhu supplement wins 2020 ENnie Judges' Spotlight Award

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Last year, in a creative collaboration with Chaosium, Professional Writing students from Taylor University (Upland, IN) created and published a Call of Cthulhu scenario as part of their studies. Today, the published result of that creative collaboration, the scenario Refractions of Glasston, has received recognition with a Judges' Spotlight Award in the 2020 ENnie Awards.

"This is a wonderful honour and recognition for the students, who managed all aspects of the RPG design process from research, writing, editing, art direction, layout, proofreading, and finally release", said Chaosium vice president Michael O'Brien, who established the project with Prof T.R. Knight of the Professional Writing department at Taylor University.

With Prof Knight, and Chaosium's Mike Mason (Call of Cthulhu creative director) and Lynne Hardy (associate editor) on hand as mentors, the Taylor U students went through the entire RPG adventure design process – from idea genesis to publication – within one hectic semester. Though many of the team are members of the professional writing major, this was their first foray into the world of RPG writing.

Refractions of Glasston was published in The Miskatonic Repository, Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu community content platform on DriveThruRPG, in December 2019. The scenario takes place in a rural town in northwest Indiana (near Taylor U itself) in the classic Call of Cthulhu era of the 1920s and builds on existing local legends of supernatural happenings.

Chaosium thanks the ENnies judges, and congratulates Sam Guinsatao, Carson Jacobs, Joy Lemont, Elijah Oates, Rayce Patterson, Emily Pawlowski, J. Tucker White, T.R. Knight, Mike Mason, and Lynne Hardy!

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Read more about the project in the updates made throughout the semester:

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This first semester of Tabletop Game Writing Lab students at Taylor University showed amazing passion and professionalism, well beyond a semester course. Their passion got this course approved, their creativity designed the scenario, and their hard work produced this award winning scenario. I am honored and proud to have taught this course and been a developer on this project.

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