Goin’ Down to Dunwich

I was introduced to H.P. Lovecraft right at that age toward which pulp comics were targeted back in their heyday. His stories of true terror, based upon suspense and eerie unfamiliarity, hooked me. His obsession with describing the various terrors as indescribable forced me to envision these horrible alien monsters and bolstered my already hyperactive imagination. His writings, in their grandiloquent manner, were a wonderful introduction to literature as a subject, for me. I could easily distinguish themes, symbolism, and other basic literary tools and wanted to emulate them. Not high literature, but certainly entertaining genre reading for a 14-year-old.

Well I certainly wasn’t alone. Lovecraft lore has been adapted to so very many things. I have both a plush Cthulhu and Nyarlathotep. One of my favorite discovered adaptations is the board game Arkham Horror. The gents and I have played it on several occasions now and I really enjoy it. We added the Dunwich Horror expansion for our last session and I think it added a lot. It uses the everyone-versus-the-game style, my favorite category of board game. It feels like playing a tabletop RPG but without all the planning or the pressure on the DM. It’s complicated but not so much that it gets bogged down. I look forward to another labyrinthine delve into its cyclopean depths.

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