When I was at NecronomiCon a few weeks back, one of the highlights was chatting with the guys from the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and in particular Prop-Maestro extraordinaire Andrew Leman. In truth, the work that the HPLHS does in bringing Lovecraft’s world alive via a range of different media — especially physical prop documents — is nothing short of astonishing.
One fortuitous outcome of that meeting was that I was able to show off some of Cthulhu Reborn’s own prop-based projects, in particular the physical Dateline: Lovecraft combo pack (many of which folks here have purchased direct from us!). The HPLHS guys liked what they saw and … fast forward a few weeks … have now (rather kindly) agreed to sell copies of the pack via their online store! This is great news, since it exposes Dateline: Lovecraft to more people, and also should make it more affordable for people in the US to get their hands on a physical copy without having to pay insane international shipping fees.
Perhaps the MOST exciting part of this development is that the HPLHS wrote their own product description for Dateline: Lovecraft … which is remarkably flattering (see below in blue). I am quite humbled by these words from the acknowledged masters of the art.
Lovecraft often incorporated newspaper items into the plots of his stories, and clippings have been prominently-featured clues in many Mythos games.
Dateline: Lovecraft is a unique and rather astonishing gaming prop created by the Australian company Cthulhu Reborn. It is an entire issue of the fictional newspaper The Arkham Advertiser, the one for October 15, 1928. It is a full 12-page traditional broadsheet size newspaper loaded front to back with international and local news stories from that day, ads, clues and atmosphere that you can enjoy all by itself and/or incorporate into your Call of Cthulhu® or other games. The newspaper comes with a 98-page resource book that exhaustively indexes the contents of the newspaper, provides suggestions for how to get the most out of it, and includes three gaming scenarios you can play that tie into the newspaper’s contents. It is system-independent and can work with any TTRPG or LARP.
Here at HPLHS we really enjoy prop newspaper clippings, and when we produced our complete Dagon Newspaper we came to appreciate how much work it takes to make one. What Dean Engelhardt of Cthulhu Reborn has achieved with Dateline: Lovecraft really commands our respect, and we are very pleased to be able to offer this product to customers in the USA and elsewhere. It is twice the length of our Dagon Newspaper, and it is like a time machine made of paper that will take you back to Arkham in October of 1928. Dean has designed a very convincing prop document, and used a lot of HPLHS fonts in the layout, so his newspaper looks right at home among HPLHS prop newspaper clippings that have been produced for our various Dark Adventure Radio Theatre episodes and gaming prop collections. He also used design elements available in our own Prop Document collection, so if you want to create new specific clippings of your own, you can make them match! We also offer a collection of newspaper design materials as a free download so you can more easily incorporate newspaper clippings into your own games.
The newspaper and sourcebook are packaged together in a zippered vinyl pouch.