Yesterday we released two new Call of Cthulhu products for our Cthulhu Britannica line: The Journal of Neve Selcibuc and The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson. Both these books are not only standalone works of fiction, but they’re also designed as handouts for use with The Curse of Nineveh campaign. In today’s blog, we thought we’d take a more in-depth look at how all three books can be used together…
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For the investigators, The Curse of Nineveh campaign starts in London, 1925. But, the events of the campaign really start some 6 years earlier, when the acclaimed Assyriologist leads an ill-fated expedition to Iraq, where he uncovers the legendary Temple of Nabu. It’s what he discovers there – and eventually brings back to London – that form the main storyline for the campaign.
The events of the expedition are described in the background to The Curse of Nineveh book, but they are really brought to life in The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson. Rather than just reading a description of the expedition, you can read Thompson’s day by day account of the excavation – and experience the full horror of what his team uncovered in the temple!
Better yet, there’s a point in the campaign where the investigators find a copy of Thompson’s journal – what better way to immerse them in the feel of the period and the events unfolding before them than for them to read about it, first-hand? Players can actually conduct their investigation themselves, looking for clues in the journal. Is this character important? How about this artefact? Where is it now? What does it all mean?
The Journal of Neve Selcibuc plays a similar role. Neve is an American amateur sleuth who has been sent to stay with her Aunt and Uncle near London. While she has a whole other adventure of her own (as described in her journal), involving a fishy-looking man and an even fishier statue, it’s the events that she finds herself involved in in June, 1925 that most closely concern the campaign. It is here that she is given a strange artefact taken from the Temple of Nabu, at which point she finds herself too far out of her depth and is forced to turn to others for help.
Of course, if you are running The Curse of Nineveh, it is the investigators in your party to whom she turns, a meeting that in fact sets the campaign off at break-neck speed! It is at this point, of course, that you can turn to your players and hand them The Journal of Neve Selcibuc, allowing them to get to know some of the characters who feature in the campaign a little better, and emotionally investing them in solving the mystery.
Finally, the two journals are not the only Cthulhu Britannica product that ties into the campaign – don’t forget the Cthulhu Britannica: London boxed set too! As well as plentiful information about the period and the locations in which the campaign is set (especially the British Museum), we also snuck a little Easter egg for the campaign into it – one of the die-cut handouts included in the box ties is an invitation to the grand opening of the British Museum’s new Assyrian wing, which features heavily in the campaign!
About The Journal of Neve Selcibuc
"I write this after a night of very little sleep. So many unanswered questions made it difficult to settle. Once I had fallen asleep my dreams took me back to the night Alice died in my room and I lived again the blue flames that took my cousin away before I woke covered in sweat and terrified. I tossed and turned and tried to get back to sleep but something else had begun nagging at me. Turning over in my mind the events of the last day at Boughton Court I realised that one more thing didn’t make sense."
London! The greatest city in the world, home to four million people. A thriving hub of trade and industry, the first city of a fading Empire. The final resting place for treasures from across the globe, a labyrinth of imposing white marble streets and a warren of darker alleyways, all sat atop millennia of history.
A young American investigator is thrown into a maelstrom of kidnap, murder, spontaneous human combustion, and something all together darker. Neve Selcibuc must use every ounce of wit to solve a terrifying mystery that spans the length of the British Isles from London to Aberdeenshire.
As part of Cubicle 7’s Cthulhu Britannica line The Journal of Neve Selcibuc is both a fascinating standalone work of Call of Cthulhu fiction as well as a deluxe, in-world artefact for use with the London-based The Curse of Nineveh campaign.
The Journal of Neve Selcibuc is a 64-page, hardback, digest-sized book written by Paula Dempsey. All copies of The Journal of Neve Selcibuc come with a complementary PDF of the supplement. Pre-orders at participating Bits & Mortar stores are also eligible for a free PDF version.
About The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson
"Within the inner sanctum, the central altar had been moved across the dais, and there were signs of excavations all around it. The sound of the muttering continued as if our intrusion had gone unnoticed, and it came from behind the altar. Upon investigating, we were all seized with an unimaginable terror."
Nineveh! Most populous and ancient city of the Assyrian Empire of antiquity. Ringed by great walls and vast gates, filled with forgotten treasures, mysterious carvings and great libraries of tablets. All lost to the modern world.
In 1903 British archaeologist Reginald Campbell Thompson set out to locate the site of ancient Nineveh. This expedition was widely and erroneously reported as a failure. His 1919 return to Nineveh and the temple of Nabu went entirely undocumented, until the discovery of this journal. Thompson, ever the adventurous academic, sought to unlock the temple's secrets. Secrets that should have remained hidden in the Assyrian desert.
The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson is a thrilling standalone work of Call of Cthulhu fiction as well as a deluxe, in-world artefact for use with the London-based The Curse of Nineveh campaign.
The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson is a 64-page, hardback, digest-sized book written by Mark A. Latham. All copies of The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson come with a complementary PDF of the supplement. Pre-orders at participating Bits & Mortar stores are also eligible for a free PDF version.
About The Curse of Nineveh
In ancient times, when the city of Nineveh fell, so too was a terrible evil was banished. This evil, a god named Nabu with ambitions to rule humanity, was bound by the Children of Tranquillity into his former temple and buried beneath the sands. Two and a half thousand years later a group of archaeologists uncovered the Temple of Nabu and unleashed a terrible curse – the Curse of Nineveh!
The Curse of Nineveh is a new seven-part Call of Cthulhu 7th edition campaign set in London in the summer of 1925. The investigators find themselves embroiled in the events that surround the return of the expedition from Nineveh and the terrible curse that they brought back with them. They must face shadowy watchers, a nefarious criminal mastermind and race against time to stop an ancient plan from being fulfilled – a plan that threatens not only London, but the whole British empire!
Written by Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Mike Mason and Mark A. Latham. Illustrated by Jon Hodgson, Pat Loboyko and Scott Purdy.
All orders of The Curse of Nineveh at our webstore come with a complementary PDF of the supplement. Pre-orders at participating Bits & Mortar stores are also eligible for a free PDF version. The Curse of Nineveh is also available as a PDF from RPGNow.
Find out more about Cthulhu Britannica here.
Cthulhu Britannica: London Preorder + PDF
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The Journal of Neve Selcibuc Preorder + PDF
The Journal of Neve Selcibuc PDF at DriveThruRPG
The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson Preorder + PDF
The Journal of Reginald Campbell Thompson PDF at DriveThruRPG
The Curse of Nineveh Preorder + PDF
Buy The Curse of Nineveh PDF at RPGNow