My newest adventure and most recent return to Ustalav—my dark fantasy vacation spot—hits this month: In Search of Sanity. The debut volume of the Strange Aeons Adventure Path, this series promises all manner of cosmically horrible menaces and sanity rending tentacles. While the main premise of the series is "Lovecraft... but in PATHFINDER!" I tried to make sure that the first volume featured more than just your billionth, warmed-over representation of this or that unspeakable indescribable. So, I worked in two elements that regularly send me hiding behind my closet hamper: asylums and fakelore/creepypasta. This is my biggest asylum adventure since Goodman Games's Cage of Delirium, so it was great to loop back to that territory with a decade's worth of more research and better judgement. There's also a there but not there, dream-stalking menace that purposefully draws from stories like the Blair Witch Project, Slenderman lore, and similar stories about totally-real not-real legends. Oh, and there's some creepy mists for folks who like horror bordered in by creepy mists.

This is also Adam Daigle's first time at the helm of an Adventure Path and he's doing amazing work—and is certainly a fantastic job making me look good here. So, if you're digging the series, be sure to let him know!

Overall, folks seem to digging the Strange Aeons kick-off, which is lovely! Hopefully that has more to do with a fun adventure (surf a blood wave, give a ghoul a shower, poke a worm) than blind Lovecraft worship, but we'll see in the coming weeks. I think the adventure's pretty fun and provides lots of potential to creep players out. I also strove to put plenty in there for those who ambivalent to the number of tentacles and pulp references in their horror. So, even if you're not a giant Lovecraftie, check it out!

You can pick up In Search of Sanity right here! Also, if you'd like to hear me talk a bit more about some of my choices for starting the AP, you can read about those on my Tumblr here.

 

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