New in 2018, and shipping from the H.P.L. Historical Society, the Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set. I don’t normally note gaming stuff here, but this luscious collection of 109 props, handouts, vintage maps and a CNN-worthy deluge of sniffable fake news clippings may also appeal to readers simply as an aesthetic item. These are all… “called for by the Chaosium game supplement Masks of Nyarlathotep“.
An in-depth review on RPG.net is glowing in its appreciation of the collection…
“This is gaming history in the making. This product is so pioneering, so over-the-top in what it tries to achieve and how triumphantly it succeeds, that it deserves the creation of a whole new grading system. […] Excellence is not an adequate word for me to describe the quality of the components. I wouldn’t know where to start from. The multi-page Nansen passports, of whose real-world existence I learned because of this product, and the perfect (printed) copy of the duty stamp on them? The actual cut-out duty stamps of Australian, British and American provenance? The latter even have different identification numbers for crying out loud! The authentic yellowed facsimiles of maps of the era? The transparent stickers that will be used to emulate passport control stamps, and which include as detailed and different stickers as ‘cancelled’, ‘expelled’ or even ‘persona non grata‘? The gorgeous Chinese scroll (!), packed around two well-crafted wooden pieces?! I can’t verify whether the Chinese writing is legit, yet judging from everything else I have no reason to suspect that it isn’t. The attention to detail is astounding. The whole box smells of wood, probably because of the matches and the papyrus rolls. Newspapers smell like newspapers.”
I also read elsewhere that a slipcased hardback of Masks of Nyarlathotep shipped in the last few weeks, as a “revised and updated” edition which plays nicely with the latest edition of the core Call of Cthulhu tabletop RPG. No sign of this on Amazon UK or USA, but Chaosium has a page. I’m reliably informed it’s one of the two or three best add-ons for the Call of Cthulhu RPG.