publication date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 (part of Winter 2019)

category: Literature

clue: Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn.

explanation: Lovecraft's most enduring creation is the Eldritch god Cthulhu. The clue is a cultist's prayer in The Call of Cthulhu, translated as, "In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming." more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk

Gothic Goodbye: The RPG Gothic Earth> has been set in a world of literary creations roughly contemporary to its 1899 setting, with characters like Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula driving much of the storyline. After a decade of play, the game is now in its final weeks. Here's sending it off with a two-week retrospective of authors of that era whose works captured the popular imagination, in the order in which they shaped the world of Gothic Earth.

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