Tuesday, 25 June 2019

A ten-year-old's take on At the Mountains of Madness

For the past four months, my son's been working on his first RPG scenario. He based it on Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness after reading first the graphic novel and then the story itself.

Using Fimo, tin foil, cocktail sticks and hot glue, he made all the monsters himself. He also painted up miniatures for the player-characters (in a single afternoon after school!) and made floorplans from cardboard, white glue and loo roll. He drew designs on index cards to show the carvings on the complex's walls.

This Sunday, he ran the game for four friends. It seems to have been a hit, and he's planning to repeat it with a couple of other groups of friends. The giant penguin - in lieu of the group of merely large sightless albino penguins in the story - was my sole contribution to the set-up. It's a Hobbycraft papier-mache shape with some added extras in Milliput.

I'm sure we'll find ways of recycling the monsters in other games. There are three Elder Things:

The Whistler in the Darkness (an original creation):

A captive Mi-go:

And - of course - Shoggoths:

My son also drew this to encapsulate the scenario:

All in all, it somewhat outstrips my efforts at a similar age; those were largely confined to graph paper.


  1. Well, well!!! Pass along my compliments, that's awesome!! Elder Things are one of my all time favs; they almost always look dorky and not threatening. Those are about the best I've ever seen, they actually look scary. Well done :)

  2. And he's 10? I just failed my sanity roll. Stunning stuff from a clearly talented youngster, would love to see more fimo and foil critters in the future.

  3. Thanks! He's got some others on the go - "space crabs", apparently ...

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    2. Not sure I like the sound of those!

  4. Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

  5. This is fantastic!! Your son is awesomely impressive haha. Well done!

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  7. Amazing! I'm sure these kids had a great time. When effort and talent are mixed, this is the only outcome :)