Hiya fellow OPites! October is just around the corner and that means Jack-o-lanterns, Capricorns, ghosts, ghouls, and oh yes, two new nominations.
h4. Part I: "Cthulhu Supremus Est":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/cthulhusupremusest
It all began in an upscale Harlem speakeasy known as the Blue Heaven Ballroom. It was the Summer of 1926, and Mitch Wester and the 5-Stars took center stage in the club's ballroom that night. As Mitch and his band mesmerized crowds with a virtuoso jazz performance, five strangers witnessed the gruesome murder and reanimation of a nervous mob accountant. Little did they know it, but the horror of this event would inexorably bind their disparate lives together and set them on a common path that would end either in heroism, or insanity. This is Franksirmarco's Call of Cthulhu campaign. It is a dark psychological thriller filled with unspeakable horrors that strain the limits of one's sanity.
h5. Campaign Site Highlights
There are several things that I really admire about this campaign site:
* _Cool 20's Monochrome Theme_:
Browsing Cthulhu Supremus Est is like entering a bygone era. From the silver-screen celluloid style campaign banner, to the newspaper headlines that comprise the wiki pages, to the black and white and sepia photos that fill the Characters section, everything just says "Pulp Fiction" era. I am impressed by both the graphics work and the expert use of HTML that has gone into the making of this site.
* _Fantastic Adventure Logs_:
First off, both the player-character back-stories and the adventure logs themselves are well written (for instance, check out "Jonas Markham's Backstory":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/cthulhusupremusest/adventure-log/jonas-markham which is written in a very Lovecraftian voice). The storyline is thoroughly engaging, and you can tell that Frank and his gang have really taken the time to get to know the era that they are playing in. Second, in keeping with the 20's ambiance of the rest of the site, Franksirmarco has used these nifty newspaper templates to create the adventure logs.
* _Nice Player Handouts_:
Franksirmarco has done up some really nice "handouts":http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/cthulhusupremusest/wikis/handouts for his group. Once again many of them are done using a newspaper template. Others are done up on pseudo-business letterhead or handwritten notes. The thing is, they are all fairly convincing pieces that achieve a real sense of verisimilitude.
* _Interesting Historical Player Aids_:
Besides the handouts, Frank has also taken the time to create wiki-entries detailing life in New York in the 1920's as well as other info on forensics and cults. Once again, this really helps the reader/player get a sense that "you are here".
That said, I think that _Cthulhu Supremus Est_ would make a great Featured Campaign of the Month.