Blood From Black Wattle

A new module is stirring in time for Phenomenon 2022!

Blood from Black Wattle

Stories abound of Black Wattle Station, bunyip aristocracy grown fat on stolen blessings. The homestead with its strange high tower dominates an ancient valley set silent midst blue-grey mountains. The town of Buckenbowra squats below: less blessed, half-ruined, timid and resentful. The mountain blacks have gone now, the gold diggings lie abandoned, and a full generation of young men are lost to the Great War.

The mountain wind whispers of past atrocity; tales of outrage and harsh dealing. Life and death here are ever uncertain.

The letter says that something terrible walks the mountain. Something that took a girl. The letter says you can still hear her calls in the night.

An Australian tale of the 1920s, set in the High Clyde east of Braidwood, eternal and unceded country of the Yuin Nation.

Together, we conjure a tale of sorcery and dark secrets, of family and tribe and all that blood tears asunder. We scream in the face of monstrous reality. We suffer the cosmic loneliness of love. We partake of a dreadful communion.

A touch of Cthulhu Gothic. Terrible. Wanton. Holy. Please roll SAN.

Blood from Black Wattle, An Australian story from John and Pip Hughes

Download Call of Cthulhu 7ed Autocalc Character Sheet Set

I am pleased to share a comprehensive autocalc character sheet set for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. It is is provided as a free resource for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying community.

Features of the character sheet set include a clean, uncluttered design; autocalc functionality with default skill stats and automatic calculation of derived statistics; custom graphics capability; an image library; a link to the CoC7 Quick Start rules; a Clear All button; and minor tweaks. The pack contains four variant three-page sheets and a number of graphics galleries to allow further customisation. (You can also add your own images!)


The character sheets include:

  • An autocalc character sheet (with custom image capability)
  • A print-friendly character sheet with backgrounds removed (with custom image capability)
  • A photocopy character sheet (with custom image capability)
  • A completed sample sheet to allow you to see the set’s capabilities and conventions.

The graphic galleries include:

  • Twenty two character portraits
  • Three character silhouettes: androgynous, female, and male
  • Fifteen general images.

Share and enjoy!

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“Buckley’s and None”

Bloody cultists. They’re everywhere—in this case, Central Australia, 1926. And we had Buckley’s of stopping them in time.

“Buckley’s and none” is an Australian phrase indicating a very small or almost impossible chance. “You’ve got Buckley’s”. William Buckley was an escaped convict who lived more than thirty years in the bush with the Wathaurong people. Later, Buckley & Nunn was a nineteenth century department store in Melbourne.

This is my first large canvas in Photoshop. I’m kinda proud, and have learned lots along the way.
Photoshop and DAZ Studio. One modest PC. So many renders before compositing …

Download the PDF (6.25 Meg).

Download the JPG (4 Meg).

Aliens adventure with Xenomorph 2020

In 2012, Philippa and I wrote a convention module based on the William Gibson draft script for Alien3. The module was run at Phenomenon 2012.

In 2020 with physical gaming difficult if not impossible, Pheno has collected a series of past modules and is making them available to gamers.

Xenomorph, with module, character sheets, player briefings and handouts, is part of that collection. Are you ready for dropbear? Download and play!

Cthulhu Sydney 1926: Locations available as PDF Handouts

Two locations in 1926 Sydney, The Australia Hotel and Rowe Street, are now available as PDF player handouts.

Rowe Street – Sydney’s bohemian heartland

Hotel Australia – ‘A pub most splendid’