Thursday, August 25, 2011

Check Out ChiLL

I know you're into cryptozoology, ufology, and real-world mysteries of the unexplained, but I have a feeling at least some of you are tabletop RPG gamers, lapsed or current. The Weirding is basically separate from The OddBlog, but shares the domain and is actually just another department of it, so I wanted to take a moment to promote the ChiLL RPG section.

ChiLL is a tabletop roleplaying game, like Dungeons & Dragons, focusing on Creatures of the Unknown - many of which are based on real-world myths, legends, and accounts of the Unexplained. While you are unlikely to learn anything about the real-world counterparts, it is an interesting look at how pop-culture latches onto these things. It's particularly interesting when thought of in historical context.

There was a slight uptick in interest in the Unexplained in the 1990s. While I will always associate the 1990s with a resurgence in the 1960's movements, and it was, there were a handful of 1970's concepts and trends that re-emerged as well - an interest in UFOs being foremost among these. Renewed interest in the Roswell incident was at the forefront of this, but it went much further, and much deeper. Eventually, it died-out and we're still here, a decade or so later.

Still, the concepts and ideas presented in the game are interesting for real-world researchers for these reasons. The Weirding covers mostly game-specific material, but I'm about to publish a larger department on Creatures of the Unknown that will reference stories and posts from The OddBlog quite often. I just redesigned the material already published and I think you'd dig it. So check it out!

© C Harris Lynn, 2011

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