Donning Masks of Nyarlathotep 7th Ed.

Greetings cultists. I am currently running two separate groups through the Masks of Nyarlathotep campaign for Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu RPG. This blog is a way for me to keep track of the things that happen in both campaigns. If you haven’t played Masks, but think you might want to, you probably don’t want to be here, as I plan to go into gory details about the entire campaign as each of my investigator groups explore it.

I am running the campaign for both my long-term D&D group and for my two sons, ages 12 and 15, and have been looking all over the internet for info about how running Masks of Nyarlathotep went for different groups. I listened to a few chapters from the live-play of the Miskatonic University Podcast, several episodes of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias, and most recently have begun reading The Thousand Masks Saga, which I admit is what gave me the idea to start this blog in the first place.

I found that listening to Actual Play games can be interesting, but they are very time consuming and really all I am looking for are more “here’s what my group did, and how I handled it” war stories about this classic module, of which I have had a hard time finding enough to sate my appetite. I’ve especially had trouble finding posts that tackle the 7th Edition additions, like the Peru Prologue and the addition of Hilton Adams, the Innocent Man, in the NYC chapter.

This blog is my small contribution to the collective unconscious of Azathoth, and the legend of the Masks of Nyarlathotep. Stay tuned for how each of my groups handled the Peru chapter.




Author: Timothy Burkhardt

Tim Burkhardt is a journalist, poet, and fiction writer who lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina. When he is not covering local culture or environmental issues for Asheville’s alternative newspaper Mountain Xpress, he likes to dispense with the facts and create surreal modern fantasies. He spends the rest of his time raising his two sons and their rescue cat, Keats. Tim has an eclectic resume. In past lives, he has been a carnival worker, a traveling comic book salesman, and a mortuary assistant. More recently, he was the stand-in for Sam Rockwell during the filming of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

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