Background

I’m a hobbyist and gamer of almost 30 years but have always leaned more towards the hobby aspect of war gaming. In particular I enjoy the collecting and painting of miniatures, specifically science fiction based miniatures. On YouTube my alias is Warchild40k where you can see some of my hobby related videos though I haven't posted anything new in almost 5 years due to work and other real life things. One of the other things I enjoy is reading and have always found the works of HP Lovecraft to be fascinating. It was a little over 5 years ago, while re-reading HP Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness”, that a couple sentences stood out and created the seed that became Slumbering Oblivion.

The sentences I refer to come when Dr. William Dyer and Danforth are exploring the vast city they discovered in Antarctica. They are looking over murals that depict the distant past of the inhabitants of that city Dyer calls the Old Ones but are also known as Elder Things. He says, “They had lived under the sea a good deal, building fantastic cities and fighting terrific battles with nameless adversaries by means of intricate devices employing unknown principles of energy.” And a few sentences later, “Some of the sculptures suggested that they had passed through a stage of mechanised life on other planets…” and then finally, “The Old Ones had used curious weapons of molecular disturbance against the rebel entities, and in the end had achieved a complete victory.

This shows that the Elder Things had advanced technology and their enemies, among them being Cthulhu and his minions, must have advanced levels of technology as well. Most games dealing with the Cthulhu mythos take place in the early 1900’s and do not address any obvious advanced technology. This use of technology is an aspect that I’ve personally not seen explored in a Cthulhu themed tabletop miniatures game either. So I set out to bridge the gap between the sci-fi tabletop war games I enjoy, and the Cthulhu mythos. I’ve spent the last 5 years working on the idea in my spare time and am at a point where I would like release it to the world and find out if others find this mix of sci-fi and horror as interesting as I do.

The next step in my journey is a new line of Cthulhu inspired miniatures and with enough interest will branch out to the human army miniatures, finalized rule set and also books and possibly comics to further flesh out the background and world of Slumbering Oblivion and the inhabitants within it.

-James

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