Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Awoke from a nightmare

"The basis of all true cosmic horror is violation of the order of nature, and the profoundest violations are always the least concrete and describable." 
~ H.P. Lovecraft

Early this morning, I had this really weird dream.  It was kind of neat, but also unsettling.  That's why I classify it as a nightmare. 

My wife asked what it was about after breakfast, but it was difficult to put into words.  So, I thought I'd blog about it...

In the dream, I was watching (but also not watching, it was real) an episode of The Twilight Zone.  Now, in the dream I had the same memories and experiences as my waking self.  I've seen all The Twilight Zone episodes.

But somehow what I was watching or experiencing knew that and decided to change things, going off-script.  It was aware of me and had an intelligence and will.  There was definitely a force beyond what I would call objective reality.

It gets fuzzy here, but I think there were things behind masks and efforts to turn animate objects (such as myself) into inanimate objects.  The imagery was surreal and scary; I was fascinated as I was frightened.  It was all very "cosmic horror".

And then I woke up.  Not really much to tell besides that.  Maybe, after some thinking, I can turn some of those esoteric feelings into RPG inspiration.  We'll see...


p.s. Sadly, I decided to let go of Draconic Magazine.  It was a fun place to post ideas before they made their way into my scenarios.  But now, it's gone.


  1. Sorry to hear about Draconic Magazine's end. I enjoyed it greatly, been watching inappropriate character. I have to say that I both admire you and your work, beyond RPG. I play all of your titles and have sat at your table a couple of times for some at Gamehole and GaryCon. Draconic had some really cool random tables and other content I used for my own games. So you hung up the towel, and may hang other towels up as well. I was getting upset about the lampooning of some of my RPG heroes like Frank Mentzer at Your dungeon sucks after I came to find it within a mention of the now defunct "Your RPG sucks" but, I take that's what the author intended was for me to need rage a bit. It probably feeds power to their homeworld. I know the truth and that's all that matters.

    1. Thanks for the comment, hoss! Glad you enjoyed Inappropriate Characters, and thanks for being a player in my con games.

      Yes, it's bitter-sweet to see Draconic Magazine go away. Almost everything on there went directly into a supplement, adventure, or guidebook. So, nothing essential was lost.

      While I don't have anything to do with RPG troll blogs like Your Dungeon Is Suck or Your RPG Sucks, I also try to see the humor in things. ;)