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"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown"
H. P. Lovecraft
Perhaps the most famous quote from Lovecraft. But who was he and why am I talking about it on a games website? Those who know the answer will probably smile in front of the screens (stupid question!), But those who don't, I'll open their eyes now because something is going on! Something that's not of this world!
The word "horror" means "fear, shock". It is a tingling, uncomfortable, desperate feeling that can penetrate our belly. This effect is not easy to achieve, but the more memorable moments remain. Dreaded from simple poems, narratives, short stories, nowadays it infects movies, music, video games and board games. The creator of the genre is a well-known and acclaimed author: Edgar A. Poe.
It's hard not to mention these two names on one page. The creator of horror was Edgar A. Poe, and the creator of modern horror, H. P. Lovecraft, who broke the fears of fashionable satanists, demons, serial killers at that time, and turned his gaze toward the sky. But he did not see angels on the dark and cold stars of the cosmos, but much, much more terrible!
"Nor is it to be thought (...) that man is either the oldest or the last of earth's masters, or that the common bulk of life and substance walks alone. The Old Ones were, the Old Ones are, and the Old Ones shall be."
The dark literature of Lovecraft H. shows how insignificant and vulnerable beings we are in the universe. According to him, powerful, unimaginable powers, beings who existed long before the creation of the earth or the galaxy, are just waiting for their time to come and reclaim what they had for millions of years ago! These intergalactic beings are called immeasurable elders. They live in other dimensions or hide from the curious eyes, but still have an impact on our present plane. Unfortunately, no positive effect!
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die."
We do not know for sure that Lovecraft, from the very beginning, designed his works for a common universe, or just a crowd of enthusiasts brought together a lot of short stories, but nowadays we refer to his legacy as the Cthulhu mythos!
Cthulhu! K-tu-lu! Cs-hu-lu! Cs-hul-hu! Senki nem tudja helyesen kiejteni. Gyakorlatilag nem is lehetünk rá képesek. Ez egy idegen név amit nem emberi szájra terveztek. Az ősi vének és az idegen világok nevei mind hasonló, kimondhatatlan szavak, melyek célja, hogy pusztán csak az elolvasásuk félelmet ültessen az emberek elméjébe. Yog-sothoth, a kapu őre, Shub-Niggurath, a fekete erdő groteszk kecskéje, Azathoth, a galaxis tudatlan szultánja, és még sorolhatnám. Mindannyiuk története különbözik, de vannak közös pontok. A Miskatonic egyetem több helyen is feltűnik, és a jófiúkat hivatottak jelképezni, akik kutatják ezeket a lényeket, és próbálják távol tartani őket a világunktól. Az Arkhami intézet is Lovecraft elméjéből származik, ez az a hely ahová azokat zárják, akik túl sokat tudtak meg a másik világokról, és beleőrültek!
Cthulhu! K-tu-lu! Chu-hu-lu! Chew-hul-lu! No one can pronounce correctly. We can't do it practically. This is a foreign name that was not designed for human mouth. The names of the ancient elders and the alien worlds are all similar, unspeakable words, which are intended only to read their minds into the minds of men. Yog-sothoth, the guard of the gate, Shub-Niggurath, the grotesque goat of the black forest, Azathoth, the ignorant sultan of the galaxy, and I could still list. They all have a different story, but there are common points. The Miskatonic University appears in several places and is meant to represent the good guys who are searching for these creatures and trying to keep them away from our world. The Arkhami Institute also comes from Lovecraft's mind, a place where those who know too much about the other worlds are locked up and are crazy!
"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age."
Cthulhu, the best-known old man of the myth. Maybe because it is most recognizable. Most elders exist in form or in multiple forms. There is one, just a big mass of tentacle. But Cthulhu's specific features are the huge dragon-like wings, the fleshy human body, and the iconic octopus! Cthulhu, the great dreamer who spreads the seeds of dread in our dreams, nourishing visions and visions into our dormant minds, thus acquiring followers who, in a sect, prepare everything that the stars stand for, awakens the enormous elder from his underwater coffin to take over!
Don't you find this an amazing concept for a board game?
"the world is indeed comic, but the joke is on mankind."
H. P. Lovecraft, a decisive writer of the horror literature of the 20th century, whose work and life-style influenced all the great horror creators living today, in a direct or indirect way! Undoubtedly one of the greatest genre creators within the genre. His work inspired dozens of board games through Arkham Horror to the latest Mansions of Madness 2nd edition. Hundreds of thousands of people wanted to experience the blood-freezing adventures of the heroes of the short stories. Feeling insignificant in the galaxy or the enormous and overwhelming power of the immeasurable elders! The sense of shock and shock caused by awe-inspiring truth, after which a man can perform in a mental hospital if he is not careful. Discovering and learning about unknown dimensions, or the bitter fight with monsters!
The world of board games gives you the opportunity to experience these adventures, and with the right mind we can feel the horrors that threaten our world!
"And the morning mist still carries dreams of the sea to the Kingsport cliffs and makes them the rim of all the world, beyond which the solemn buoys seem to toll in the aether of faery."
Why did I share this with you? Because something's going on! And if they want the stars, it will come unstoppable!
*quotes by H. P. Lovecraft
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Translation based on: Howard Phillips Lovecraft - Irodalmi munkásság ismertető Ottótól (2019.01.01)
Translation: Google Translate (Google Translate website)
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