So I decided to make a game set at Osthachai University about being either a student or a professor for a full term there. Seeing as there isn’t many games set at an actual university! I hope you all enjoy what I wrote so far and I will continue to update it over the next few months!
Fun fact: I wanted to call it Voyage of the Eldritch Mind, but I decided it sounded better as Voyage of the Eldritch! Hence why the title slightly changed over time…
Voyage of the Eldritch officially has its own page now!
Potentially interesting, though right now we don’t have much to chew on. That being said, I’d be curious to see how a Lovecraft-inspired game would fare.
That’s because I’m only just starting on it, more will come over the following months!
Well… Seeing that we can only customise our MC, as it is, I’d say that this looks like it belongs more in the interest check thread than here. I understand the excitement to share what you have, but you’d get much more feedback and interest if there’s something substantial, at least, for readers.
That said - what ideas for the plot do you have in mind? If we’re in an eldritch university, are we human? What are we studying? What’s the MC’s goal?
And one important question!!
Are you planning to publish this game? I’m unfamiliar with Lovecraft but a quick Google search reveals that Miskatonic University is a ‘real’ name in this fictional verse. This may infringe on copyright issues.
I guess that means I’ll have to change the name of the university then… And I’m not planning on publishing this game yet, this is an early draft.
Of course! I was talking about in the future when you finish this book and yes changing the name will be the best idea!
The new name of the university is Osthachai. Future classes will involve: Stargazing, Anatomy for Beginners, Extracirrular Biology and… Tea-reading classes led by Professor Ennui.
Basically the main goal is to master the arts and to expand your knowledge of the forbidden lore in Ostachai University, and also befriending strange beasties from beyond the Void. Currently the MC is human, but future classes will involve changing your being to something weird and not of this world… at a high cost!
You wear a jacket! They look snazzy, but do you wear anything else?
I’m assuming there will be more customization after that line right ? otherwise…OMGWEGOINGTOSCHOOLINPJ!
if it does happen…I want Bunnies slipper ! and bunnie flip flop! Greeen ones pretty plz! lol
but that line at the end…it break the heart…
Upcoming text for the next chapter…
You soon arrive at the Osthachai university after some time. There are students milling around everywhere and you bump into various professors and some strange slithering tentacles that spawn from the depths of the earth. Sometimes you hear a weird breathing sound as if a gush of wind blew out of nowhere. You shudder and continue onwards on your current quest to find yourself staring at a slate-clean noticeboard that states the following query:
Current Schedule for (day):
8 pm- “Xenocryptology (Histories/mysteries)”. by Professor L. Therus
11 pm- “Anatomy for Beginners (Biology).” by Professor R. Van-Dyke
1 pm- Lunch break
2 pm- “Mapping the Cosmos (Stargazing).” by Professor C. Cyrano
5 pm- “Studying the Small (Microbiology).” by Professor Mycro Scorpio
As you mull over the class schedules, you hear someone clear their throat. A highly strung Professor glares at you through pointed glasses. “A-ah, Professor, I didn’t see you-” “There, yes I know.” replied the new Professor, preening his snow-white hair while fingering his golden badge proclaiming his name in bright shiny letters. You see a glimpse of an L there and decided to question what the ‘L’ stands for.
“The L stands for Leonidas,” snorts Prof. Therus, “Plus I decided to expand my knowledge of the parallel worlds that encircle our current dimension as it is,” You could only stand there with a stunned expression as the Professor smiles conspiratorally while holding a few books in the palm of his hand. You can definitely see the smile on his smug face widen as if he was pondering torturing you with another question or two…
“In fact, I’ll give you a pop-quiz while I’m at it, how many dimensions consist of our reality as it is?”
the…uh…spoiler tag aint working
so…each class is 2h ??? Get aspirin…
are all the teacher dudes ?
I want a teacher like this lady
Well, the Professor of the tea-ceremony class will be right up your alley then!
tea-ceremony? omg…read that like 'tea-class*…my cue to bolt and run away
so question : what you posted above ? thats the upcoming thing for next chapter right ? but there is stuff before that no ?
I mean…we arent jumping from ‘wake up…customize…oh now you are walking around’ ?
Lunch break gonna be my favorite class…lol…kidding! Stargazing I guess…all the other class wouldn’t be to my taste in real life lol .
Does anyone actually hold a copyright on Lovecraft’s setting?
A quick web search indicates that all Lovecraft’s pre-1923 works are known to be public domain now. That is to say, not copyrighted anymore. There seem to be a few claims that his later works could have had their copyrights renewed, but no known evidence such renewals actually occurred.
That said, it seems Miskatonic University was introduced in a 1922 work.
I should point out, of course, that while books can be copyrighted, names of characters or places within those books can only be trademarked, not copyrighted… and from there, I need to point out there’s a game titled The Miskatonic, released in July of this year, set in Miskatonic University. You might run into their trademarks, even if you won’t run into Lovecraft’s own.
I think this is a error though it may just be the end of the demo just thought I’d let you know.
I am fixing it at the moment. Stay tuned for more future updates.
I fixed the error just now, but you’ll need to wait for more course updates, of course. (Sorry for the bad puns)