A huge, heartfelt thanks to all the folks who palpated their imagination glands and contributed to the first issue of UNDERWORLD LORE. Working with you guys and gals is like being a part of my own Lovecraft Circle -- and I guess that would make Matthew Schmeer our official HPL -- that man's creative output is truly Cyclopean!
Truth: I have struggled with the task of collating and laying out PETTY GODS. As time goes by and this great material continues to collect dust, my guilt grows. This is a problem that I am actively using UNDERWORLD LORE to address. By serializing the Gods in each issue, I get to share the great writing and art and (by extension) HUGE FUCKING GOD-MONSTERS with you all.
Q: What's in store for UNDERWORLD LORE?
A: After issue #2 we'll be dedicating each issue to a particular theme (see below). If you've got input and/or material in mind that you'd like to share in the zine, contact me [flowthrake AT gmail DOT com] and we'll figure it out together. Each issue will come packed with at least one D30 table -- both new stuff and projects that we've put together through this blog already. I don't care if you're one of these sad sacks who say they're sick of tables -- You obviously haven't seen the sick stuff we're packing into UNDERWORLD LORE, where each entry is a revelation unto itself. And that kind of sums up what we're doing: Taking tried-and-true formats and illuminating them like monks tripping on LSA-drenched baked goods. It's not
always ever going to be pretty. If you want sterilized and proper PG-rated RPG products, there are plenty of options out there. UNDERWORLD LORE isn't afraid of a little potty humor or Satanic Panic. In fact, we kind of like that stuff.
UL ISSUE THEMES:
- #3 is the Hyborian Issue. Includes James Mishler's masterful write-up for CROM, god of the mountain; some monsters inspired by the writings of Robert E. Howard; random breast-size generation chart inspired by Dave Hargrave (male and female versions!); an article on the Chainmail Bikini as practical dungeon-gear; and more!
- #4 is the Occult Issue. New spells from hag-magic to reality-alteration; sources of Magical Power; rules for wizard-cults (coteries); some PETTY GODS of magic; and (you guessed it) more!
- #5 is open for suggestions!
- #6 is the Vancian Issue 
- #7 is the Dunsanian Issue 
Here's a sneak-peak at the cover for Issue #2: