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On My Shelf: Refractions of Glasston

On My Shelf: Refractions of Glasston

On My Shelf: Refractions of Glasston

The feelings that flood over you when you open the box for your first published book, that you worked on from idea genesis to publication, are like no other. Pulling it out of the box and holding the book in your hand, realizing the book can exist on your shelves. Flipping through the book and reflecting on all the time and creative effort put into the project. I am still in awe of what the students and I accomplished in one semester of Tabletop Game Writing Lab to produce Refractions of Glasston. Not only is the PDF out there, but now a physical book is out there in the wild for others to enjoy and put on their game shelves. If you want to see the book in more detail you can access it here or watch an unboxing video a fan made.

My copy of Refractions of Glasston
Amazing to be holding a copy of a book my students and I published from start to finish.

A 1920s horror scenario tempered in northern Indiana.

Elias Taylor Winters, the CEO of TWJ Co., discovered a secret to the glass-making process that finally put him above his long-standing competition: Ball Glass. Shattering expectations for such a small company in rural Indiana, Winters has put Glasston on the map. The town and its economy are booming. But not everything in Glasston is as it should be…

Refractions of Glasston is a standalone scenario for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. It takes place in a rural town in northwest Indiana, set in the 1920s. Inside you’ll find:
* A thrilling mystery surrounding the town of Glasston, fueled by intrigue and disturbing encounters.
* A history of Indiana that will prepare Keepers for running a scenario in such an atypical setting.
* Hooks for incorporating local cryptids or real-life occurrences into the scenario.
* Multiple endings and ways to continue the adventure for investigation addicts. 

Refractions of Glasston is the result of a creative collaboration between the Professional Writing major at Taylor University, Upland IN and Chaosium Inc. The creators are all students at Taylor University. Though many of the team are members of the Professional Writing major, this is their first foray into the world of RPG writing. With help and advice provided by Chaosium’s Mike Mason and Lynne Hardy, these writers, editors, and RPG enthusiasts set out to create a unique adventure for Call of Cthulhu fans to enjoy.

This is a very personal On My Shelf this time. The first time I have included a book I help publish from start to finish. I have worked on many books as an editor, proofreader, or indexer. but this is the first book I have ever been involved in the creation and publication of. Have you ever published a book of your own? How did it feel the first time you saw that book?

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