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Clifford the Red
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One of the things that lends authenticity to Bizarre presentations are items that can be shared and handled that support your wild assertions Smile

I picked up an interesting book today by the author of the Griffin and Sabine tales (books filled with authentic looking letters and postcards, postmarked and all, that tell a story of their relationship through the reading of their communications). The author wrote a great book on the method and creative ideas for creating your own authentic looking documents, old photos, old books and ephemera. It is full of stuff to get your imagination going. It is called:

Urgent: 2nd Class - Creating Collage, Dubious Documents and other Art from Ephemera by Nick Bantock

Seen at Amazon here:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det......;s=books

Check it out and you'll be producing strange and exotic documents that would even convince Dan Rather.
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Just ordered it. Great for those old Miskatonic library pieces.

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Add that tot hte Cthulu lives CD for old telegrams, id's and such and look out!
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Heres's addy for you.
There are download samples that will be of use!

http://www.cthulhulives.org/toybox/PROPDOCS/PropDocs.html


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Mark Rough
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Thanks Magickman, there are some great free fonts there as well.

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Magickman
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Mark,
I bought the cd and Im very happy with what I got!
Old passports, diplomas, Toe tags, Nice stuff! My favorite is the western union telegram. It's nice to add a letter from a museum to add to a props authenticity!

Magickman
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What he has yet to learn he calls Magick
Both are real!

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I bought the Chtulhu props CD some times ago and I'm also delighted by the material.
Especially the material to create Miskatonic Library books.
Another way to "do" old documents is simply to buy real old documents, and figure out how to use them in actual stories/routines.
Clifford the Red
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Very cool! I just picked up the Cthulu CD, thanks for the links. I was surfing around that site and saw -

A Shoggoth on the Roof, a Lovecraftian Musical!
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Kephri
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Thanks for the link!
A CD is on its way here also.

You find the Nick Bantock site here:
(i.e. the author to "Griffin & Sabine"
and "Urgent: 2nd class")

http://www.fan-dango.com/

There is also a special line of rubber stamps
of his art, which you find here:

http://www.limitededitionrs.com


All the Best

Magnus
Clifford the Red
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Oh ***! You had to post that didn't you!!

*&@*#, where is my credit card...
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Kephri
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Yes, could hardly resist...
as this is "Magicians helping Magicians" Smile

Buy one of Bantock's original at the same
time before you loose the credit card again Smile Smile Smile
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Okay, I've now officially lost two hours of my life to this cthulu site. On an up note, I scored "maniac" on the Sanitest. . .

Seriously, there's a bunch of fun stuff there.

Mark
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An amusing service I tripped over recently which may be of some use for creating dated telegrams is Retrogram.

The base service is through their website, where a text message entered on a form is made to look authentic and delivered by email in a PDF. For $$$, they will print and mail, or even send an actual courier to your recipient.

www.retro-gram.com
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Great links with lots of potential. Thanks for pointing them out.
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I just checked out the retrogram site and it is full of potential. A little editing in photoshop and you can get these things to look very good. I would suggest typing a new date (i.e. 10NOV28 instead of today's date) you can simply cut and paste the new date into place. Also, you would need to remove the references to the website and age the paper, but you can make some pretty realistic looking documents.
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The retrogram site is a shoot off of the Cthulu folks if I recall, the nice thing about the Cthulu CD is the telegram, and many of the other items are PDF with text entering boxes, the fonts are already set so you can type the info as it iwere from the 20's, there are even a number of handy helps to get things looking right, like date formats, etc.
They also have a font pack, a few free ones on the site, and a whole bunch on the font cd-rom!
(We have a game in two weeks and I have a big bundle of props for the players to use!! too much fun!)
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This topic is realy intresting!
This is my contribution. Help to create scrapbook:
http://www.7gypsies.com/index.php
"Bon voyage" to explor this site!
Clifford the Red
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There have been a lot of great resources here! Keep a watch on http://www.cthulhulives.org/ as they had a contest on creating pages/art for a Necronomicon and will probably release a CD with PDFs that will enable one to print, age and bind their own!

Also on http://www.dragonskull.co.uk/artsandcrafts.htm there are detailed lessons on creating all sorts of things!
"The universe is full of magical things, waiting for our wits to grow sharper." Eden Philpotts
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I ordered the cthulhulives CD the day before
yesterday and got it in the post this morning,
that to me is REAL magic Smile Smile Smile
kaytracy
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A most pleasant surprise on the cd is a nice little book- the one from practical magick- It seems that Mr. Lehman was the creator, and he shares the pages and graphics with us on the CD!
To me, that alone makes the thing more than worth the price!!
Kay and Tory
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