Miskatonic University: The University Guidebook

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This article is about the first Call of Cthulhu supplement. For other uses of Miskatonic University, please see Miskatonic University (Disambiguation).


Front Cover

Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 2352

Publishing Year: 1995

Pages: 76

Cover Price: $10.95

Author(s): Sandy Antunes

Artist(s): Paul P. Hansen, Earl Geier, Lillian Butler (maps)

Setting(s): 1920s

Format(s): Softcover and Scanned/OCR PDF

ISBN: 1-56882-033-X


This book describes Miskatonic University as a detailed setting for Call of Cthulhu.

The material in this book is new, although care was taken to ensure consistency with the earlier Chaosium depiction of Miskatonic University in Arkham Unveiled.

The book is divided into sections:

  • Foreword
  • Welcome to the University
    • Invocation and Welcome
    • Origins of the University
    • Who Am I?
    • Roles for Investigators
  • Exploring the Campus
    • Main Campus
    • West Campus
    • South Campus
    • St. Mary's Teaching Hospital
    • Nooks and Crannies
    • Chapels
    • the Stadium
    • the Tunnels
    • About Arkham
    • Campus Map
  • The Library and Exhibit Museum
    • The Library
    • Permanent Guests
    • Special Collections
    • Awarenes of the Mythos
    • Holdings
    • the Exhibit Museum
    • the Vault
    • Departmental Exhibits
    • Library Map
  • M.U. by Department
    • Ancient History to Zoology
    • University Professors Program
    • Maritime Semester
    • Basic Studies
    • Class Schedules
    • Core Curriculum
    • Courseload and Workload
    • Improving Skills
    • Sample Courses
  • Administrative Trivia
    • Entrance Requirements
    • Yearly Schedule
    • Administrative Expenses and Income
    • Academic Achievement
    • Financial Aid
    • Campus Crime
    • Housing
    • University Dining
    • Miskatonic Directory
  • People at M.U.
    • People at a University
    • Students at M.U.
    • A Professor Is ...
    • Deans
    • To and Fro
    • Miskatonic People-Maker
  • social Life
    • The University Players
    • Music
    • Sports
    • Homecoming
    • the School Paper
    • Student Government
    • Student Groups and Local Clubs
    • Fraternities and Sororities
    • Meetings and Convocations
    • Secret Societies
  • In and Out of The Academic World
    • Graduation and Commencement
    • University Support
    • Obligations
    • Benefits
    • How Investigators Survive
    • Insanity in Academia
    • Secrecy in Academia
  • It's the End of the World As We Know It
    • 13 Scenario Seeds
    • Fail-safes and the Fall of M.U.
    • Using Lovecraft
    • Lovecraft References to M.U.
    • M.U. in Other Eras
    • Final Remarks
  • Index
  • Handouts (consisting of a "Student Card" template, a "Library Card" template, an "Alumnus Card" template, and a blank "Visitors Library Pass").

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Welcome To The University

<University Seal>

The world sees Miskatonic University as a solid New England institution. Its professors and departments are on par with those of any Ivy League school, among the best in the nation.

Founded posthumously in 1765 by seacaptain Jeremiah Orne, Miskatonic University grew from the acquired assets, and debts, of ailing Arkham College. Orne laid claim to the older 1690 institute which he (from beyond the grave) invigorated with new life.

He had accumulated many books and curious objects during his voyages along the eastern seaboard and to the Caribbean and South America. His curiosities were to stock a museum; his money funded a college; his books became its library.

MISKATONIC UNIVERSITY provides a coherent setting and background for running investigations using the CALL OF CTHULHU roleplaying rules. Chapters include Welcome To The University, Exploring the Campus, The Library and Exhibit Museum, M.U. By Department, Administrative Trivia, People At M.U., Social Life, In An Out Of The Academic World, and It's The End Of The World As We Know It. It also features a complete index, and an array of handouts.


Where Science Meets The Mythos

Comments / Trivia

The content in this book was later substantially revised, expanded and republished as Miskatonic University (Supplement) in 2005.

Sandy Antunes runs www.RPG.net


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