Ritualised Reality Cops

As far as gaming industry figures go, Mike Nystul has had a chequered history. It’s him that the spell Nystul’s Magic Aura in D&D is named after, and his career has spanned writing reasonably well-received material for Fantasy Hero in the 1980s to courting serious controversy through his management of his Kickstarter projects in recent history.

At some point in between these extremes you had the 1990s, with their fascination with modern-day settings, dark horror, grossout splatterpunk, PCs-as-monsters and occult weirdness. You cannot say Nystul didn’t tap into the zeitgeist, for one particular game line he started back then managed a unique combination of all those features.

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