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Topic: Cthulhu and you
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Sep 21, 2018 06:43PM)
"That is not dead which can eternal lie,
And with strange aeons even death may die.”
The Dread Cthulhu lies dead and dreaming! Bring Eldritch Horror to your guests with the special pack for your own Cult of Cthulhu!

Perform Vince Wilson's Cthulhu Seance and dare the wrath of Elder Gods!
Learn the power of suggestion with easy steps!
Receive 5 hand aged a documents from the NECRONOMICON and learn the real history of its origins!
You also will have a letter written by your "friend" who warns you not to pursue your experiments with the writings of Abdul Alhazred!
Own the idol of the Dread Elder God CTHULHU! He oozes green slime when the seance reaches it's peak!
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!

In his house at R'lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming!

Ceremonial robes and human sacrifice not included.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Sep 21, 2018 07:32PM)
I tried to order one, but alas . . . it won't let me complete my order. After I enter my address, it won't let me choose a delivery method. :-(

"No shipping options for this location, package weight and total."
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Sep 21, 2018 08:47PM)
I have it fixed. It was settings nafu. Try now Professor!
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Sep 22, 2018 11:37AM)
Thank you! Ordered! :-D
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Nov 3, 2018 03:07PM)
It saddens me whenever I have to write a negative review, but here I am.

I was excited to order Vince Wilson's "The Curse of Cthulhu" (a.k.a., "An Ode to Lovecraft Séance") routine, especially considering the props shown that would come as part of it. So after some initial mishaps trying to use Vince's webstore, I plunked down my $110 and waited.

I received the electronic files right away, so I could read the routine. It was a nice blend of classic effects and methodologies to create a thematic routine; nothing ground-breaking, to be sure, but certainly usable. The introduction of the manuscript describes the inspiration, followed by reproductions of the pages meant to be used with instructions on how to age them. My only criticism here is the use of electronic fonts. They save time in creating props, but a practiced eye quickly picks up on the repetition, and a spectator may wonder how the writer of the Necronomicon got access to modern laser printer and a copy of Microsoft Word. When reproducing images, it's absolutely necessary to be careful regarding the resolution of the original images; anything less than 600dpi is problematic, and personally I would've redrawn the illustrations and rendered them using vector graphics, so they could be scaled without worry about aliasing (a.k.a. jagged edges). Perhaps in the dark environment of the séance room, these will pass without comment, but since I am a perfectionist, I will probably re-ink the documents to give them that necessary feeling of authenticity. Real ink on paper is never 100% opaque, and the paper used should be the best quality you can find with a high linen count for that right "feel" (unless you want to splurge for the real vellum, especially since the original source was allegedly inked onto human skin).

I won't go too much into the detail of the actual séance workings, except to say that you will need to be adept with performing a m*****'* g*** (and I recommend the method studying the technique taught by E. Raymond Carlyle, in case you want to really learn from a master). You'll also need a good set of s***** s*****. The rest of the necessary props are fairly easily obtained. The routine is simple, but should play well for your typical crowd (although some knowledge of Lovecraft and the Cthulhu mythos among your sitters will obviously greatly improve the enjoyment of such).

While I notice that this is no longer available from Vince's store, be aware that anything you order from Vince will take some time to get to you. He promises six weeks, and I got my props in five. Sadly, the props weren't properly packed in the box, so my Cthulhu idol was received damaged, with the very tips of the wings broken off. I reported this to Vince, and he told me that I should just repair them myself with some Krazy Glue. Now my aged eyes aren't so adept at making repairs on such tiny fragments, but I did my best. It will still need touch-up paint in the right colors to conceal the cracks, and to be honest, I'm not sure that I trust to use the piece in an actual performance, as I'm afraid that it will break again even under normal handling. A repaired item is never as durable as the original. Fortunately I have a 3D-printer, so I can probably just make a new one from scratch, but after forking over $110, I would have hoped that Vince would've been a little less cavalier in his customer service.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Nov 3, 2018 03:28PM)
I thought we could have had a little more back and forth on this. I suggested an easy fix and would have certainly had taken it back. But I am not making these anymore. The fix you used is perfect for resin and will last years. I'm sorry you feel this way.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Nov 3, 2018 04:55PM)
Exactly how much "back and forth" was I expected to do before this matter would have been resolved to my satisfaction? I offered to send it back so you could repair it, but instead you said that it "seems like a lot of effort. I am sure that I would not be using any skills that most 10 year old do not have." Except a 10-year old probably has better dexterity and eyesight than I do. Now I'm stuck with a damaged item that I paid full-price for with little remorse shown by the seller. If you had been my customer and had received a damaged item from me, you could be sure that I would have immediately offered to make things right, with sincerest apologies (and probably much more). But I guess you have a different interpretation of what constitutes good customer service than I do. Caveat emptor.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Nov 3, 2018 04:57PM)
No, I said I would have fixed it like that. I compared myself to a ten year old. Oh my. I'm so sorry you're this upset. Never my intention my friend.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Nov 3, 2018 04:59PM)
I have continued to apologize and attempt make amends.
Message: Posted by: viktorbc (Nov 3, 2018 04:59PM)
Sorry again.😢
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Nov 3, 2018 05:28PM)
A single "I'm sorry you feel that way" sent via e-mail hardly constitutes continuous apologies and attempts to make amends in my book. But whatever . . .

I'm done with this now.