Lovecraft Country Online Goes Beta

BERKELEY, CA, June 29, 2005 — Country: Arkham by Night, the online game of Cthulhoid horror, has been released in an open beta by Skotos Tech, and is now available for play at

Lovecraft Country is an online prose roleplaying game, open 24x7, that allows players to become students at Miskatonic University in 1935 and explore the mysterious witch-town of Arkham. Strange dreams, blasphemous magics, clawing insanities, and forbidden tomes are just some of the things you'll find within, all simulated by fully featured game systems. Arkham is also populated with numerous, highly-interactive computer characters who can provide hints about ongoing stories and larger plots that are guided by the game staff. In addition, the setting is well-suited as a stage for players to tell their own stories.

"We're very excited to be opening the doors to our beta test," said Todd Nilson, the game's lead designer. "What we offer here is a unique opportunity to participate in a living narrative that attempts to recreate the atmosphere and visceral feel of Lovecraft's fiction. We hope that it will be a draw to role-playing enthusiasts, Lovecraft fans, and 1930s buffs as well."

The setting of Lovecraft Country: Arkham by Night is based on the popular series of supplements produced by Chaosium, detailing the cities of H.P. Lovecraft's Miskatonic Valley. Chaosium's book are, in turn, based directly on the works of Lovecraft himself.

More info on Lovecraft Country: Arkham by Night may be found at Arkham's first major event, an Alice in Wonderland themed party, is planned for this Saturday at 9pm ET.


Founded in 1999, Berkeley, California-based Skotos Tech Inc. ( is a developer and publisher of multiplayer games. Its games all center around socialization and new Internet-based communities. Other games currently published by Skotos include Castle Marrach, The Eternal City, Meridian 59: Sacred Haven, and Monsters! Monsters!: Grendel's Revenge. A group of external developers known as "The Skotos Seven" are already working on the next generation of Skotos games, including Lovecraft Country: Arkham by Night.