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De Profundis

You may recall mention of De Profundis previously once or twice. Not only did I review this game back around ALA’s National Game Day 2011, but there’s also a review by T Polyphilus for the Reading Room in 2012 as well, so please do take a gander at those if you hadn’t already.

Well, I’ve tossed around the idea, which I mention in passing in my review, of doing something to create a website to present the record of an ongoing session; and, I’ve put this together and think it’s ready enough to mention now. So, you may be interested in perusing De Profundis presented by the Hermetic Library, an online record of an ongoing correspondence-based psychodrama.


De Profundis is an online record of an ongoing correspondence-based psychodrama

 

I don’t really know where this will go or if anyone else will be interested in playing along, but given the scope of the library itself, and the Reading Room and Cadaver Synod sections, it seems like a correspondence-based esoteric and occult collaborative fiction might be something that will be fun to do that combines with other things, and entertaining for those who just want to follow along.

In the back of my mind, I can imagine various other ways this might weave into the existing library activities, such as perhaps images from the visual pool, letters and items in the cache of the Postal Potlatch, and so forth, may appear in or inspire parts of the ongoing drama … maybe. Who knows?

Anyhow, it’s a thing. What kind of thing remains to be seen, but it is a thing. And, maybe that thing will turn into a bigger thing? Check out De Profundis presented by the Hermetic Library, if you like. Follow along, if you’re entertained. Perhaps pick up a copy of the book, read through it; and join in, if you are reckless and bold enough!

Two weeks until the Postal Potlatch participation deadline on Apr 1st

Just two weeks are left until the Eclectic, Esoteric Postal Potlatch participation deadline on April 1st for people to get me things that I’ll send out shortly thereafter to participants, and to get on board as either a supporter or subscribing supporter for extra fun.

Eclectic Esoteric Postal Potlatch

Here’s the simplest explanation of what I’m thinking: If people send me things then I’ll send them things. What arrives and what is sent would be up to those involved. I would never sell or reveal the participant list, but would use addresses of participants to merely to send occasional envelopes or packages as part of announced Postal Potlatch events. There would be two ways to get on the participant list, but this would be completely open to individuals, music groups, publishers, and so on:

  • First, and simplest, is to send something in; For those sending things in, something reciprocal would be sent in return, so include a SASE I can fill with equivalent but different things.
  • Second, and really great, is to become a supporter of the library. For one-time supporters, depending on how much postage their donation reasonably allowed beyond helping with hosting the site, other expenses, & c., I will send a package as part of the next announced Postal Potlatch event. For supporters who subscribe, I will also occasionally and irregularly send something else fun from the supplies donated and gathered. (Being a subscribing supporter also includes other great benefits, such as gratis codes for digital downloads of new Hermetic Library Albums!)

Head over to the Postal Potlatch page for the current mailing address you can use to send things, if you want to participate; or where, you know, you can send stuff even if you don’t want to get something in return. Let’s have some fun!

Eclectic Esoteric Postal Potlatch participation deadline on April 1st

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about the Postal Potlatch, but it’s time to announce another round. April 1st is the deadline for people to get me things that I’ll send out shortly thereafter to participants, and to get on board as either a supporter or subscribing supporter for extra fun.

Eclectic Esoteric Postal Potlatch

Here’s the simplest explanation of what I’m thinking: If people send me things then I’ll send them things. What arrives and what is sent would be up to those involved. I would never sell or reveal the participant list, but would use addresses of participants to merely to send occasional envelopes or packages as part of announced Postal Potlatch events. There would be two ways to get on the participant list, but this would be completely open to individuals, music groups, publishers, and so on:

  • First, and simplest, is to send something in; For those sending things in, something reciprocal would be sent in return, so include a SASE I can fill with equivalent but different things.
  • Second, and really great, is to become a supporter of the library. For one-time supporters, depending on how much postage their donation reasonably allowed beyond helping with hosting the site, other expenses, & c., I will send a package as part of the next announced Postal Potlatch event. For supporters who subscribe, I will also occasionally and irregularly send something else fun from the supplies donated and gathered. (Being a subscribing supporter also includes other great benefits, such as gratis codes for digital downloads of new Hermetic Library Albums!)

Really the variety of interesting tchotchkes people send in is limited pretty much only by their imaginations and my ability to post those imaginations back to others. But, really, who knows what fun we might generate with this? Let’s turn my office into an homage to what Archee McPhee’s would be if they were dabbling in the dark and esoteric arts!

So, one who is participating might variously send in and get things in return like:

 

Eclectic Esoteric Postal Potlatch tchotchkes
Eclectic, Esoteric Postal Potlatch Tchotchkes

 

bookmarks

stickers

mix tapes

CDs

used books

rituals, poetry, essays

booklets, brochures, flyers

…!?

I’m not looking to have sent to me or to resend things that evoke the black helicopters, SWAT teams or HAZMAT teams; but, just about anything else that the postal system will deliver could be part of this.

What do you think? Send me an email with comments or questions via the librarian alias. Or, better, why not go ahead an send me things via post which I can send to other people and then send me an email letting me know you’ve got something you’re contributing? If you’re really looking to help make this happen, why not sent me things to distribute and also become a supporter of the library and give me your postal address in the comments field so I can send things to you?

Feel free to send emails with any thoughts, but consider sharing postal packages with interesting or random esoteric things to get this going. Head over to the Postal Potlatch page for the current mailing address you can use to send things, if you want to participate; or where, you know, you can send stuff even if you don’t want to get something in return. Let’s have some fun!