Living Campaign : Introduction and Johnson’s Eatery

By Caleb Gillombardo on


Welcome to GeeklyInc’s Call of Cthulhu Living Campaign setting, New Coventry.

This Living Campaign is a series of articles where every author has an impact on the world. Articles can focus on any part of the setting, from locations to NPCs or even events. Writers can add new elements to the world or they can build upon what already has been defined. This will be a system-agnostic series, meaning that it will provide flavor and content instead of stat blocks and monster entries.

The intent of this series is to provide inspiration for home games. It will draw on foundational elements from Lovecraftian fiction as well as the horror and urban fantasy genres. The ideas presented can be utilized individually, or as a whole. As the setting develops and evolves, special articles will feature story lines within the established world. But all of the content in this series is simply fodder for additional development.

The specific boundaries and details of this campaign setting are intentionally vague. This is done so that all contributors have absolute freedom to create whatever they wish. Authors can add in any geographic details they want, from coastlines to mountains. The city itself might contain a university, manufacturing plants, shipping docks, or any number of physical locations. The general location and time frame will be the United States in the 1920s. However, the nature of this genre lends itself to a certain flexibility. Anything can, and might, happen.

And with the introduction complete…welcome to New Coventry.

Johnson’s Eatery – Location

This small-town diner sits just off the main drag in New Coventry. It’s best known for the breakfast specials that Ma Johnson serves all day long. As long as the Eatery has been around, Ma Johnson has been behind the counter, serving coffee and sharing her razor sharp wit.

Her boys, Hank and Crispin, work the grill and bus the tables. They’re quiet, hard workers. The boys are in their mid-twenties and have worked in the diner since before they were teenagers. Hank has dreams of being a writer, and spends what little free time he has in the town’s library. Crispin is much more focused on the business and is constantly trying to get his mother to upgrade and improve the restaurant.

But Ma Johnson is set in her ways and the restaurant does not suffer for it. The counter is long and sits a dozen at its stools. There are a few booths in the back and a handful of small tables scattered through the main dining area.

The restaurant is most busy at lunch. Workers from all over New Coventry cram into the Eatery, consuming patty melts, meatloaf, and cold deli sandwiches. Ma Johnson’s famous breakfast bake is served hot and fresh all day, delivering that hearty, stick to your ribs meal that keeps the population of New Coventry happy and full. Dinner is not very busy, but many people stop by for hot coffee and fresh apple pie for desert.

Ma Johnson seems to know everything that happens in New Coventry. She’s the best source for town gossip. But she also has a keen insight into all types of issues and usually offers sound advice. That advice isn’t free, but it can be bought for a meal. The one thing she won’t share, however, is her recipe book.

Johnson’s Eatery is an institution of New Coventry. Everyone is welcomed and treated equally. It’s a place to eat, socialize, and converse. Of course, if your’e not careful, someone will certainly overhear what you’re talking about. Which might not always be a good thing.

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