Description: A sourcebook of sanity, insanity, therapies, asylums, and laws & procedures relating to such topics.
Taint of Madness is a long sourcebook discussing the recognizable forms of insanity, the historical treatment of the insane, how the mad or incompetent are handled, and what the legal complications of being classified insane may portend. Plenty of game-related information and suggestions are made. The Cthulhu sanity rules are modified. There are three fully-developed asylums (Bethlehem for the 1890s, Arkham Sanitarium for the 1920s, and Bellevue for the 1990s), as well as a short scenario for each. Background information includes notes for conducting psychiatric interviews, sample commitment and release papers, a glossary of psychiatric terms corrected for the era, extensive information concerning historical asylums in the US and across the globe, an annotated bibliography, and plenty of illustrations. Indexed.
This reference book is designed for use with the Call of Cthulhu horror role-playing game based in H. P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. 1st edition. Copyright 1995 Chaosium Inc.
Condition: New, old store inventory. Mild shelfwear, edge bumped along the top. Light shelfwear on cover, edges, corners, price stickers on rear cover. Interior pages are clean, no writing, top edge bumped on first 20 or so pages. Overall, this is a very nice copy. Please refer to the pictures for details.
Brand: Chaosium Inc.