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Each issue Close Encounters of the of Cthulhu, Chill and other systems will 8. ..........................Iberia
9. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Central Mediterranean
Random Kind (CERK) features random
encounter/euent tables which the Game
Master can simply drop into his current
not feel left out.
As a bonus, we commissioned Ron
Jacobs to produce a treasure map for the
10. ............Greece and the Aegean
11. . . . . . . . . . ..AnatoWSovietArmenia
i1
mmpaign. I will try to cover various gen- lost Tomb of Turases 1.The GM can 12. .........................Egypt
res of gaming and keep the information detail and equip the ruins to suit the feel of 13. . . . . . . . . ..Mex,~~tamia/Arabia Gulf
generic enough to be used with any sys- hi campaign. 14. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Syria/Palestine
tem. Readers are encouraged to con- 15. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .India
.
tribute to this column or suggest ideas Using the Tables. '
16. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South
. East Asii
and topics forkture tables. I decided from the outset to keep things 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .North
. America
simple. The following tables allow the GM 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M
. merica
reetings! This issue's installment of 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .South
.
G CERK is a little different. I've become
in enthralled with West End Games'
new role-playing game, The World of
to instantly roll a few dice to determine what
part of the world and what particular in or
ancient site to place his next adventure.
If the results do not appeal to you, sim- Ahi~a[lDSl
America
20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Undersea

Indiana Jones. Indy is part of their new ply ignore the results and roll again. Alterna-
MasterBook series of role-playing settings. tively, of course, the GM can use the tables 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Olduvai Gorge
Here's one movie tie-in worthy of the effort. as a handy reference of ancient sites. I've 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Olorgesailie
I could hardly wait to crack the box and left it up to the GM research the ancient 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .KalarnboFalls
begin e x p l o ~ gfabulous ruins while Nazis sites. Any decent library will have a horde of 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Ife
followed close on my heels. books on any of the sites I've listed and can 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Zimbabwe
So far, West End Games has only provide much more detail and background 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tassili n'Ajjer
released the basic game and the first supple- then I could ever hope to do so here. 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Drakenskq
ment, Rising Sun,which takes lndy to the One word of note - if any of you are 8. ............ .King Solomon's Mines*
land of the orient. inspired by these tables and actually gener-
I only have one complaint, however. The ate adventures from them, send them on in British Isles [imq
books are almost completely devoid of any and we will consider publishing them.
1. ...................Creswell Crags
material on ancient i ins or tombs in which 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Cheddar
. Gorge
the characters can don their pith helmets Myth and Magic 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Grime's Graves
and khakis and get down to some serious While the following tables were based on 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..He& Pegler's Tump
dungeon crawling. actual locales, what fun would it be if there 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Awbruy D i d
West End Games has an excellent track weren't at least a few legendary sites or 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stonehenge D i d
record for supporting their game lines so - relics? Throughout the tables you will notice 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Maiden Castle
I'm quite certaii such material is forthcom listing with an asterisk ('). These denote
ing. But what to do in the mean time? mythical sites or relia such as King Arthur's 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .King ArthwUTs
Tomb'.
My major in college was Anthropology tomb, the ruins of Noah's Ark, etc.
and Classical Culture so my personal libraty France [iosl
is predominantly books on culture and Geographical Region [iozol 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Les Eyzies
archaeology. lnspired by need, I set about to 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Africa
. 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lascaux
compile a lit of ancient sites and ruins wor- 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .British
. Isles 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .La Hougue Bie
thy of any intrepid explorer. 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .France
. 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Gaw3inii
.
While the following random tables were 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gemany 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Grottedes Fe'm
written with Indiana Jones in mind, the 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Netherlands
. 6. . . . . . . . . . . .Carnac and Lounariaquer
tables will be of use to virtually any gameset- 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Scandinavia 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .vix
.
ting set in the real world. Thus fans of Call 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Eastem Europe 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Underground Parii*

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Germany 11w
1. . . . . . . . . .Weinberghohlen bei Mauem 5. .....................Beycesultan
2. . . . . . . . . . . . ..Rijckholt-Sint Geemwid 6. ..... :. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Alaca Hiiyiik
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Toterfout-Halve Mijl 7. ........................Yazilikaya
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..The ~eune6urg 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Boghazkoy
5. . .Hitler3sEagles Nest (hey, could be fun)
6. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Charlemagne'~To&
Scandinavia 11w1
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Rock Scribings
2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Megalithic Tombs South East Asia 11~61 .:I
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Lindholm Hnje
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..TreUeborg 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Kamak
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Pan-p'ots'un?,'
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Anyan$t
Eastern Europe IIDSI
5. ..................Westem Thebes
6. ....................... .Abydos
2.
3.
4.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Great Wall of China..
. . . . . . . . . . . ..NonakadoStone Circle ;
.
1.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mezhirich
- . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..KamnoVo
7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..El-Amama 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tom ;:
2. 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tanis 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Ishibutai Kofw .)
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Stara
. 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Abu
. Simbel
4. . . . . . . . . ..Kuiavian Megalithic Tomb 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . .... .Edh
r..
5.. . . . . . . . . . . .:.. . . . . . .Biskupin 11. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Denden North America IIDSI t
6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Zavist 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Aswan 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . .Desert Caves (Arizona) 1
7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Nqwa Slupia 2. ................. .Adena-Hopedl ;

.
13. ........................Senma
8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Sarmuegethusa 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..s-
Iberia (Spain) 11061
14. . . . . . . . . . . . . .:. . . . . . . . ..Kerma
15. ........................Meroe
16. ........................ .Luxor
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mesa Verde
5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Pueblo Bonito i
.5
1. . . . . . . . . . .Altamira/Cantabrian Caves 17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Philae 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Bandeher
2. . . . . . . . . . . . . .. L a MillaresEI Argar 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Valley of the Kings 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Huff Village
3. . . . . . . . ..Lower Tagus (Early Iron A*) 19. . . . . . . . . . . . ..Libmy of Alexandria* 8. ................Viking Settlemento 5 .
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tartessus 20. . . .Lost Tomb of Tumses Ill* (see map)
5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..UUastret
6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Citania of Briteiros ~esopotami&/ArabiiGulf 110201
I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Eridu
Mesoamerica ~ioiol
1.
2.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Teotihuacan :
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Choluk .Y.
i
Central Mediterranean 1io101 2. .......................... U d 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Monte Alban ~
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grotta Addaura 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ur
. 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mitla :
2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Matera 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Nippur 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ......cOm:
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Val Comnica 5. .......................... .Kish 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..El Taihuanaw
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Castello di Lipari 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Man
. 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .T.& l
5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pantalica 7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Babylon 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..TendtitIan
6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Gola del Sentino 8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tell H a d 9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..La Quemada ..
7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Belverde 9. ..............Noah's Ark (Turkey)' 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. U d
8. . . . . ..Lost Tomb of Augustus Caesar' 10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Nineveh . .
9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tomb of St. Peter* 11.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Hatm So* America IIDIOI
10. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Catacombs of Rome 12. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Hasanlu 1. . . . . . . . . . .;.. . . . . . . ..SanA* .~
13. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Pasargadae 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Chavin de Huantar
Greece and the Aegean IIDIOI . . . 14. .................... .PersepoI'is 3.'. .................... T i a h ~ o1,
15. .........................sum 4. ......................Chan C M . :
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Dtmuu
.
2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Lema
. 16.. ............: :.......... . h h ~ 5. ....................Machu Picchu
17. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. W i d
'.4
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mycenae 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Cuzo~
4. . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Orchomenos and Gla 18. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Bahrain
5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tiryns 19. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Choga Zanbil Undersea
6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .~. I O S 20. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Khombad
7. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Knossos Undersea sites can be determined by t b
8. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Tombs of Kamilari Syria/Palestine IIDIOI GM. Possiblities include, Atlantis, Lyonesse:
9. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mallia ancient shipwrecks etc.
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Mount Camel
10. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..&to Zalcro 2. ........................Jericho
3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Bybkls villains
Anatolia/Soviet Armenia rioio~ 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Ras Shamra The typical lndy adventure usually
1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Troy 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hazor
. involves beating the bad guys to a major
2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..Kiiltepe 6. .........................Qatna relic or treasure. The following is a brief lid

54 Volume Ill Number


Close Encounters of the Random Kind

of possible villains to throw against your help inspire the GM when designing his Ark of the Cownant. Again, this relic
players. adventures. was covered in the first movie. Howevar, it
Nazi Germany. lndy has already run up Noah's Ark. For years rogue scientists now lies buried in the fabulous warehouses
against they. gu* and they fit the bill as the and explorers haw claimed the remains of beneath the Smithsonian Institute where it is
perfect villains. Various Nazi officials such as the Ark lie high in the mountains of Turkey. just crying out for an evil-doer to steal it
Goering and Hitler himself were avid collec- The Ark could make a very interesting away renewing the adventure.
tors of a k k and archaeological treasures adventure - who knows what secrets it Christ's Robe. This mysterious purple
The players are likely to run across the hob?
paths of Nazi collectors around the world. Fountah of Youth. The Spanish con- garment was stolen from a Hungarian
Imperial Japan. Japan of the 1930s quistadors chased rumors of this elusive monastery where it was cared for and
I
and 40s controls a broad area of the South fountain throughout the Americas. Perhaps revered for nearly two thousand years.
Pacific and the archaeological sites that lay a fragment of a Mayan codex is uncovered The players are called upon to retrieve
hidden there. West End Game's Rising containing clues to its hidden location. the artifact by the monks who offer a valu-
Sun supplement for Indiana Jones is an Seven Cities of Gold. A strange stellae able ancient document as a reward.
excellent source book for adventures dealing is uncovered deep in the Brarillean jungnles King Arthur's Crown. This interesting
with this part of the world. which bears a remarkable inscription and relic is wanted by a private collector who
Various Cults. The players are likely to map leading to the ruins of one or more of will stop at nothing to retrieve it from its
run up against various cult groups on their the fabled cities of gold. resting place. The players stumble upon the
explorations. Certain relics and artifacts Excalibur. The players stumble upon plot and set out to intercept the crown or to
from ancient cultures would have rehgious proof that King Arthur actually existed and
ruled ancient Britain. After stripping away find it first.
significance to many cultists The Necronomicon. As mentioned
Unethical Archaeolgists. The world is the myth from the tale, it's obvious that
filled with private collectors and archaeol- King Arthur's tomb lays intact and beneath before, this artide can easily be used in Call
gists who seek fame and fortune rather than the streets of a modem English city. Fur- of Cthulhu. The players locate a wpy of
xholarly pursuits. Players with more noble thermore, the clues seem to indicate that the Mad Arab's original book which leads
intentions, may find themselves competing the legendary sword of Excalibur lies in the them into the world of Lovecmftian horror.
with such undesirables. tomb. The magical sword has real powers In closing, I'd like to point out that the
and suddenly there is a race with several vil- random tables you find in CJ3N can e m
Relics and Artifiacts l i o u s factions to obtain the sword first. ily be used in Wintertree Software's
Holy Grail. This relic was handled nice- Tablemaster program. Permission is
What would an l n d i a Jones adventure ly in the third l n d i a Jones movie. No rea-
be without a legendary artifact or two to granted for readers to input CERK tables
son the GM couldn't rework the story as an into such programs. 0
spice things up? The following list should adventure.

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