Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Upgrade

August 4th 2016

“What the hell?” Stark said into the empty room, finding nothing online. “Jarvis? You there, buddy?” There was no answer via the live comm channel. Pushing buttons and trying reboots for manual override, Stark asked, “Did you hate that last upgrade?” He puzzled over various strategies and jumped up to get some coffee. The electrical […]

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Games

April 11th 2016

“The world DOES map to D&D archetypes, both races and classes!” Vanderpell said, defending himself. They all laughed. “Everyone has warriors and everyone scores the occasional paladin – the brilliant and compassionate strategist,” he said, smiling. They shrugged, giving him that one. “Then we have the barbarians of the north, covering Scandinavia and the wild […]

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Game

July 15th 2015

“Everybody starts out here,” the angel said. “There’s a beverage station – with wine and beer, coffee, tea, etc., over there; the buffet is on the opposite side.” The souls were howling with laughter, pointing, hugging, huddling quietly in corners, engaged with each other. “Wait,” Daniel said, “are they playing Jeopardy?” “A version of the […]

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Game

March 30th 2015

“How did it go?” she asked, helping him remove his traveling cloak. “I honestly don’t know. Nest of vipers, that lot.” He rolled in front of the fire and she came to rest next to him. “Was no alliance formed? Have we nothing but enemies on all sides?” Rock sighed. “It may not be as […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Nightmare Haiku #4

September 21st 2014

Please complete this haiku according to your druthers. “They read about it, quite en masse …” (Illustration by Edward Gorey)   Tansy’s answer: “and still failed to grasp.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Nightmare Haiku #3

September 14th 2014

Please complete this haiku according to your druthers. “Alone in the night; darkness wins …” (Illustration by Edward Gorey) Tansy’s answer: “Crackers and Cheez Whiz.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Nightmare Haiku #2

September 7th 2014

Please complete this haiku according to your druthers. “It’s opera night; a howling growling is heard …” (Illustration by Edward Gorey) Tansy’s answer:  “My blind date is here.” (Post your own answers and read the genius of others on the Tansy Undercrypt Facebook page.)  

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Nightmare Haikus

August 31st 2014

Uncovering the fate of so many researchers left us with a nagging feeling of doom; there was almost palpable relief as we moved to a new section of the Lexicon (away from those haunting photographs). How naive we were. Here, in the labyrinthian twists of the Lexicon, lay not the end of the horrible work, […]

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The Undercryptic Lexicon: Researchers #18-26

August 24th 2014

Name these researchers and their area of specialty or accomplishment. (Photographer unknown) Tansy’s answer: “Operatives posing as the townsfolk of Arkham; from left to right, top row to bottom:  Meg Showalter (researcher in place at the Miskatonic Library), Laurelbeth Hughes (on mutant watch at the City Concern), Tonky Wills (documenting folktales as a barmaid), Elba […]

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Advance

August 22nd 2014

The zombies were coming; what was about to start as a trickle of one slow mover at a time would no doubt pick up speed. They looked at each other. The backyard was particularly vulnerable, with its sliding glass doors and minimal landscaping, but they did not despair; there were ways to use the pool […]

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