In times of war, fear causes people to take extreme actions, to push the bounds of what is right. The Cold War was no different.
It was a grim and worrisome time, but not for the reasons you may think.


The world was once divided between countries who were bound by, or protected by, NATO, and those that fell under the influence of the Warsaw Pact. The spread of communism was seen as a great evil by one side, and the corporate greed and inequality of capitalism was considered an exploitative terror by the other.

There was, indeed, a Great Evil, but it was neither economic philosophy that held that grandiose title. Inspired by mutual fear and hatred, scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain worked diligently to give their governments the upper hand. While we mere mortals were most obviously in fear of nuclear annihilation, one side developed something so awful, so terrifying, something... that could leave a deep psychic scar on the population of the entire globe.

Whether you are feeling that brand of bravery that comes with either intense curiosity or foolish naiveté, we have a story to tell you about a breakthrough, an accident, and a final moment of contrition.

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David D. Member since 2014

I just wanted to take a moment to say how impressed I was with Risen! The first mailing was quite intriguing, the second even more so, and the crate with the final artifact exceeded all my expectations.