There is definitely more than one nod to HPL in the patrons I'm working on, although I have not used the traditional names.
How come? DCC uses the name "Cthulhu". Are the other ones legal issues?
I feel it is likely that Joseph Goodman probably talked with an IP lawyer before doing so, and I didn't want to burden the development team with that sort of thing. Also....
Also, are you doing any mythological pantheons? Norse? Greek?
Hecate, Goddess of Witches, has already been posted as a preview on the website. Ptah-Ungurath, the Opener of the Way, is a combination of Egyptian Ptah and Lovecraft's Nyarlathotep and Shub-Niggurath: "He has been known by many names, and always he has heralded the approach of Chaos. Some call him the Seeing Face. Some call him the Black Goat. Others yet call him Father and Mother of Monsters." Mulmo, He Who Whispers Forgotten Secrets, is partially Lovecraft and partially inspired by Michael Moorcock. Set-Utekh the Destroyer has his roots in Egyptian mythology, Robert E. Howard, and a certain British television programme that I shall not name.
Looking through the DCC rules, I enjoy the sudden discovery when I realize that something is a reference to one of the works of Appendix N, and I hope that others will have that same sense of joy when they realize that Logos, for example, is a direct nod to A. Merritt's The Metal Monster
One of the problems with a work of this nature is that you want to include a wide variety of patrons that can be used in as many campaigns as possible. This is both to make sure that the work is as useful as possible to most judges, and to inspire additional creations by those judges through including the unexpected as well as the oft looked for.
Of course, at certain levels our contributors have a real say as to what will be included, so if there is a patron that you really need to see.......