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Chaosium Inc. – Newsletter

Posted on June 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest Call of Cthulhu and Runequest RPG news from Chaosium…

#48 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The Two-Headed Serpent, An Epic Action-Packed and Globe-Spanning Campaign for Pulp Cthulhu—Available now in hardback, direct from Chaosium.com!
(If you previously bought the PDF, you’ll receive a discount coupon by email).
Availability Notice: We have stocks in our US and UK warehouses ready to ship. The Two-Headed Serpent will be arriving in Australia on or around June 24th. Australian orders received prior to its availability will be flagged as pre-orders.

The Grand Grimoire will go on sale in the first week of July. Buy the PDF now and receive the full price of the PDF off as a discount when you buy the hardback at Chaosium.com.

RuneQuest Worldwide for Free RPG Day!

Following our call for Game Masters to run our RuneQuest Quickstart adventure on Free RPG Day next Saturday (June 17), we’re excited that over 60 people have volunteered. This means next weekend we’ll have mythic adventures taking place in game stores all across the world, including the USA, Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Sweden, Spain, France, Portugal and Puerto Rico.
Todd Gardiner, our Director of Organized Play said: I am excited that RuneQuest has been added to our ongoing organized play network. As a long time RuneQuest player myself, it is great to see this modern re-tuning of a classic game returning to tabletops as part of Free RPG Day.
RuneQuest brought players into the world of Glorantha more than thirty years ago, but fans old and new will find excitement in the Quickstart.

“With Chaosium bumping up support to new levels, there should be plenty of copies for stores to pass out on the day of the event”, says Todd. “Please seek a store and get on the sign-up list for a game on the day of the event. It’ll be a blast!”

10 copies will be sent to each of the participating Friendly Local Game Stores for Free RPG Day, June 17.

 

Chaosium at Origins Game Fair

June 14-18, Columbus OH

Chaosium will be at Origins Game Fair next week (June 14-18), in Columbus Ohio. Come and say hi to Rick and Todd at the booth (#123), and buy the latest Chaosium products—including The Two Headed Serpent and Grand Grimoire.

We’ll also be demoing our forthcoming boardgames, Khan of Khans and Miskatonic U!


 

Todd has arranged a great selection of Chaosium RPG sessions on offer at Origins too, including Call of Cthulhu events in the Cthulhu-thon, with our friends Petersen Games and Cubicle 7.

STOP PRESS!

Origins attendees, we have glorious news! There’s still a few player slots left our Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest games! Online registration has closed, but you can still browse programming at home and sign up onsite.
 

For Call of Cthulhu:
  • 1922 – Slot “Red” (aka Weekend in the Woods): A  group of Boys Scouts from Arkham, Massachusetts have gone on a scout trip to the Green Mountains in New Hampshire to hone their skills. The woods hold more danger than mere bears — and the Scouts are disappearing, one by one.
  •  What’s in the Cellar?: In this 1930s mystery, investigators have been asked to clear the name of their friend Arthur Blackwood, who has been charged with his wife’s murder after her disappearance. Will they find her body, or something else?
  • Necropolis: 1930s Investigators exploring a tomb in the Valley of the Kings are trapped by the sudden shift of a stone slab. Soon discovering they’re not alone, time is of the essence to escape alive. 
  • Cult of Chaos Contest Winner – Slot “Black” (aka Midnight Masquerade): In 1932, agents in the Bureau of Investigation’s Department 29 assist in an unusual prohibition bust, where the money leads back to a cult leader. Can they survive a masquerade where danger hides in plain sight?
  • Cult of Chaos Contest Winner – Slot “Argent” (aka The Kids are Alright): Montana. 1975. When a bus comes back from a field trip, three young women are missing. Their parents follow the trip leader back into the wild at the base of the Rockies, where an archaeological site and the very woods around them may hold untold horror. 
  • Camp Sunny: In the age of Instagram and Facebook, you and a group of friends set off on a spur of the moment vacation to the Great Lakes, leaving college, steady connectivity, and all your cares behind you. But if a group of college students scream in the woods, does anyone hear them?

For RuneQuest:

  • Broken Honor (aka Stealing the Eye): Sent by your clan to steal a valuable jewel, your band hopes to be in and out before you are detected by the temple guards of Yara Aranis. You’ll slip out like shadows before dawn once you’ve succeeded in stealing the jewel. If things go bad? You’ll fight your way out!
  • The Old Ruin (aka The Broken Tower) from the RuneQuest Quickstart: When the chieftain sends a small band out to find the tribe’s stolen cattle, they find more than cattle theft afoot. In the badlands at the edges of their territory, their cattle are held in ancient ruins where something otherworldly seems to dwell. There’s a mystery to solve and a herd to save, before it’s too late. NB if you play in this session you’ll get a copy of the RQ Quickstart to call your very own!

Licensee Focus:

Chaosium launches new licensing policies

Chaosium has launched a new set of fan-use and licensing policies, offering individuals, small publishers and commercial partners the opportunity to share their creations or to partner with us. 
We support and value the contributions of the wider Chaosium Tribe. If you’re interested in contributing, please have a look at our new policy descriptions to see which would work best for you:
FAN MATERIAL POLICY
We love to engage people with our mythic stories, and we want you to be able to share yours too! Our Fan Material Policy is designed to do just that while respecting ownership of our copyrights, trademarks, and other intellectual properties.
SMALL PUBLISHER LIMITED LICENSE
Our Limited License offers small publishers and individuals the opportunity to produce limited run game material for use with any of our game lines. This could include fanzines, convention scenarios, and one-off books. These can be commercial products, but gross sales revenue should not exceed USD$2000 per annum (per year).
(Here we acknowledge the fine work of our friends Monte Cook Games, pioneers of the limited license concept.)
COMMERCIAL LICENSE
Chaosium works with a wide range of commercial licensing partners who produce products to supplement and support our own. This includes board games, card games, certain RPG supplements, dice, computer games, and foreign language editions. These all operate under our Commercial License
Such licenses are for officially approved product and require ongoing management, regular reporting, and close work with our line editors. Accordingly, we are selective about who we partner with, and initial approaches require a detailed business plan. These commercial licenses also have specified release and revenue targets.
HEROQUEST GATEWAY LIMITED LICENSE (HEROQUEST RULES ENGINE)
The HeroQuest Gateway License is a non-exclusive, non-transferable, royalty-free, worldwide license to enable game designers to use Moon Design Publications’ HeroQuest rules engine for their game settings, whether it be science fiction, high fantasy, horror, westerns, martial arts, or anything else (apart from Glorantha).
FAN-USE AND LICENSING Q&A
Check out the answers to some commonly-asked questions we receive about fan-use and licensing.
What is Ab Chaos?
(…from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

Ab – Latin “from”
Chaos – (1) Any condition or place of total disorder (modern vernacular); (2) the disordered state of unformed matter which preceded creation (since Milton, Paradise Lost); (3) the dark, empty space which preceded creation (Greek Mythology); (4) the [formerly] Californian roleplaying game company.

Ab Chaos is an informal newsletter for Chaosium fans. Through our history we have tried to serve the players and gamemasters through craft and art as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) marketing and moneymaking. We appreciate your loyalty, and offer this communication to those who are curious about us, beyond the mere “product”.

It is planned to be informal and irregular. We are, after all, not the Orderium.

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Chaosium Newsletter

Posted on May 19th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium Inc.

#46 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

New RPG Submissions Guidelines

At its heart, Chaosium is a roleplaying game company. Since RuneQuest came out in 1978 and Call of Cthulhu followed in 1981 we’ve been producing award-winning roleplaying games with artistic integrity. The who’s who of RPG writers have all contributed to make our games great. We’d love for you to join our tribe!

Do you have a scenario ready to go, or an amazing concept? We would love to hear from you. We are accepting submissions for Call of CthulhuRuneQuest and more.
http://www.chaosium.com/roleplaying-game-submissions

New Fiction Submissions Guidelines

Chaosium was born out of fiction. Greg Stafford discovered Glorantha through his writings which led him to founding the company. Only a few years later, Chaosium turned H.P. Lovecraft’s most famous story of the Cthulhu Mythos into our most award winning RPG game, Call of Cthulhu, written by Sandy Petersen.

We have carried on their tradition with our Fiction line. And James Lowder, the Chaosium Fiction Line Editor, has prepared our fiction submission guidelines for both experienced and new writers alike.

Do you have a story written? We would love to hear from you.
http://www.chaosium.com/fiction-submissions

CHAOSIUM APPOINTS JAMES LOWDER EXECUTIVE EDITOR FOR FICTION

Award-winning editor and author James Lowder has joined Chaosium as executive editor of fiction. Chaosium President Rick Meints commented: “James embodies that magic combination of wisdom and enthusiasm. Knowing his craft inside and out, he brings his advocacy and integrity to the table at every turn. Having him relaunch our fiction line is a ‘the stars are right’ moment.”

RUNEQUEST QUICKSTART COMING FOR FREE RPG DAY
Free RPG Day is approaching! On June 17, pick up your copy of the RuneQuest Quickstart from your participating FLGS. Participating stores around the world are listed here.

The Quickstart also includes a new adventure The Broken Tower plus 5 pregen characters, ready to play.

Miss Free RPG Day? Don’t worry, it will be available direct from Chaosium.com on 1 July.

The results are in!
Cult of Chaos Call of Cthulhu Scenario Writing Competition 2017

Earlier this year Chaosium invited members of the Cult of Chaos, our cadre of volunteer game masters, to submit pitches for short scenarios that could be played in a single 4-hour time slot at games conventions.
We received over 100 pitches and from these 11 were picked to go through to the second round, where they would be written up into full scenarios. At the final deadline, all 11 were submitted, and for the last few days we have been reading over these entries. We’d like to thank everyone who pitched and those who went through the process of writing the final set of scenarios.
Of the 11 finalist scenarios, we have picked six that we would like to further develop into fully laid out convention scenarios, that we hope to make available at key conventions in 2017 and 2018. 
These winning entries are:
  • Weekend in the Woods by Matt Ryan
  • The Kids are Alright by Jason and Ann D’Angelo
  • Those Within by Freddie Folds
  • Midnight Masquerade by Ed Possing
  • Searching for the Rhinegold by Benjaim Constantineau and Jean-Sébastien Boisvert Dansereau
  • As the Leaf Withers on the Vine by Charles Perryman
Congratulations to those entrants! 
We’d also like to thank the runners up: Mark Platt, Morgan Hua, Jay Jong, Aaron Eskenazi, and Jason Michal. Whether winner or runner up, we expect to be seeing more from these people in the future!
We’ve emailed all of the finalists to personally thank them for taking part, and to provide some feedback, which we hope will help in further developing the entrant’s scenario writing skills. 
While not everyone could win this time, we hope that the experience is a learning one and are keen to see everyone who took part continue to write and hone their skills so they can join the ranks of the next generation of professional scenario writers. In addition, all of the 11 finalists who submitted a complete scenario will receive a $40 Chaosium web store voucher in thanks for their participation.
So, look out for these winning Call of Cthulhu scenarios at future conventions like Origins, GenCon, and others!
If you are interested in joining our volunteer game masters program, you can find out more and register at www.chaosium.com/organized-play
Rune Masters & Plunder Return!
If you’re a RuneQuest fan of old, maybe you remember the Rune Masters book?
We’ve bought it back, and this new RQ Classics version restores material previously cut from the original, with colorful biographical notes for each of the 45 characters now described in the book!

http://www.chaosium.com/rune-masters-pdf

Also available from RQ Classics, Plunder: The Book of Treasure (1980), and its infamous “With all this loot, I can afford some clothes at last!” cover.

http://www.chaosium.com/plunder-pdf

Chaosium brings games, designers, and its Cult of Chaos to

For the second year, Chaosium offers UK Games Expo attendees a Cthulhu workshop, games, and a glimpse at Glorantha. Plus the latest releases at the Chaosium Booth, including Pulp Cthulhu, The Two Headed Serpent and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers.
Friday 12.00pm (SEM2957) in Piazza 1
Chaosium’s Rick Meints and Michael O’Brien reveal secrets about the forthcoming return of RuneQuest, the epic tabletop roleplaying game set in Greg Stafford’s world of Glorantha.
Saturday 1.00pm (SEM3009) in PIazza 1
Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu RPG Line Editor, Mike Mason (Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, Dark Heresy 1st Edition) leads a workshop on constructing terrifying horror adventures. Mike will be joined by Lynne Hardy (Achtung! Cthulhu, Cogs, Cakes & Swordsticks) to run an informal session about designing and writing horror scenarios, as well as answering questions on writing for the gaming industry in general.
Cult of Chaos
Members of Chaosium’s volunteer game masters program, the Cult of Chaos, are running a variety of Call of Cthulhu and HeroQuest Glorantha games throughout the convention. More than a dozen of these games will be Call of Cthulhu. Attendees can check for available spaces to pre-book a spot.

To find out more about the mythic worlds Chaosium has to offer, drop by Stand C5 (NEC Hall 1) at National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham 2-4 June.

Licensee Focus

Hero Lab, the character creation software, has finally leveled up to Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition.
Hero Lab makes character creation a breeze, automatically tracking modifiers for every stat, ability, item, spell, and option you select.
Hero Lab also acts as an electronic character sheet at the game table, keeping track of your health, abilities, and more during the game.

Licensee Focus:


We welcome Rapier Miniatures as our newest licensee!
UK-based Rapier have been gaming in Glorantha for 35 years, and now they get to make the figures they’ve always wanted for this world.

What is Ab Chaos?
(…from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

Ab – Latin “from”
Chaos – (1) Any condition or place of total disorder (modern vernacular); (2) the disordered state of unformed matter which preceded creation (since Milton, Paradise Lost); (3) the dark, empty space which preceded creation (Greek Mythology); (4) the [formerly] Californian roleplaying game company.

Ab Chaos is an informal newsletter for Chaosium fans. Through our history we have tried to serve the players and gamemasters through craft and art as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) marketing and moneymaking. We appreciate your loyalty, and offer this communication to those who are curious about us, beyond the mere “product”.

It is planned to be informal and irregular. We are, after all, not the Orderium.

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Back to the 90’s – again

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again,
After painting Chronopia beast I somehow cannot kick myself back into hobby routine. Apparently I am tired or overstretched my painting abilities at the beginning of the year…
No matter what was the cause miniatures won’t paint themselves and hobby altar demands contant sacrifices. 
For a while I wanted to paint Mercurian Maculator from oldie Warzone range (bah, of course OLDIE range!) – it’s that ugly thing in the back of first pic.
During back days, when original Warzone was actually alive (and quite prosperous I think) I’ve never had any opportunity to see the model on the battlefield. It had brilliant artwork – by Paul Bonner himself, nice profile, useful skills and decent gun. But at the same time it was so fuc*ing big it’s chance for survilal were just minimal. Nothing but a stupid bullet magnet.
So after Mr Maculator got pinned, assembled, based and undercoated the decision was made to switch to something smaller and, let’s be frank about it – looking nice ^^
I’ve always liked Mordheim – sadly we’ve never played it. No reason why actually. 
No matter how cool the game really was it also had (and still has) huge hobby potential: 
tons of miniatures to choose to create really unique gangs, lots of cool ideas about painting and modelling to fit the depraved and wretched City of the Damned.
My “natural” choice for battleforce is Undead but also always loved 90’s beastmen models (probably since read Tale of 4 Gamers is WD). Collecting 100% metal Warhammer Fantasy Battle army was just way beyond my reach, but not skirmish raiding party. Slaanesh party…
After some excavation works in the Pile ov Shame some models emerged to start with. I have no idea about battle usefulness of minis chosen, simply picked oned I liked:
there will be like 3 gors, 3 ungors, some boss, minotaur and fiend of Slaanesh (probably proxying chaos hound). First idea was to use orginal beastmen lord / champion from the mid 90’s, but I’ve found oldie chaos warrior model which can be even better candidate:
– it’s dedicated worshipper of Slaanesh;
– it has beastman (probably) head;

– it’s suited with heavy armour: painting it really dark would be just really cool especially if model is placed in the middle of bright models;
– worst part of the sculpt is that stupid looking blade, sadly it’s connected with armour and head so I cannot replace it with anything looking decent.

So here’s the current stage of the group. They will get classic “Road to Mordheim” base – simple and effective:

And below you can see the first model from the band (color test).
Since it’s Slaanesh group the warriors must look rather “fresh” and alive – and this little fucker is rather ok. At first I wanted to achieve albino effect but then I thought maybe it’s better idea to keep such complexion the the boss – no matter what model it will be in the end.
 
And last but definitely not least since it’s about divine matters: 
last week I’ve finally got the sleeve inked. Whole project started few years back but because tattoo studio I chose is 60 km away from where I live, I’ve always had something better to do than playing with ink and needles. But it was high time to please Great Cthulhu, armageddon might come any day after all (let’s hope for it).
It’s still fresh and it will take at least few days to heal but I will take some shots when it’s done. I kinda know posting tattoo pic is rather silly but hey, it’s still better that posting pics of food on Instagram! Or wherever!
Besides that tattoo artist did piece of great job, no doubts about it.
So, Cthulhu, you may now raise from the eternal slumber, I am ready! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

 

 
^(;,;)^

Back to the 90’s – again

Posted on May 14th, 2017 under , , , , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello again,
After painting Chronopia beast I somehow cannot kick myself back into hobby routine. Apparently I am tired or overstretched my painting abilities at the beginning of the year…
No matter what was the cause miniatures won’t paint themselves and hobby altar demands contant sacrifices. 
For a while I wanted to paint Mercurian Maculator from oldie Warzone range (bah, of course OLDIE range!) – it’s that ugly thing in the back of first pic.
During back days, when original Warzone was actually alive (and quite prosperous I think) I’ve never had any opportunity to see the model on the battlefield. It had brilliant artwork – by Paul Bonner himself, nice profile, useful skills and decent gun. But at the same time it was so fuc*ing big it’s chance for survilal were just minimal. Nothing but a stupid bullet magnet.
So after Mr Maculator got pinned, assembled, based and undercoated the decision was made to switch to something smaller and, let’s be frank about it – looking nice ^^
I’ve always liked Mordheim – sadly we’ve never played it. No reason why actually. 
No matter how cool the game really was it also had (and still has) huge hobby potential: 
tons of miniatures to choose to create really unique gangs, lots of cool ideas about painting and modelling to fit the depraved and wretched City of the Damned.
My “natural” choice for battleforce is Undead but also always loved 90’s beastmen models (probably since read Tale of 4 Gamers is WD). Collecting 100% metal Warhammer Fantasy Battle army was just way beyond my reach, but not skirmish raiding party. Slaanesh party…
After some excavation works in the Pile ov Shame some models emerged to start with. I have no idea about battle usefulness of minis chosen, simply picked oned I liked:
there will be like 3 gors, 3 ungors, some boss, minotaur and fiend of Slaanesh (probably proxying chaos hound). First idea was to use orginal beastmen lord / champion from the mid 90’s, but I’ve found oldie chaos warrior model which can be even better candidate:
– it’s dedicated worshipper of Slaanesh;
– it has beastman (probably) head;

– it’s suited with heavy armour: painting it really dark would be just really cool especially if model is placed in the middle of bright models;
– worst part of the sculpt is that stupid looking blade, sadly it’s connected with armour and head so I cannot replace it with anything looking decent.

So here’s the current stage of the group. They will get classic “Road to Mordheim” base – simple and effective:

And below you can see the first model from the band (color test).
Since it’s Slaanesh group the warriors must look rather “fresh” and alive – and this little fucker is rather ok. At first I wanted to achieve albino effect but then I thought maybe it’s better idea to keep such complexion the the boss – no matter what model it will be in the end.
 
And last but definitely not least since it’s about divine matters: 
last week I’ve finally got the sleeve inked. Whole project started few years back but because tattoo studio I chose is 60 km away from where I live, I’ve always had something better to do than playing with ink and needles. But it was high time to please Great Cthulhu, armageddon might come any day after all (let’s hope for it).
It’s still fresh and it will take at least few days to heal but I will take some shots when it’s done. I kinda know posting tattoo pic is rather silly but hey, it’s still better that posting pics of food on Instagram! Or wherever!
Besides that tattoo artist did piece of great job, no doubts about it.
So, Cthulhu, you may now raise from the eternal slumber, I am ready! Iä! Iä! Cthulhu fhtagn!

 

 
^(;,;)^

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on April 10th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest from Chaosium…including some Runequest news…

#45 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

New RuneQuest edition to be known as
RUNEQUEST: ROLEPLAYING IN GLORANTHA

The new edition of the iconic roleplaying game RuneQuest will be formally known as RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, or ‘RQG’ for short, Chaosium has announced.

First published by Chaosium in 1978, over the ensuing decades the RuneQuest game has gone through a number of editions with different publishers and licensees. The new edition returns to Chaosium where it started and where, in its heyday, was second only to Dungeons & Dragons in terms of sales.

More details about RQG at the link: http://www.chaosium.com/blog/rqgnew-runequest-edition-to-be-known-as-runequest-roleplaying-in-glorantha

RUNEQUEST QUICKSTART FIRST NEW RQG PRODUCT
The first new RQG product is the RuneQuest Quickstart, which will be available in June for Free RPG Day and at the Chaosium website from July 1, 2017.

The Quickstart collects all the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form.

It also includes a new adventure The Broken Tower and 5 pregen characters, ready to play.

RQG WILL NOT BE KICKSTARTED
Chaosium President Rick Meints also revealed that the new edition would not be launched with a Kickstarter.

The products scheduled for 2017 release are the RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha core rules, a Gloranthan Bestiary, and a scenarios book featuring adventures by game design legends Steve Perrin (RQ1&2), Ken Rolston (RQ3’s ‘rune czar’, Morrowwind, Elder Scrolls), Chris Klug (DragonQuest II, James Bond 007 RPG) and the ‘grand shaman of gaming’ himself Greg Stafford.

RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is scheduled for a Christmas 2017 release.

Chaosium is searching for GenCon and Origins GMs
Attend these events for free!


Gen Con (Aug 17-20), Indianapolis IN 
Make plans to attend GenCon this summer! Get a free badge through us. Run twelve hours of sessions. Go play for the other 60 hours. Take home some free stuff worth having. Terrify some new players. Have a great time. Do your summer with us!

This year we have own room, right in the convention center. This pit of horror will feature at least ten tables running Call of Cthulhu and demoing our new RuneQuest rules.


Origins (14-18 June), Columbus OH

We are seeking GMs for Origins too, to run games at our five tables of events. 16 hours for a free badge, a copy of the RuneQuest Quickstart (the Free RPG Day item from Chaosium this year), and other SWAG for GMs. 
 

Licensee Focus:

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter:

one week of madness to go, a whole swag of dice to get!

 

All original Stretch Goals have been unlocked. That’s 28 bonus dice and a dice bag, on top of the original Q Workshop Metal Dice—all now part of your pledge!
With just even days to go, now’s the time to jump on board this amazing Kickstarter campaign…
What is Ab Chaos?
(…from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

Ab – Latin “from”
Chaos – (1) Any condition or place of total disorder (modern vernacular); (2) the disordered state of unformed matter which preceded creation (since Milton, Paradise Lost); (3) the dark, empty space which preceded creation (Greek Mythology); (4) the [formerly] Californian roleplaying game company.

Ab Chaos is an informal newsletter for Chaosium fans. Through our history we have tried to serve the players and gamemasters through craft and art as well as (and sometimes at the expense of) marketing and moneymaking. We appreciate your loyalty, and offer this communication to those who are curious about us, beyond the mere “product”.

It is planned to be informal and irregular. We are, after all, not the Orderium.

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on April 4th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#44 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

FREE PASSES
to GenCon and Origins
through Chaosium!

Chaosium is searching for GenCon and Origins GMs
Attend these events for free!

We want you to go to GenCon!

You will get a free badge, a bag of awesome swag, Chaos Bucks for each session you run (to be used at the booth onsite), and those that run more than 12 hours enter a drawing for an amazing prize—last year it was a Red Leatherette slipcase set of the new rules: value of over $300.
 

This year Chaosium has their own room, right in the convention center. This pit of horror will feature at least ten tables running Call of Cthulhu and demoing our new RuneQuest rules. We have already submitted 227 hours of sessions (116 events) and are aiming for 500+ hours. In order to achieve that, we need 42 gamemasters, both CoC Keepers and new RuneQuest GMs. We are about halfway to our goal.

Make plans to attend GenCon this summer! Get a free badge through us. Run twelve hours of sessions. Go play for the other 60 hours. Take home some free stuff worth having. Terrify some new players. Have a great time. Do your summer with us!
 

 
We are seeking GMs for Origins too, to run games at our five tables of events. 16 hours for a free badge, a copy of the RuneQuest Quickstart (the Free RPG Day item from Chaosium this year), and other SWAG for GMs. 

How to join us? Contact [email protected] and express your interest. He will answer any questions and add you to the team.

Expand the Cult of Chaos.
Be part of Chaosium’s Organized Play group.

Chaosium offers support to gamemasters who become members of our Cult of Chaos. Convention scenarios for you to run, a special forum, writing contests, prize support for conventions you support, and incentives for each session you run at a store or event. We want you to become part of this GM organization and bring Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest to players around the world.

Notices like the above offer for GenCon and Origins are regularly made to the members of the Cult of Chaos. There are many regional conventions and special events that offer deals or need recruitment calls. And the Cult of Chaos is who first hears those calls.

And we give you everything you need to runs games there: scenarios in PDF form, prize support for your tables, and for each session report you send back, a $3 coupon for our webstore. And other throughout the year rewards, just for being a member. You just need to join.

Please see the details on our website: http://www.chaosium.com/organized-play/

Look what Rick found in the Chaosium Archives!

Look what Rick just found in the Chaosium archives!—the hand-drawn and letraset originals of William Church’s legendary Dragon Pass and Prax maps. As first seen in the back of RQ2.
Facsimiles of these are available as posters and more at our Redbubble Store:
—Prax Map: http://rdbl.co/2nPgpdE
—Dragon Pass: http://rdbl.co/2oqPSVU
—Combined Map: http://rdbl.co/2oyJEzU

New line editors appointed for RuneQuest, HeroQuest and Board Games at Chaosium

We welcome JasonIan and Sue on board the team!
“We are extremely excited to be working with Jason on developing the RuneQuest and other Basic Roleplaying Lines”, said Chaosium creative director Jeff Richard. 
“Sue and Ian both bring a much needed range of skills, experience, and a passion for all that is Chaosium. They game every week. They have been a part of our tribe for many years”, said Rick Meints, Chaosium President.

Licensee Focus:


Now that the Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter has gone past $100k*, from now on, it’s all about adding free stuff to the basic pledge.

Check out the new stretch goals for the campaign’s final 10 days: Nyarlathotep dice set (ACHIEVED), Azathoth dice set (ACHIEVED), Hastur dice set (COMING UP NEXT), Cthulhu dice set
*it’s actually just passed $123K!

The Kickstarter runs until Saturday April 15, so jump on board while you can…

The numbers and ornaments are engraved in dice, thus ensuring their top quality. They are practically indestructible – and they come with the lifelong guarantee in case something bad happens.

Love these animations of art from the Call of Cthulhu RPG in this new video!
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