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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!
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 March 20th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#43 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter is Live!

Roll for SAN with these amazing Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice from Q Workshop and Chaosium. 
This is a set of full metal dice, made of tin, painted in black, and officially approved by Chaosium.

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.


The Kickstarter runs until Saturday April 15, with a whole swathe of Stretch Goals to come…

“The dice look like they have been mined from Yuggoth by the mi-go or grown in some Elder Thing vat in a lost city in Antarctica. They are stunning attractive and very readable—they’re going to be great on your gaming table.”
– Mike Mason, Call of Cthulhu line editor

CALL OF CTHULHU IN TOP 5 RPGS FOR FALL 2016

ICv2 reports that CALL OF CTHULHU is in the top 5 of RPGs in hobby stores for Fall 2016!

Next year, let’s see if we can get RuneQuest onto this list as well!

In addition to USD, Chaosium.com now shows the prices in the following currencies – AUD, UKP, CND, EUR, JPY and NZD. We can add this to the Four Reasons Why if you’re going buy our stuff on line, get it direct from Chaosium!

LICENSEE FOCUS

Our friends Stygian Fox Publishing are hosting Call of Cthulhu and more at DevaCon, a day of tabletop gaming in Chester, UK on April 29.

For more information: https://devaconblog.wordpress.com

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 February 22nd, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest from Chaosium…

#42 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

It’s here – The Two-Headed Serpent PDF!

An Epic Action-Packed and Globe-Spanning Campaign for Pulp Cthulhu. Packed with nine adrenalin-fuelled adventures, Keeper advice, gorgeous full-color maps and player handouts.

The world needs heroes, now more than ever.
NOTE: A physical version of the book will be released later this year. Purchase the Two-Headed Serpent PDF at chaosium.com and you’ll get the full price of the PDF off as a discount when the print version comes out.
PULP CTHULHU NOMINATED FOR TWO GOLDEN GEEK AWARDS
We are delighted Pulp Cthulhu has two nominations in RPG category for Boardgamegeek’s
2016 Golden Geek Awards

BEST SUPPLEMENT
BEST ARTWORK & PRESENTATION

Voting is now open, and closes on March 6!

ORDERING DIRECT FROM CHAOSIUM – FOUR REASONS WHY

To all members of the Chaosium tribe, here’s the deal about purchasing products direct from our website, Chaosium.com:
—All products come with the PDF included in the price
—If the PDF is released first, you’ll get the full price of the PDF off as a discount when the print version comes out
—We have stock in three warehouses around the world (USA, UK and Australia), saving you time and money on shipping
—Get it first! New releases will always appear on our website before they become available in game stores or elsewhere. And some items are Chaosium.com exclusives!
…so save your SAN, embrace chaos – order direct from us! Sign up to our Ab Chaos newsletter via Facebook or on our front page and never miss out when new products are released.
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Prefer to buy your Chaosium products at a FLGS? – that’s great too: support stores that are part of the Bits and Mortar initiative!

LICENSEE FOCUS

Q WORKSHOP and Chaosium, Inc. proudly announce their upcoming Kickstarter campaign, to produce the amazing Metal Call of Cthulhu Dice Set!

An official accessory to the best-selling Chaosium RPG Call of Cthulhu, these dice will be made of tin, with the most detailed design Q WORKSHOP has produced so far.

Sign up here, to be informed when the Kickstarter goes live!
https://ks.q-workshop.com

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 February 8th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

More from Chaosium…

#41 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Available now exclusively direct from Chaosium—it’s a coloring book out of space!
28 eldritch scenes of Lovecraftian Horror to color. Try to stay within the (non-Euclidean) lines!
Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book is in stock at our US, UK and Australian warehouses. $14.95 including PDF.
Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Andrey Fetisov was a student of classical art at the Surikov Art Institute in Moscow, and has been working as a freelance cg illustration/concept artist for about five years. 
He describes himself as “a huge HPL fan with a softspot for all things retro-ish.”

Khan of Khans Kickstarter success marks Chaosium’s return to Boardgames

 

$47,354 pledged, 473% funded, 1,345 backers – holy cow!

 


 
Yes we Khan! Our Khan of Khans Kickstarter successfully funded – many thanks to everyone who joined us on the journey!
The next steps for the Kickstarter involves delivering all of the rewards as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Meanwhile, a dedicated forum for Khan of Khans has been set up at BRP Central-The Chaoisum Forums. Here Khan of Khans players any questions, along with exchanging raid strategies, Khan wisdom, and anything else related to the game.
Chaosium has several new boardgames in the pipeline, including new editions of Dragon Pass and Credo, and a new title from Reiner Knizia.

LICENSEE FOCUS


 

Props of Nyarlathotep : London and Cairo

This new licensed Call of Cthulhu project comes from the talented French artist Delphes Desvoivres. She previously created the wonderful Sedefkar Simulacrum sculptural pieces for Horror on the Orient Express, and these look just as creepily authentic!
 
The Kickstarter ends soon so don’t miss your chance to secure these exquisite fine art pieces! 
Props of Nyarlathotep : London and Cairo Kickstarter Video
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 January 30th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG and game releases from Chaosium…

#40 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The great dust cloud shows that with a little less than two days to go in Chaosium’s KHAN OF KHANS Kickstarter, more than 1100 backers have already joined our nomad horde on the vast Plains of Prax.

Who knows how many more may yet join us in the final days before we ride for plunder and glory!

You can back the full KHAN OF KHANS game for just $20, and it’s from two of the best known names in tabletop design (Reiner Knizia and Greg Stafford). So come join us in plundering Dragon Pass!
The Kickstarter campaign concludes on Tuesday January 31st at 11.57am US Eastern Standard Time (4.57pm GMT)
Also check out KHAN OF KHANS with our FREE Print & Play, with rules available in English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and now Turkish!

And Glorantha fans! Don’t forget, Greg Stafford’s NOMADS GODS Rulebook—with Gene Day’s awesomely old school fantasy 1977 cover—is available as a PDF add-on for $9 in our Khan of Khans Kickstarter!

Et stellæ sunt iure!*

– Cthulhu Invictus update –

In late 2016 we announced Golden Golden Press was granted the license to produce Cthulhu Invictus, the “Ancient Rome” line of supplements for Call of Cthulhu.

Here’s what Golden Goblin are planning for their first release – carpe noctum!**

“Take your Call of Cthulhu game back in time to the Age of the Antonines, The Golden Age of Imperial Rome. Battle sinister cults, unspeakable horrors, and alien gods across the Roman Empire, from the misty shores of Britannia to the bustling markets of the Arabia, deep in the forests of Germania and across the stacks of the Library of Alexandria, from the Pyramids to the Parthenon, from the Colosseum to Hadrian’s Wall, from the trading ports of North Africa to the coast of the Black Sea. Adventure, glory, death, and madness await.”

Golden Goblin says, “Join us, for the glory of Rome! The Empire Needs You!”
Golden Goblin’s Kickstarter launches on February 8th 2017, concluding on March 15th (The Ides of March). There are lots of exciting stretch goals planned, including a fiction companion, a Keeper’s screen, pre-generated investigators, additional content and scenarios.

*the Stars are right!
**seize the night!

Licensee Focus:

STYGIAN FOX PUBLISHING PRESENTS…

 
Fear’s Sharp Little Needles is a modern day collection of licensed one-shot Call of Cthulhu scenarios from our friends Stygian Fox.
Described as “less like Dr Phibes or Nosferatu and more like true Detective and Hannibal”, these adventures involvine mythos corruption of the Human psyche, with many featuring direct contact with entities from outside space and time.

The Kickstarter is now live and rocketing through the stretch goals!

…and ending very soon: THE STAR ON THE SHORE Kickstarter, a classic 1920’s Call of Cthulhu adventure from our friends Dark Cult Games. Back it while you can!
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.