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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. 

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on January 21st, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Some Kickstarter and Cthulhu news from Chaosium…

#39 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Chaosium’s KHAN OF KHANS is live now on Kickstarter, and is already over 250% funded! 

The Sanskrit word for war literally means “a desire for more cows”…

That’s the aim of Chaosium’s new family game, KHAN OF KHANS by German boardgame design legend Reiner Knizia—”raid your enemies, win cows and the game!”

The game brings together two of the most accomplished and legendary figures in gaming industry: world-renowned game designer Dr Reiner Knizia and “the grand shaman of games” himself, Greg Stafford.
The Kickstarter campaign runs for another 10 days, until January 31st. The base backer level is only USD$20.00 and for that get you the full game!

We’ve assembled a great horde and are thundering through the Stretch Goals—please come join us! 

Check out KHAN OF KHANS with our FREE Print & Play, with rules available in English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish!

What People Are Saying About KHAN OF KHANS

“UDDERLY FANTASTIC… Reiner Knizia, the epochal board game designer who has won enough gaming awards to sink a boat, has a new game on Kickstarter that you need to know about.”
Geek & Sundry

“KICKSTARTER OF THE WEEK: If you’re looking for a family friendly game from a premiere designer, make sure to give this one a look!”
Club Fantasci

“Khan of Khans is light and quick and absolutely charming, thanks to the wonderful art of Ian O’Toole, the artist behind The Gallerist and Vinhos Deluxe Edition
The Dice Tower’s Board Game Breakfast

“K-H-A-A-A-N!”
Captain James T Kirk

Here’s a play-through video of Khan of Khans!
Filmed at The Kraken convention, Germany in 2016 (video is in English)
Khan of Khans Family Game Demo

More of What People Are Saying About KHAN OF KHANS

“Yay! Trust me, all your kids, adults, and cultists will love this!”
Stephanie McLeay – games designer and publisher (Stygian Fox Publishing)

“This humble journalist had the chance to play the game at Gen Con, and I can tell you the gameplay is quick, simple, and enjoyable. It’s a game that children and adults could play together at family gatherings or after dinner, and everyone can have a good time. Despite its simplicity and ease of play, the game still requires thinking and planning when it is most advantageous to play cards. When I played, Vampire: The Masquerade creator Mark Rein-Hagen stole all my cows and won the game, but I assume the game will be just as fun even if you’re not playing with gaming royalty.”
Ben RiggsGeek & Sundry

“We’re backing it on day 1!”
Tweeted by the guys from Backerkit after playing a demo at Essen 2016

“Yes we Khan”
Barak Obama

DEAD LIGHT

New online adventure scenario for Call of Cthulhu
on Fantasy Grounds!

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition has come to Fantasy Grounds, the popular virtual tabletop where you can play your favourite RPGs with your friends online!

And now Dead Light is the newest online adventure scenario for the ruleset! Are you ready to test your sanity?

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition on Fantasy Grounds ruleset contains the core rules, background, guidance, spells, and monsters of the game. It also contains two starter adventures.

NEW TRAILER FOR CALL OF CTHULHU—THE OFFICIAL VIDEO GAME!
Here’s the new trailer for Call of Cthulhu—the Official Video Game, from our friends Focus Home Interactive. Very Lovecraftian, very Call of Cthulhu!

You’ll be able to delve head-first into madness on PS4, Xbox One, and PC later this year!

Licensee Focus:

THE STAR ON THE SHORE: a Call of Cthulhu Module

Our friends Dark Cult Games are Kickstarting a new licensed Call of Cthulhu module, THE STAR ON THE SHORE. A classic 1920s adventure, The Star on the Shore is designed for new players and veterans alike.
 

A bizarre statue found in an old, unearthed chapel has vanished. What are the true aims of the shadowy organization desperate to find this nameless relic? Most importantly, what dark secret writhes at the heart of a small, picturesque town perched on the New England coast?
THE STAR ON THE SHORE is an excellent introduction to the dark machinations of the Cthulhu Mythos in those placid parts of the world least able to cope with the cosmic horror of the Old Ones! The Kickstarter funded within 24 hours, and has ten days to run. 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. 

[Commission] A Shoggoth! Terror of… well everything

Posted on January 18th, 2017 under , . Posted by

This piece came with the Reaper Bones. This terrifying monster has so many uses in games… it is definitely a personal favorite. Nothing scares me as much as the piping of a tekeli-li! JP

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on January 11th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

The latest news from Chaosium…

#38 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

KHAN OF KHANS is now live on Kickstarter—the battle begins on the Plains of Prax!
Our new Reiner Knizia card game is fun and fast, and an ideal family game for ages 9+.
The Kickstarter campaign runs from January 10 – January 31, and we’d love your support. We are looking for tribal members to take up the challenge and lead their tribe to glory—Wa-ha!
Rick, president of Chaosium, introduces our new game and invites you to join the tribe

Download the free Khan of Khans PRINT & PLAY here:
http://bit.ly/khanofkhanspp

 

Bienvenu à Prax!
Wilkommen in Prax!
Bienvenidos a Prax!

PRINT & PLAY rules now with annotations in FrenchGerman and Spanish!

Love Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest?
Then share that love with others by running games with us!

Join the Cult of Chaos – Get Free Stuff!
The Cult of Chaos is the organized play collective of Chaosium. We offer free scenarios, free campaigns, and for GMs that run games at public venues, we offer store credit on products from our website.

The big push this year is to recruit from this pool in order to fill event listings at summer conventions like UK Game ExpoOriginsGen Con and PAX Aus. Members of the Cult of Chaos that run games in our event space can get a free badge to the convention.

For more information and to join up, check out the Organized Play section of our website.

And if you want to know more about volunteering as a GM at one of the conventions Chaosium is attending this year, please contact our Director of Organized Play, [email protected].

CHAOSIUM MAKES THE CALL FOR CONVENTION SCENARIOS
Call of Cthulhu is in massive demand at gaming conventions and we seek more scenarios to offer at these events to meet that demand in 2017.

To help meet that demand we are launching the Cult of Chaos Convention Scenario Competition 2017

We are looking for engaging and dramatic convention scenarios dreamt up by the mind of the Cult of Chaos. This is your opportunity to share your experience and writing skills, and get your scenario played around the world as official Chaosium convention games.

Follow the link for more information!

Licensee Focus:

ARKHAM GAZETTE RETURNS – Bigger and Better!

Our friends Sentinel Hill Press have rereleased 2013’s Arkham Gazette #1 again—it’s 50% longer, with several new articles and a special Call of Cthulhu 7th edition conversion guide. Available now from DriveThruRPG!

They plan to update #2 to the new edition as well, also with expanded material!

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 3rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

All the most recent news and releases from Chaosium…

#37 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

KHAN OF KHANS Free Print & Play!


—Try out the Game before the Kickstarter launches on Jan 10—

The Sanskrit word for war literally means “a desire for more cows”.
That’s the aim of our new game, Reiner Knizia‘s KHAN OF KHANS—”raid your enemies, win cows and the game!” Although our game is set in Greg Stafford‘s mythic world Glorantha, the Khans in the game would very much get what the ancient Vedic Indians were on about.
Khan of Khans is coming to Kickstarter on Jan 10. In the mean time we invite you to PRINT & PLAY the full version of the game, complete with final artwork and design by award-winning artist Ian O’Toole. We’d love to hear what you think of the game!

In this fast-paced game, the players are khans of different fantastical tribes on the Plains of Prax, each riding a unique animal that confers special abilities. Everyone attempts to amass the biggest herd, meanwhile fighting off enemy magic, stampedes and attempts by other players to steal their cows.

Download the free Khan of Khans PRINT & PLAY here: http://bit.ly/khanofkhanspp

“Thanks to EVERYONE who thought this was a worthwhile pursuit, and for then waiting patiently for almost five years to see this come to fruition. Your encouragement meant everything!”
– a new pic and message from R.J. Ivankovic, creator of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readersavailable now in hardback (with free PDF) only from Chaosium 

CULTS OF PRAX and CULTS OF TERROR
Now available in PDF

CULTS OF PRAX and CULTS OF TERROR—these two game-changing (we mean this literally!) RPG supplements for RuneQuest Classic can be purchased by download now at Chaosium.com.
And if you buy the PDFs now, you’ll get a discount on the printed books when they become available for sale at our webstore later this year.
And get the amazing Cults of Prax and Cults of Terror cover art as posters, t-shirts, mugs and more in the Classic Covers section of our Redbubble store!
(Cults of Terror cover art by Jennell Jaquays)
And finally—somewhat belatedly, but sincerely nevertheless…
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.