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Chaosium Inc. – Newsletter

Posted on October 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Lots of RPG news from Chaosium…

#57 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Masks of Nyarlathotep Expansion for Fantasy Flight’s Eldritch Horror Board Game

We have the privilege of getting to work with incredible people and companies inspired by our work, who want to bring new forms of Lovecraftian horror to you…like this newly-announced upcoming release from Fantasy Flight Games: the Masks of Nyarlathotep expansion for the Eldritch Horror board game.

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Expansion for Eldritch Horror is available for pre-order now and will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

And don’t forget, as we previously announced, around the same time we’ll be releasing the print version of our new RPG edition of Masks, with the PDF coming out before the end of 2017!


The Art of Call of Cthulhu the Coloring Book –
Now Available on Redbubble

The amazingly talented Andrey Fetisov has gone and colored in all his pictures from the Gold ENnie award-winning Call of Cthulhu the Coloring Book. And now you can get these Lovecraftian masterpieces on t-shirts, posters, notebooks and the like from the Chaosium Redbubble store!

New Board and Card Game Submissions Guidelines Released

Chaosium’s first-ever release was a board game, Greg Stafford’s epic wargame White Bear Red Moon, back in 1975.
As Chaosium began to make its mark publishing roleplaying games, it also produced memorable board and card game titles—such titles as Nomad Gods (1978), Lords of the Middle Sea (1978), Raiders & Traders (1979), Dragon Pass (1980), Arkham Horror (1987), Credo (1993) and Mythos (1996), among others.
In 2016, with design legend Reiner Knizia’s Gloranthan family game Khan of Khans, we’ve returned to making board games and card games again, after some twenty years. If you’ve got a proposal in mind for us, our new board and card game submissions guidelinestell you what we’re looking for!
NOMAD GODS RULES BOOKLET PDF REISSUE

Greg Stafford’s game NOMAD GODS was originally published in 1977. This PDF is the 72 page rulebook for the game, featuring richly detailed and delightful information on the history, magic, battles, culture and treasure of the Praxian tribes. Many elements have been expanded upon in later publications, but this is where Prax was first described in incredible creative detail. Available now!

Fantasy Grounds users, there’s a must-see sale going on this week!

 

S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors is a lush collection of 53 creatures, providing a preternaturalist cornucopia of insights to various Lovecraftian horrors. (Regularly $17.99, now $14.39.)

The Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook gives you the rules to play the 7th edition of the cult classic that has haunted dreams for decades. (Regularly $27.99, now $22.39)

The sale ends Sunday night (Oct 8) at 11:59 PM EST.

https://www.fantasygrounds.com/store/

Licensee Focus

 

Metacreator is Alter Ego Software’s RPG character generator, and it now supports the 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu, enabling you to rapidly create investigators!

Game system rules and adjustments are built in with hundreds of data items ready to use from the Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook and Investigator Handbook. All data is fully customizable, with character sheet, spell book, encounter group, and HTML stat block outputs.

Demo the system template, purchase Metacreator, and learn more here:
http://alteregosoftware.com/Cthulhu7th.php

Licensee Focus

 

Kevin Ross’s “The Dare”
by Sentinel Hill Press

new Kickstarter by our friends Sentinel Hill Press, Kevin’s Ross’s 1996 one-shot “The Dare”, revised for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. Three times the length of the original, with new art, maps and ten pre-gen characters.
Sentinel Hill are running a quick 10 day Kickstarter campaign – it concludes on Monday October 9, so don’t delay if you want to back it!

Licensee Focus

Devil’s Swamp is a licensed 1920’s era Call of Cthulhu adventure by New Comet (formerly Dark Cult) Games. The setting is 1920s of the Hockomock swamp in Massachusetts.

It’s live on Kickstarter now—the next stretch goal ($20K) sees Christopher Smith Adair, one of the writers for the ENnie award winning Doors to Darkness contribute a bonus 7th scenario.

You have a week to venture into Devil’s Swamp: the Kickstarter finishes on the eldritchly-appropriate Friday 13th October

Licensee Focus

 

Infinity Engine launches new officially licensed RuneQuest Miniatures on Kickstarter

Our friends at Infinity Engine have launched their Kickstarter for the adversaries from the RQ Quickstart’s Broken Tower scenario.
Two Sprul-Pa, a Dream Weft, three Menhir and the Stone Woman. And two iconic Rock Lizards! There are backer levels from cardboard stand-ups right through to fully-painted sets where you can customise the colors!
With all the original stretch goals blitzed through, Richard has unlocked a new one with a Great Troll, a Dragonewt, a Rubble Runner, a Morokanth, a Rock Dawrf, a Jack-o-Bear, a Broo and a Duck with crossbow on offer.

Kickstarter has met its funding goal already, and runs until October 9—check it out at the link while you can!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infinity-engine/runequest-quickstarter-miniatures

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 October 7th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

Lots of RPG news from Chaosium…

#57 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Masks of Nyarlathotep Expansion for Fantasy Flight’s Eldritch Horror Board Game

We have the privilege of getting to work with incredible people and companies inspired by our work, who want to bring new forms of Lovecraftian horror to you…like this newly-announced upcoming release from Fantasy Flight Games: the Masks of Nyarlathotep expansion for the Eldritch Horror board game.

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Expansion for Eldritch Horror is available for pre-order now and will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

And don’t forget, as we previously announced, around the same time we’ll be releasing the print version of our new RPG edition of Masks, with the PDF coming out before the end of 2017!


The Art of Call of Cthulhu the Coloring Book –
Now Available on Redbubble

The amazingly talented Andrey Fetisov has gone and colored in all his pictures from the Gold ENnie award-winning Call of Cthulhu the Coloring Book. And now you can get these Lovecraftian masterpieces on t-shirts, posters, notebooks and the like from the Chaosium Redbubble store!

New Board and Card Game Submissions Guidelines Released

Chaosium’s first-ever release was a board game, Greg Stafford’s epic wargame White Bear Red Moon, back in 1975.
As Chaosium began to make its mark publishing roleplaying games, it also produced memorable board and card game titles—such titles as Nomad Gods (1978), Lords of the Middle Sea (1978), Raiders & Traders (1979), Dragon Pass (1980), Arkham Horror (1987), Credo (1993) and Mythos (1996), among others.
In 2016, with design legend Reiner Knizia’s Gloranthan family game Khan of Khans, we’ve returned to making board games and card games again, after some twenty years. If you’ve got a proposal in mind for us, our new board and card game submissions guidelinestell you what we’re looking for!
NOMAD GODS RULES BOOKLET PDF REISSUE

Greg Stafford’s game NOMAD GODS was originally published in 1977. This PDF is the 72 page rulebook for the game, featuring richly detailed and delightful information on the history, magic, battles, culture and treasure of the Praxian tribes. Many elements have been expanded upon in later publications, but this is where Prax was first described in incredible creative detail. Available now!

Fantasy Grounds users, there’s a must-see sale going on this week!

 

S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors is a lush collection of 53 creatures, providing a preternaturalist cornucopia of insights to various Lovecraftian horrors. (Regularly $17.99, now $14.39.)

The Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook gives you the rules to play the 7th edition of the cult classic that has haunted dreams for decades. (Regularly $27.99, now $22.39)

The sale ends Sunday night (Oct 8) at 11:59 PM EST.

https://www.fantasygrounds.com/store/

Licensee Focus

 

Metacreator is Alter Ego Software’s RPG character generator, and it now supports the 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu, enabling you to rapidly create investigators!

Game system rules and adjustments are built in with hundreds of data items ready to use from the Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook and Investigator Handbook. All data is fully customizable, with character sheet, spell book, encounter group, and HTML stat block outputs.

Demo the system template, purchase Metacreator, and learn more here:
http://alteregosoftware.com/Cthulhu7th.php

Licensee Focus

 

Kevin Ross’s “The Dare”
by Sentinel Hill Press

new Kickstarter by our friends Sentinel Hill Press, Kevin’s Ross’s 1996 one-shot “The Dare”, revised for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition. Three times the length of the original, with new art, maps and ten pre-gen characters.
Sentinel Hill are running a quick 10 day Kickstarter campaign – it concludes on Monday October 9, so don’t delay if you want to back it!

Licensee Focus

Devil’s Swamp is a licensed 1920’s era Call of Cthulhu adventure by New Comet (formerly Dark Cult) Games. The setting is 1920s of the Hockomock swamp in Massachusetts.

It’s live on Kickstarter now—the next stretch goal ($20K) sees Christopher Smith Adair, one of the writers for the ENnie award winning Doors to Darkness contribute a bonus 7th scenario.

You have a week to venture into Devil’s Swamp: the Kickstarter finishes on the eldritchly-appropriate Friday 13th October

Licensee Focus

 

Infinity Engine launches new officially licensed RuneQuest Miniatures on Kickstarter

Our friends at Infinity Engine have launched their Kickstarter for the adversaries from the RQ Quickstart’s Broken Tower scenario.
Two Sprul-Pa, a Dream Weft, three Menhir and the Stone Woman. And two iconic Rock Lizards! There are backer levels from cardboard stand-ups right through to fully-painted sets where you can customise the colors!
With all the original stretch goals blitzed through, Richard has unlocked a new one with a Great Troll, a Dragonewt, a Rubble Runner, a Morokanth, a Rock Dawrf, a Jack-o-Bear, a Broo and a Duck with crossbow on offer.

Kickstarter has met its funding goal already, and runs until October 9—check it out at the link while you can!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infinity-engine/runequest-quickstarter-miniatures

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 September 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The latest Call of Cthulhu and Kickstarter news from Chaosium…

#55 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Mythos Horrors in the French Revolution – Out Now in PDF!

Announcing Reign of Terroran epic two-part historical scenario, set during the French Revolution, playable as a stand-alone adventure or as an historical interlude for use with Chaosium’s premium campaign Horror on the Orient Express.

Developed by Call of Cthulhu mastermind Mark Morrison as a secret chapter in the story of Horror on the Orient ExpressReign of Terror has been designed for play with or without reference to that campaign.

Part One, set in 1789 amid the stirrings of the revolution, sees the investigators descend into the catacombs of Paris and brave the tribulations of courtly life, where debauchery and wickedness bring there own terrors.
Part Two, set during The Terror, catapults the investigators into a conspiracy, where spies and agents seek out those who would destabilize the new regime. Caught amongst the chaos and dangers of Paris, the way must be found to stop a nightmare that would plunge France and the rest of Europe into darkness.
This book provides a stand-alone setting, with a plethora of historical details to help the Keeper bring Paris and the French Revolution to life. Profusely illustrated throughout, with detailed maps of Paris, the Palace of Versailles, and more!

Alongside the two-part scenario of Reign of Terror is a range of scenario seeds, each providing roots for extending play and building a longer, more in-depth campaign.

Buy the PDF now; get a coupon for the hardcover version!
When you buy Reign of Terror PDF now, we’ll send you a discount coupon that will offset the PDF purchase price once the hardcover version is available.

Khan of Khans – Shipping to backers is well underway!


At the beginning of the Khan of Khans Kickstarter campaign we said that shipping of the boxed game would commence in August of 2017. And so it did! Copies are now in the process of being sent out from all three of our warehouses (Australia, UK, USA).
 

Buy the Khan of Khans Art on Redbubble

We’ve just launched all the goofy Ian O’Toole artwork from our new Khan of Khans family game at the Chaosium Redbubble Store! T-shirts, mugs, wall art and more! 
And don’t forget our wide range of Call of Cthulhu, Glorantha and other Chaosium lines over at Redbubble: something for everyone….

Licensee Focus

 

Infinity Engine launches new officially licensed RuneQuest Miniatures on Kickstarter

Our friends at Infinity Engine have launched their Kickstarter for the adversaries from the RQ Quickstart’s Broken Tower scenario.
Two Sprul-Pa, a Dream Weft, three Menhir and the Stone Woman. And two iconic Rock Lizards! There are backer levels from cardboard stand-ups right through to fully-painted sets where you can customise the colors!
The Kickstarter runs until October 9—check it out at the link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infinity-engine/runequest-quickstarter-miniatures

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 September 20th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The latest Call of Cthulhu and Kickstarter news from Chaosium…

#55 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Mythos Horrors in the French Revolution – Out Now in PDF!

Announcing Reign of Terroran epic two-part historical scenario, set during the French Revolution, playable as a stand-alone adventure or as an historical interlude for use with Chaosium’s premium campaign Horror on the Orient Express.

Developed by Call of Cthulhu mastermind Mark Morrison as a secret chapter in the story of Horror on the Orient ExpressReign of Terror has been designed for play with or without reference to that campaign.

Part One, set in 1789 amid the stirrings of the revolution, sees the investigators descend into the catacombs of Paris and brave the tribulations of courtly life, where debauchery and wickedness bring there own terrors.
Part Two, set during The Terror, catapults the investigators into a conspiracy, where spies and agents seek out those who would destabilize the new regime. Caught amongst the chaos and dangers of Paris, the way must be found to stop a nightmare that would plunge France and the rest of Europe into darkness.
This book provides a stand-alone setting, with a plethora of historical details to help the Keeper bring Paris and the French Revolution to life. Profusely illustrated throughout, with detailed maps of Paris, the Palace of Versailles, and more!

Alongside the two-part scenario of Reign of Terror is a range of scenario seeds, each providing roots for extending play and building a longer, more in-depth campaign.

Buy the PDF now; get a coupon for the hardcover version!
When you buy Reign of Terror PDF now, we’ll send you a discount coupon that will offset the PDF purchase price once the hardcover version is available.

Khan of Khans – Shipping to backers is well underway!


At the beginning of the Khan of Khans Kickstarter campaign we said that shipping of the boxed game would commence in August of 2017. And so it did! Copies are now in the process of being sent out from all three of our warehouses (Australia, UK, USA).
 

Buy the Khan of Khans Art on Redbubble

We’ve just launched all the goofy Ian O’Toole artwork from our new Khan of Khans family game at the Chaosium Redbubble Store! T-shirts, mugs, wall art and more! 
And don’t forget our wide range of Call of Cthulhu, Glorantha and other Chaosium lines over at Redbubble: something for everyone….

Licensee Focus

 

Infinity Engine launches new officially licensed RuneQuest Miniatures on Kickstarter

Our friends at Infinity Engine have launched their Kickstarter for the adversaries from the RQ Quickstart’s Broken Tower scenario.
Two Sprul-Pa, a Dream Weft, three Menhir and the Stone Woman. And two iconic Rock Lizards! There are backer levels from cardboard stand-ups right through to fully-painted sets where you can customise the colors!
The Kickstarter runs until October 9—check it out at the link:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/infinity-engine/runequest-quickstarter-miniatures

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 September 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#55 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Wyrms Footnotes Returns!

Wyrms Footnotes is Chaosium’s House Magazine for Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha. Fourteen issues were published between 1976 – 1983. After a (mere) 29 year hiatus, Wyrms Footnotes returned in 2012 with issue #15, produced by Moon Design Publications. In 2017, Wyrms Footnotes is back again as the Chaosium House magazine for Glorantha!
“Our goal is for Wyrms Footnotes to be a place where we can regularly publish articles, maps, short scenarios, background, fiction and more, exploring Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha”, said Chaosium vice president Michael O’Brien.
Guest Editors
Each issue of Wyrms Footnotes is overseen by a special Guest Editor.

Guest editors may or may not be Chaosium staffers, but all share a deep and abiding love and passion for Glorantha. 

The guest editor for issue #16 is Ian Cooper, Chaosium’s line editor for the HeroQuest RPG and author of recent Glorantha releases The Coming Storm and The Eleven Lights.
Issue #17 will be overseen by long-standing Glorantha contributor and creator David Scott, who is currently helping lead a 32-week “Group Read” of the monumental Guide to Glorantha on the Chaosium fourms at BRP Central.
Award-winning RPG designer, author and passionate Gloranthan Sarah Newton is guest editor of Issue #18
Come share your stories with the tribe!
Wyrms Footnotes will appear bi-annually, at least initially”, O’Brien said. “We’re happy to consider anything Gloranthan that is well-written, playable and consistent – each issue will contain a potpourri of subjects relating to Glorantha and the Hero Wars.”
Submissions for Wyrms Footnotes is now open. Check out the submissions guidelines page for more information.

Licensee Focus:

Follow up on several long-overdue Kickstarters by licensees…

Chaosium has recently been in touch with the creators of several overdue licensed Kickstarters. We are keen to see these projects through, and for backers to be updated regularly about progress. Here is our report…

Horrors of War

Chaosium met with Scott Glancy of Pagan Publishing at Gen Con and discussed the Horrors of War license. We have confidence Scott can deliver on this project in the revised time frame he has put forward, and that he will give backers timely updates about progress until it is done.

More details

Punktown

Chaosium recently spoke to Tom Lynch of Miskatonic River Press. Although the Punktown Kickstarter is way, way overdue (launched in Nov 2012!) a 50% preview of the book has been recently shared with backers, and the second half is in the final stages of layout (work on this being undertaken by Angus Abranson of Chronicle Cityfor Miskatonic River Press). For this reason Chaosium has decided to keep the Punktown license in place and we’ll hopefully get to see this much-delayed project taken through to completion in the coming months.

More details.

Writhing Dark & Writhing Dark Extended Edition

We don’t want backers to be prevented by Chaosium from getting what they’ve paid Shane Tyree to produce, although we would be within our rights to terminate his Kickstarter agreements. But because Shane has the actual product in hand and sincerely states that he still wishes to deliver, we have instead issued a special license extension. This is strictly limited to fulfilling the original Writhing Dark and Extended Edition Kickstarter rewards and expires on completion.

More details.

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

An Audiobook from our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

From our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society! An audio recording of all HPL’s stories, spanning his entire career: if it were on CDs (it isn’t) it would need 42 of them!

Available in a custom designed USB flash drive, or as a monster digital download. Seventy-four stories adding up to more than fifty (50!) hours of Lovecraftian listening, professionally performed and recorded for your enjoyment.

Licensee Focus: 

For the Love of…” is new, free download Call of Cthulhu scenario by our friends at the Miskatonic University Podcast. This was their fundraiser to help get them to Necronomicon 2017. Says MU Podcast: “It was an amazing time, and we are grateful to everyone who pitched in. As a token of our gratitude, here is the finished scenario written by our own Jon Hook.”

“Horror in the Biltmore” raises funds for charity

From the greedy Keeper at the gates of the Dreamlands to the waking of H. P. Lovecraft himself, nearly 30 players (including several that had never played before) donated their way through 16 keepers across three tables over four hours of improvisational Call of Cthulhu. All told, these poor, lost, generous souls gave more than $700 to support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as they struggled to escape a series of portals linking the many worlds found within the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, during NecronomiCon 2017.

“Horror in the Biltmore” was Team NEG’s third foray into face-to-face charity gaming, and their first using Call of Cthulhu. It was a blast, featuring keepers from Chaosium (Mike Mason, gesticulating above), the Good Friends of Jackson Elias (Matt Sanderson and Scott Dorwood), the Miskatonic University Podcast (Keepers Chad, Murph, and Dan), Skype of Cthulhu (Jonathan, Edwin, Max, Randall, and Matt), and friends (Ian, Cory, Badger, Sean, and Dave). It was a tremendous event and a highlight of the convention.

Join the crew for their 2017 fundraising finale!

 
24 hours of live play gaming on November 17, 2017, from 6 pm EST!  
At Midnight EST the team will be playing the “Something from Down There” scenario from Chaosium’s newly released Down Darker Trails supplement. Throughout the event, donors will have the option to “mess” with the game (throwing in monsters, puzzles, and even getting the players sing a song!) All’s fair when raising money to help sick children. Chaosium, alongside Frog God Games and Kobold Press, are sponsoring the event, enabling participants to win some fabulous thank you prizes.

Licensee Focus

 

Rapier’s Runestarter: Morokanth and Trolls

Our friends at Rapier Miniatures now have their fabulous Morokanth minies available for pre-order, along with the Trolls they’re also working on (one Dark, one Great, one Cave)—details here: http://bit.ly/2xIDqCf

Morokanth (34mm)
Dark Troll (shown – 35mm). Cave Troll and Great Troll will be approx 45mm.
Rapier says they’ll be available for dispatch the week commencing Monday 23rd of October…
MORE LOVECRAFTIAN LISTENING FROM YSDC!

Our friends at Yog-Sothoth (YSDC) were the first in the world to record roleplaying games and put them on the Internet, starting an online phenomenon.

They are just about to finish up an epic 12 year run of Call of Cthulhu gaming, having journeyed through 10 recorded adventures between September 2005 and September 2017. To mark the occasion, YSDC is making all their recordings available for free, starting with their play-through of Masks of Nyarlathotep.

Licensee Focus:

Our friends at Modiphius have launched a “Living Campaign” for Achtung! Cthulhu, their licensed Call of Cthulhu adventures set in WW2.
The Living Campaign is free to join and kicks off with a free 29 page adventure, “A Light on the Mountain”, the start of a sinister plot across occupied territory. It contains maps, handouts and four pre-generated player characters to get you started playing. And by completing a special debriefing form, GMs have an opportunity to change the plot as the campaign unfolds and have a direct result on the course of the Secret War.
You can sign up to the Achtung! Cthulhu Living Campaign by visiting the Living Campaign Sign Up Page.
It’s your perfect way to report for duty in Achtung! Cthulhu’s Secret War, which mixes the terrors of HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos with the heroism and pulp adventure of World War 2.
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 September 6th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#55 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Wyrms Footnotes Returns!

Wyrms Footnotes is Chaosium’s House Magazine for Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha. Fourteen issues were published between 1976 – 1983. After a (mere) 29 year hiatus, Wyrms Footnotes returned in 2012 with issue #15, produced by Moon Design Publications. In 2017, Wyrms Footnotes is back again as the Chaosium House magazine for Glorantha!
“Our goal is for Wyrms Footnotes to be a place where we can regularly publish articles, maps, short scenarios, background, fiction and more, exploring Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha”, said Chaosium vice president Michael O’Brien.
Guest Editors
Each issue of Wyrms Footnotes is overseen by a special Guest Editor.

Guest editors may or may not be Chaosium staffers, but all share a deep and abiding love and passion for Glorantha. 

The guest editor for issue #16 is Ian Cooper, Chaosium’s line editor for the HeroQuest RPG and author of recent Glorantha releases The Coming Storm and The Eleven Lights.
Issue #17 will be overseen by long-standing Glorantha contributor and creator David Scott, who is currently helping lead a 32-week “Group Read” of the monumental Guide to Glorantha on the Chaosium fourms at BRP Central.
Award-winning RPG designer, author and passionate Gloranthan Sarah Newton is guest editor of Issue #18
Come share your stories with the tribe!
Wyrms Footnotes will appear bi-annually, at least initially”, O’Brien said. “We’re happy to consider anything Gloranthan that is well-written, playable and consistent – each issue will contain a potpourri of subjects relating to Glorantha and the Hero Wars.”
Submissions for Wyrms Footnotes is now open. Check out the submissions guidelines page for more information.

Licensee Focus:

Follow up on several long-overdue Kickstarters by licensees…

Chaosium has recently been in touch with the creators of several overdue licensed Kickstarters. We are keen to see these projects through, and for backers to be updated regularly about progress. Here is our report…

Horrors of War

Chaosium met with Scott Glancy of Pagan Publishing at Gen Con and discussed the Horrors of War license. We have confidence Scott can deliver on this project in the revised time frame he has put forward, and that he will give backers timely updates about progress until it is done.

More details

Punktown

Chaosium recently spoke to Tom Lynch of Miskatonic River Press. Although the Punktown Kickstarter is way, way overdue (launched in Nov 2012!) a 50% preview of the book has been recently shared with backers, and the second half is in the final stages of layout (work on this being undertaken by Angus Abranson of Chronicle Cityfor Miskatonic River Press). For this reason Chaosium has decided to keep the Punktown license in place and we’ll hopefully get to see this much-delayed project taken through to completion in the coming months.

More details.

Writhing Dark & Writhing Dark Extended Edition

We don’t want backers to be prevented by Chaosium from getting what they’ve paid Shane Tyree to produce, although we would be within our rights to terminate his Kickstarter agreements. But because Shane has the actual product in hand and sincerely states that he still wishes to deliver, we have instead issued a special license extension. This is strictly limited to fulfilling the original Writhing Dark and Extended Edition Kickstarter rewards and expires on completion.

More details.

The Complete Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft

An Audiobook from our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

From our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society! An audio recording of all HPL’s stories, spanning his entire career: if it were on CDs (it isn’t) it would need 42 of them!

Available in a custom designed USB flash drive, or as a monster digital download. Seventy-four stories adding up to more than fifty (50!) hours of Lovecraftian listening, professionally performed and recorded for your enjoyment.

Licensee Focus: 

For the Love of…” is new, free download Call of Cthulhu scenario by our friends at the Miskatonic University Podcast. This was their fundraiser to help get them to Necronomicon 2017. Says MU Podcast: “It was an amazing time, and we are grateful to everyone who pitched in. As a token of our gratitude, here is the finished scenario written by our own Jon Hook.”

“Horror in the Biltmore” raises funds for charity

From the greedy Keeper at the gates of the Dreamlands to the waking of H. P. Lovecraft himself, nearly 30 players (including several that had never played before) donated their way through 16 keepers across three tables over four hours of improvisational Call of Cthulhu. All told, these poor, lost, generous souls gave more than $700 to support the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as they struggled to escape a series of portals linking the many worlds found within the Biltmore Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island, during NecronomiCon 2017.

“Horror in the Biltmore” was Team NEG’s third foray into face-to-face charity gaming, and their first using Call of Cthulhu. It was a blast, featuring keepers from Chaosium (Mike Mason, gesticulating above), the Good Friends of Jackson Elias (Matt Sanderson and Scott Dorwood), the Miskatonic University Podcast (Keepers Chad, Murph, and Dan), Skype of Cthulhu (Jonathan, Edwin, Max, Randall, and Matt), and friends (Ian, Cory, Badger, Sean, and Dave). It was a tremendous event and a highlight of the convention.

Join the crew for their 2017 fundraising finale!

 
24 hours of live play gaming on November 17, 2017, from 6 pm EST!  
At Midnight EST the team will be playing the “Something from Down There” scenario from Chaosium’s newly released Down Darker Trails supplement. Throughout the event, donors will have the option to “mess” with the game (throwing in monsters, puzzles, and even getting the players sing a song!) All’s fair when raising money to help sick children. Chaosium, alongside Frog God Games and Kobold Press, are sponsoring the event, enabling participants to win some fabulous thank you prizes.

Licensee Focus

 

Rapier’s Runestarter: Morokanth and Trolls

Our friends at Rapier Miniatures now have their fabulous Morokanth minies available for pre-order, along with the Trolls they’re also working on (one Dark, one Great, one Cave)—details here: http://bit.ly/2xIDqCf

Morokanth (34mm)
Dark Troll (shown – 35mm). Cave Troll and Great Troll will be approx 45mm.
Rapier says they’ll be available for dispatch the week commencing Monday 23rd of October…
MORE LOVECRAFTIAN LISTENING FROM YSDC!

Our friends at Yog-Sothoth (YSDC) were the first in the world to record roleplaying games and put them on the Internet, starting an online phenomenon.

They are just about to finish up an epic 12 year run of Call of Cthulhu gaming, having journeyed through 10 recorded adventures between September 2005 and September 2017. To mark the occasion, YSDC is making all their recordings available for free, starting with their play-through of Masks of Nyarlathotep.

Licensee Focus:

Our friends at Modiphius have launched a “Living Campaign” for Achtung! Cthulhu, their licensed Call of Cthulhu adventures set in WW2.
The Living Campaign is free to join and kicks off with a free 29 page adventure, “A Light on the Mountain”, the start of a sinister plot across occupied territory. It contains maps, handouts and four pre-generated player characters to get you started playing. And by completing a special debriefing form, GMs have an opportunity to change the plot as the campaign unfolds and have a direct result on the course of the Secret War.
You can sign up to the Achtung! Cthulhu Living Campaign by visiting the Living Campaign Sign Up Page.
It’s your perfect way to report for duty in Achtung! Cthulhu’s Secret War, which mixes the terrors of HP Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos with the heroism and pulp adventure of World War 2.
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 August 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news and releases from Chaosium…

#54 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Chaosium wins seven Gold and three Silver
at the 2017 ENnies!

Chaosium and Call of Cthulhu had a truly amazing night at the 2017 Gen Con ENnie Awards, winning 7 gold and 3 silver awards!
Many thanks to the members of the Chaosium tribe, fans and supporters for sending your ENnies votes our way. We appreciate it, and can’t do what we do without you.
We thank the panel of judges for putting so many of our recent releases up for nomination, and the ENnie Awards organisers for putting on such a wonderful way to celebrate what we all love.
Here are the awards Chaosium won:

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. In particular, we’d like to highlight our friends Stygian Fox Publishing who won GOLD in the Best Electronic Book category for their licensed Call of Cthulhu release The Things We Leave Behind. We also applaud and thank our French language licensee Éditions Sans Détour, whose wonderful artwork graces the S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

Chaosium Founder and current Chair of the Board Greg Stafford receiving the Silver ENnie for Fan Favorite Publisher with members of the Chaosium team. Chaosium wants to thank and recognise the creative teams behind each of our ENnie-winning titles and everybody involved in making Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition such a great success.

A new edition of Masks of Nyarlathtotep

Reanimation of the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign!

The new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep is a complete revision and updating of this epic multi-part campaign set in 1925, in which steadfast investigators must unravel secrets and battle the minions of darkness in an attempt to stop world-shattering events from destroying humanity.

The original six-chapter campaign featuring adventures in America, England, Egypt, Kenya, Australia, and China have been developed and updated by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker, and Scott Dorward, and feature enhanced and new encounters, sub-plots, and on-point guidance for the Keeper. Now written to be playable with either standard Call of Cthulhu or Pulp Cthulhu, the text guides the Keeper and allows for both gritty or pulp styles of play.

New Chapter

What’s more, a brand new chapter is introduced. Set in Peru, this new scenario provides an exciting introductory prologue to the campaign, where the investigators get to meet Jackson Elias, the industrious and charming author, whose researches lead into the globe-spanning plot. Each chapter has been tirelessly crossed referenced, to help those running the campaign to keep track of the many locations, characters, player handouts, and items thrown up by the players’ investigation. With new appendices collecting spells, tomes, and artifacts, running the campaign is easiest its ever been.
Apart from the revision and updating of the text to Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, this new version of Masks of Nyarlathotep will be released in full color, with all new maps, handouts, and artwork throughout. A truly reanimated classic campaign, coming to you later this year!

Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter ends with all backers receiving free bonus 20th scenario

Like a final and unexpected postcard from the journey after you’ve arrived home, Chaosium has just sent all 1,374 Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter backers the link to a free download of Mark Morrison’s bonus 20th scenario for the epic campaign. 
‘Empire of Death’ uncovers hitherto unknown secrets from the back story of the Orient Express campaign. What initially started out as a special backer reward for four Gen Con players has been transformed and expanded into a much larger stand-alone supplement of which the Empire of Death scenario is but a part. Reign of Terror is a sourcebook for playing Call of Cthulhu during the French Revolution, and will be in print around the end of 2017. 
This marks the official end of the Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter.
Chaosium president Rick Meints said, “Chaosium needs to thank our patient backers for their ongoing support as we got the campaign back on track and to its final destination. It was a bumpy ride and we learned a great deal on how to properly run a Kickstarter campaign professionally. Over the last 5 years we know there should have been far more Express in getting it all delivered, and less Horror in how some things were handled. In the end, our backers got a great campaign at an excellent price, something which matters greatly to us.”
Khan of Khans Kickstarter Update: we brought some copies to show off and demo at Gen Con. These RuneQuest Quickstart cosplayers were keen to get people to play: probably not a good idea to refuse…

The ships bringing Khan of Khans to the USA, Australia and UK have arrived, and our Kickstarter backers will start getting their copies from this week!


Pulp Cthulhu won the Gold ENnie for Best Supplement. Can it win in the 2017 Dragon Awards as well?

You have until Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm, EDT, to register your ballot. Voting ends on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm, EDT.

The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 – 4.

Licensee Focus:

The Props of Nyarlathotep, New York and Kenya 

More spectacular handcrafted Masks of Nyarlathotep props from the talented Delphes Desvolvres! – this time for the New York and Kenya chapters. And what Delphe’s is creating is simpatico with the updates, changes and tweaks of the recently-announced new edition.
With just over a week to go, the Kickstarter is on the way to being 3x funded.

Here’s our Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason showing off some of the cool art pieces available:

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 August 28th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news and releases from Chaosium…

#54 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Chaosium wins seven Gold and three Silver
at the 2017 ENnies!

Chaosium and Call of Cthulhu had a truly amazing night at the 2017 Gen Con ENnie Awards, winning 7 gold and 3 silver awards!
Many thanks to the members of the Chaosium tribe, fans and supporters for sending your ENnies votes our way. We appreciate it, and can’t do what we do without you.
We thank the panel of judges for putting so many of our recent releases up for nomination, and the ENnie Awards organisers for putting on such a wonderful way to celebrate what we all love.
Here are the awards Chaosium won:

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. In particular, we’d like to highlight our friends Stygian Fox Publishing who won GOLD in the Best Electronic Book category for their licensed Call of Cthulhu release The Things We Leave Behind. We also applaud and thank our French language licensee Éditions Sans Détour, whose wonderful artwork graces the S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

Chaosium Founder and current Chair of the Board Greg Stafford receiving the Silver ENnie for Fan Favorite Publisher with members of the Chaosium team. Chaosium wants to thank and recognise the creative teams behind each of our ENnie-winning titles and everybody involved in making Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition such a great success.

A new edition of Masks of Nyarlathtotep

Reanimation of the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign!

The new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep is a complete revision and updating of this epic multi-part campaign set in 1925, in which steadfast investigators must unravel secrets and battle the minions of darkness in an attempt to stop world-shattering events from destroying humanity.

The original six-chapter campaign featuring adventures in America, England, Egypt, Kenya, Australia, and China have been developed and updated by Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy, Paul Fricker, and Scott Dorward, and feature enhanced and new encounters, sub-plots, and on-point guidance for the Keeper. Now written to be playable with either standard Call of Cthulhu or Pulp Cthulhu, the text guides the Keeper and allows for both gritty or pulp styles of play.

New Chapter

What’s more, a brand new chapter is introduced. Set in Peru, this new scenario provides an exciting introductory prologue to the campaign, where the investigators get to meet Jackson Elias, the industrious and charming author, whose researches lead into the globe-spanning plot. Each chapter has been tirelessly crossed referenced, to help those running the campaign to keep track of the many locations, characters, player handouts, and items thrown up by the players’ investigation. With new appendices collecting spells, tomes, and artifacts, running the campaign is easiest its ever been.
Apart from the revision and updating of the text to Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, this new version of Masks of Nyarlathotep will be released in full color, with all new maps, handouts, and artwork throughout. A truly reanimated classic campaign, coming to you later this year!

Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter ends with all backers receiving free bonus 20th scenario

Like a final and unexpected postcard from the journey after you’ve arrived home, Chaosium has just sent all 1,374 Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter backers the link to a free download of Mark Morrison’s bonus 20th scenario for the epic campaign. 
‘Empire of Death’ uncovers hitherto unknown secrets from the back story of the Orient Express campaign. What initially started out as a special backer reward for four Gen Con players has been transformed and expanded into a much larger stand-alone supplement of which the Empire of Death scenario is but a part. Reign of Terror is a sourcebook for playing Call of Cthulhu during the French Revolution, and will be in print around the end of 2017. 
This marks the official end of the Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter.
Chaosium president Rick Meints said, “Chaosium needs to thank our patient backers for their ongoing support as we got the campaign back on track and to its final destination. It was a bumpy ride and we learned a great deal on how to properly run a Kickstarter campaign professionally. Over the last 5 years we know there should have been far more Express in getting it all delivered, and less Horror in how some things were handled. In the end, our backers got a great campaign at an excellent price, something which matters greatly to us.”
Khan of Khans Kickstarter Update: we brought some copies to show off and demo at Gen Con. These RuneQuest Quickstart cosplayers were keen to get people to play: probably not a good idea to refuse…

The ships bringing Khan of Khans to the USA, Australia and UK have arrived, and our Kickstarter backers will start getting their copies from this week!


Pulp Cthulhu won the Gold ENnie for Best Supplement. Can it win in the 2017 Dragon Awards as well?

You have until Friday, September 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm, EDT, to register your ballot. Voting ends on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 11:59 pm, EDT.

The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 – 4.

Licensee Focus:

The Props of Nyarlathotep, New York and Kenya 

More spectacular handcrafted Masks of Nyarlathotep props from the talented Delphes Desvolvres! – this time for the New York and Kenya chapters. And what Delphe’s is creating is simpatico with the updates, changes and tweaks of the recently-announced new edition.
With just over a week to go, the Kickstarter is on the way to being 3x funded.

Here’s our Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason showing off some of the cool art pieces available:

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 August 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

More Call of Cthulhu releases from Chaosium…

#53 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Down Darker Trails is a setting supplement with scenarios useable with Call of Cthulhu and Pulp Cthulhu. It introduces a new setting for the game—the American West of the late 19th century. The era of gold rushes, outlaws and lawmen, discovery and expansion.
Down Darker Trails contains two complete towns—the gold-hungry Pawheton and San Rafael on the Texas border—and describes four different Lost Worlds, from the weird subterranean world of K’n-yan to the eerie Shadow Desert.
The 256 page full color book is also packed with advice on creating campaigns and adventures, including two complete introductory-level adventures.

So saddle up! Get yourself a posse together and have a look-see what’s over that hill. There’s strange rumors coming in from the whisperin’ desert. You’d best put a round in that iron and make haste!

Remember, if you buy the Down Darker Trails PDF now, you’ll get the full price of the PDF off the price of printed book when it becomes available at Chaosium.com in a few months time

Last year, thanks to Call of Cthulhu fans all over, Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best RPG. This year, Pulp Cthulhu has been nominated for the same category (Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game)!
If you voted in the 2016 Dragon Awards, you will get your ballot by email.
If you didn’t take part last year, you can sign up to vote until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM (EDT): 
The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 – 4.
It would be wonderful if Pulp Cthulhu followed suit and won this year, so please vote Pulp!

Khan of Khans: mysterious ships bearing magnificent goods…

The ships bringing Khan of Khans to our fulfilment warehouses in Australia, the USA and UK have set sail from Hong Kong, and will be arriving later this month (August 2017 – on schedule, which is GREAT). But in the meantime our wonderful printers have airshipped Rick Meints some copies, so while we’re all waiting we can at least have a look at what the finished product looks like!
Rick unboxes the metal tin and standard boxed versions of Khan of Khans.
MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP COMPANION PDF

The 775 page PDF Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion is available exclusively at Chaosium.com. That’s right, seven hundred and seventy-five pages – containing the Companion and appendices.

90% of the money raised goes direct to Yog-sothoth.com.

Chaosium at Necronomicon update:
 

This August, not one but two conventions will be blessed by the Elder Gods on the same weekend. While most of the Chaosium team are heading to Gen Con, Indianapolis, Mike Mason and Nick Nacario will be in Providence, Rhode Island for NecronomiCon. Here’s their schedule:

Friday 18 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick Nacario, layout and art direction for Call of Cthulhu

9am to 10.15am
PULP vs. PURE IN CALL OF CTHULHU GAMING – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Paul Fricker, Lynn Hardy, Chris Lackey, (authors), Dan Kramer, (of Miskatonic U Podcast), Mike Mason (Moderator)

11am to 4pm 
Mike at Booth

12pm to 1pm
Author Signing – Doors to Darkness. Authors at booth to sign books: Tom Lynch, Brian Courtemanche, Chris Smith Adair

Saturday 19 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
CAMPAIGNS IN CALL OF CTHULHU – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Lynne Hardy, Matthew Sanderson, Mike Mason (Moderator)

3pm to 6pm
Mike at Booth

(TBC) 3pm – 4pm
Author Signing – Two-Headed Serpent, with Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward, Matthew Sanderson

Sunday 20 August
11am to 5pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
CALL OF CTHULHU’s FAVORITE SCENARIOS – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Chad Bouchard (MU Podcast), Paul Fricker, Mike Mason (Moderator), Badger McInnes, Christopher Smith Adair

12pm to 4pm
Mike Mason running Pulp Cthulhu – “Elvis v Cthulhu” in Another Dimension, Biltmore Hotel – SOLD OUT!

Licensee Focus:

Type 40 indulges their passion for Call of Cthulhu

Our friends, the incredible prop-makers at Type 40, have paused from making cool stuff for Stan Lee and Thor to indulge their other passion – Call of Cthulhu.

They have just launched a Kickstarter for these gorgeous hand-made leather document wallets, ideal for your CoC books and notes.

Check out the campaign here; the Kickstarter launched a couple of days ago, and is already 95% funded! 

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 August 9th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

More Call of Cthulhu releases from Chaosium…

#53 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

Down Darker Trails is a setting supplement with scenarios useable with Call of Cthulhu and Pulp Cthulhu. It introduces a new setting for the game—the American West of the late 19th century. The era of gold rushes, outlaws and lawmen, discovery and expansion.
Down Darker Trails contains two complete towns—the gold-hungry Pawheton and San Rafael on the Texas border—and describes four different Lost Worlds, from the weird subterranean world of K’n-yan to the eerie Shadow Desert.
The 256 page full color book is also packed with advice on creating campaigns and adventures, including two complete introductory-level adventures.

So saddle up! Get yourself a posse together and have a look-see what’s over that hill. There’s strange rumors coming in from the whisperin’ desert. You’d best put a round in that iron and make haste!

Remember, if you buy the Down Darker Trails PDF now, you’ll get the full price of the PDF off the price of printed book when it becomes available at Chaosium.com in a few months time

Last year, thanks to Call of Cthulhu fans all over, Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best RPG. This year, Pulp Cthulhu has been nominated for the same category (Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game)!
If you voted in the 2016 Dragon Awards, you will get your ballot by email.
If you didn’t take part last year, you can sign up to vote until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM (EDT): 
The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 – 4.
It would be wonderful if Pulp Cthulhu followed suit and won this year, so please vote Pulp!

Khan of Khans: mysterious ships bearing magnificent goods…

The ships bringing Khan of Khans to our fulfilment warehouses in Australia, the USA and UK have set sail from Hong Kong, and will be arriving later this month (August 2017 – on schedule, which is GREAT). But in the meantime our wonderful printers have airshipped Rick Meints some copies, so while we’re all waiting we can at least have a look at what the finished product looks like!
Rick unboxes the metal tin and standard boxed versions of Khan of Khans.
MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP COMPANION PDF

The 775 page PDF Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion is available exclusively at Chaosium.com. That’s right, seven hundred and seventy-five pages – containing the Companion and appendices.

90% of the money raised goes direct to Yog-sothoth.com.

Chaosium at Necronomicon update:
 

This August, not one but two conventions will be blessed by the Elder Gods on the same weekend. While most of the Chaosium team are heading to Gen Con, Indianapolis, Mike Mason and Nick Nacario will be in Providence, Rhode Island for NecronomiCon. Here’s their schedule:

Friday 18 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick Nacario, layout and art direction for Call of Cthulhu

9am to 10.15am
PULP vs. PURE IN CALL OF CTHULHU GAMING – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Paul Fricker, Lynn Hardy, Chris Lackey, (authors), Dan Kramer, (of Miskatonic U Podcast), Mike Mason (Moderator)

11am to 4pm 
Mike at Booth

12pm to 1pm
Author Signing – Doors to Darkness. Authors at booth to sign books: Tom Lynch, Brian Courtemanche, Chris Smith Adair

Saturday 19 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
CAMPAIGNS IN CALL OF CTHULHU – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Lynne Hardy, Matthew Sanderson, Mike Mason (Moderator)

3pm to 6pm
Mike at Booth

(TBC) 3pm – 4pm
Author Signing – Two-Headed Serpent, with Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward, Matthew Sanderson

Sunday 20 August
11am to 5pm
Chaosium Booth open – Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
CALL OF CTHULHU’s FAVORITE SCENARIOS – Room: Omni 2
Panelists: Chad Bouchard (MU Podcast), Paul Fricker, Mike Mason (Moderator), Badger McInnes, Christopher Smith Adair

12pm to 4pm
Mike Mason running Pulp Cthulhu – “Elvis v Cthulhu” in Another Dimension, Biltmore Hotel – SOLD OUT!

Licensee Focus:

Type 40 indulges their passion for Call of Cthulhu

Our friends, the incredible prop-makers at Type 40, have paused from making cool stuff for Stan Lee and Thor to indulge their other passion – Call of Cthulhu.

They have just launched a Kickstarter for these gorgeous hand-made leather document wallets, ideal for your CoC books and notes.

Check out the campaign here; the Kickstarter launched a couple of days ago, and is already 95% funded! 

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 July 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#52 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The gripping saga of the Red Cow clan’s dire straits in The Coming Storm now has a sequel: The Eleven Lights. This is the newest release for HeroQuest Glorantha, now available in PDF.

In The Coming Storm, the dangers surrounding the Red Cow clan in Sartar are closing in from within and without. Occupied by the Lunar Empire, the tribes bent on their destruction are too close for comfort.  The clan can see violence on the horizon— the Hero Wars coming.

In The Eleven Lights, War has come to Dragon Pass in this complete Gloranthan campaign setting, taking the Red Cow PCs from brutal occupation to their liberation from the Lunar Empire.

Whatever history holds for the Red Cow clan, players are about to find out!

Remember, when the print version becomes available later in the year, you get the full price of the PDF off when you buy from Chaosium.com.


Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion PDF

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion PDF is now available, direct from Chaosium!
It’s a whopper 775 page PDF file – that’s right, seven hundred and seventy-five pages– containing the Companion and appendices.

90% of the money raised goes direct to Yog-sothoth.com.

Many thanks to Adam Crossingham of Sixtystone Press, MoNC Project lead Bret Kramer, and Paul Maclean of YSDC for helping facilitate this.
DriveThruRPG’s annual Christmas in July sale is now on, and for the next four days you can save 25% on over 250 Chaosium PDF titles! 
This includes a very wide range of Call of Cthulhu releases, going way back, and including some 7th Edition releases. You can also save 25% on various BRP, HeroQuest, HeroQuest Glorantha, RuneQuest, Superworld, Nephilim and other Chaosium lines including assorted monographs. There is also 31 Chaosium fiction titles to choose from.

Here’s your chance to save while filling that gap in your collection, reading a classic, or trying something new or different. However you parktake of the Chaosium DTRPG catalogue, enjoy!

Sandy Petersen unleashes Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Three

 

The Only Old One himself, Sandy Petersen and Petersen Games, are back with Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3a new expansion for the immensely popular Cthulhu Wars game, renowned for its great competitive gameplay and tactics, and high quality miniatures.

Onslaught 3 offers a new map (Shaggai), a new faction (The Ancients) and a host of new miniatures (including Masks of Nyarlathotep, Hounds of Tindalos, Cathedrals, and a re-imagined Cthulhu among many more).

Onslaught 3 enables backers to buy the new expansions for the Cthulhu Wars game, the core game if you’re new to Cthulhu Wars, and even everything at the Great Old One backer level if you’re super keen. 

The Kickstarter runs until 15th August. It funded within 30 minutes of launch, and is already some six times over its initial funding goal of $100,000.

Gen Con update:
The Cult of Chaos Brings More Souls to the Table…


More than 1,000 character sheets printed later, and all our sessions at Gen Con have sold out! If you missed a chance to play those scenarios (or orchestrate them as a Keeper!) this Gen Con, don’t despair. This fall those convention scenarios will be available through the Cult of Chaos Library over on the Chaosium Forums at BRP Central. Join the Cult of Chaos to facilitate them for others, or keep an eye out for Cult of Chaos sightings in your area to play them.

We have a list of all the tournament scenarios we’ll be offering at Gen Con here—for more than a 1000 players, on 206 tables, over three days, many thanks to Todd, our director of organized play and his team of dedicated volunteer GMs.

Our friends at the MU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION extend an invitation to all Cthulhu fans to attend their annual rally at Gen Con!

Here’s the details you need to secure a ticket (Oh Yea and it’s Free!!):

Game ID: ZED17104722

MU Adventures Club Meeting
Join the MU Adventures Club. Tales of daring-do completion. Miss Duct Tape Camouflage Contest! This ancient & august institution calls out to YOU!!! Hosted again by Dr. Randji Portajonni and Mr. Shiny the promise a rip roaring time!
Event Type: ZED – Isle of Misfit Events
Thursday at 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Stn D

Licensee Focus:

Old Ones Rising at the Unspeakable Oath

Our friends at Arc Dream Publishing are rereleasing issues #18-21 of the ENnie-award winning magazine The Unspeakable Oath in a new 280 page compilation volume. Featuring a “who’s who of some of the best and most knowledgeable Lovecraftian gaming writers outside of Chaosium itself“, Old Ones Rising is available from Arc Dream and will be in gaming stores from August 3rd.
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 July 28th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#52 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The gripping saga of the Red Cow clan’s dire straits in The Coming Storm now has a sequel: The Eleven Lights. This is the newest release for HeroQuest Glorantha, now available in PDF.

In The Coming Storm, the dangers surrounding the Red Cow clan in Sartar are closing in from within and without. Occupied by the Lunar Empire, the tribes bent on their destruction are too close for comfort.  The clan can see violence on the horizon— the Hero Wars coming.

In The Eleven Lights, War has come to Dragon Pass in this complete Gloranthan campaign setting, taking the Red Cow PCs from brutal occupation to their liberation from the Lunar Empire.

Whatever history holds for the Red Cow clan, players are about to find out!

Remember, when the print version becomes available later in the year, you get the full price of the PDF off when you buy from Chaosium.com.


Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion PDF

The Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion PDF is now available, direct from Chaosium!
It’s a whopper 775 page PDF file – that’s right, seven hundred and seventy-five pages– containing the Companion and appendices.

90% of the money raised goes direct to Yog-sothoth.com.

Many thanks to Adam Crossingham of Sixtystone Press, MoNC Project lead Bret Kramer, and Paul Maclean of YSDC for helping facilitate this.
DriveThruRPG’s annual Christmas in July sale is now on, and for the next four days you can save 25% on over 250 Chaosium PDF titles! 
This includes a very wide range of Call of Cthulhu releases, going way back, and including some 7th Edition releases. You can also save 25% on various BRP, HeroQuest, HeroQuest Glorantha, RuneQuest, Superworld, Nephilim and other Chaosium lines including assorted monographs. There is also 31 Chaosium fiction titles to choose from.

Here’s your chance to save while filling that gap in your collection, reading a classic, or trying something new or different. However you parktake of the Chaosium DTRPG catalogue, enjoy!

Sandy Petersen unleashes Cthulhu Wars Onslaught Three

 

The Only Old One himself, Sandy Petersen and Petersen Games, are back with Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 3a new expansion for the immensely popular Cthulhu Wars game, renowned for its great competitive gameplay and tactics, and high quality miniatures.

Onslaught 3 offers a new map (Shaggai), a new faction (The Ancients) and a host of new miniatures (including Masks of Nyarlathotep, Hounds of Tindalos, Cathedrals, and a re-imagined Cthulhu among many more).

Onslaught 3 enables backers to buy the new expansions for the Cthulhu Wars game, the core game if you’re new to Cthulhu Wars, and even everything at the Great Old One backer level if you’re super keen. 

The Kickstarter runs until 15th August. It funded within 30 minutes of launch, and is already some six times over its initial funding goal of $100,000.

Gen Con update:
The Cult of Chaos Brings More Souls to the Table…


More than 1,000 character sheets printed later, and all our sessions at Gen Con have sold out! If you missed a chance to play those scenarios (or orchestrate them as a Keeper!) this Gen Con, don’t despair. This fall those convention scenarios will be available through the Cult of Chaos Library over on the Chaosium Forums at BRP Central. Join the Cult of Chaos to facilitate them for others, or keep an eye out for Cult of Chaos sightings in your area to play them.

We have a list of all the tournament scenarios we’ll be offering at Gen Con here—for more than a 1000 players, on 206 tables, over three days, many thanks to Todd, our director of organized play and his team of dedicated volunteer GMs.

Our friends at the MU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION extend an invitation to all Cthulhu fans to attend their annual rally at Gen Con!

Here’s the details you need to secure a ticket (Oh Yea and it’s Free!!):

Game ID: ZED17104722

MU Adventures Club Meeting
Join the MU Adventures Club. Tales of daring-do completion. Miss Duct Tape Camouflage Contest! This ancient & august institution calls out to YOU!!! Hosted again by Dr. Randji Portajonni and Mr. Shiny the promise a rip roaring time!
Event Type: ZED – Isle of Misfit Events
Thursday at 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Crowne Plaza : Grand Central Stn D

Licensee Focus:

Old Ones Rising at the Unspeakable Oath

Our friends at Arc Dream Publishing are rereleasing issues #18-21 of the ENnie-award winning magazine The Unspeakable Oath in a new 280 page compilation volume. Featuring a “who’s who of some of the best and most knowledgeable Lovecraftian gaming writers outside of Chaosium itself“, Old Ones Rising is available from Arc Dream and will be in gaming stores from August 3rd.
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 July 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

Here’s an election where you can actually vote for Cthulhu…

Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu has received an astounding 10 nominations in the 2017 ENnies, the annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. 
Now it’s time to get out the vote. We’d love it if you could show your support!

The Chaosium Nominees Are…

When the Great Old Ones Greg Stafford and Sandy Petersen returned to Chaosium in 2015, the company focused its efforts on fulfilling its behind schedule and struggling Horror on the Orient Express and Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarters.
Over the next year these projects were put back on track, rewards were sent out, and retail releases of Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition began by early Fall 2016. A line of new CoC products has followed on. We are honored that seven of these Call of Cthulhu releases are now up for ten ENnie awards.

Here is a rundown of the Chaosium nominations…


Doors to Darkness

For tabletop roleplaying gaming to thrive and grow, we need new players, new blood. So we’re very happy Doors to Darkness has been nominated for PRODUCT OF THE YEAR and BEST ADVENTURE, as it was designed especially for beginning Keepers and players of Call of Cthulhu. 
Doors to Darkness features “ready-to-play” scenarios and pre-gen characters, so newcomers can jump right in to horror, mystery, investigation, ghastly monsters, strange magics, and forgotten secrets.

What’s more, it offers a wide range of hints and tips on running Call of Cthulhu – guidance any Keeper, new or experienced, will find very useful.


Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Slipcase Set

We raised the bar with Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition: first class writing and art, matched with high quality production values—paper, bindings, covers, slipcases. And we aim for all our future releases to meet this standard, or exceed it. 
Geekandsundry.com described Call of Cthulhu as “unequivocally the greatest role-playing game ever written“, and we want it to look that way too. 
Call of Cthulhu’s 7th Edition Slipcase Set is an ENnie nominee for BEST PRODUCTION VALUES. Please show your support!

Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen Pack

The Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen has been twice nominated—for its wonderful maps (BEST CARTOGRAPHY), and as the BEST AID/ACCESSORY
The three panel 34 inch screen itself features an evocative night scene of Call of Cthulhu adventure by Spanish artist Ardila, with useful rules, stats and charts on the Keeper side. 
Inside, there are two 1920s ready-to-play scenarios set in Lovecraft Country by Mike Mason and Scott Dorward, plus twelve ready-to-play pre-gen investigators.
The pack also includes eye-catching color wall maps of Lovecraft Country, the World of Cthulhu, and Arkham & Environs. These are by skilled cartographer Stephanie McAlea. 
[As it happens, Steph’s own publishing company, Stygian Fox, is also in contention for several awards: BEST ADVENTURE and BEST ELECTRONIC BOOK. These are for the excellent licensed Call of Cthulhu supplement The Things We leave Behind. Fortunately, you can support Chaosium and Stygian Fox in your ENnies voting: it’s a preferential system, so you can cheerfully vote for both!]

Call of Cthulhu – The Coloring Book

Back in May 2016, Tor.com featured the brilliant artwork of Russian artist Andrey Fetisov, remarking, “Doesn’t this look like a page from the most disturbing coloring book?”

We took a look, and we agreed – wow, Andrey’s stuff is from the most vivid of nightmares!

That’s why we commissioned Andrey to produce the art for Call of Cthulhu – The Coloring Book, which has been nominated for BEST RPG RELATED PRODUCT in the 2017 ENnies.
The scenes Andrey created, both from from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories, and the Call of Cthulhu RPG (Horror on the Orient ExpressMasks of NyarlathotepThe Fungi from Yuggoth and more) are truly striking. 
Please show your appreciation of Andre’s talent by voting!

S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors, aka The Petersen Guide, was the first collaboration between Chaosium and Editions Sans Détour, the French licensee for Call of Cthulhu.

Christian Grussi and his talented team of artists – Loïc Muzy, Mariusz Gandzel, and Claire Delépée – have vividly brought Sandy Petersen and Mike Mason’s descriptions of horrors from the Mythos and the Dreamlands to life in a handsome volume. 

The Petersen Guide has been honoured with two ENnie nominations—BEST MONSTER/ ADVERSARY and BEST INTERIOR ART, a testament to this fruitful creative partnership.

Pulp Cthulhu

Nominated for BEST SUPPLEMENT in the 2017 ENnies, Pulp Cthulhu is something Call of Cthulhu fans have been waiting a long time for… 
Back near the turn of the century, Dustin Wright (the longest-serving member of the Chaosium team, after Greg and Sandy) came up with the concept of a game of Call of Cthulhu “where you might be able to play like Indiana Jones”. Thus, “Pulp Cthulhu” was born. 
But then the project hit development hell, languishing there for well over a decade. Happily, when Mike Mason came on board as Call of Cthulhu line editor in 2013, he, Dustin and James Lowder assembled the ancient fragments out of the dust of the ages, and work on Pulp Cthulhu began anew. 
Pulp Cthulhu, the game of “two-fisted adventure, weird science, dark deeds, and brave heroes”, was finally released to critical acclaim in December 2016, nearly fourteen years after Dustin’s crazy idea. And now it’s up for an ENnie.
Please do your bit and vote for Pulp!

Call of Cthulhu – Investigator Handbook

The Call of Cthulhu Investigator Handbook has been nominated for BEST COVER in the 2017 ENnies. 
The cover depicts a group of Investigators exploring a Temple of Chaugnar Faugn, one of the Great Old Ones. 
This was artist Sam Lamont’s first art project for Chaosium. His brief from Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason was “a cover image that will make people want to buy this book.”

We can all agree Sam did just that – taking inspiration from the early days of roleplaying and twisting it, with aplomb. 

Please show your support and appreciation of Sam’s wonderful work!

How you can vote for Call of Cthulhu at the ENnies:

1. Go to the ENnies page: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2017

2. Vote 1 for the Call of Cthulhu product in these categories:

And vote for Stygian Fox’s licensed Call of Cthulhu supplement The Things We Leave Behind for Best Adventure as well!

3. Pick Chaosium as your Fan Favorite Publisher – we’d be flattered! Like the Great Old One himself, Chaosium is rising once again from the depths, and these nominations and your support are helping the company get there.

4. Tell your friends who are Call of Cthulhu fans to submit their vote too!

It was both wonderful and humbling for Chaosium to receive these nominations, yet we know it is more a testament to all the talented writers, artists and creators involved. To show our appreciation for all they have done it’s now time to get out the vote FOR THEM. We’d love it if you could show your support!

Voting finishes on Friday July 21 at 11pm EDT. We encourage all members of the Chaosium tribe to get behind Cthulhu!
 

#51 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…
Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Chaosium Inc. – Newsletter

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

Here’s an election where you can actually vote for Cthulhu…

Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu has received an astounding 10 nominations in the 2017 ENnies, the annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. 
Now it’s time to get out the vote. We’d love it if you could show your support!

The Chaosium Nominees Are…

When the Great Old Ones Greg Stafford and Sandy Petersen returned to Chaosium in 2015, the company focused its efforts on fulfilling its behind schedule and struggling Horror on the Orient Express and Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarters.
Over the next year these projects were put back on track, rewards were sent out, and retail releases of Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition began by early Fall 2016. A line of new CoC products has followed on. We are honored that seven of these Call of Cthulhu releases are now up for ten ENnie awards.

Here is a rundown of the Chaosium nominations…


Doors to Darkness

For tabletop roleplaying gaming to thrive and grow, we need new players, new blood. So we’re very happy Doors to Darkness has been nominated for PRODUCT OF THE YEAR and BEST ADVENTURE, as it was designed especially for beginning Keepers and players of Call of Cthulhu. 
Doors to Darkness features “ready-to-play” scenarios and pre-gen characters, so newcomers can jump right in to horror, mystery, investigation, ghastly monsters, strange magics, and forgotten secrets.

What’s more, it offers a wide range of hints and tips on running Call of Cthulhu – guidance any Keeper, new or experienced, will find very useful.


Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Slipcase Set

We raised the bar with Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition: first class writing and art, matched with high quality production values—paper, bindings, covers, slipcases. And we aim for all our future releases to meet this standard, or exceed it. 
Geekandsundry.com described Call of Cthulhu as “unequivocally the greatest role-playing game ever written“, and we want it to look that way too. 
Call of Cthulhu’s 7th Edition Slipcase Set is an ENnie nominee for BEST PRODUCTION VALUES. Please show your support!

Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen Pack

The Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen has been twice nominated—for its wonderful maps (BEST CARTOGRAPHY), and as the BEST AID/ACCESSORY
The three panel 34 inch screen itself features an evocative night scene of Call of Cthulhu adventure by Spanish artist Ardila, with useful rules, stats and charts on the Keeper side. 
Inside, there are two 1920s ready-to-play scenarios set in Lovecraft Country by Mike Mason and Scott Dorward, plus twelve ready-to-play pre-gen investigators.
The pack also includes eye-catching color wall maps of Lovecraft Country, the World of Cthulhu, and Arkham & Environs. These are by skilled cartographer Stephanie McAlea. 
[As it happens, Steph’s own publishing company, Stygian Fox, is also in contention for several awards: BEST ADVENTURE and BEST ELECTRONIC BOOK. These are for the excellent licensed Call of Cthulhu supplement The Things We leave Behind. Fortunately, you can support Chaosium and Stygian Fox in your ENnies voting: it’s a preferential system, so you can cheerfully vote for both!]

Call of Cthulhu – The Coloring Book

Back in May 2016, Tor.com featured the brilliant artwork of Russian artist Andrey Fetisov, remarking, “Doesn’t this look like a page from the most disturbing coloring book?”

We took a look, and we agreed – wow, Andrey’s stuff is from the most vivid of nightmares!

That’s why we commissioned Andrey to produce the art for Call of Cthulhu – The Coloring Book, which has been nominated for BEST RPG RELATED PRODUCT in the 2017 ENnies.
The scenes Andrey created, both from from H.P. Lovecraft’s stories, and the Call of Cthulhu RPG (Horror on the Orient ExpressMasks of NyarlathotepThe Fungi from Yuggoth and more) are truly striking. 
Please show your appreciation of Andre’s talent by voting!

S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors

S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors, aka The Petersen Guide, was the first collaboration between Chaosium and Editions Sans Détour, the French licensee for Call of Cthulhu.

Christian Grussi and his talented team of artists – Loïc Muzy, Mariusz Gandzel, and Claire Delépée – have vividly brought Sandy Petersen and Mike Mason’s descriptions of horrors from the Mythos and the Dreamlands to life in a handsome volume. 

The Petersen Guide has been honoured with two ENnie nominations—BEST MONSTER/ ADVERSARY and BEST INTERIOR ART, a testament to this fruitful creative partnership.

Pulp Cthulhu

Nominated for BEST SUPPLEMENT in the 2017 ENnies, Pulp Cthulhu is something Call of Cthulhu fans have been waiting a long time for… 
Back near the turn of the century, Dustin Wright (the longest-serving member of the Chaosium team, after Greg and Sandy) came up with the concept of a game of Call of Cthulhu “where you might be able to play like Indiana Jones”. Thus, “Pulp Cthulhu” was born. 
But then the project hit development hell, languishing there for well over a decade. Happily, when Mike Mason came on board as Call of Cthulhu line editor in 2013, he, Dustin and James Lowder assembled the ancient fragments out of the dust of the ages, and work on Pulp Cthulhu began anew. 
Pulp Cthulhu, the game of “two-fisted adventure, weird science, dark deeds, and brave heroes”, was finally released to critical acclaim in December 2016, nearly fourteen years after Dustin’s crazy idea. And now it’s up for an ENnie.
Please do your bit and vote for Pulp!

Call of Cthulhu – Investigator Handbook

The Call of Cthulhu Investigator Handbook has been nominated for BEST COVER in the 2017 ENnies. 
The cover depicts a group of Investigators exploring a Temple of Chaugnar Faugn, one of the Great Old Ones. 
This was artist Sam Lamont’s first art project for Chaosium. His brief from Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason was “a cover image that will make people want to buy this book.”

We can all agree Sam did just that – taking inspiration from the early days of roleplaying and twisting it, with aplomb. 

Please show your support and appreciation of Sam’s wonderful work!

How you can vote for Call of Cthulhu at the ENnies:

1. Go to the ENnies page: http://www.ennie-awards.com/vote/2017

2. Vote 1 for the Call of Cthulhu product in these categories:

And vote for Stygian Fox’s licensed Call of Cthulhu supplement The Things We Leave Behind for Best Adventure as well!

3. Pick Chaosium as your Fan Favorite Publisher – we’d be flattered! Like the Great Old One himself, Chaosium is rising once again from the depths, and these nominations and your support are helping the company get there.

4. Tell your friends who are Call of Cthulhu fans to submit their vote too!

It was both wonderful and humbling for Chaosium to receive these nominations, yet we know it is more a testament to all the talented writers, artists and creators involved. To show our appreciation for all they have done it’s now time to get out the vote FOR THEM. We’d love it if you could show your support!

Voting finishes on Friday July 21 at 11pm EDT. We encourage all members of the Chaosium tribe to get behind Cthulhu!
 

#51 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…
Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved.