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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!
 

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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!
 

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

Chaosium’s latest newsletter…

The ENnies are the annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. This year the Stars Must Have Been Right, because the Call of Cthulhu RPG received an amazing 10 nominations, including Product of the Year for Doors to Darkness.

Voting has opened, and Call of Cthulhu now needs your support!

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!

Congratulations to the many talented writers, artists, creators and fans involved in making Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition a success!

Voting takes place from July 11 – July 21. We encourage all members of the Chaosium tribe to get behind Cthulhu!
 

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Chaosium Inc. – Newsletter

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

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#48 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos Magic is available now in hardback, direct from Chaosium.com! An essential supplement for Keepers of Arcane Lore—over 550 spells of dire consequences, secrets, and unfathomable power!
The 200 page full color hardcover book comes with the PDF included. (If you previously bought the PDF, you’ll receive a discount coupon by email).
Availability Notice: We have stocks in our US and UK warehouses ready to ship. The Grand Grimoire will be arriving in Australia on or around July 7th. Australian orders received prior to its availability will be flagged as pre-orders.

RuneQuest Quickstart is here!

The wait is over! Following the successful launch on Free RPG Day, the RuneQuest Quickstart and Adventure is available to download as a free PDF now, or get it in print for USD$9.95. This is a preview and introduction (or reintroduction) to the world of Glorantha and to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, to be released later in 2017. Welcome to Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha!

Glorantha is the setting of RuneQuest, one of the oldest and most influential roleplaying games ever published. This Quickstart collects all the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form. Use this booklet to start playing immediately, and to discover the improvements to the system. These game rules and a new adventure — The Broken Tower — preview the newest edition of RuneQuest, developed in close consultation with the designers and authors of the original RuneQuestand of Glorantha.
The Broken Tower, set in the heart of the Dragon Pass, is suitable for up to 5 adventurers and one gamemaster, complete with all the rules needed to play.  

MORE FREE RUNEQUEST DOWNLOADS!

On our RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Quickstart page we also have links to an adventurers handout for players, the bonus 6th pregen character (including QS rules for spirits and shamans), and a welcome guide for GMs. Plus an errata sheet with a few minor corrections to the print version (note: there are no critical issues, but some minor issues and typos have been addressed. The downloadable PDF already has these changes incorporated.) 

Free Downloadable Resources for The Two-Headed Serpent!

The Two-Headed Serpent is our action-packed, globe-spanning, and high-octane campaign set in the 1930s for Pulp Cthulhu. Want all the handouts for your players? Don’t want to cut your book apart?

Rest easy! We have created a free 42 page Keeper Resource Pack for The Two-Headed Serpent, with the Maps, Handouts and Diagrams from the campaign.

You can also download free Pulp Cthulhu Character sheets from our character sheets page.  

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias Podcast we on hand to record the seminar on constructing terrifying horror adventures we held at UK Games Expo a few weeks ago. With Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy and Paul Fricker, who all know a thing or two about the topic…

The Good Friends… is a long-running podcast about Call of Cthulhu, horror films and horror gaming in general, hosted by established Call of Cthulhu writers Matt Sanderson, Scott Dorward and Paul Fricker. With over 100 episodes in the can, it is captivating listening for Call of Cthulhu fans! 

Licensee Focus:

Shoggoth Minis for “Feed the Shoggoth”

Our friends Squamous Studios, creators of the fast-paced card game Feed the Shoggoth, now have these cool Shoggoth minis for use in the game, instead of the usual Shoggoth card. Deviously crafted by Jason McKittrick of Cryptocurium, the 1.5 inch minis come in Putrid PurpleBaleful BlackBlasphemous Bronze, and Grotesque Green. Or get all four Shoggoths for the price of three!
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 3rd, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#48 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

The Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos Magic is available now in hardback, direct from Chaosium.com! An essential supplement for Keepers of Arcane Lore—over 550 spells of dire consequences, secrets, and unfathomable power!
The 200 page full color hardcover book comes with the PDF included. (If you previously bought the PDF, you’ll receive a discount coupon by email).
Availability Notice: We have stocks in our US and UK warehouses ready to ship. The Grand Grimoire will be arriving in Australia on or around July 7th. Australian orders received prior to its availability will be flagged as pre-orders.

RuneQuest Quickstart is here!

The wait is over! Following the successful launch on Free RPG Day, the RuneQuest Quickstart and Adventure is available to download as a free PDF now, or get it in print for USD$9.95. This is a preview and introduction (or reintroduction) to the world of Glorantha and to RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha, to be released later in 2017. Welcome to Greg Stafford’s World of Glorantha!

Glorantha is the setting of RuneQuest, one of the oldest and most influential roleplaying games ever published. This Quickstart collects all the essential rules for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and presents them in abbreviated form. Use this booklet to start playing immediately, and to discover the improvements to the system. These game rules and a new adventure — The Broken Tower — preview the newest edition of RuneQuest, developed in close consultation with the designers and authors of the original RuneQuestand of Glorantha.
The Broken Tower, set in the heart of the Dragon Pass, is suitable for up to 5 adventurers and one gamemaster, complete with all the rules needed to play.  

MORE FREE RUNEQUEST DOWNLOADS!

On our RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha Quickstart page we also have links to an adventurers handout for players, the bonus 6th pregen character (including QS rules for spirits and shamans), and a welcome guide for GMs. Plus an errata sheet with a few minor corrections to the print version (note: there are no critical issues, but some minor issues and typos have been addressed. The downloadable PDF already has these changes incorporated.) 

Free Downloadable Resources for The Two-Headed Serpent!

The Two-Headed Serpent is our action-packed, globe-spanning, and high-octane campaign set in the 1930s for Pulp Cthulhu. Want all the handouts for your players? Don’t want to cut your book apart?

Rest easy! We have created a free 42 page Keeper Resource Pack for The Two-Headed Serpent, with the Maps, Handouts and Diagrams from the campaign.

You can also download free Pulp Cthulhu Character sheets from our character sheets page.  

The Good Friends of Jackson Elias Podcast we on hand to record the seminar on constructing terrifying horror adventures we held at UK Games Expo a few weeks ago. With Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy and Paul Fricker, who all know a thing or two about the topic…

The Good Friends… is a long-running podcast about Call of Cthulhu, horror films and horror gaming in general, hosted by established Call of Cthulhu writers Matt Sanderson, Scott Dorward and Paul Fricker. With over 100 episodes in the can, it is captivating listening for Call of Cthulhu fans! 

Licensee Focus:

Shoggoth Minis for “Feed the Shoggoth”

Our friends Squamous Studios, creators of the fast-paced card game Feed the Shoggoth, now have these cool Shoggoth minis for use in the game, instead of the usual Shoggoth card. Deviously crafted by Jason McKittrick of Cryptocurium, the 1.5 inch minis come in Putrid PurpleBaleful BlackBlasphemous Bronze, and Grotesque Green. Or get all four Shoggoths for the price of three!
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. 

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

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

#48 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

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

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

RuneQuest Worldwide for Free RPG Day!

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

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

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

 

Chaosium at Origins Game Fair

June 14-18, Columbus OH

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

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


 

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

STOP PRESS!

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

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

For RuneQuest:

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

Licensee Focus:

Chaosium launches new licensing policies

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Posted on May 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

The latest RPG news from Chaosium…

#47 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

A new look for the Chaosium.com website…

You might have noticed, we’ve given the Chaosium.com website a bit of a spruce-up. There’s a few kinks to sort out, but we’re pretty happy with the new look…

Chaosium brings games, designers, and its Cult of Chaos to
UK Games Expo

Next week the Chaosium team will be at UK Games Expo, at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham UK.

Come visit our booth at Stand C5 (NEC Hall 1) for all the latest Chaosium releases, including Pulp Cthulhu, Doors to Darkness and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers, plus some convention specials.

At the booth we’ll also have a working prototype of our new Reiner Knizia Cthulhu-themed card game!

Chaosium is taking part in the following scheduled events:

Friday 12.00pm in Piazza 1 – THE RETURN OF RUNEQUEST (SEM2957) 
Rick Meints, Michael O’Brien

Friday 8.00pm  LIVE RPG PLUS (LIV1988)
Mike Mason is one of the all-star panelists for this audience-participation event

Saturday 1.00pm in PIazza 1 – CONSTRUCTING HORRIFYING ADVENTURES WORKSHOP (SEM3009)
Mike Mason, Lynne Hardy

CULT OF CHAOS CONVENTION SCENARIOS (Call of Cthulhu, HeroQuest Glorantha)
Check for available spaces to pre-book a spot.

Chaosium’s Mike Mason is part of the panel for this hugely entertaining audience-participation event at UK GAMES EXPO, hosted by Syrinscape. It’s a Cthulhu-themed adventure, so Mike will feel right at home!
Tickets available now!

Cult of Chaos needs GMs for Free RPG Day!

It has been officially announced. Chaosium is bringing RuneQuest back with a new edition of the rules, set in the world of Glorantha. While the official release of the game is still some time off, the first release is the Quickstart Rule book as part of Free RPG Day, this June.

We are a Gold-level supporter, which means 10 copies will be sent to each of the participating stores. In support of this, we are seeking Gamemasters to run “The Broken Tower”, the new adventure that comes as part of the RuneQuest Quickstart.

We’d like you to pair up with a participating Friendly Local Game Store, or if there isn’t one near you, any FLGS that’s willing to let you run a game that weekend.

You run at least one table of the adventure (runs 4-5 hours).

In return, we’ll grant you access to a PDF of the rules and adventure in the week before Free RPG Day, which you need to study and absorb in order to run a great game at the game store. Our 48 page booklet has everything you need to start playing, including 5 pregen characters.

Note: rules for Free RPG Day prohibit playing the game before that date, Saturday June 17th 2018.

Here’s what to do if you want to take part

  • Find a retailer, preferably a participating FLGS, but you can play the game at any game store or similar venue.
  • Contact them about running this adventure that weekend (June 17).
  • Email Todd Gardiner, Chaosium’s Director of Organized Play with the store details. While your at it, if you haven’t done so already join the Cult of Chaos, our organized play and GM program (it’s free).
  • Todd will contact the store to confirm your table reservation and then add you to our GM team!
  • The week before Free RPG Day you’ll get sent the RuneQuest Quickstart PDF 

A Sneak Look Inside Call of Cthulhu’s
THE GRAND GRIMOIRE & TWO-HEADED SERPENT

As the print editions of The Grand Grimoire and The Two Headed Serpent make their way to our shores by container ship, our wonderful printers flew us over us some advance copies, direct from the Orient. Here, Chaosium President Rick Meints gives you a sneak look inside each of them:
Remember, buy the PDF now, and you’ll get the full price of the PDF off when you purchase it in print at Chaosium.com

Gen Con update:

Play Call of Cthulhu for a Worthy Cause with James Lowder as your Keeper!

The award-winning writer and editor James Lowder, Chaosium’s Executive Editor for Fiction, is Keeper for a special Call of Cthulhu session at Gen Con in aid of the Worldbuilders charity (“geeks doing good”).
More details at the link.
LICENSEE FOCUS

Our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society helped inaugurate their new Glendale headquarters earlier this month with a Call of Cthulhu game night. They played our scenario ‘Dead Light’, and we sent over some extra Call of Cthulhu swag for the players.

The HPLHS’s new digs are at 1644 Victory Blvd., Glendale CA 91201
What is Ab Chaos?
(…from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

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

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

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

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved. 

Chaosium Newsletter

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

The latest RPG news from Chaosium Inc.

#46 the straight scoop from the well of chaos…

New RPG Submissions Guidelines

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

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

New Fiction Submissions Guidelines

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

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

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

CHAOSIUM APPOINTS JAMES LOWDER EXECUTIVE EDITOR FOR FICTION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Licensee Focus

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

Licensee Focus:


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

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

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

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

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

Copyright © 2017 Chaosium Inc., All rights reserved.