Friday, 30 September 2016

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

Some news from Chaosium...

#29 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

Chaosium Converges of Germany - Spiel Essen and The Kraken

Coming up next month, the Chaosium team including RickNeilJeffKris AliceMike and MOB will be at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL '16 at Essen from October 13-16. Come see the team at booth - 2D-165, where we'll be demoing the new Reiner Knizia Gloranthan card game KHAN OF KHANS!

The following English language titles will be available for sale at the booth:
  • 7th edition Call of Cthulhu slipcase sets (hardcover) - limited copies
  • 7th edition Keeper Rulebook
  • 7th edition Investigator Handbook
  • S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors
  • 7th edition Keeper Screen Pack
  • Nameless Horrors
  • Horror on the Orient Express
  • Ripples from Carcosa
  • Cold Harvest
  • RuneQuest Classic
The week before Essen (October 7-10), the Chaosium team, sans Mike but including Sandy Petersen, will be at at Schloss Neuhausen, a Prussian Château outside Berlin for The Kraken, "the baroque gathering of international gamers". Other special guests include Jason Durall, Ian Brumby and Robin Laws. 

The Plains of Prax!

This iconic map, well-remembered from RuneQuest 2, and William's Church's paired map of Dragon Pass, are now available as posters, wall art and more at our Chaosium Redbubble store. Along with classic RuneQuest covers, like the infamous "At last I'll be able to afford some clothes!" cover of Plunder:

We keep adding more art, maps, classic covers and more to our Redbubble store, where you can also get t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and other cool stuff. And if you "follow"Chaosium on Redbubble, you'll find out first when we add new stuff, or when Redbubble have one of their frequent sale days.

Licensee Focus: Stygian Fox


 A licensed sourcebook for Cthulhu by Gaslight, 
detailing a ready-made anti-Cthulhu Mythos Victorian organisation.

Taking its inspirational cues from Sherlock HolmesRipper StreetAuguste DupinThe Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, and The Incendiary's Trail, our friends Stygian Fox's are bringing out a licensed sourcebook for Cthulhu by GaslightHudson and Brand takes a mature look at the horror of Mythos machinations and the many dark corners in the seat of empire.

Investigators get a ready made base from which to operate; the offices of the inquiry agents Hudson & Brand (missing, presumed dead). Inside there's plans of the lodgings and office, case notes, NPCs, pregenerated characters, maps, and an adventure into the dark underbelly of London! God Save The Queen!

Stygian Fox set a high benchmark with their previous Kickstarter, Things We Leave Behind; this most recent project and this promises to reach that bar too. TheKickstarter funded in 5 hours and still has a month to go! Find out more about it here:

Licensee Focus: Weird 8 


A 1920s horror Call of Cthulhu RPG scenario set in New England with ancient magics, unbridled ambition & a new take on an old god. 

With just over a week to go, our newest licensee Weird 8's Sun Spots Kickstarterpassed a major milestone at $10K, meaning the scenario now comes with 1920s-style visitor's guide handout.
Sun Spots was originally going to be a project for the late Keith Herber, Chaosium's celebrated Call of Cthulhu line editor. Dave Sokolowski is going all out to make this something 'Doc' would have been proud of. It's definitely worth checking out:
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.

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