Thursday, 1 December 2016

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

The latest news from Chaosium Inc.

#34 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...
HP Lovecraft's THE CALL OF CTHULHU (for beginning readers)
Available now from our US warehouse!*
Glorious, full color 102 page hardback retelling of HPL's classic tale, with PDF included.
*US and Canadian customers: order by December 5 for pre-Christmas delivery! Will also be available to order from our UK and Australian warehouses soon.

New 20th Scenario for Call of Cthulhu's Horror on the Orient Express!

All HotOE Backers to receive free PDF of EMPIRE OF DEATH
EMPIRE OF DEATH is a new historical Call of Cthulhu scenario for Chaosium's Gold ENnie award winning Horror on the Orient Express. Written by Mark Morrison, EMPIRE OF DEATH is a decadent scenario which uncovers hitherto unknown secrets from the back story of the Orient Express campaign.

"It's been a very long journey, but with the recent despatch of the 'Clandestine Game Case', delivery of Horror on the Orient Express is complete. As a gesture of thanks for their patience and endurance, we'll be sending every backer a free PDF copy of the new 20th scenario", said Chaosium President Rick Meints.
EMPIRE OF DEATH is a playable version of an existing handout in the epic campaign's Paris 1923 scenario, concerning the raid on the estate of an infamous aristocrat of the court of Louis XVI in June 1789. The player characters are French soldiers who investigate an atrocity at a printing press and uncover a conspiracy which brings nightmare to Paris. 
This additional scenario was made possible by super backers Jason, Thomas, Tom and Travis, the original players at Gen Con 2013. It has since been expanded to include six pre-generated player characters and has been playtested in Melbourne and Seattle. 
The scenario contains the background and guidance necessary for running the scenario in the 18th century setting, and is being written to the standard of the other historical scenarios in the campaign.
EMPIRE OF DEATH can also be played as a stand-alone Call of Cthulhu scenario, without reference to Horror on the Orient Express.
EMPIRE OF DEATH will be formally released at Gen Con 2017, and will be available in both print and PDF.
[Photo: Second playtest of EMPIRE OF DEATH in a 19th century cellar at the Metropolitan Hotel in Melbourne, Australia]
[Artwork courtesy Delphes Desvoivres /infographic Denys Corel]

Chaosium at Dragonmeet London this Saturday

This Saturday (December 3rd) Chaosium is a sponsor at Dragonmeet, the UK's friendliest game convention" and largest event of its kind in London.
Chaosium's JeffMike and MOB will be in attendance, along with a dedicated team of awesome booth volunteers and GMs.
We'll have a range of new and recently-released products for sale (see below), and there are games of Call of Cthulhu, Heroquest Glorantha and the new edition of RuneQuest on offer to play. We'll also be demoing our forthcoming Reiner Knizia family card game Khan of Khans at the booth!
And join Mike Mason and a panel of award-winning Call of Cthulhu writers at the "Cool of Cthulhu" seminar— they'll be discussing the popular appeal of the Cthulhu Mythos, the part the Call of Cthulhu RPG has played helping bring H.P. Lovecraft's creations into the mainstream imagination and the key elements of a Call of Cthulhu game. Plus, what exciting new terrors Chaosium has in store for 2017...
See you there!
We'll have the following items available for sale at our Dragonmeet booth (L1,2,9,10)
- Pulp Cthulhu
- Doors to Darknes
- Call of Cthulhu Slipcase
- Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook
- Investigator Handbook
- Keeper Screen
- Petersen Field Guide
- Nameless Horrors
- Dead Light
- Ripples from Carcosa
- Horror on the Orient Express
- Cthulhu Dice Sets
- RuneQuest Classic Rulebook
- HeroQuest Glorantha Rulebook
- The Coming Storm
- King of Sartar
- Edge of Sundown
- Legacy of the Reanimator
- Cassilda’s Song
- Steampunk Cthulhu
- Eldritch Chrome
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.
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