Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Chaosium Inc. Newsletter

The latest RPG news from Chaosium...

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

to GenCon and Origins
through Chaosium!

Chaosium is searching for GenCon and Origins GMs
Attend these events for free!

We want you to go to GenCon!

You will get a free badge, a bag of awesome swag, Chaos Bucks for each session you run (to be used at the booth onsite), and those that run more than 12 hours enter a drawing for an amazing prize—last year it was a Red Leatherette slipcase set of the new rules: value of over $300.

This year Chaosium has their own room, right in the convention center. This pit of horror will feature at least ten tables running Call of Cthulhu and demoing our new RuneQuest rules. We have already submitted 227 hours of sessions (116 events) and are aiming for 500+ hours. In order to achieve that, we need 42 gamemasters, both CoC Keepers and new RuneQuest GMs. We are about halfway to our goal.

Make plans to attend GenCon this summer! Get a free badge through us. Run twelve hours of sessions. Go play for the other 60 hours. Take home some free stuff worth having. Terrify some new players. Have a great time. Do your summer with us!
We are seeking GMs for Origins too, to run games at our five tables of events. 16 hours for a free badge, a copy of the RuneQuest Quickstart (the Free RPG Day item from Chaosium this year), and other SWAG for GMs. 

How to join us? Contact todd@Chaosium.com and express your interest. He will answer any questions and add you to the team.

Expand the Cult of Chaos.
Be part of Chaosium's Organized Play group.

Chaosium offers support to gamemasters who become members of our Cult of Chaos. Convention scenarios for you to run, a special forum, writing contests, prize support for conventions you support, and incentives for each session you run at a store or event. We want you to become part of this GM organization and bring Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest to players around the world.

Notices like the above offer for GenCon and Origins are regularly made to the members of the Cult of Chaos. There are many regional conventions and special events that offer deals or need recruitment calls. And the Cult of Chaos is who first hears those calls.

And we give you everything you need to runs games there: scenarios in PDF form, prize support for your tables, and for each session report you send back, a $3 coupon for our webstore. And other throughout the year rewards, just for being a member. You just need to join.

Please see the details on our website: http://www.chaosium.com/organized-play/

Look what Rick found in the Chaosium Archives!

Look what Rick just found in the Chaosium archives!—the hand-drawn and letraset originals of William Church's legendary Dragon Pass and Prax maps. As first seen in the back of RQ2.
Facsimiles of these are available as posters and more at our Redbubble Store:
—Prax Map: http://rdbl.co/2nPgpdE
—Dragon Pass: http://rdbl.co/2oqPSVU
—Combined Map: http://rdbl.co/2oyJEzU

New line editors appointed for RuneQuest, HeroQuest and Board Games at Chaosium

We welcome JasonIan and Sue on board the team!
"We are extremely excited to be working with Jason on developing the RuneQuest and other Basic Roleplaying Lines", said Chaosium creative director Jeff Richard. 
"Sue and Ian both bring a much needed range of skills, experience, and a passion for all that is Chaosium. They game every week. They have been a part of our tribe for many years", said Rick Meints, Chaosium President.

Licensee Focus:

Now that the Call of Cthulhu Metal Dice Kickstarter has gone past $100k*, from now on, it's all about adding free stuff to the basic pledge.
Check out the new stretch goals for the campaign's final 10 days: Nyarlathotep dice set (ACHIEVED), Azathoth dice set (ACHIEVED), Hastur dice set (COMING UP NEXT), Cthulhu dice set...
*it's actually just passed $123K!

The Kickstarter runs until Saturday April 15, so jump on board while you can...

The numbers and ornaments are engraved in dice, thus ensuring their top quality. They are practically indestructible - and they come with the lifelong guarantee in case something bad happens.

Love these animations of art from the Call of Cthulhu RPG in this new video!
What is Ab Chaos?
(...from Ab Chaos #7, May 31 1992)

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

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

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