Saturday, 7 October 2017

Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

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 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!

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.

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:

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!

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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