Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

The latest.'Call of Cthulhu' RPG news from Chaosium...
#61 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

Introducing the Miskatonic Repository


A new way for creators to publish and distribute their own original Call of Cthulhu content including scenarios, settings, spells and more!

Here's how the Miskatonic Repository works - you create content, format it to our design template, and then upload the PDF to the site. Your work becomes part of the Miskatonic Repository content on DriveThruRPG – able to be accessed by the community and, optionally, providing a financial return to you.

Easy creation process

Chaosium has created easy-to-use style templates (in both MS Word and Adobe InDesign) and free Art Packs specifically created for the Miskatonic Repository to help you create your own content. You can create or source your own art and graphics as well.

Selling your work

Creators can make money from their published community content, or make it freely available – it is entirely up to you. (If you're familiar with the existing community content for D&D, the Miskatonic Repository follows the same model in terms of revenue split and general rules).

A launching site for new talent

Todd Gardiner, Chaosium's director of organized play said, "The Miskatonic Repository is an excellent way for budding Call of Cthulhu writers to unleash the terrors that lurk within them. As Organized Play grows in the Chaosium player community we're really looking forward to seeing what products people self-start and release through the Community Content Program. It will be a launching site for writing talent we can use for collaboration in our ongoing OP efforts, and place we'll be watching keenly for potential writers in our Call of Cthulhu line."
We'll be launching the Miskatonic Repository very soon, so keep your eyes out for the release and start creating!

Our Holiday Season Family Pack is R'lyeh Awesome!

This is our R'lyeh Awesome Holiday Season Family Pack - $39.90, with shipping only $4.70 anywhere in the United States.
Call of Cthulhu for Beginning ReadersKhan of Khans and Call of Cthulhu - The Coloring Book. A trio of Chaosium family fun these holidays... A great way to introduce your kids to the Mythos (and to Greg Stafford's legendary universe Glorantha) - or perhaps your nieces and nephews: go on, be that beloved, exceedingly strange relative!
BTW - our fulfilment warehouse has advised that orders received earlier than December 14 should arrive by Christmas Day!

Recent Releases from Chaosium - Available Now!

Mythos Terror in the Wild West

Rules: 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu
ISBN: 978-156882-448-2
Page Count: 256
Format: Color Hardcover, comes with PDF included
Authors: Kevin Ross, Mike Mason, Scott David Aniolowski, David Cole, and Todd Woods
Cover Art: Sam Lamont
Five Epic Tales of Modern Horror

ISBN: 978-1-56882-452-9
Format: Color PDF (full color hardback available in Q1, 2018*)
Pages: 200
Authors: Sandy Petersen, Mike Mason
Cover Art: Victor Lesa

Mythos Horrors in the French Revolution

Rules: 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu
ISBN: 978-1-56882-451-2
Page Count: 128
Format: Color PDF (full color hardback available in Q1, 2018*)
Authors: Mark Morrison, Penelope Love, James Coquillat, Darren Watson
Cover Art: Victor Leza
*Buy the PDF now, get a coupon for hardcover version later!
So you want to purchase the hardcover version, but really want to get your hands on the Reign of Terror and Petersen's Abominations PDFs now so you don't have to wait. We have you covered! When you buy the PDFs now, we will send you a discount coupon that will offset the PDF purchase price once the hardcover version is available.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition wins Best RPG at 3rd Annual
Beasts of War Awards

And the winner is... Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition was named "Best RPG" at the 3rd Annual Beasts of War Awards last week.
Beasts of War is a popular UK-based wargames, miniatures and general gaming site with a large following. Beasts of War community members voted for their favourite RPG title from a field of five selected nominees - Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed, Adventures in Middle Earth, Apocalypse World 2nd Ed, 7th Sea, and Faith: A Garden in Hell.
Chaosium thanks Beasts of War, the judging panel, and the Beasts of War community for their support of Call of Cthulhu.
EN World has a poll up for 'Most Anticipated RPGs of 2018" and one of the options is
Cast your vote here!

The poll closes on Friday, 15th December, 2017.

Lynne Hardy joins the Chaosium team as Call of Cthulhu assistant editor

Chaosium welcomes British RPG writer and editor Lynne Hardy as Assistant Editor for the Call of Cthulhu line. 
Lynne has extensive experience in the game industry, having worked as an editor and writer for Nightfall Games, Cubicle 7, Pelgrane Press, Green Ronin, and Modiphius Entertainment where she was line editor for the Achtung! Cthulhu line. She is also the designer of her own ENnie-nominated steampunk game: Cogs, Cakes & Swordsticks.
"I’m very pleased to have Lynne working with me on the Call of Cthulhu line", said Call of Cthulhu line editor Mike Mason."I’ve worked with Lynne on a number of projects, including the Masks of Nyarlathotep revision, and she brings an impressive array of skills and knowledge to bear, as well as a wealth of experience. All of which will stand her in good stead in supporting the development of our games and books."
Alongside her editorial work, Lynne is putting the final touches to her new Call of Cthulhu campaign - The Children of Fear.

Chaosium Releases Art Submissions Guidelines

Chaosium releases are notable for their high quality art and cartography. At the 2017 ENnies, Chaosium releases won awards for Best Cover Art (gold), Best Interior Art (silver), Best Cartography (gold) and Best Production Values (gold), among others. 
We strive to maintain this award-winning standard across our product lines, working with artists from around the world. 
Artists interested in working on Chaosium projects can enquire through our new Art Submissions page:

Licensee Focus:

The new Kickstarter from our talented friend, the artist Delphes Desvoivres, is a beauty: an RPG sequel to HPL's classic story The Call of Cthulhu.
It features a licensed Call of Cthulhu scenario by Matt Sanderson (Pulp Cthulhu, Two Headed Serpent, Grand Grimoire etc), deluxe paper hand outs, multimedia files by none other than the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, a bas relief, and a sculpture by Delphes that has a mini-speaker hidden inside to give the impression the creepy sounds come from the idol itself!
The campaign is already over 200% funded and has 15 days to go. Check it out

Licensee Focus:

If you missed their Kickstarter, our friends at Darker Hue Studios now have their HARLEM UNBOUND licensed sourcebook available for purchase in hardcover and digital from their online shop.
HARLEM UNBOUND takes Call of Cthulhu players into the exciting world of 1920's NYC's Harlem Renaissance at its height, to face terrifying horrors from the Lovecraftian Mythos. This groundbreaking tome gives Keepers and players everything they need to bring this unique place and time to life, and engage with the people who gave it its soul.
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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