Sunday, 16 September 2018

Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

All the latest Cthulhu and RuneQuest news from Chaosium...
#82 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...
The RuneQuest Gamemaster Screen Pack will be released in PDF on Friday, September 14th on and DriveThruRPG.

Here's what's inside:
  • 4 panel GM screen
  • blank character sheets
  • 128 page book of adventures
  • 20 page quick reference of commonly used tables
  • 16 page gloranthan calendar
  • 6 maps
  • pre-generated character sheets.

Andrey Fetisov's wonderful cover art for the GM Screen Pack is available to download in our special RuneQuest pre-release Dropbox Folder.

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RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha and The Glorantha Bestiary are available now in PDF from and DriveThruRPG!

Purchase the PDFs from Chaosium, receive a coupon for the full price of the PDFs off the hardback books when they are out later this year.
Having sailed close by R'lyeh and the cyclopean ruins of Nan Madol, the XIN QING DAO brought its cargo of RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha to Botany Bay, Australia earlier this week. The UK and US consignments arrived earlier this month. Once the cargoes have all cleared customs we'll be able to set a release date, but it will be soon!

Call of Cthulhu the Official Video Game:
Live Game Play trailer

Check out the new gameplay trailer for Call of Cthulhu, "the official adaptation of Chaosium's tabletop RPG", as is so nicely said at the start of the video. The game is out on October 30 for Xbox One, PS4 and PC.
Call of Cthulhu – Gameplay Trailer | PS4
Prepare your mind for all-new Call of Cthulhu gameplay, taken from Edward Pierce’s investigations within the Hawkins Mansion.

Chaosium Fiction Update:


The Girl with the Star-Stained Soul

THE GIRL WITH THE STAR-STAINED SOUL is a new Lovecraftian southern gothic novel by Bram Stoker Award-winning author Lucy A. Snyder. We're excited to be publishing it in the Chaosium Fiction line in early 2019.

Watch Masks of Nyarlathotep actual play - starting September 12

On September 12th, the madness begins with Masks of NyarlathotepEncounter Roleplay's brand new Call of Cthulhu actual play series. 
Featuring the roleplaying talents of:
@Laughlovelindy@JPruInc@GrimJack21502@DonathinFrye@Redundant_uk and
Watch here, Wednesdays 1 PM EST: and available later on Encounter Roleplay's YouTube channel.

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SYRINSCAPE: Revolutionising your Call of Cthulhu tabletop gaming experience

"It’s been a huge benefit to my own game. I highly recommend checking it out!", says Matt Mercer of Critical Role. 

Matt loves Syrinscape, and so do we - there is now even a special Masks of Nyarlathotep Sound Set available, starting with the Peru Preview chapter. Plus a general Call of Cthulhusound-set. Revolutionise your Call of Cthulhu gaming experience here.

13th Age Glorantha Update

Free 13G Demo Scenario!

13G co-creator Rob Heinsoo has written a two-hour demo scenario for 13th Age Glorantha: it's available to download for free over on our friends Pelgrane Press's 13th Age resources page! The scenario is called "The Next Valley Over", and features everything you need to run a demo game at a convention, including an adventure, pregens, and monsters.

13G Kickstarter distribution will be completed soon

The 13th Age Kickstarter orders have now been delivered to 95% of all backers. The remaining are going out this week.

If you're a backer and not received yours by Friday September 21st, we're sorry that something has gone wrong —
please get in touch with and we'll assist!
For non-Kickstarter backers, we're hoping to have both 13th Age Glorantha and The Glorantha Sourcebook hardbacks available for general release by the end of the month.

In the mean time, if you buy the PDFs now from, you'll get a coupon for the full price of the PDF off the hardbacks when they become available. 

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Occam's Razor, by Stygian Fox Publishing

A new Call of Cthulhu Kickstarter is underway by our friends at Stygian Fox Publishing. The scenarios look into the dark heart of humanity and the mythos... but this book has a twist: these are five adventures where the Cthulhu Mythos is not what it seems. It's by Call of Cthulhu stalwart Brian M. Sammons (Doors to DarknessAtomic Age CthulhuEldritch Chrome).

The campaign funded in just four hours, and is well into stretch goals with two weeks remaining: check it here!

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Cthulhu Invictus now available in general release

Our friends at Golden Goblin Press successfully Kickstarted Cthulhu Invictusfor Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition.

And now it is available in digital format for general release, for cosmic horrors in Ancient Rome: alea iacta est!

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Coming soon from our friends at Q-Workshop...

Designers and Dragons Updates its History of Chaosium

RPG Historian Shannon Appelcline has updated his Designers and Dragons history of Chaaosium, to take into account recent developments since 2015. Shannon writes, "This is actually my second attempt at an update for Chaosium. In the summer of 2015 there was an event so historic at Chaosium that I felt I needed to produce a revised history, which I did on July 9th, 2015. The joke was on me: twenty-one days later there was another big overhaul to the company, which put it on the path to a major revival which is continuing today."
Read the updated history here, also coming out in a new German edition soon!
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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