Sunday, 4 November 2018

Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

The latest RPG news from Chaosium...
#87 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

Play a game and honor Greg Stafford next weekend!

Next weekend on November 10th, Greg Stafford's family is holding a memorial celebration of his life in Berkeley CA. For the many, many gamers around the world who would love to attend but can't, or would like to commemorate and honor Greg's life and achievements, here's a way you can:
  • Or play any game - as Greg said in his last public speech at the 2018 ENnies, the gaming industry only exists because of your enthusiasm and support. We at Chaosium recognize that countless RPG fans are fans (including us!) because of Greg Stafford and what he achieved.
  • Feel free to share an image of your game on social media or at BRP Central, with the hashtag #WeAreAllUs.
  • Show the "Greg Rune" (aka the Sartar Rune) in your post - copy and print the image here, or from Redbubble (all "Greg Rune" merchandise is currently available at cost, with no artist margin).
As one of the greatest game designers of all time; winner of too many awards to count; and a friend, mentor, guide, and inspiration to generations of gamers, Greg Stafford influenced the universe of tabletop gaming beyond measure. What better way to honor his legacy than getting your friends together and playing a game in remembrance of him!
The outpouring of grief and remembrance for Greg Stafford has been immense. The posts in the condolence thread at BRP Central are appreciated by Greg's wife and family.

If you'd like to show your appreciation for Greg Stafford's life and legacy, or express your feelings, or pay your respects, you are most welcome:

Greg Stafford: "game designer, mythologist, shaman, father, grandfather, husband, brother, and friend"

This is the beautiful obituary for Greg Stafford, "game designer, mythologist, shaman, father, grandfather, husband, brother, and friend" from his family, published in The Lost Coast Outpost:
It concludes on a wonderful note: "To honor Greg’s memory the family requests, in lieu of flowers, that you strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know, go somewhere you haven’t been, face a personal challenge head on, read about something new, and enjoy life. We are all us."

Out Now! Call of Cthulhu the Video Game


Call of Cthulhu the video game is out now on PS4, Xbox One and PC!

Get it now: 


Chaosium Sponsors Extra Life for Kids Game-a-Thon 

Sean Murphy, Edwin Nagy, and the New England Gamers are planning their 4th annual game-a-thon in support of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Starting Nov. 16 at 6 PMEastern (23h GMT) on, they will stream live for 24 hours. At midnight (5h GMT), Sean is running Call of Cthulhu. During the entire event, your donations allow you to mess with the game (add monsters, design a trap, whatever!) and make you eligible to win gaming prizes.

Chaosium is sponsoring the Call of Cthluhu portion and donors during these hours can win a complete RuneQuest PDF bundle as well as prizes from Gallant Knight Games and Frog God Games. Primarily, of course, your donations help sick children.
Contributions can be made at any time to Team NEG (New England Gamers) at, at  Edwin can be reached at

Molly Tanzer's 'The Deductive Method', special Miskatonic University short fiction

"Graduate programs at any university are a grind, a perpetually uphill marathon that exhaust even the most brilliant scholar. At Miskatonic University, the perils facing the unsuspecting grad students include far darker, stranger things than cutthroat departmental politics and shrinking financial aid, as Simcha discovers when she takes up a predatory professor's offer of access to an unpublished Sherlock Holmes tale penned by the consulting detective's creator, Arthur Conan Doyle."
That's the blurb for Molly Tanzer's 'The Deductive Method', the special Miskatonic University short fiction we commissioned specially for our MU board game Kickstarter. Backers will receive the tale in digital format next month, and it will be a Kickstarter exclusive until mid-2019. Here's Victor Leza's cover for the story:

Now available to preorder: Miskatonic University - The Restricted Collection Board Game

Our Miskatonic University - the Restricted Collection board game is now available to preorder on Backerkit! 
The game is currently being printed and delivered to our fulfilment warehouses in the USA, UK and Australia by the end of November.
Miskatonic University - the Restricted Collection was successfully Kickstarted earlier this year. The game is was designed by board game design legend Reiner Knizia, with graphic design by award-winning graphic designer Ian O'Toole. More details about the game at the MU - Restricted Collection Kickstarter page.
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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