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    For BRP, Call of Cthulhu, Delta Green, and Runequest
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    Slowly, slowly returning to the RPG hobby

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  1. APOCTHULHU uses the Legend d100 system and Delta Green's, both of which use the WotC OGL.
  2. That's similarly great news, though it doesn't sound easy to begin with. Even the black-and-white titles have to be scanned at high resolution, cleaned up, and formatted for printing (and that's if Chaosium can put their hands on clean physical copies that they're willing to sacrifice to this process). In any case, we look forward to seeing more POD titles.
  3. That's great news! Could you please let us know who the printer/vendor is?
  4. Campbell used M'nagalah in story "The Tugging" a couple of years later. (I'm also going by Daniel Harms's invaluable Cthulhu Mythos encyclopedia for the Cynothoglys to Ligotti, but elsewhere online I've seen a few citations for Richard L. Tierney's The Seed of the Star-God—1984.)
  5. M'nagalah is the IP of DC Comics (Swamp Thing #8 by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson—February, 1974), and Cynothoglys belongs to Thomas Ligotti (The Prodigy of Dreams—1986). If Chaosium couldn't clear the rights to the originals this time, they couldn't appear as such in the new MM edition.
  6. Robin Laws's Fung Shui is definitely suited for wushu.
  7. DoubleZero went its own way in game development, and the final product doesn't resemble GORE very much. From the publisher's blog:
  8. @Mike M is also writing a "how to make a monster" guide for the new MM.
  9. Those kinds of considerations and tradeoffs are expected in a regular contractual license between parties and take a lot of negotiation to avoid problems for the final product. An open license, however, must be transparent in its terms in order that the licensing party does not have to engage in any further deliberations, vide, say, Creative Commons, GPL, or WotC's OGL. As such, it should eliminate any ambiguity, obscurity, or "known unknowns" (which is good contract law practice in the first place). Whether the potential licensees out there are professionals, amateur hobbyists, or just dab
  10. Using numbers follows Exremis's plot, that's all. If you're adapting that episode (and “Last Christmas”) loosely, then you can swap out repeated images, sounds, or whatever pattern works with your preferred skill checks. The only question is how they should lead the players to the next stage of the investigation or the revelation. Since you're using a dream world setting, you might consider Kingsport for your location. Lovecraft's second-favorite town has always had a dreamlike atmosphere to it—see his stories “The Festival” and “The Strange High House in the Mist”.
  11. Since none of your players' characters will be the Doctor, you'll have to make the pseudorandom numbers plot point a whole lot more obvious. Since noticing repeated numbers doesn't lend itself to Spot Hidden, you've got a choice between calling for multiple Idea rolls or just repeating the same set of numbers at every point you can—dates, times, street addresses, pocket change, ticket stubbs, etc., etc—until the players notice it for themselves. Once your players have picked up on the repeated pattern, it's up to you to tease the significance (welcome to the wonderful world of Stephen Moffat
  12. Yes, you can convert CoC and ToC/Gumshoe scenarios. Admittedly, this takes a little effort since they're entirely different skill-based systems (it's not like converting between CoC and Delta Green, which are both d100 systems). The ToC rulebook has an appendix on conversion, and the Pelgrane website's ToC resource page contains examples of converted stats/plotlines for published CoC scenarios. Pelgrane's Repairer of Reputations is a ToC scenario and well worth looking into. It's a great example of how Chambers's weird horror differs from HPL's and treats the meta-game quite inventive
  13. Very ingenious! (Recently I was idly wondering about what would be a better format for collaborative RPG design—a hypertext wiki or a distro software development environment.)
  14. Pro Tip: Archive.org often has caches of abandoned websites and their files, including cthulhurising.co.uk. (Archival preservation is a lovely thing.) EDIT: Although the Internet Archive has cached the old Cthulhu Rising site, it looks like the PDFs and ZIP files are not part of their backup.
  15. The BRP OGL is currently on version 1.0.2, so it's not set in stone. We raised the issue about Clause 10's ambiguity about maximum revision, and Chaosium clarified it here that it was 30% or more of the total word count and updated the license accordingly. (The question about whether this covers open content/legal information or only original content—a not inconsiderable issue for shorter works—remains open.) Chaosium has demonstrated that it's prepared to work with the community to improve the license. If it's option 1, then you're in effect negotiating permissions, and you'
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