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  1. And we're live for our Call of Cthulhu charity stream!chaosiuminc - Twitch A big shoutout to our amazing cast; B. Dave Walters, Josephine McAdam, Becca Scott, and Jasmine Bhullar who have generously donated their time to help raise money for ZEROCancer!You can DONATE NOW using the link below:Tiltify - Made for Fundraisers
  2. Tonight on Twitch, our Call of Cthulhu charity stream for ZERO Cancer! 6pm PT 9pm ET 2am BST 11am AEST If you can't make the stream and would like to support ZERO Cancer, never fear! You can DONATE NOW using the link below: https://donate.tiltify.com/@chaosiuminc/fighting-cosmic-horror-to-fight-cancer
  3. HeroQuest Achtung! Cthulhu. Which had been produced under license from Chaosium. As is usual when a license winds up, there's a lengthy grace period in which remaining physical stock can be sold – you may have noticed Modiphius has been selling AC at a steep discount for some time. And they can continue selling the Call of Cthulhu version in PDF during this time too. This all ends on September 30th. Then final royalties are calculated and both parties walk away happy. Modiphius are continuing with AC, but will be using their own in-house rule set (2d20).
  4. No, the Keeper Rulebook and the 40th Anniversary Keeper Rulebook are two different products.
  5. By Jason Durall, RuneQuest creative director The Starter Set for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is coming! Between now and its release later this year, RuneQuest creative director Jason Durall's Design Diary will share insights about the development of this exciting new boxed set which will introduce the RuneQuest RPG and Greg Stafford's mythic world of Glorantha to all-new audiences. Diary #1: What to expect in the RQ Starter Set Diary #2: Cover Art reveal, and what's inside the box Diary #3: The new adventurers Diary #4: More about the new adventurers Diary #5: Welcome to Jonstown, setting for the Starter Set (guest post by Jeff Richard) Diary #6: Creating the Jonstown City Maps (guest post by Jeff Richard) Diary #7: Printer's proofs are back! Diary #8: A Gateway to Adventure Diary #9: Beyond the Starter Set Diary #10: Take a look at an advance copy of the Starter Set (guest post by Rick Meints) Diary #11: The back covers make a map! (guest post by Michael O'Brien) Diary #12: Putting the SoloQuest in RuneQuest A guest post from Chaosium's James Coquillat and David Naylor Last year, the two of us were excited to be given the chance to help write the upcoming RuneQuest Starter Set's solo adventure. As Jason notes in his previous Design Diary, this was to be a one person scenario introducing new players to the setting and mechanics of RuneQuest that would also excite veteran adventurers with a thrilling standalone story they can play through on their own. In the solo adventure the reader plays as Vasana, a capable warrior and leader, as she experiences the perils of a pivotal battle in the war between rebellious Sartar and the Lunar Empire. As relatively new Glorantha fans ourselves (both born over a decade after the third edition was released), we worked closely with the RuneQuest creative team to develop the scenario. Using Twine, the open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories, we designed the story structure and incorporated all the mechanics and mythology that made us fall in love with RuneQuest. As Vasana navigates the conflict, the reader will learn crucial RuneQuest mechanics like drawing inspiration, using rune magic, striking, parrying, and planning manoeuvres. They'll have the opportunity to choose their own route through the conflict and, depending on Vasana's actions and success, the Battle of Dangerford's outcome could be very different. Using the standard solo adventure framework of branching narrative threads, we pinned distinct scenes that would always happen and used these situations to teach fundamental mechanics. We then allowed the branches to splay apart and ripple with the reader's actions so that unique events and mechanics could be introduced. Not every reader will discover the relevance of the Crimson Bat. Not all readers will stand before the Judge of the Dead and enter into Spirit Combat. Some readers will favor stealth and finding secrets. Others will charge headlong into battle and earn honor for their name and tribe. Each playthrough will give different results and although set pieces will be revisited, they'll never be quite the same. One way we made sure that each reader's playthrough will differ is by tallying a Battle Result Total (BRT) throughout the adventure. When Vasana's actions give the Sartar rebels the upper hand, the BRT increases. When she fails or costs them valuable resources, the BRT reduces. Depending on the final tally, the battle can have several different outcomes. But we won't mention them here. Some things are best discovered! The RuneQuest Starter Set is Almost Here! The RuneQuest Starter Set contains everything you need to play an epic roleplaying game of gods, cults, magic, family, and fantasy and is coming soon! Sign up with the link below and by Issaries, you will receive an email as soon as the RuneQuest Starter Set is available to order! CLICK THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE
  6. Chaosium congratulates our 2021 ENNIES winners, with a clean sweep in the Best Organised Play (community content) category! GOLD AWARD: A Rough Guide to Glamour (Jonstown Compendium - RuneQuest) Congratulations to Writers Chris Gidlow, Mike Hagen, Nick Brooke, Michael O'Brien, Jeff Richard, and Greg Stafford; Artists Dario Corallo, Simon Bray, Antonia Doncheva, Julie Hudson, BA Wayne, Dan Barker, and Gene Day; and Cartographers Julie Hudson, Mike Hagen, Colin Driver, and Phil Anderson. SILVER AWARD: Hand of Glory (Miskatonic Repository - Call of Cthulhu) Congratulations to Writer Allan Carey; Cartographer Simon Lissaman; Researcher Nichola Logan; Editor & Layout Phil Anderson; Playtesters Shayne Cummins, Nick Carruthers, Brittany Russ, Brendan Hanton, Michael O’Brien, Sue O’Brien, Barbara Braun, Andrew Bean, Michael Jukes, Michael Grant, and Wayne Stewart. BRONZE (ENNIES NOMINEE): Citizens of the Lunar Empire (Jonstown Compendium - RuneQuest) Congratulations to Writer Chris Gidlow; Artists Mark Smylie and Dario Corallo; Cartographers Julie Hudson Gidlow, Sarah Brooke, Nick Brooke, Mike Hagen, and Colin Driver; Design and Layout Nick Brooke. Congratulations to all the ENNIES winners and nominees. And our grateful thanks to the ENNIES organisers and judges, and most importantly to all the thousands of TTRPG fans who showed your support by voting! — from all the team at Chaosium. Chaosium Community Content at DriveThruRPG The Miskatonic Repository is Chaosium's platform on DriveThruRPG for independent creators of gaming material for the Call of Cthulhu tabletop roleplaying game. It was launched in December 2018. The Jonstown Compendium, established in December 2019, fulfils the same function for RuneQuest and Greg Stafford's world of Glorantha. "The success of our fan-driven programs at DriveThruRPG is evident by their thriving communities of independent creators and the rapidly growing number of titles available, with more added every week. These nominations and awards in the 2021 ENNIES are further testament to the quality of material being created," said Chaosium vice president Michael O'Brien. Chaosium's Community Ambassadors Want to create community content yourself? Allan, Bridgett, and Nick are here to provide advice with the various aspects of creating and publishing a community content work, including ideas generation, IP issues, writing, editing, art direction, layout, publication, and preparing a title for print-on-demand. Our Community Ambassadors can also direct queries to the appropriate person at Chaosium or DriveThruRPG if need be. nb This year Chaosium itself did not submit any products for consideration as we've won our fair share recently (32 ENNIE Awards from 37 nominations in the last six years). But we strongly encouraged the independent creators in our Miskatonic Repository and Jonstown Compendium community content programs to enter instead.
  7. Someone rolled a 01! The first RuneQuest Starter Set sold anywhere in the world... we got some advance copies in for Gen Con, fresh off the boat. If you're at Gen Con hurry to our booth #403 before they all disappear! The RuneQuest Starter Set is Almost Here! The RuneQuest Starter Set contains everything you need to play an epic roleplaying game of gods, cults, magic, family, and fantasy and is coming soon! Sign up with the link below and by Issaries, you will receive an email as soon as the RuneQuest Starter Set is available to order! CLICK THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE
  8. By Jason Durall, RuneQuest creative director The Starter Set for RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha is coming! Between now and its release later this year, RuneQuest creative director Jason Durall's Design Diary will share insights about the development of this exciting new boxed set which will introduce the RuneQuest RPG and Greg Stafford's mythic world of Glorantha to all-new audiences. Diary #1: What to expect in the RQ Starter Set Diary #2: Cover Art reveal, and what's inside the box Diary #3: The new adventurers Diary #4: More about the new adventurers Diary #5: Welcome to Jonstown, setting for the Starter Set (guest post by Jeff Richard) Diary #6: Creating the Jonstown City Maps (guest post by Jeff Richard) Diary #7: Printer's proofs are back! Diary #8: A Gateway to Adventure Diary #9: Beyond the Starter Set Diary #10: Take a look at an advance copy of the Starter Set (guest post by Rick Meints) Diary #11: The back covers make a map! (guest post by Michael O'Brien) When deciding on the contents for the RuneQuest Starter Set, the design team had many discussions sorting items into “nice to have” and “must have” categories. It was obvious that a solo adventure was a critical "must have", to teach players and gamemasters about the setting and the rules. We wanted the soloquest to really embed the player in a truly Gloranthan experience. While it would have been oh-too-easy to do something self-contained and relatively timeless – a contained physical environment with limited choices – that would not really give the experience of roleplaying in Glorantha. So we went ahead with something much, much more challenging and ultimately, we hope, rewarding for players. To that end, we decided that the soloquest should be both epic and personal in scope. As we rolled through all of the options, a few core elements crystalized: Opportunities for combat, both personal (ranged, mounted, and melee) and in the scope of a grander engagement. Teaching the rules, especially important mechanics like Runes, augmenting with Passions, and solving problems through a variety of approaches. Real stakes, with the player’s choices and their contributions to the battle at large making a difference between success and failure. Immersed in the world, with the player taking part in one of the more pivotal conflicts in Dragon Pass, the Battle of Dangerford. Magic and worship, both giving the player a glimpse of how personal and Rune magic might be used, but also demonstrating the way adventurers interact with their gods. Once those were established, we went back-and-forth a bit on whether the soloquest would be suitable for any adventurer, a limited few, or just one predetermined adventurer. As a multiple-branch adventure is incredibly complex, it made more sense to focus on one solid experience rather than try to cater to a variety of adventurers with radically different play styles and roles. So, with that locked down, the most suitable adventurer for the role was Vasana, a fierce and honorable fighter with a powerful bison mount, a worshipper of Orlanth’s Vingan aspect. We finalized an outline, discussed the decision trees that would cause the adventure’s many branches and outcomes, and then got to work. After an early attempt to begin writing the adventure in a hyperlinked text document, we switched to Twine for the real development, and at the time, due to limits to editorial bandwidth, the best decision we made was to bring in newcomers to the RQ team, but experienced writers for Call of Cthulhu and also, experts in Twine. Thus, James Coquillat and David Naylor found themselves enlisted with the challenge of actually writing the thing. With that seemingly impossible list of requirements, they got to work... Next Design Diary: James and David on writing the Battle of Dangerford SoloQuest The RuneQuest Starter Set is Almost Here! The RuneQuest Starter Set contains everything you need to play an epic roleplaying game of gods, cults, magic, family, and fantasy and is coming soon! Sign up with the link below and by Issaries, you will receive an email as soon as the RuneQuest Starter Set is available to order! CLICK THIS LINK TO SUBSCRIBE
  9. Over on Facebook Call of Cthulhu creative director Mike Mason showed off his advance copy of the 40th Anniversary Keeper Rulebook. This will be released in October on Chaosium.com for USD$99.99nb the leather wallet it comes in here is made by our friends at Type40 and can be ordered separately. https://www.chaosium.com/blogmike-mason-shows-off-his-advance-copy-of-the-40th-anniversary-call-of-cthulhu-keeper-rulebook
  10. We are so excited to be hosting a charity game of Call of Cthulhu to raise money for ZEROCancer! Join Josephine McAdam, Becca Scott, B Dave Walters, Jasmine Bhullar, and Chaosium's own Brian Holland on September 20th as they discover What's In The Cellar! Your donations will DIRECTLY EFFECT the game! Donating money to ZEROCancer during the stream will effect the mechanics and story of the game, depending on the amount you donate! Tune in live http://twitch.tv/chaosiuminc to take part in the chaos (for a very good cause)! About ZEROCancer ZERO Prostate Cancer is the leading national nonprofit with a mission to END prostate cancer. An important part of ZEROCancer's role is to raise prostate cancer awareness for anyone assigned male at birth — this includes transgender women or AMAB non-binary persons. https://zerocancer.org
  11. Gen Con Indy (September 16-19) Chaosium is back at Gen Con! If you're attending, do come visit us at Booth #403 in the main dealer hall. And not far away we have our own dedicated area for game sessions. Find us in Room 140-141 a short stroll along the Hoosier Concourse. There we'll be running our dozens of sessions of Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Pendragon, 7th Sea, and QuestWorlds Glorantha. Plus Gen Con Online! Meanwhile, for everyone who can't be in Indy, Gen Con Online is back for 2021, and we're running some 80 online games including Call of Cthulhu, RuneQuest, Pendragon, and Questworlds, along with our special VIP Creators' Series. Whether online or in person, here's a grateful note of appreciation from the Chaosium team to all the volunteer GMs from our Cult of Chaos GM program who are helping make this year's Gen Con a success!
  12. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Call of Cthulhu. To mark this special milestone in tabletop RPGs we've produced a special limited edition Keeper Rulebook. This limited edition features a magnificent new leatherette cover and dusk jacket design. Additional material inside includes personal accounts by some of the early creators and contributors to the game, new endpapers, and the re-inclusion of the 'The Haunting', the classic scenario that had been in all editions of the game up to 7th edition and has been something of a rite of passage for thousands of Call of Cthulhu fans. Advance copies at Gen Con! Our official release date for the 40th Anniversary Keeper Rulebook is October 2021. But we're bringing a very small number of advance copies to Gen Con! If you'd like to buy one there, we advise you to come to the Chaosium booth (#403) quick smart!
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