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  1. When we produce the updated edition of Horror on the Orient Express it is likely to be in such a format (similar to the Masks of Nyarlathotep slipcase set). But that won't be for some time, which is why we've reprinted HotOE as a two vol set.
  2. Amazing the things you stumble upon taking a pleasant afternoon walk by the river...
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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).
  6. No, the Keeper Rulebook and the 40th Anniversary Keeper Rulebook are two different products.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. The interior is the Keeper Rulebook with the additional stuff mentioned above.
  14. 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!
  15. 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!
  16. Now available on DriveThruRPG - two collections of Call of Cthulhu adventures created during the Summer 2021 RPG Writer Workshop! Bundle One consists of 19 titles for $34.99 (total value $56.54, save $21.55 - 38% off) Bundle Two consists of 19 titles for $39.99 (total value $60.21, save $20.22 - 34% off) Once again, congratulations to everyone who has published for the first time, we're proud of you! For anyone who would like to give scenario writing a go, our friends at the Storytelling Collective will be running the workshop again in November!
  17. Coming up on September 15, the Miskatonic Repository Creator's Circle is hosting an AMA for Call of Cthulhu creators and fans. Call of Cthulhu creative director Mike Mason will be answering your questions on the topic "Subverting norms, breathing life into old tropes". Bring your best and worst tropes, well-worn clichés and hackneyed tales of horror and Mike will discuss how to breathe new life into old ways. A live event on Facebook, all welcome: https://www.facebook.com/events/228473319236053 5am EST - USA 10am BST – UK 7pm AEST – Australia Hosted by the Miskatonic Repository Creator’s Circle Facebook Group. WHAT IS THE MISKATONIC REPOSITORY? Are you a Keeper looking for new scenarios and story elements? A player looking for something mysterious to spark a character idea? Is your group looking for eerie ideas to use in your game? The Miskatonic Repository is where you can find —and create —self-published material for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. Interested in submitting content? Go here to see the guidelines, and here for the additional guidelines. No extra license is required. Get started and download the MS Word template or the InDesign template for Miskatonic Repository submissions, and check out our other free creator resources.
  18. We are contractually obligated to inform the public that should our 6,666th subscriber on YouTube be plummeted into a void of unmatter and their consciousness be strewn across the cosmos, we are not liable!Chaosium at YouTube: http://bit.ly/2NO6foI
  19. How long can you stretch out a scenario? Is it okay to reduce it all to just one night? Call of Cthulhu creative director Mike Mason discusses how to pace your gaming sessions. He's talking with James Coquillat as part of our Chaosium Interviews series. Catch them all at the Chaosium YouTube channel!
  20. No, what we mean by "gratuitous abuse" is when you make your point, but can't help closing off your remarks with an unnecessary insult for good measure.
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  22. COVID-19 Shipping and Fulfilment Update - 10 September 2021 We hope that you, your family, and your friends continue to be in good health. Sadly, although it's been almost a year-and-a-half since our first COVID-19 shipping and fulfilment message, disruptions continue to affect international shipping movements and postage times all over the world. While we're fortunate that throughout the pandemic our five fulfilment warehouses (US, UK, AUS, EU, CAN) have remained open, one of our biggest challenges in this "new normal" is release dates. For example, we were very confident we'd have the eagerly-anticipated RuneQuest Starter Set in all our fulfilment warehouses by the end of summer. Unfortunately, due to shipping delays out of our control, that was not to be. But the RQ Starter Set release is now (very) close: you can sign up here to get an email the moment it becomes available in our webstore! In April last year we announced we made the decision to not reduce our headcount nor cut anyone's hours – our team are Chaosium and what makes the company succeed. Thanks to your support we've stuck to that, and will continue to do so. We appreciate people buying direct. It helps the company in these trying times. Remember, while you're waiting for your physical shipment from Chaosium.com, you have the PDF already to read, play, and enjoy. And if you want to check the status of your order, you can always drop Dustin a line: customerservice@chaosium.com. On behalf of the whole Chaosium team, wishing everyone all the best until the Stars are Right again. — Rick Meints, president Chaosium Inc.
  23. The 'Unnatural Selections' series is our regular round up of notable Chaosium reviews worth a look. Our newest Call of Cthulhu campaign The Children of Fear has been described as "up there with the best Call of Cthulhu campaigns that have been produced over the past 40 years" (The Grognard Files), and "a gem and an instant classic" (Paul St John Macintosh). Another reviewer said The Children of Fear is a "huge and beautiful undertaking... and definitely promising to take a place alongside Masks of Nyarlathotep and Horror on the Orient Express as one of the greats of Call of Cthulhu" (Never Read the Latin). The Children of Fear is available from Chaosium.com now in full colour hardcover and special leatherette edition (price includes PDF). Also available from DriveThruRPG, and in retail distribution. And those campaigns it's been compared to? Here's what critics have said about three of our most famous and acclaimed Call of Cthulhu campaigns of the past 40 years. All are now available from Chaosium. MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP "When Masks first came out [in 1984], it was the best. In the years since, rivals to the throne appeared. The new edition vanquishes them. Masks of the Nyarlathotep is the best. Full stop." — Vintage RPG. "For something which had already established itself early on as an rpg classic, Chaosium have gone and ratcheted-up this one to 11."— Whispers from the Ghooric Zone. "Should you get Masks?... This will be an adventure you and your RPG friends will be talking about 20-30 years after the event. If you played Masks years ago and want to play it again, yes. The best commercially available RPG scenario has got better." — The British Fantasy Society. BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS "Unique. Unprecedented. Jaw-gaping. Immersive. Engrossing. All these, and many more, are adjectives that describe BtMoM, and I am barely doing it justice... Everything is right about this reprint. The price is only USD 10 higher than the price of the 1999 edition, the product is a hardcover instead of a softcover, it has a classy integrated bookmark that you will use to death, a superior layout that is much easier to peruse, and includes the pdf!" — Antonios S. RPGNet. "5-stars... One of the top three." — MH (customer review). "Chaosium has done an awesome thing."— RPG Imaginings. HORROR ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS "It's easy to see why this is considered a classic Call of Cthulhu adventure" — The Gaming Gang. "The most ambitious Call of Cthulhu adventure ever created… a high water mark for CoC." — Black Gate. "A must-own campaign" — Antonios S., RPGNet.
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