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With our partners MetaArcade, we're launching Cthulhu Chronicles today: a single-player narrative horror mobile game that distills the essence of the award-winning Call of Cthulhu roleplaying system into a story-driven, intuitive experience designed for mobile gamers.

In Cthulhu Chronicles, players can play as various archetypal investigator characters such as a policewoman or private detective. Players pursue missions involving crazy cults, sinister creatures, and horrors from beyond space. The immersive narrative is accompanied by images and an ambient soundtrack by Cthulhu contributors Chad Fifer, Cryo Chamber, Graham Plowman, and others.

“Our mission is to bring tabletop RPG adventures to mobile into graphically appealing, bite size chunks you can pick up and play, and it’s been exciting converting Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu to our Adventure Creator format for Cthulhu Chronicles,” said David Reid, CEO of MetaArcade, in a statement. “We’ve created new and remastered adventures with multiple branching storylines that create a satisfying balance of horror and adventure through the campaign arc.”

Unlike many RPGs, the focus isn’t on building up a character through combat. Instead, players choose an appropriate investigator for the mission at hand, with each investigator having their own strengths and weaknesses as well as individual storylines.

At key decision points, players will make choices, as each story has multiple endings and numerous clues to uncover. Their skills — athleticism, appearance, and intelligence — will help them overcome enemies and accomplish special feats, but chance will play a role as well, indicated by a spinning wheel of fate. A failure can be a mere setback, or cause death or insanity.

“Cthulhu Chronicles brings the terror and fun of Call of Cthulhu to life on your mobile device,” said Mike Mason, Call of Cthulhu line editor at Chaosium, in a statement. “It emulates the tabletop experience, giving you choices to make, each one taking your investigator down different paths with differing conclusions. Mystery, intrigue, horror, and madness await your investigator, who can gain insights and lose sanity while charting his or her way through the scenarios.”

At launch, the game includes five scenarios created with MetaArcade’s proprietary Adventure Creator tool, with four more coming soon. Together, these scenarios comprise the first Cthulhu Chronicles campaign, Investigations in Lovecraft Country. Additional campaigns are planned after launch, and fans will be able to create their own Cthulhu Chronicles stories in the future.

Cthulhu Chronicles is designed for both interactive fiction fans and Cthulhu veterans looking for a way to play between sessions. Releasing on iOS today, an Android version will follow.

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Looking forward to trying this when the Android version launches; MetaArcade have done an excellent job with the Tunnels and Trolls Adventures game.

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5 hours ago, Natai said:

Also eagerly awaiting an Android version. 

MetaArcade wants to bring out an Android version soon, but there is no specific date for this release yet. Apparently from an indie dev POV, starting first with iOS is the way to go.

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"AH, THE AGE-OLD QUESTION; what to do in-between sessions, when no Keeper is around but you still want your sanity abused?... Cthulhu Chronicles is perhaps the closest thing to the tabletop Call of Cthulhu experience that gamers can reasonably expect. ...(It) essentially takes tried and true Call of Cthulhu scenarios and adapts them to text-based solo-play.

Cthulhu Chronicles is without doubt the closest thing to playing Call of Cthulhu you can get without a Keeper... Recommended heartily for those who need their Cthulhu fix between sessions and for people who are curious what the whole "Call of Cthulhu" thing is about."

—A first look at CTHULHU CHRONICLES, by Andrew Logan Montgomery, Exploring the Otherworlds of Fiction, Magic, and Gaming blog.

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"A truly engaging and immersive experience... the game compresses elements of tabletop gameplay into simplified actions that make for a truly enjoyable mobile experience you can pick up or drop at any time. Whether it’s your first foray into role playing or you’re an old pro, Cthulhu Chronicles can be equally enjoyed by all."—NEWSWEEK has a gaming column (who knew?) and checked out CTHULHU CHRONICLES on iOS.

http://www.newsweek.com/cthulhu-chronicles-review-new-mobile-narrative-horror-game-will-keep-you-edge-1023091

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MetaArcade have launched the next chapter in the "Investigations in Lovecraft Country" series of linked adventures for CTHULHU CHRONICLES – an original scenario called The Good Professor.

The Good Professor builds on everything you have experienced so far in Cthulhu Chronicles; tensions are rising, and your decision-making skills will be put to the test. Like all others, this scenario is available for 20 tickets, or you can play it for free using one of your trials. Available at the iOS App Store.

Cthulhu Chronicles is currently available on iOS. MetaArcade have confirmed an Android version is their highest priority post-launch.

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This week the first of these new adventures, “The Good Professor” was released (July 17th) for CTHULHU CHRONICLES. This will be followed by:

—"Miskatonic University": releasing 11AM PT on Tues, July 24
—"Crimson Letters": releasing 11AM PT on Tues, July 31
—"Blackwater Creek": releasing 11AM PT on Thurs, Aug 2

Cthulhu Chronicles is currently on iOS but will eventually make its way to other devices, including Android.

http://horrorfuel.com/2018/07/20/metaarcade-announces-new-levels-for-cthulhu-chronicles-mobile-game/

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There's a new adventure for CTHULHU CHRONICLES, the official Call of Cthulhu interactive fiction game. The seventh episode in the "Investigations in Lovecraft Country" series is an original scenario that takes you back to college!

Cthulhu Chronicles is currently available on iOS devices. MetaArcade is working on an Android version.

More details here: https://www.metaarcade.com/blogroll/2018/7/24/discover-the-secrets-of-miskatonic-university

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And here is a great article about Cthulhu Chronicles from Good Games:

"The nature of Roleplaying Games -a shared, ongoing narrative with group problem solving and character development-, has become the plight of the Geek With Responsibilities...

While the mobile version of Call of Cthulhu will not replace the social aspect of roleplaying, Cthulhu Chronicles offers an excellent alternative to those of us who may only have the option to roleplay over Skype, or on play-by-post forums.

As geek culture continues to grow, games have to adapt to fit our lifestyles. MetaArcade and Chaosium Inc. are a great example of two companies coming together to create a new and exciting way for us to experience roleplaying."

https://www.goodgames.com.au/au/news/19-new-products/359-experience-lovecraftian-horror-roleplaying-anywhere-anytime.html

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Our partners at MetaArcade are launching a closed beta devoted to the Cthulhu Chronicles. With remastered art & enhanced game mechanics, beta players will be able to craft their own adventures, complete with art, audio & game mechanics. The closed beta will launch in mid-February.

If you're interested, you can sign up for the closed beta now at: http://www.metaarcade.com (available on iOS and Android).

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