Cthulhu Gaming News
May 11, 2010
Chaosium has made Murder in the Footlights available for free. This is a module written for Basic Roleplaying, but suitable for Call of Cthulhu.
Strange Aeons II is now available.
Goodman Games has released Secrets of Leiningrad, part of their Age of Cthulhu line of products. "The death of a brilliant artist summons the investigators to Leningrad, setting them in pursuit of a mystery older than Russia herself. But when each secret revealed brings the investigators closer to madness, is the truth worth the price?"
Trail of Cthulhu fans can enjoy the Pelgrane Press release The Watchers in the Sky. This adventure sounds quite creepy and dark.
Another new release is on the way from Miskatonic River Press. For Cthulhu Invictus comes The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, a scenario in which an attempt to help a wealthy patrician recover his lost memories leads to danger, madness, and the schemes of a Great Old One.
Mar 13, 2010
It seems like the stars are coming right again! Chaosium is releasing a new version of their classic adventure Masks of Nyarlathotep. This new version is on track for a Spring 2010 release.
To celebrate GM's Day (March 4), Chaosium released many free scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. You can download them here.
Skirmisher Press has released a new script for Cthulhu Live called Muerte al Chupacabras. It's available through DriveThruRPG.com and other venues. The scenario takes place in Mexico and is said to be inspired by B-movies and pseudoscience. Sounds like a lot of fun!
Pelgrane Press has released The Armitage Files, a rather unique "adventure" for Trail of Cthulhu. The players are presented with highly detailed documents. Based on what they follow up on, the Keeper is led to develop the story through improvisation. A fascinating idea. This may actualy spur me into buying Trail of Cthulhu, just to see how it works.
Feb 8, 2010
Chaosium is releasing a new monograph, Secrets of the Congo. This is available in both PDF and paper format. Also, Arkham Now is now shipping to distributors, so it should be available soon.
Warming up the crystal ball, we see that Chaosium is publishing Strange Aeons II, with a planned publication in April. Like the first book, this consists of adventures set in times and places very different from the standard Call of Cthulhu game, such as Feudal Japan, the American Civil War, or at Woodstock.
Jan 11, 2010
Super Genius Games has released "Snows of an Early Winter", which can be purchased currenlty in only PDF format. This is a scenario for Call of Cthulhu, a modern day story set in New York amidst a series of killings.
Jan 4, 2010
The current and big news is that we have a slew of new Chaosium offerings:
A reprint of Secrets of New Orleans is now available. The original was fantastic, so if you weren't able to grab that, grab this!
Cthulhu Invictus is a sourcebook for playing Call of Cthulhu in the setting of ancient Rome. Looks very creepy and cool!
Have you been wondering what's been up in Arkham lately? Find out in Arkham Now, a sourcebook that brings our favorite University city into the 21st Century. And if you don't want to wait, PDFs of the book and a modern Arkham map can be found in Chaosium's catalog.
Cthulhu Britannica is a new collection of five scenarios of Lovecraftian horror in Great Britain, from Victorian times to the End Times.
In addition, many new monographs are available including Christmas in Kingsport, a collection of holiday horrors.
Brian Downes pointed out that I've never really had a link for CthulhuTech. So here it is: CthulhuTech.com.
Obviously, this news is a bit behind, but Chaosium's Terrors from Beyond released during the summer as scheduled.
Fat Dragon Games released the Shrine to Cthulhu model set. They make fantastic paper terrain, and this item looks right up there with their usual quality.
Goodman Games gave us more Age of Cthulhu in Madness in London Town. With a background in Roman-Celtic war, this 1920s adventure is horror on a grand, historical scale.
John Wick's adventure, Digging for a Dead God is a bleak adventure with little hope of survival in the rich tradition of Lovecraft.
May 18, 2009
I received an email from Sean Preston, who is involved in the production of Realms of Cthulhu, an adaptation for the Savage Worlds role-playing system. Apparently, he wants to mention BloopWatch.org in the book! Naturally, I was more than glad to grant permission. You can find out more about the game here.
Chaosium reports that Terrors from Beyond, a new collection of Call of Cthulhu adventures set in the 1920s, is at the printer and on track for the June, 2009 release.
Chaosium is already opening their 2009 Halloween Adventure Contest. You can read details here.
Chaosium has licensed a company called Adamant Entertainment to produce new material for Call of Cthulhu. The first planned products are This Scepter'd Isle, which brings CoC fun to Elizabethan England and Shadows of the Red Hand, which will be a full treatement of 1920s gangland Chicago.
Chaosium is having a sale right now. Check out their catalog here.
Need an adventure for your game? Chaosium has released "Shelter Me" for free download on their website.
Finally, some sad news. Keith Herber, who was involved in many early projects for Call of Cthulhu, passed away in March. We wish the best to his family and friends.
February 20, 2009
We've sure got news on the gaming front! The time draws nigh for the publication of Terrors from Beyond, a collection of new CoC adventures from Chaosium. This is due in March, 2009.
A new small press company called Miskatonic River Press has hit the world and hit hard. Already available on their website is New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley, a set of six adventures for Call of Cthulhu, including "Proof of Life", Keither Herber's return to the world of the CoC game. This is available in book format or as a PDF from the publisher's website.
Available for pre-order is Our Ladies of Sorrow, a modern-day setting campaign. The story seems to revolve around a trio of ancient goddesses called The Sorrows and to, in the world of the publisher, "mix elements of ghost stories and mythology and emphasize subtle atmospheric horror and terror on a very personal level."
Also forthcoming from MRP is a PDF Newsletter for CoC called the Arkham Gazette, a set of four standalone scenarios called The Outer Gods, and Thrice Damned Dunbriar, a setting for Cthulhu: Dark Ages.
It might also be mentioned that MRP makes conversion rules for Trail of Cthulhu available for all of their scenarios. Definitely a class act.
Also, Chaosium now has new coral and black Cthulhu dice. Sounds sanity-blasting!
January 21, 2009
Chaosium quietly snuck out two new monographs this month.
- Mystic Alliances allows players to take the roles of teens in a near-future (like 2011 or so) setting in Seattle. The Dawning is upon them, and they must fight to save humanity from strange mythological threats to its sanity and well-being!
- Mysteries of Sudan is a new exotic locale for your Investigators to explore during the Gaslight period.
Chaosium has also made a downloadable preview available of Sixtystone Press's forthcoming Diggin' Up the World. This is a new scenario set in Aylesbury in the 1920s that appears to involve ghouls in a big way.
Skirmisher Publishing has released Arcanum Imperii a script for Cthulhu Live, 3rd Edition set in Ancient Rome.
January 15, 2009
BloopWatch Correspondent Michael Florian reminded me that RPGs aren't the only kinds of games there are. (They aren't?) He fears for the children, thanks to the game Pokéthulhu. Michael says, "Behold the horror that is Pokéthulhu. It seems someone took a popular kids show to its logical conclusion. Who knows? Maybe there's some horrible truth to all this. The game is completely free to download, too. Enjoy!" Chilling, really.
Digital Adventures and Chaosium, Inc. have banded together to produce a Call of Cthulhu ruleset for Fantasy Grounds II. Now you can play CoC with people across the internet! Check out the story here.
Pagan Publishing is back after a long hiatus. They're reprinting Delta Green products, and they've released a new piece...Mysteries of Mesoamerica. This book has been very long anticipated, as they first talked about it in 1998. Wow! That's even longer than we were out of circulation! According to the good folks at Yog-Sothoth.com, initial reviews have been positive. I'll have to get my hands on a copy and review it. And coming in 2009, they've announced Bumps in the Night, a supplement with five new adventures. Very cool to see these folks moving forward again.
January 10, 2009
Goodman Games has released Death in Luxor, the first in their Age of Cthulhu series of modules. I purchased a copy, and I hope to offer a review soon.
According to Chaosium's website, Pulp Cthulhu will be released in 2009. In fact, it's supposed to be released in the first 4 months of 2009. We'll just have to see.
There's a new Lovecraftian RPG these days...Trail of Cthulhu for the Gumshoe system. I need to check this game out.
November 3, 2005
Here comes a new monograph from Chaosium entitled Gatsby and the Great Race. I'm having trouble deciphering whether or not this is meant to be played as a Cthulhu Live event, or just a series of overlapping adventures running parallel with each other. If anyone knows, please let me know.
The adventures from Chaosium's Halloween Adventure contest will be available in a monograph, theoretically due out sometime in November 2005. Also due out this month is the new Miskatonic University hardcover book.
Our friend Gary Sumpter has a new website called, appropriately enough, GarySumpter.com. Through this site you can purchase and download adventures of Cosmic Horror RPGs. Gary mentions that "These adventures are not designed for a specific game system but are intended for use with random-roll attribute, percentile skill-based systems." Hmmm...I think I play one of those... ;)
Fantasy Flight Games has released Masks of Nyarlathotep, an expansion for their Call of Cthulhu card game. Go and play it!
Want to play Call of Cthulhu by bulletin board? Well, our pals at Yog-Sothoth.com are now making it possible. Check it out!
The Octobernomicon continues!
October 26, 2005
The Octobernomicon continues with the following monsters:
The Black, Winged Ones
At the Cthulhu Dark Ages website, you can find a patch for the Cthulhu Dark Ages RPG.
October 18, 2005
First, here's the news from Chaosium. The hardcover Miskatonic University sourcebook should be in stores this month! Woo! Also, Chaosium is encouraging everyone to run Call of Cthulhu on Halloween this year. Fine idea, that. To encourage it, they're having a Call of Cthulhu adventure contest. Enter! Win stuff!
Here's an intriguing bit of news. In Chicago, you can get a tour of Chicago's Occult Architecture with Kenneth Hite, then play a game of Call of Cthulhu with him. You can read the details at The Jack O'Lantern
The Ghost of John
The Smurl Poltergeist
Beast of Land Between the Lakes
Fresh-Water Deep One
The Chosen of yig
Beast in the Cave
The Pope Lick Monster
There's now an unofficial looking Player's Handbook for Delta Green. Huh. Go fig.
Would you like free RPG based on the Hastur Mythos? Of course you would! So check out Insylum.
If you're like me (and if you aren't, what would possess you to read this stuff?), then you thought that Chaosium's amazing mega-adventure Beyond the Mountains of Madness was the most incredible RPG module ever released. Well, thanks to our friends at Yog-Sothoth.com, you can read an interview with the module's developers and check out their early development notes. Nifty, neh?
If you didn't already know that the Yog-Sothoth.com folks love us, how would a Cthulhu Podcast suit you?
August 17, 2005
Chaosium has several tidbits in the works. The new Miskatonic University Sourcebook is in final layout and on track for a late August or September debut. In addition, a massive new book about monsters call Malleus Monstrorum is planned for October. November should see the release of Tatters of the King, a brand new 1920s sourcebook. Finally, the much delayed and long awaited Pulp Cthulhu is expected to release in December. Let's all cross our digits now!
Egads! More from Chaosium! Yog-Sothoth.com has an article about three new monographs releasing simultaneously! Check it out!
Shoggoth.net has an article about using what they refer to as "Drones" in your Call of Cthulhu campaign. What are these drones? Well, let's just say that your players will be screaming, "Game over, man! Game over!"
Yog-Sothoth.com has an interview with Adam Scott Glancy, preseident of Pagan Publishing, a new you should be familiar with. Check it out here.
July 12, 2005
There is a report about the Chaosium visit to the Tentacles convention on their website. Check it out here. They've also posted about several new handbooks, including The Big Book of Cults, Vol 1, Legacies of the Renaissance, and Toying with Humans.
Yog-Sothoth.com has an interview with Call of Cthulhu designer Richard Launius.
Arkham Horror is officially back. Read about it on Chaosium.com.
The big news is that Secrets of New York is now shipping.
May 24, 2005
Chaosium has announced Secrets of New York for June 2005. This new sourcebook for Classic Cthulhu will explore all kinds of information about New York City.
The Spawn of Azathoth reprint is now shipping. Can't wait to see it.
Yog-Sothoth.com has established an archive of Cthulhu D20 conversions. Check out the details here.
Achy Breaky Mythos Audio Comedy...that's all I'm saying. Check it out here.
April 20, 2005
We received an announcement from Gary Sumpter on March 10 that the planned Keepers of the Faith book has been canceled. This is very sad news, as it would've been great to see some of these adventures back in print. In addition, Gary's descriptions of the extras it would've contained seem really wonderful. I'll cross my fingers that this project will see the light of day somewhere down the line. There are full details here.
On the plus side, Chaosium's re-release of Spawn of Azathoth is at the printer. If you've never played this campaign, it's a doozy.
Also, there's a great-sounding new game called Miskatonic Madness. You can find details here.
March 3, 2005
Chaosium has lots of news. Firstly, and maybe most importantly, Secrets of Japan is done! It's available! Go get it! Also, the new 6th Edition, softcover version of Call of Cthulhu should be available later this month. Nice.
There's lots of convention info. There's a report from GhengisCon to be viewed here. It has a funny lego Cthulhu picture. You can read about their exploits at DunDraCon here. There's also news on Cthulhuthon, which will run at Origins this summer. You can get all their convention scoops together on their page at this location. Finally, at one con, they acquired some limited edition Cthulhu pendants. Check 'em out!
Crusader Magazine, a new gaming magazine, is looking for Chaosium based articles. Check out the details here.
I'm not going to talk a lot about Necronomonopoly...because I have trouble saying it. Check out the details here.
Is Pagan Publishing rising from the dead? Yog-Sothoth.com has information on a call for submissions, as well as their plans for making their older works available as PDFs. Go check out the good news.
February 10, 2005
And yet another monograph from Chaosium, this one called Ripples from Carcosa. Check it out here.
February 5, 2005
There is now a Cthulhu Rising monograph available from Chaosium. Gotta love futuristic Cthulhu.
And I can hardly believe it, but the loooooong awaited Secrets of Japan is finally shipping to stores! I cannot wait to get my hands on this Cthulhu Modern Day product.
The HPL Historical Society folks are making articles from their intended In the Time of Lovecraft book available here.
RAFM is re-releasing their Cthulhu figures, as well as adding some new items. Check out the details on Yog-Sothoth.com. They also have details on the new version of Arkham Horror being released in May.
January 12, 2005
Shoggoth.net has an interview with the mighty Sandy Petersen! Go and read! Yes! There's also one with the beloved Shippin' Shoggoth of Chaosium, Fergie!
Maybe you don't want to play in the Dark Ages, hm? Perhaps you'd prefer to play Cthulhu set in the future? Well, maybe you should go look at the Cthulhu Rising website, then, hm?
December 9, 2004
We got an email from Gary Sumpter with a possible look ahead for some Cthulhu products.
- "Arkham Now is still in the hands of Chaosium. I have no idea when it will be published. I've co-authored and edited this book for Chaosium.
- " Keepers of the Faith: Thirteen Classic Adventures Celebrating 25 Years of Call of Cthulhu is the working title of a commemorative project that was, at one time, to include all-new scenarios by celebrated Call of Cthulhu authors. The new version of the book will feature a baker's dozen of classic scenarios - all set in the 1920s - many of them long out of print. We're hoping to have a few surprises to make this "silver jubilee" book even more special. I'm selecting, collecting and editing this book for Chaosium.
- "Cast of Cthulhu is the working title of a keeper's resource containing upwards of a hundred NPCs for the 1920s era. Each NPC will have statistics, skills and full descriptions, allowing the harried keeper to insert them into his or her game at a moment's notice. We hope that many of the NPCs will also have accompanying illustrations. I'm assigning, selecting and editing this book for Chaosium."
Gary, thank you for these insights!
I can attest that Shadows of Yog-Sothoth has been released, because it's in my bookcase. Chaosium is hopeful that Secrets of Japan will be out for January 2005.
Shoggoth.net is hosted an article with stats for the facehuggers from the Aliens movies.
Our friends at Yog-Sothoth.com have an interview with Charlie Krank, president of Chaosium.
The YS.com crowd also put forth a plethora of reviews! Check them out here.
November 25, 2004
Again...not exactly gaming news. Chaosium has released a new set of Xmas Cards, just in time for the holidays. Check them out here.
In actual gaming news, however, Chaosium happily announced today the release of the new edition of the fantastic Cthulhu Now module The Stars Are Right. These adventures are well-written, and I remember them really challenging my players, back in the day. This re-release of a classic will be available on December 2, 2004.
And once more...not 100% gaming news, but Shoggoth.net has posted an interview with Dustin @ Chaosium. It's fun stuff. Take a look.
November 24, 2004
Shoggoth.net has posted a review of the excellent, classic piece Taint of Madness. Read it here.
November 17, 2004
Not exactly gaming news, but apparently Chaosium is releasing a holiday t-shirt of a Yithian masquerading as a Christmas tree. Heheheh. Check out the details here and click here to view an image of it.
November 15, 2004
Chaosium has released its newest monograph, Machine Tractor Station Kharkov-37. This is a scenario set in Stalin's Soviet Russia. Read about it here.
November 9, 2004
Two announcements from Chaosium. Shadows of Yog Sothoth is shipping. Huzzah! Also, Chaosium is offering free shipping on orders over $120.00. Check it out!
November 5, 2004
Oh so very cool! The newly reprinted Shadows of Yog-Sothoth is shipping next week; it should be winging its way by byakhee on November 10. Very, very cool.
November 1, 2004
Chaosium is sponsoring CthulhuCon 2005 as part of GhengisCon XXVI. For details, check out Ghengis Con's website.
Although it hasn't happened yet, Chaosium anticipates the new release of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth on November 5!
Oh! And Chaosium has made free Call of Cthulhu quick-start rules available. Check 'em out here.
If you're one of our British fans, I hope you're planning on heading to CthoniCon in Cornwall.
September 27, 2004
If you hadn't heard, the Call of Cthulhu collectible card game is now available in Investigator's Starter, Mythos Starter, and Boosters.
Chaosium has been a busy lil company, producing new monographs, including Mysteries of Morocco, First Book of Things, and Gods of Chaos! Also available is the Dark Ages module Caligo Accedendum, written for tournament play, and a Cthulhu for President RPG monograph.
Yog-Sothoth.com has a scenario called Maze of Madness. Have a look.
And you've got to love quick-start Call of Cthulhu rules. Check them out here.
June 23, 2004
Chaosium confirms that Secrets of Japan is at the printers. This is good, yes! They have also confirmed that the long-delayed Pulp Cthulhu project is still being worked on. Also, they are now offering older files as PDFs. Read the story here.
We got an email from the folks at Fictional Reality, wanting us to know about their site. They have adventures there to check out...so check 'em out!
June 2, 2004
Some nifty stuff on Yog-Sothoth.com. First, they have reviews of Fatal Experiments, the First Issue of Dark Wisdom, and the Fifth Issue of The Whisperer as well as Stuart Gordon's Dagon. They also have a great announcement about the return of Arkham Horror. Another article details the awards that the German version of Call of Cthulhu has won. Finally, they have an interview with Richard Watts, who wrote for Call of Cthulhu. Go check it all out!
May 27, 2004
Secrets of Japan is headed to the printer, and it is slated for a late June release. Shadows of Yog-Sothoth is likely to be a July release. There is also a Cthulhu Dark Ages Companion in the works.
Yog-Sothoth.com has opened a new forum for discussion of non RPG HPL gaming.
May 16, 2004
Flames Rising, an online resource for Horror RPGs and fiction, is seeking reviews of Cthulhu related products. Matt M. McElroy from Flames Rising sent us this message. "Give us your opinion and get cool Flames Rising gear! Every review we receive during the month of May that meets our Submission Guidelines will earn its author one entry in our June drawing. Three lucky entries will win a Flames Rising hat or t-shirt from our Cafepress Online Store. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or drop by FlamesRising.com if you have any questions."
May 8, 2004
H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands is now shipping to game distributors. You can expect to see it in your local game store by May 22.
The Chaosium staff will be at KublaCon in San Francisco from May 28-31. They will also be in the U.K. at Continuum from July 23-26, 2004.
Fantasy Flight Games has opened a website for their forthcoming Call of Cthulhu Collectible Card Game. Check it out here.
April 13, 2004
The new edition of H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands is at the printer, and it should be releasing the ned of april or the beginning of May. Very exciting! Chaosium also tells us that the revised Shadows of Yog-Sothoth is set for a May release. The next pieces should be Secrets of Japan for Cthulhu Now and The Abbey and Other Tales (a working totle for Cthulhu Dark Ages. And, of course, we can expect to see a Cthulhu for President 2004 kit over the summer.
April 9, 2004
Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition is now shipping. 'Nuff said.
April 3, 2004
Chaosium tells us that both Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition and HPL's Dreamlands are at the printer. They are also offering copies of Dark Continent (sourcebook for 20s and 30s Africa) and the Atlas for the Year 1000
Yog-Sothoth.com has an interview with Michael Szymanski of Call of Cthulhu writing/publishing fame.
There's a new Call of Cthulhu website called The Dhole's House that looks really amazing. Check it out!
Apparently, Pagan Publishing is down to one person. The story can be found here.
March 17, 2004
I can totally verify that Cthulhu Dark Ages is out...there's a copy sitting on my table.
Yog-Sothoth.com is hosting an adventure called Devil's Children. Check it out!
February 28, 2004
Chaosium has put the writer's guidelines for Call of Cthulhu Dark Ages up on their webpage. They have also posted a character sheet for Cthulhu Dark Ages, and they promise more downloads in the future.
Chaosium has posted a release schedule in the latest R'lyeh Report. Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition is at the printer and scheduled to be out in March. In April, the new Dreamlands hardcover should be out, and it's at the printer now as well. May will bring the rerelease of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth which is now in final layout and editing.
Atlas Games has announced Cthulhu 500, a card game of Cthulhu racing.
February 8, 2004
Chaosium is supposed to have received Cthulhu Dark Ages back from the printer at the end of January. I have not heard anything indicating this did not happen, so CDA should be on its way to game stores, if it hasn't arrived yet.
Yog-Sothoth.com has posted another article from the archives of Different Worlds magazine. Go enjoy Sandy Petersen's Death Scenes: Aftermaths of Cthulhuoid Kills.
Yog-Sothoth.com had also published the long-fabled, unpublished supplement for the Arkham Horror boardgame. They have taken it down, however, due to a request from the folks at Skotos, who will be publishing a new Arkham Horror boardgame later in 2004.
January 21, 2004
We've gotten emails from Chaosium alerting us to happenings in the field. They're still looking for GMs to run events for them at Origins and Gen Con 2004. These events will be short, 90-minute demo/intros to to Call of Cthulhu and Cthulhu Dark Ages. They will also be making appearances at DunDracon and Genghis Con, where they'll have dealer's room tables.
Cthulhu Dark Ages has, at last, made it to the printer, and we can expect to see it in late January or early February. I'm very excited about this! The current projected date for Call of Cthulhu, 6th Edition is March.
Chaosium has released Chaosium.com t-shirts and a monograph describing the Rising Up campaign.
January 9, 2004
Yog-Sothoth.com has two tasty tidbits for us. Firstly, they have an interview with Mark Morrison, who did writing on many products for Chaosium including HPL's The Dreamlands, Terror Australis, and Horror on the Orient Express. They also have a review of OGL Horror from Mongoose Publishing.
A new magazine for Call of Cthulhu, Worlds of Cthulhu, is scheduled to debut in 2004. Read about it on Yog-Sothoth.com.
December 23, 2003
Shoggoth.net has posted a review of the new Parapsychologist's Handbook that Chaosium is selling.
December 18, 2003
Yog-Sothoth.com has posted A Handful of Dust, a Delta Green scenario.
December 9, 2003
Yog-Sothoth.com has updated their Collector's Corner with information about all the possible editions of Call of Cthulhu that exist. Have a look here.
Chaosium has made a major restock of Call of Cthulhu miniatures. For details, check their website.
December 5, 2003
According to Chaosium's Rlyeh Report, Cthulhu Dark Ages is in final layout and should be headed to the printers in a week or so for an early January release. Call of Cthulhu 6th Edition is ready to go to the printer as well, and it is anticipated for an early February release. In addition, Chaosium is putting together a mini Call of Cthulhu site which can be previewed at http://chaosium.com/callofcthulhu/.
December 2, 2003
Paul of Cthulhu, the evil genius behind Yog-Sothoth.com has come up with the rather charming notion of sending Christmas cards to Chaosium. Read all about it here.
Michael Dallaire has posted what he describes as a Super Plothook Resource for his dark D&D campaign on Shoggoth.net. This piece, called the Journal of Father Klenner, involves plot elements from "The Doom that Came to Sarnath" and is a rather enjoyable read. It could also be useful for a Cthulhu Dark Ages campaign.
November 26, 2003
In a somewhat surprising move, Chaosium has signed with Fantasy Flight Games to make a new Lovecraftian Collectible Card Game. Yog-Sothoth.com has posted the details here.
November 22, 2003
Chaosium has released the second in their 'Monograph' series, a book called End Time, which "explores the near-future of humankind now that we are leaving the planet Earth and have established colonies on the Moon and on Mars."
November 14, 2003
There's a new webpage for Call of Cthulhu: Dark Ages. Go check it out. I'm still trying to puzzle over whether this is somehow official, or not...
November 9, 2003
Chaosium has related the following release schedule for their Call of Cthulhu line. Cthulhu Dark Ages is expected to go to the printer in late November for an early December release. The new edition of the basic Call of Cthulhu game should be heading to the printer soon, and they hope to have it in stock for Christmas. They also have their fingers crossed for one more release in December, but they have not indicated what this would be.
The Yog-Sothoth.com folks have posted a few tidbits. Firstly, we have a Developer Interview with Larry DiTillio and Lynn Willis regarding Masks of Nyarlathotep. They have also pointed out a D20 Call of Cthulhu NPC Generator. Sounds worthwhile!
October 29, 2003
The merry madmen at Chaosium unveiled a little Halloween surprise this week. A new book for Call of Cthulhu called the Parapyschologist's Handbook was made available through their catalog. It is a sourcebook for 1890s, 1920s, and contemprary games, detailing the real-world science of the paranormal. I know I'll be dropping a few dollars on this piece.
Our friends at Yog-Sothoth.com have posted a developer chat for the forthcoming CthulhuTech RPG.
October 21, 2003
A German company called "Papermodels Online" has downloadable paper models of vintage vehicles for RPGs. Click on "Modelle" to get to the models.
October 10, 2003
Chaosium reports that Secrets of Japan is still anticipated for a November release, as is Cthulhu Dark Ages. I have my fingers crossed for both of these books. Also, the Chaosium rumor mill suggests that there will be another Cthulhu for President campaign in 2004, and that the kick-off will be at Gen Con California. Rumors also have it that they are trying to contact members of Metallica to discuss a Cthulhu for President CD...
There is a new adventure from Michael C. LaBrossiere available on Chaosium's website. This adventure, The Bad Place, is mentioned here.
Yog-Sothoth.com has posted Throne of Azathoth, the original, previously unpublished, ending to the classic Spawn of Azathoth adventure. They've also posted their interview with Kevin Ross, who did writing for several Chaosium projects. Although Kevin is no longer associated with the company, The Interview is still very interesting.
Finally, there's some cool new stuff to be had on Chaosium's site, including the Miskatonic University school pen! I'm all over it!
September 28, 2003
Chaosium has some great out-of-print and foreign language tidbits for sale up on their webpage. Also, Yog-Sothoth.com has posted a review of the adventure Horror's Heart by Marcus Bone, editor of the forthcoming eZine "The Unbound Book". Read the review here.
September 6, 2003
The good folks at Yog-Sothoth.com have posted two fascinating pieces of Call of Cthulhu lore. The first are some Game Designer's Notes on the creation of the game. The second is a piece called "How My Views on Call of Cthulhu Have Changed Over the Years". Both pieces are by Sandy Petersen. This is wonderful stuff, and we're very pleased to have a chance to see it.
September 2, 2003
Great big update from Chaosium. A reprint of the the very excellent Keeper's Companion 1 is at the printer and is expected to be back in Chaosium's hands in mid-September. Secrets of Japan is in the final layout phase and is expected to release in October. Cthulhu Dark Ages, which I'm getting really excited for, is expected to release in November. Also, there's some kind of secret "big release" due for december or January, but the folks at Chaosium aren't talkin' just yet. As soon as we have any ideas, we'll letcha know.
August 27, 2003
H.P. Lovecraft's Kingsport is now available in stores. I've seen it.
We can look forward to reprints of H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands and Shadows of Yog-Sothoth by the end of the year, according to the latest Leng Embassy report. I think this is very exciting.
Chaosium has announced that it's looking for GM's to run games at Gen Con California in December. For details, visit their webpage.
AlterEgo Software has released a MetaCreator Character Generator program for Call of Cthulhu. This is a commerical alternative to Byakhee.
July 23, 2003
Chaosium.com has an announcement about an official game being run at GenCon. Take a look at the details here.
Chaosium has also announced that they'll be releasing the 6th Edition of Call of Cthulhu in October 2003. Sounds like there'll be no real rules changes. You can read all about it here.
Finally from Chaosium, we have a tentative release schedule. Kingsport: City in the Mists, is at the printer and should be debuting at GenCon. Secrets of Japan is aimed at a September release, and Dark Ages is planned for October.
Shoggoth.net has an excellent article related Cthulhu to the myths of Ancient Sumer. Check it out.
And there are not one but two Call of Cthulhu player directories. And you can find links to both of them right here.
June 27, 2003
So, have you heard about CthulhuTech yet? Folks in mech-suits battling Cthulhu monsters? No? Well go have a look at the article on Shoggoth.net.
June 21, 2003
This really snuck in under the radar, but one of the next releases from Chaoisum is...Cthulhu: Dark Ages! This game will use the classic Chaosium BRP rules system, but it is set in the year 950 A.D. It is scheduled for release on September 15. The full story is here. Also, their catalog has some of the classic RAFM figures for sale now. And they're still looking for GMs for Origins.
May 23, 2003
Chaosium has announced that they will be updating their site weekly. We pledge to try and make all these updates available to our readers as quickly as possible. The newest updates to their catalog include some awesome props and some older game components, as well as some non-COC games.
Also, Yog-Sothoth.com has posted two modules for a hard-boiled, film noirish campaign set in Los Angeles in the 1920s. The Waters Over Heaven and The Sadow in the Tree are both available here.
May 14, 2003
Pow! The new Chaosium.com's website is up online, and it looks great! Go check it out!
Also, Yog-sothoth.com is hosting two D20 Call of Cthulhu modules for download: Irrational Express and Epic. You can read about and download them here.
May 4, 2003
According to an interview with Gary Sumpter, some of the material we can look forward to includes Arkham Now, which suggests we may soon be seeing a line of Lovecraft Country books that support modern gaming. Also mentioned are Strange Aeons 2, a revised version of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, and the biggie: Keepers of the Faith: Celebrating 25 Years of Call of Cthulhu, which is not scheduled until 2006.
April 22, 2003
Shoggoth.net offers a review of the rerelease of H.P. Lovecraft's Dunwich by Archon.
April 15, 2003
Chaosium now has its own Online Store, where you can order Call of Cthulhu gamebooks, their line of Lovecraftian fiction, and Miskatonic University degrees.
April 12, 2003
I can say with personal surety that H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham is on sale in game stores now, as there's a copy sitting on my "to be read" pile. The handouts are now available for free download. Also available to download is a Chaosium News Document that can be printed out and put up in your local hobby store.
Chaosium has announced that the next gaming releases going to print are H.P. Lovecraft's Kingsport (Dual-Stat Book) and Secrets of Japan for Cthulhu Now.
Chaosium is also looking for Keepers to run adventures for them at Origins. Chaosium has finished the move of their website, and it is up and running again. They have received H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham back from the printer, and it has been shipped. We're very much looking forward to this revamped version of a classic.
March 16, 2003
How to Win Call of Cthulhu Tournaments for Fun and Profit is an article being hosted by Yog-Sothoth.com for those who intend to attend tournaments and cons in the months ahead.
March 9, 2003
Vampthulhu is a hybrid game combining Call of Cthulhu with Vampire: the Masquerade. I haven't had a chance to read it, so I have no opinion about its quality, but it seems like a natural match on some levels.
February 28, 2003
Chaosium is moving their offices this week as well, which is reportedly why there have been no updates to their webpage of late. If you need to contact them during this move, they suggest emailing Dustin. In the meantime, they hope to have H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham ready for a mid-March release date.
February 13, 2003
Chaosium.com is moving to new servers, with the transition expected to take approximately a week. During their down time, they will not be able to take orders. When they are moved to the new servers, orders will resume, and they will begin to revamp their webpages.
January 18, 2003
I can confirm that The Keeper's Companion 2 is out in stores. I've seen it in both the Outer Limits in Waltham, MA and in Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA. This volume contains an article about the History of Prohibition, a master list of published scenarios for Call of Cthulhu, alien technologies, mythos tomes, a dozen new spells, an article about small arms through the years, and an examination of possible links between Satanism and Cthulhu worship. Its approximately 192 pages, and it retails for $23.95.
Next up is the new dual stat revision of H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham, volume 2 in Chaosium's ongoing line of "Lovecraft Country" offerings. This book supports both classic Call of Cthulhu and the new D20 Call of Cthulhu released by Wizards of the Coast. I personally haven't had a chance to read the new dual-stat H.P. Lovecraft's Dunwich, but I've heard great things about it. Arkham is reported to be at the printer, which means we should be seeing it very soon.
Other Chaosium Call of Cthulhu gaming releases coming up for 2003