Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Chaosium Inc. - Newsletter

More Call of Cthulhu releases from Chaosium...

#53 the straight scoop from the well of chaos...

Down Darker Trails is a setting supplement with scenarios useable with Call of Cthulhu and Pulp Cthulhu. It introduces a new setting for the game—the American West of the late 19th century. The era of gold rushes, outlaws and lawmen, discovery and expansion.
Down Darker Trails contains two complete towns—the gold-hungry Pawheton and San Rafael on the Texas border—and describes four different Lost Worlds, from the weird subterranean world of K’n-yan to the eerie Shadow Desert.
The 256 page full color book is also packed with advice on creating campaigns and adventures, including two complete introductory-level adventures.

So saddle up! Get yourself a posse together and have a look-see what’s over that hill. There’s strange rumors coming in from the whisperin’ desert. You’d best put a round in that iron and make haste!
Remember, if you buy the Down Darker Trails PDF now, you'll get the full price of the PDF off the price of printed book when it becomes available at in a few months time

Last year, thanks to Call of Cthulhu fans all over, Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition won the inaugural Dragon Award for Best RPG. This year, Pulp Cthulhu has been nominated for the same category (Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game)!
If you voted in the 2016 Dragon Awards, you will get your ballot by email.
If you didn't take part last year, you can sign up to vote until Sunday, August 28th at 11:59PM (EDT): 
The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 - 4.
It would be wonderful if Pulp Cthulhu followed suit and won this year, so please vote Pulp!

Khan of Khans: mysterious ships bearing magnificent goods...

The ships bringing Khan of Khans to our fulfilment warehouses in Australia, the USA and UK have set sail from Hong Kong, and will be arriving later this month (August 2017 - on schedule, which is GREAT). But in the meantime our wonderful printers have airshipped Rick Meints some copies, so while we're all waiting we can at least have a look at what the finished product looks like!
Rick unboxes the metal tin and standard boxed versions of Khan of Khans.

The 775 page PDF Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion is available exclusively at That's right, seven hundred and seventy-five pages - containing the Companion and appendices.

90% of the money raised goes direct to

Chaosium at Necronomicon update:


This August, not one but two conventions will be blessed by the Elder Gods on the same weekend. While most of the Chaosium team are heading to Gen Con, Indianapolis, Mike Mason and Nick Nacario will be in Providence, Rhode Island for NecronomiCon. Here's their schedule:

Friday 18 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open - Meet Nick Nacario, layout and art direction for Call of Cthulhu

9am to 10.15am
Panelists: Paul Fricker, Lynn Hardy, Chris Lackey, (authors), Dan Kramer, (of Miskatonic U Podcast), Mike Mason (Moderator)

11am to 4pm 
Mike at Booth

12pm to 1pm
Author Signing - Doors to Darkness. Authors at booth to sign books: Tom Lynch, Brian Courtemanche, Chris Smith Adair

Saturday 19 August
10am to 6pm
Chaosium Booth open - Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
Panelists: Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Lynne Hardy, Matthew Sanderson, Mike Mason (Moderator)

3pm to 6pm
Mike at Booth

(TBC) 3pm – 4pm
Author Signing - Two-Headed Serpent, with Paul Fricker, Scott Dorward, Matthew Sanderson
Sunday 20 August
11am to 5pm
Chaosium Booth open - Meet Nick

9am to 10:15am
Panelists: Chad Bouchard (MU Podcast), Paul Fricker, Mike Mason (Moderator), Badger McInnes, Christopher Smith Adair

12pm to 4pm
Mike Mason running Pulp Cthulhu - "Elvis v Cthulhu” in Another Dimension, Biltmore Hotel - SOLD OUT!

Licensee Focus:

Type 40 indulges their passion for Call of Cthulhu

Our friends, the incredible prop-makers at Type 40, have paused from making cool stuff for Stan Lee and Thor to indulge their other passion - Call of Cthulhu.

They have just launched a Kickstarter for these gorgeous hand-made leather document wallets, ideal for your CoC books and notes.

Check out the campaign here; the Kickstarter launched a couple of days ago, and is already 95% funded! 
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