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While at Dragonmeet 2016 at the weekend I took the opportunity to catch Mike Mason (Line Developer for Call of Cthulhu) and ask him about Chaosium's new Pulp Cthulhu supplement which they were selling at the convention.
The following is an audio interview with Mike, recorded at the (very modest) Dragonmeet bar. Conventions can be less than ideal places for recordings but it is at least intelligible. Find out the background to Pulp Cthulhu, tips for running and playing the game and what to look out for from Chaosium in 2017.
Hard-panned in post for that "We've just invented stereo!" novelty effect. Our new recording technique allows us to do a lot of wonderfully weird stuff.
Oh, and Dragonmeet was indeed busy...
Now out from Chaosium, the four Call of Cthulhu Keeper Decks as originally promised in the CoC 7e Kickstarter. Each of the 46-card decks are designed to provide both Keepers and players with "handy references, information and notes".
The decks (Curious Characters, Phobias, Unfortunate Events, Weapons and Artifacts (sic)) are sold as a set but the PDF versions may be purchased separately (or as a bundle) directly from Chaosium.
I’ve always found having these kinds of accessories at the table to be quite useful and I’m still looking forward to receiving the print versions of Cubicle 7’s Cards from the Smoke.
When is something actually "out"? Over the years we've generally settled on when the first finished version is available to more than a small handful of people (these days this usually means the PDF release). Doors to Darkness from Chaosium has had a more unusual publication history than most, with a first release at NecronomiCon 2015 (see CBC 07) before being withdrawn and re-issued as a revised PDF a year later for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter backers, and now a general release both electronically and in print (again "ish" - currently direct from Chaosium, but not yet in games shops); still, it's now considered available.
Doors to Darkness is a Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition supplement featuring five scenarios designed for beginning Keepers and players of Chaosium's RPG. Within its pages you'll also find an essay by long time Call of Cthulhu writer, Kevin Ross, providing hints and tips on running Cthulhu games.
The Cthulhu Breakfast Club comes of age and turns 21 in this autumnal gathering of Yoggie podcast hosts (though some of the content may suggest otherwise)...
In this November meeting of the CBC we discuss science jokes, portraying characters, roleplaying in Middle-earth, playing Cthulhu Confidential, Mythos Tales, Dragonmeet 2016, Pulp Cthulhu in print and supplement ideas, the Game Geekery blog, Zeppelin talk, Secret Shoggoth XI, Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion, Otley Science Festival, The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers, so long SoundCloud, The Dhole's House, the precocity of Kate Bush and other sundry topics.
Join us for 90 minutes of festivities and frivolities (and another chance to win a wooden Dice Tower). Recorded in Ambisonic sound.
Yes, the festive season approaches and with it, Secret Shoggoth! - YSDC's annual mystery gift exchange. Now in its 11th year, Secret Shoggoth has proven a great community event started by CAThompson and in more recent years ably administered by Helen.
If you'd like to join in the 2016 edition of Secret Shoggoth, simply pop on over to the Yoggie forums and check out the following thread: Secret Shoggoth XI
Deadline for taking part this year is Friday, 18th November. There's already a few fine eldritch entities signed up...