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The Fall of The Wall: The Greatest Call of Cthulhu Sale in History
You may have read about the recent turn of events regarding the Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion Kickstarter. In the end we returned £10,000 to ensure its completion - monies originally earmarked for “Olde Yoggie” to help keep us in good stead. Unfortunately that didn’t pan out as planned, and as a result I had to consider how to fill some of that new hole in the coffers.
I started collecting Call of Cthulhu in 1982, just a year after the game came out. I remember the first thing I ever purchased was the Shadows of Yog-Sothoth campaign. Collecting for me (like many others) was an expression of love and admiration. Sandy Petersen’s creation was, and remains, a masterpiece - supported and empowered by the many who followed. However with the creation of YSDC (now in its 20th year) my love for the game has evolved from simply being a collector to being part of this vibrant and wonderfully creative community. To see members of Yog-Sothoth share their enthusiasm (for all Lovecraftian games), support each other and enjoy those games (even record and podcast them), is a great feeling, one that far outweighs any number of books and boxes on the shelves behind me.
- and so I am selling my collection, one that has taken me more than three decades to acquire - a major investment in time, money and dogged determination - but what a collection it is! To my knowledge it is the most extensive archive of Call of Cthulhu material anywhere in the world. What’s in it? Pretty much everything for the game. Here’s a list that goes up to only 2005 for example (then add on another decade or so).
As a collector, the condition follows suit.
I will not say it has been the easiest of decisions to make, but I look to the bigger picture, better to release the collection for the benefit of this community, to replenish the bulwark against times ahead, so we all have somewhere to gather, discuss, chat, help and support each other - that is far better than simply having a set of inanimate paper and ink sitting silently on a shelf.
So what next?
From today (Friday, 23rd June) and for the next week, I will be entertaining any offers for my complete Call of Cthulhu collection. I realise this is an unlikely prospect (few people want to go from 0->100 in one go) but I’m willing to be surprised. If no sale has been agreed then the following week I will begin the process of selling off items individually. Look out for a special thread in the Arkham Market Square forum with more extensive details.
I know this may seem a sad state of affairs to some, but on reflection, to me it is not. In fact I have never been in a more positive frame of mind, the well-wishes, outpouring of support and sheer camaraderie of my fellow “Yoggies” has been incredible these past few days, and that means more to both me and Helen than you could know.
I am grateful for this community and everyone in it.