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The Fall of The Wall: The Greatest Call of Cthulhu Sale in History


After 35 years I’m putting my entire Call of Cthulhu collection up for sale. It’s the “Fall” of my “Wall” of [Call of] Cthulhu.

 

It’s all going.

 

All of it.

 

Why?

 

Read on...

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.

 

*Thank you*



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Hi all,

 

I'm extending this offer/donation/thingy of Feed the Shoggoth! until midnight of July 1st. Again, use the coupon code YOGGIE17 during check out, and you'll get $5 off a copy of the game. And for every sale, a $5 donation will go to YSDC.

 

Paul, please feel free to spread the word. :)

 

-=b

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MajorBloodnok
25 Jun 2017 07:33 PM

Long time lurker.  Just joined YSDC after reading this and stumped up as a Patron.  Every little helps.

Long time lurker.  Just joined YSDC after reading this and stumped up as a Patron.  Every little helps.

 

Same here... every little bit helps.

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TrolleFrostholm
27 Jun 2017 07:08 AM

I would love to pay for your collection, even if i have a lot of it already, but i don't have the money, but if you decide to auction out some of it, i would gladly buy as much as i can :)

Sorry to hear you have to take such drastic action Paul. I will chip in when I can.

Thank you.

 

I should know by the weekend if there has been a sale of the complete archive, otherwise keep an eye out in Arkham Market Square at some point after that.

I've been a fan of the site for a number of years, and a patron for many of those. I don't post very often, primarily enjoying it via the podcast/rss feeds and, lately, twitter. I've loved listening to the Innsmouth House players for these many years. But I wanted to make sure I added my vocal (textual?) support to that of others.

 

It saddens me to hear that the Wall has to Fall. But it sounds like you have a very healthy attitude towards it, Paul, and that's a very important thing.

 

Here's to 19 (and many) more years of YSDC!
 

Cheers!

 

From the current looks of it an agreed sale of the whole archive will not be going ahead. Which would mean a few things:

 

  • I need to buy some more packaging materials.
  • I may be busier than normally anticipated for a little while.
  • It means everyone should have a chance to get something, which I think is much more democratic!

 

I will know for sure by end of tomorrow.

Hey Paul, as you know I'm an infrequent visitor tot he website and just happened to sign on today looking for a way to increase our family's support, because we have been listening to Curse of Nineveh regularly before going to bed each night and felt that we owed more than what we are currently giving.  Jen and I want to make a pledge.  I'll send you an old fashioned email with the details.

 

Matt

Thank you so much for the offer Matt. I've replied to your email.

 

We're tickled pink to know that you listen to The Curse of Nineveh before bedtime!

After some recent negotiations, my entire Call of Cthulhu collection has now been sold.

I don't know what to say apart from thank you, with deep respect and humbling. Very much love for YSDC.

 

P.S.: Will you be doing the voices for any more female NPC's in the future? I can't afford to get my sides stitched up again.

 

P.P.S: Perhaps Mrs. Helen of Cthulhu could finally sell the rights to her 'photographisation' process? The stars are right!

 

Iä Cathulhu <3

re: P.S. - Well, you never know. ;-) I certainly plan on running more games in the future!

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yockenthwaite
02 Jul 2017 12:18 AM

Glad to hear that it's sold as a complete collection Paul. That will make things easier for you, at least in terms of handling tons of individual sales and lots of packaging ;)

 

It must be a bit bittersweet for you though. Many thanks again for what you are doing.

I know the person who's bought it and know it will be going to a good home!

I'm looking to the future and there's lots in plan for YSDC I'm very happy about. :-)

An extraordinary day in two households. Can you give us a hint for how much it went for? I'm guessing it is a 4 figure sum.

Hi Jorune, it went for a good four figure sum! It certainly didn't fill the whole but has made a handsome dent in it (mixing metaphors).

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Donnovan_Sunrider
03 Jul 2017 02:41 AM

Holy cow, it sold as a collection...

Can you please take photos of what the collection looks like packed up? I'm hoping for one huge wooden crate, with warning signs painted on and chains around it.

 

Dan

Packing it up properly is certainly going to be a bit of a logistics challenge!

I assume the crate will have a Fortnum & Mason stamp on the side

Now that would be cool... :-)

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Afraid of the dark
06 Jul 2017 06:28 PM

I've just heard of this. Slow to the party. Terrible shame that the webpage logistics cost that much to run, that you would need to do so. Plus for the book monies to fall through in that way. The price of integrity is great, but total respect for you for making the decision to return the amount. It was the right decision, but would not be made by many. I run a small shop myself, I could only have purchased these all over a set period of a few months, and only then to have sold them individually. I see this often with collections of painted Lead miniatures. They are split off and will never be used together again. A shame in a sense as they are personal to the individual and many are actually sets that should be together. It's good that they have gone to someone you know and will be kept as one piece, that's a good result, and who knows, things often have a way of finding their way back to their owner. I hope this isn't seen as 'feeding' in some way, but I'm a collector and seller of Games Workshop miniatures. I didn't note the Gothic Horror line on your list, perhaps they didn't feature as part of your collection, but thought I'd mention. The line was Cthulhu 'related' as Grenadier had the licence. I have the full set bar one (that is rumoured not to exist) if you had any of those, I'd pay well for them. Other than that, I sell effectively on E-Bay, if you require assistance with that in any way, perhaps I could help. I know you won't want to hear this, but is it possible to get some sort of other project up and running? A thread perhaps for peoples ideas? I know this hasn't worked extensively for you in the past, but perhaps there would be something? Just a thought that's all.

After some recent negotiations, my entire Call of Cthulhu collection has now been sold.

 

Woohoo! :D :D

 

Allan.

I suppose that's one way of putting it.

I didn't note the Gothic Horror line on your list, perhaps they didn't feature as part of your collection, but thought I'd mention. The line was Cthulhu 'related' as Grenadier had the licence. I have the full set bar one (that is rumoured not to exist) if you had any of those, I'd pay well for them. Other than that, I sell effectively on E-Bay, if you require assistance with that in any way, perhaps I could help.


Thank you very much for the offer. I only have a very small number of GW Gothic Horror minis - and they were well used at the time (if not very well painted) by me! I'm keeping the few gnarled ones I do have for possible future game use - more "well-loved" than "Collector" state. ;-)

 

I know you won't want to hear this, but is it possible to get some sort of other project up and running? A thread perhaps for peoples ideas? I know this hasn't worked extensively for you in the past, but perhaps there would be something? Just a thought that's all.

 

Some kind-hearted folks did suggest a sort of "fundraiser for the fundraiser" - but it seemed rather too meta - heading down a similar path again. What I have resolved to do is to create more of our own materials and offer them directly via YSDC (e.g. short scenarios, rules sets and print publications) - it should help keep things simple and hopefully some might be interested in them as limited release items. We shall see. :-)

 

Thanks again everyone for your terrific support. It's been brilliant!