For the past few years, Chaosium has been holding pretty regular seminars at gaming conventions in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they talk about what they are up to and what they are planning. I haven't attended one in quite awhile, as I've always been too busy gaming, but some bad luck with getting into any games caused me to attend the one held today by Charlie Krank at DunDraCon. The news:
1) CoC 7th edition is a go. The hope is to have it out by GenCon this year. There will not be significant changes from the 6th edition in terms of rules, just some additional stuff from the big yellow BRP book. The book should follow the general layout of the 6th edition, but there might be some kind of players' book at a later point. I wanted to ask about specific details like shotgun impales and if we could put the Keeper's optional rules in with the other rules, but I was already feeling like this guy.
2) Things have been worked out with the authors of Beyond the Mountains of Madness, so we might be getting an English language version of the revised edition. Charlie specifically talked about the French version in terms of what Chaosium might produce. I mentioned the forthcoming del Toro movie, and he said that they were already thinking in terms of how that might drum up interest for the campaign.
3) Lynn Willis has retired as Editor-in-Chief at Chaosium. This may not be news to others, but it was to me.
4) I also asked if Chaosium was doing anything in regards to WWII for either BRP or CoC, and, while they weren't, Charlie said that Cubicle 7 might be doing something. Although whether that would be for Call of Cthulhu, The Laundry, or something else didn't seem clear. This is the first I've heard of this.