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#41 Xipuloxx

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Posted 14 October 2010 - 03:46 PM

Ooh ouch. Tricky territory here. Do we want to say you can't use this book unless you get Secrets too?

You should be able to use one without having the other.

I'm certainly not saying you should need one book to use the other. Do you need the Lovecraft country sourcebooks (Arkham, Kingsport, Dunwich, Innsmouth) to use More Adventures in Arkham Country or New Tales of the Miskatonic Valley? Instead, they're designed so you have everything you need, but if you have the sourcebooks as well you can use them to flesh the scenarios out. Information is only duplicated if it's directly relevant to a scenario.

Well, this is a collection of scenarios, not a source book. Tom and I felt it would be helpful to include some source material for gaming in NYC, however there is little point in repeating what is already in Secrets of New York. No, you will not need one book to fully utilize the other: the one will simply compliment the other.

This sounds eminently sensible! If there's info you feel needs to be included to make the scenarios work properly, it should of course be included. But I'd be annoyed at paying for a book and finding it duplicates a lot of stuff I already paid for.

It might be worth bearing in mind that the German version of Secrets of New York adds a chapter on organised crime, as this is an element of life in 1920s New York that the Germans apparently thought was neglected in the Chaosium version. Maybe you should address this perceived shortcoming in your book?

That would be cool. I don't know if it's possible, but I'd certainly like to see such info. I think CoC books have been pretty lacking in info on organised crime generally. Though as Scott points out, this isn't a sourcebook, and I wouldn't want it to get bogged down in such things.
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Posted 18 October 2010 - 12:58 PM

I was out of town just after Tom posted the art until now- thanks for the kind words about the cover art everyone! I had a good time with that piece.

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Posted 18 October 2010 - 02:25 PM

I was out of town just after Tom posted the art until now- thanks for the kind words about the cover art everyone! I had a good time with that piece.

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Posted 21 October 2010 - 06:38 PM

I have on my desk five of the seven scenarios for the book. Edits are out on the first two, with the edits on the others going out soon. This is going to be an exciting book chock full of Mythos goodness.
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Posted 29 October 2010 - 03:13 PM

As I get myself excited by this project, looking at the writers and artists involved, I realized I needed a new background on my computer monitor. I'll share it here in case anyone else would like to join me. :cool:

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Posted 29 October 2010 - 03:30 PM

Of course, that has reduced the image size. :evil:

I've posted that wallpaper and another I've made on the bottom of the Downloads Page of the MRP site.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 10:50 PM

As a former New Yorker who is about to launch a campaign in the city this makes me happy. Do the scenarios have a default year? And will there be Trail of Cthulhu rules? I was rather pleased to find them in More Adventures in Arkham Country.

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Posted 21 November 2010 - 07:00 AM

Tasty! And let me know if you need an extra pair of eyes giving the book a once over.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 01:10 AM

As a former New Yorker who is about to launch a campaign in the city this makes me happy. Do the scenarios have a default year? And will there be Trail of Cthulhu rules? I was rather pleased to find them in More Adventures in Arkham Country.

I do not believe there is a set year in the scenarios, but they're not all complete yet, so don't quote me on that. Hopefully we can include Trail rules again, because most seemed to like having them in there, so we shall see.

Tasty! And let me know if you need an extra pair of eyes giving the book a once over.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 02:20 PM

The very first play test took place over the weekend. A great game, which we finished in one long session. Very creepy. Everyone had a wonderful time.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 03:54 PM

I am knee-deep in copy editing the wonderful scenarios and the preliminary sketches for the first pieces of art are in, so we're moving along. This is going to be a fun, BLOODY book! Lots of nasty Mythos goodness here.
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Posted 04 February 2011 - 07:41 PM

Great news, Scott. Can't wait to see it in the flesh...er, paper.
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Posted 05 February 2011 - 01:55 PM

Just when I kind of decided that, apart from the new Keeper's screen, my collection of CoC was complete you come up with this!

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Posted 06 February 2011 - 03:26 AM

And the playtests of two of the scenarios went swimmingly at MythosCon. :cool:
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Posted 06 February 2011 - 03:38 AM

I do not believe there is a set year in the scenarios, but they're not all complete yet, so don't quote me on that.


Mine is written around a specific incident, so it's best run in 1928. If the Keeper wishes to move it, I think only NYC history buffs will notice the change.

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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:35 PM

And while our copy editors are knee deep in reviewing The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, I'm ecstatic to report that final art has begun to come in for Tales of the Sleepless City! Iä!
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Posted 25 February 2011 - 10:48 PM

Nice! What's the ET for the pre-order? Not that I am eager, I couldn't do it now, but just wondering to plan ahead.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:05 AM

Nice! What's the ET for the pre-order? Not that I am eager, I couldn't do it now, but just wondering to plan ahead.

Good question. At the risk of becoming famous for vaporware, we're going to put out the two books we have up for preorder first. Those should both be out this spring. I would look to throw more money at us by summer, for a fall release of Sleepless City.
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:43 AM

Yay! So when do we get to see a ToC for this? :)
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Posted 26 February 2011 - 01:46 AM

Fall? But I want it now!!!!!

Or at least tomorrow. :)

Seriously though this looks like great fun. My group is going through a ton of real life issues which has made consistent attendance an impossibility. As luck has had it, a game centered around a small detective agency in NYC has proven perfect for my group. Even explaining missing or dropping in characters in multi-part stories has proven easy.