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I actually spoke on the phone with Charlie Krank yesterday (!??!), regarding the new licensing philosophy at Chaosium.

 

Athough we're miles away from actually signing a deal, for the first in fourteen years Chaosium is not actively blocking me from publication. So, I'm gathering information, trying to determine if a project is worth the trouble.

 

Question: If I managed to put together a company to publish books (I've done this before, it ain't no big deal) and called it "Golden Age Publications" or something, are there enough CoC authors and artists out there to support the venture?

 

I have no idea what it would pay. I'm still gathering info. Suffice it to say: it probably won't pay much.

 

What do people think? Are there enough veteran or aspiring artists and authors out there to make it work? Will it sell enough copies to make it work?

 

Input and opinions are invited. Any current Chaoisum authors who might be able to give me a clue regarding sales figures these days should probably contact me via PM.

 

Thanks for your time and consideration.

 

Doc (Keith Herber)

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mr_mitts

I'd be interested in buying/reading/writing* anything new and original in the Lovecraft field. Plus, congrats in order for them not slamming the door in your face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Although, for the latter, my publishing days have been few and far between these moons past... :?

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doccthulhu

As the proposed company name might imply, I'd be looking to initially publish books of the same sort I was doing between 1989-94. Primiarly Classic era stuff of a somewhat familiar sort. Possibly the thrice-aborted The Outer Gods, a campaign called Secrets of the Necronomicon, possibly more Lovecraft Country stuff.

 

Doc

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Evans

Good campaigns in the style of your Dunwich one are allways welcome. Something like that for 1920s/30s Severn Valley would be lovely too.

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doccthulhu
Something like that [Dunwich] for 1920s/30s Severn Valley would be lovely too.

 

Would have to get some Brits on board to handle that one.

 

Doc

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neorxnawang

And lo, the earth split open, and the brimstone wafted forth, and the sun was blotted from the sky, and the birds lie with the beasts.....

 

I'm out here and unattached.

 

Jeff Moeller (Mortal Coils, TRV3/OOTV, The Primal State, blah blah blah).

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Brother12

I would certainly support such a venture as a customer. I could never get up the enthusiasm to write under Chaosium's terms but I might be motivated to contribute something to your enterprise.

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Evans
Something like that [Dunwich] for 1920s/30s Severn Valley would be lovely too.

 

Would have to get some Brits on board to handle that one.

 

Doc

 

Did'nt consider that. Sorry.

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jasonw1239

Hi Doc! Of all the news I could have expected on the Yoggie site today, hearing that you are thinking of getting back into the CoC business would not have been at the top of my list.

(Don't take that the wrong way! To risk sounding like a 46 year old 'fanboy' I have always admired your work!)

 

I don't have the writing 'chops' that some of the others do on these forums but I have two monographs under my belt (Undying Leaders and Mysteries of Tibet).

At the moment I am beginning research and gathering materials to write another mono (Mysteries of .....), but if the opportunity presents itself I would not mind contributing towards your efforts. :D

 

Do you have any plans for looking into releasing support material for new products such as Trail of Cthulhu or the upcoming Pulp Cthulhu?

 

Jason Williams

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doccthulhu
Something like that [Dunwich] for 1920s/30s Severn Valley would be lovely too.

 

Would have to get some Brits on board to handle that one.

 

Doc

 

Did'nt consider that. Sorry.

 

Nothing to apologize for. :) But I think it's been shown that certain, intensive, sourcebooks about Britain are best written by Brits. Same for Spain and Spaniards, and a good many others.

 

I can write scenarios about Romania, or Colombia, and pull it off. But that's because I'm writing from the perspective of an American (or other Westerner) and seeing/describing a different world from a foreigner's particular point of view.

 

Something like Dunwich is greatly aided by the fact that I am, to some degree, familiar with that segment of American culture. That's 'cause I was born and raised here. For me to attempt a similar treatment of a town in, say, France, would probably fall short of the mark, and the Frenchmen would let me know it.

 

Doc

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Evans

Your probably though I do strongly feel that the Severn Vlley area (not the actuel Severn Valley area as Campbell got his geography slightly) would lend it'self extremely well to the same open campaign style with plenty of opertunity for home made scenarios.

 

Clasic era Severn Valley stuff is kinda hard to find.

 

Some one needs to snare Mr_Lin...

 

Either I wish you the best of luck with the prodject.

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malcojones

I'm enthused about this potential development as prospective purchaser or contributor, given the opportunity. Keep us posted. Best, malcojones

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Evans

Sorry to slightly disrupt the topic Doc but what was this Outer Gods volume you were talking about?

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doccthulhu

 

Do you have any plans for looking into releasing support material for new products such as Trail of Cthulhu or the upcoming Pulp Cthulhu?

 

Hey...hi, and thanks.

 

There's no real plans at all yet. I've talked with Charlie about it, discussed a couple ideas, and he's yet to chase me off. So, maybe it'll work out.

 

Trail of Cthulhu is a different game, from a different publisher, and not part of any Chaosium license. And I've not spoken with Pelgrane. I know Pulp Cthulhu is on the way, but I know little about it. Initially, I think of projects that were similar in tone and style to those I did before and during the Chaosium years, but that certainly wouldn't exclude other ideas.

 

In the end, you want to make what people want to buy. It satisfies both fans and creditors. A win/win situation.

 

Doc

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enchanter

Got to plead ignorance - have not seen the previous stuff you did (my loss from the sound of it ) can someone enlighten the uninitiated amongst us?

 

Would love this as a punter - I would certainly buy anything original.

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doccthulhu
Sorry to slightly disrupt the topic Doc but what was this Outer Gods volume you were talking about?

 

The Outer Gods was a planned project with four large-scale scenarios each about one of the four important (IMHO) Outer Gods--Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Shub-Niggurath, and Yog-Sothoth. Each scenario would offer a possible 'definitive' view of a particular god, and all scenarios would be consistent with one another. They would not form a campaign, need not be run consecutively, or in any specific order (save perhaps a climax scenario). But at the same time completion of the scenarios would reveal an overarching plot and back story.

 

Possibly less exciting sounding than it was when first conceived in 1993, I think it still would work.

 

Doc

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Evans

Plot arc aa? Sounds an interesting idea.

 

Though I must admit I have selfish desire to see some of the other Outer Gods getting used in some (Tre'numbra and the like)

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doccthulhu
Got to plead ignorance - have not seen the previous stuff you did (my loss from the sound of it ) can someone enlighten the uninitiated amongst us?

 

Would love this as a punter - I would certainly buy anything original.

 

I'm in the wiki. Keith Herber. Most of it's true, except the Florida part. Actually I'm in the Witness Protection Program and living in Mesa, Arizona, and...oops.

 

Aw, crap...

 

Doc

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ZenWired
I'd be looking to initially publish books of the same sort I was doing between 1989-94.

 

I'm definitely on board, as a consumer at least! I've sorely missed the style that was set forth in the CoC books from the early 90's. I'd love to see you produce more stuff like you did "back in the day." (Bought every book that Chaosium produced back then - would most likely buy anything you produce now if it's of like quality and content.)

 

As far as being a contributor, I can't say. I've never really taken a shot at authoring any RPG content - not for publication, anyhoo.

 

Zen

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malcojones
Got to plead ignorance - have not seen the previous stuff you did (my loss from the sound of it ) can someone enlighten the uninitiated amongst us?

 

Would love this as a punter - I would certainly buy anything original.

 

Campaigns:

Day of the Beast (aka Fungi from Yuggoth)

Spawn of Azathoth

The Trail of Tsathoggua

 

Sourcebooks:

Arkham

Dunwich

(and architect of all the Arkham Country books)

 

Scenarios (a sample):

The Condemned (Complete Arkham),

The Case (Curse of Cthulhu),

Edge of Darkness (Rulebook),

The Evil Stars (Cthulhu Now),

The Haunted House (Curse of Cthulhu),

The Sanatorium (Mansions of Madness),

Uncle Timothy’s Will (Blood Brothers),

Wail of the Witch (Curse of Cthulhu),

The Trail of Yig (Tales of the Miskatonic Valley)

 

Best, malcojones

 

edit: I see this might be unnecessary now, but it does mention some things 'unnamed' on the Wiki.

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Nescio
Sorry to slightly disrupt the topic Doc but what was this Outer Gods volume you were talking about?

 

The Outer Gods was a planned project with four large-scale scenarios each about one of the four important (IMHO) Outer Gods--Azathoth, Nyarlathotep, Shub-Niggurath, and Yog-Sothoth. Each scenario would offer a possible 'definitive' view of a particular god, and all scenarios would be consistent with one another. They would not form a campaign, need not be run consecutively, or in any specific order (save perhaps a climax scenario). But at the same time completion of the scenarios would reveal an overarching plot and back story.

 

Possibly less exciting sounding than it was when first conceived in 1993, I think it still would work.

 

Doc

This sounds like something I'd be interested in.

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doccthulhu
This sounds like something I'd be interested in.

 

You're not allowed. You disagreed with me once a long time ago and I'm still upset about it.

 

 

:D :o :D :o :D :o :D

 

(You know I'm joking, right?)

 

Doc

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Kadath

I am positive anything you wrote would get snapped up Keith, your name is associated with some of the best CoC material.

 

Dont suppose Tom Sullivan will be doing your covers :D :D ?

 

As for The Outer Gods - great stuff, please do it :)

 

If I might ask, what other ideas are on the back burner? You must have dozens of ideas cooked up, any other gems you can whet our appetites with?

 

Kadath

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moonbeast
As the proposed company name might imply, I'd be looking to initially publish books of the same sort I was doing between 1989-94. Primiarly Classic era stuff of a somewhat familiar sort. Possibly the thrice-aborted The Outer Gods, a campaign called Secrets of the Necronomicon, possibly more Lovecraft Country stuff.

 

Doc

 

Secrets of Boston! Secrets of Providence!

More Tales of the Miskatonic Valley

 

*hint hint* :twisted:

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FJR

Fantastic news! (Though I realise this is at a tentative stage) I've just finished reading your Dunwich book, use the Arkham one regularly, and have recently run a number of scenarios you've written. And all have been wonderful - benchmark stuff in terms of the quality and feel/tenor I hope for in all Call of Cthulhu books I buy. And wonderfully enjoyable, evocative reads. Thanks for the good times.

More 'Lovecraft Country' - style stuff would be my preference - sourcebooks or adventures.

Francis

 

P.S. And yes, I realise this isn't a response to the original question concerning interested (old-school) authors and artists, but my enthusiasm for your work (recently read, as mentioned) couldn't be contained! (My primary writing experience has merely been in academic Philosophy, as well as editing a Philosophy journal, and its book reviews, and some scattered poetry, so it doesn't quite qualify me for this project. :D )

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