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Evans

 

Secrets of Boston! Secrets of Providence!

More Tales of the Miskatonic Valley

 

*hint hint* :twisted:

 

If so I BEG you not to include anything Metafictional.

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Talionis

Hey Doc, I would be happy to contribute to the fold (should Charlie and Chaosium allow). I can give you my C/V if you would like but suffice it to say, I have been writing and running my own CoC material for 15+ years; both "adventures", campaigns and source material. I'd be glad to contribute for copies and reciprocals (copies of other contributors or "house" publications).

Best of luck and I'll look forward to, at the very least buying whatever you can produce.

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Tigger_MK4

Doc, do you even need to ask - Yes, yes, a thousand times yes - we'd all love to see you back writing!

 

Between you, Pelgane and Super Genius, thats the three most exciting pieces of Roleplaying news I've had in ages.

 

As for contributing for anything UK based - I suffer from the usual curse of "real life" and whether my work is of decent enough quality and length would be questionable :-).. but heck, after 30 years of roleplaying and 20+ years of Keeping I hope I might be able to contribute something ...

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As for contributing for anything UK based - I suffer from the usual curse of "real life" and whether my work is of decent enough quality and length would be questionable :-).. but heck, after 30 years of roleplaying and 20+ years of Keeping I hope I might be able to contribute something ...

 

Well, discussion of any projects, submissions, etc., are way, way premature at this point.

 

But I don't think anyone should feel they are too inadequate, or too inexperienced to consider possible publication. Experience and good writing skills are helpful, but when we're talking CoC, other things truly take precedence. Good ideas, a couple good scenes, three-dimensional characterizations, and an understanding of what makes a good gaming experience are far more important than slick word usage. The polish can come later, if the real meat is there.

 

To my credit, I can say--with one regrettable exception--that every writer who ever submitted to me at Chaosium, and was willing to do a serious re-write, or possibly even a second scenario, got published.

 

Desire counts for a lot.

 

Doc

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doccthulhu
If so I BEG you not to include anything Metafictional.

 

Metafictional? Um...help me out on that. :oops:

 

Doc

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Gallowglass

This is excellent news - I really hope this can happen.

 

Cheers,

 

NDM

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doccthulhu
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

 

Hard to say what Tom's up to these days. However, we're both Michigan boys, and I've visited Tom at his studio a couple times (cool stuff...King Kong things...Evil Dead props) so maybe he could be talked into it.

 

I had a bunch of things in the works at Chaosium. Most got cancelled after the separation. Secrets of the Necronomicon is a classic globe-hopping campaign. It begins with a antiquarian/book collector scenario (courtesy of Gary Sumpter, and reminiscent of The Ninth Gate) then bounces around a while before a final revelation, discovery of the real Al-Azif, and more.

 

A History of the Miskatonic Valley would contain several scenarios set in different parts of the Valley at different time periods, and utilize pre-gen characters. A witch-hunt era adventure in 17th century Arkham, a 19th century whaling adventure that connects to Innsmouth, and others. WintonP has been telling me about a 1980s Dunwich scenario he has that sounds really cool.

 

Stuff like that, you know?

 

Doc

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justadame

Sounds great !

 

Must make more shelf space ...

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Lammomedes

Oh I certainly would be interested in participating in anyway possible. Writing, editing, etc. Hell I have more than a few writing credits under my chops, including at least one thing for CoC. I got discouraged a few years ago from writing a 19thc gaslight monograph for Chaosium when I was told to wait for the "reissue" of Cthulhu by Gaslight. I also had a second idea shot down (which actually was okay since someone else was writing about Hungary) at the time.

 

I still need to get my newest idea thrown past Dustin and get working on it this summer when I have time. I'd love to do an actual WWI source book with scenarios since that is what my academic writing and career have focussed on for the last 15 years.

 

Matt

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Untouchable

I agree with other posters, more Miskatonic Valley booklets/stuff/scenarios.

 

However, I disagree in putting a range of scenarios from different periods in the same booklet - 17th century to 1980s. That means only maybe a couple scenarios for any particular period, and thus IMO might not sell as well.

 

However...if the scenarios had sections that could point to how to modify them for Classic and Modern, then that's a winner in my book.

 

Again, Miskatonic Valley is perfect for more stuff. I've always loved your work, and look forward to the new stuff, including the Necro campagin (sounds fab!)

 

Glad to see that though once you were out, they pulled you back in...! ;)

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Nemo235

Great news! The stars are aligning.

 

Count me in as an aspiring artist and idea man.

 

I'm getting some of my art together to post on http://www.deviantart.com/ as a portfolio.

 

I'll send you a pm when it's ready, if you like.

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Kadath

I'll send you a pm when it's ready, if you like.

 

Could you post the link instead? I would love to look through your art.

 

Kadath

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Evans

I agree. New art is allways welcome.

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doccthulhu

Post the link, post the link...

 

Doc

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Gol-Goroth

I too would be interested in maybe sending in some of my work. I write, senarios and fiction.

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CAThompson

Not sure how useful I'd be, but I do fancy myself a writer. If you have need I might be able to do something, research is a little harder for me right now being in China and all though.

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Evans

Well Doc I think you can safely say you have an outpouring of support from the people of this forum.

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doccthulhu
Well Doc I think you can safely say you have an outpouring of support from the people of this forum.

 

And it's nice to hear. Thanks to everyone for their words of support.

 

At this point, I have to figure out if it's do-able from my end, and then see if Chaosium will grant me a license.

 

Doc

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rylehNC

Here's hoping both answers are favorable!

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DrJest

Keith, you may want to consider publishing in pdf files only, maybe sell them through DriveThruRPG.com. That way you can avoid dealing with printing and distribution issues. Although the game store near me is doing very well, it seems like a lot of game stores are struggling these days, and the rpg market probably isn't as strong as it was in the '90s.

 

Also, I would be interested in submitting a couple of adventures that I've created. It would take me some time to translate my scribbed notes into coherent paragraphs, but you might find the results worthwhile. I don't have any professional experience with writing, but White Wolf published a boardgame that I co-designed in 2006, and um, I wrote for my high school newspaper for three years back in the '80s.

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darryll

Or possibly publish using the Ransom system as Dennis Detwiller has done. It seems to me his website and output has been a model for success, depending on what your expecations are.

 

I would be glad to offer any help with graphic design/layout you may require.

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doccthulhu

A couple reasons I wouldn't go pdf:

 

I wanna make books. I like books. They look nice on shelves.

 

What about piracy? Can't a person buy a pdf, and then make endless copies? (I'm not really sure).

 

Print on demand offers a lot. We adoped print on demand with DarkTales back in 1998 (or 99). It works very well for small print runs, and quality matches, sometimes even bests, offset printing.

 

Doc

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Evans
A couple reasons I wouldn't go pdf:

 

I wanna make books. I like books. They look nice on shelves.

 

What about piracy? Can't a person buy a pdf, and then make endless copies? (I'm not really sure).

 

Print on demand offers a lot. We adoped print on demand with DarkTales back in 1998 (or 99). It works very well for small print runs, and quality matches, sometimes even bests, offset printing.

 

Doc

 

Yes despite anti copy things I belive you copy the text of PDF's pritty easily. I'm sure there's something you can do to prevent right clicking but it's still copyable.

 

In my mind books are preferable since there easyer to keep track on and more versitle.

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Hazi

This is good news indeed. That list of Doc's work is like a top list of CoC material and includes a lot of the stuff that got me hooked back in the 80's. So I'll definitely be buying them as they come, and would love to help in any way I can; Doc, gimme a shout if you need any photos aged, or some badly drawn faces :)

 

// Hazi

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Gallowglass
A couple reasons I wouldn't go pdf:

 

I wanna make books. I like books. They look nice on shelves.

 

And they smell#. ;)

 

What about piracy? Can't a person buy a pdf, and then make endless copies? (I'm not really sure).

 

Yes, and since they bought a PDF that was presumably directly distilled from the layout files, it'll look pretty good. Printed books have the only remotely effective anti-piracy system yet developed - it takes effort to copy them, and often people skimp of the effort front, producing poor copies that actually discourage others from using pirated PDF's...

 

Now, to be honest, in this day and age there is a LOT of evidence that says, with a sensibly cautious approach, you will actually do BETTER commercially releasing material in both PDF and PoD: but in the end it's up to you to run the numbers and satisfy yourself that your business plan will work.

 

Print on demand offers a lot. We adopted print on demand with DarkTales back in 1998 (or 99). It works very well for small print runs, and quality matches, sometimes even bests, offset printing.

 

And these days there are PoD services that can take a LOT of the leg work out of publishing: not only printing your books, but providing on line store fronts, arranging ISBN's etc.

 

I really hope this works out, and I'd love to see some new Call of Cthulhu material with your name on it, especially in printed format.

 

Cheers,

 

Nick Middleton

 

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