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Chaosium simply does not have its act together. Thanks for the kind words about my last book (and I do mean last) for them, Bret. There simply aren't many (any)? full time employees, and its difficult to attract freelancers when they have a nasty habit of not paying, which they've fallen back into at least from my vantage point. I didn't get paid (as in, totally stiffed) on my last (and I do mean last) book for them and every rhetorical device I could think of has failed. They're just totally ignoring me. I have no insight and have given up trying to figure it out. I'm only writing for licensees from now on.

 

To describe this news Jeff, as disappointing, is about as mild a response as I can muster. I am sorry to have to read of this and do hope that it can be rectified to your satisfaction. My disappointment will no doubt remain far from allayed I suspect.

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Chaosium simply does not have its act together. Thanks for the kind words about my last book (and I do mean last) for them, Bret. There simply aren't many (any)? full time employees, and its difficult to attract freelancers when they have a nasty habit of not paying, which they've fallen back into at least from my vantage point. I didn't get paid (as in, totally stiffed) on my last (and I do mean last) book for them and every rhetorical device I could think of has failed. They're just totally ignoring me. I have no insight and have given up trying to figure it out. I'm only writing for licensees from now on.

 

That does indeed suck, Jeff, but if it's any consolation you're not the only one not being paid. Despite months of emails, I got nothin'. Chaosium's witlessness has cost them the western CoC series I was working on, and I too have sworn off writing CoC for them. I'm still assembling the western horror fiction anthology Edge of Sundown for them, with our own Brian Sammons, but that'll be it for me and Chaosium. It's taken me 27 years to finally realize that they're never going to change. They'll keep staggering from mishap to mishap, barely getting by, leaving a trail of screwed freelancers behind them.

 

Sorry to rain on everybody's enthusiasim for that new release schedule, but that list needs to be considered with a truckload of salt. (I realize I was on the other end of this argument last summer when everybody was taking their licks at Chaosium and -- utter fool that I am -- I was defending them, but damned if you guys weren't right. In my heart, I KNEW you guys were right.)

 

I wish Chaosium luck (they'll need it), and god speed to anyone doing work for them. But I've finally had enough (and then some).

 

Kevin Ross

against the wind

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StephanieMcAlea

Stiffing someone as talented as Jeff is akin to telling your kidney donor you can get by with just wishes and fairy dust instead.

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David_Conyers

Here is the low-down on:

 

Undead & Unbound

 

 

Edited by Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers (2012)

 

Undead: from ancient mummies to shrunken heads and floating vampire heads, from medieval warrior wights to conquistador skeletons and resurrected faeries, the undead haunt in many and unexpected guises.

 

Unbound: from the jungles of South America to the gold fields of the Wild West, in occupied Europe and along the banks of the Nile, to the ice fields of the North Pole and the wastelands of Mars, nowhere is safe from undead infestation.

 

Undead & Unbound: A collection of nineteen new horror stories by twenty leading horror authors from across the globe.

 

“Blind Item” by Cody Goodfellow

“Dead Baby Keychain Blues” by Gary McMahon

“A Personal Apocalypse” by Mercedes M. Yardley

“The Unexpected” by Mark Allan Gunnells

“Incarnate” by David Dunwoody

“Marionettes” by Robert Neilson

“Undead Night of the Undeadest Undead” by C.J. Henderson

“I Am Legion” by Robert M. Price

“When Dark Things Sleep” by Damien Walters Grintalis

“Descanse En Paz” by William Meikle

“Thunder in Old Kilpatrick” by Gustavo Bondoni

“Phallus Incarnate” by Glynn Owen Barrass

“Wreckers” by Tom Lynch

“Scavenger” by Oscar Rios

“In the House of Millions of Years” by John Goodrich

“Romero 2.0” by Brian M. Sammons and David Conyers

“Mother Blood” by Scott David Aniolowski

“The Unforgiving Court” by David Schembri

“North of the Arctic Circle” by Peter Rawlik

 

Cover illustration by Paul Mudie. Forthcoming from Chaosium Inc.

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David_Conyers

Cover art for Undead and Unbound:

 

UndeadandUnbound_PaulMudie.jpg

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David_Conyers

Here is the blurb for:

 

The House of R'lyeh

1920s Investigations after Lovecraft

 

Edited by David Conyers and Glyn White

 

"The Art of Madness" A strange grave robbery and the disappearances of three artists

draw the investigators to a bizarre school in subterranean Boston. (Brian Courtemanche)

 

"The Crystal of Chaos" A search for a fabulous semi-mythical crystal leads the investigators to a horror heretofore unknown (Peter Gilham with David Conyers)

 

"The Return of the Hound" The sale of a very rare edition of the Necronomicon draws investigators to Yorkshire following the

murder of the former owner and the suicide of his supposed killer in Amsterdam (Glyn White)

 

"The Jermyn Horror" A creature of nightmare bound inside a crumbling and abandoned mansion seeks its freedom, and the

investigators might prove to be the perfect vessels to accomplish such ends (David Conyers)

 

"Nameless City, Nameless Terrors" When an ancient and forgotten city buried in the sands of Arabia is rediscovered,

its unearthed secrets might spell the end of human civilization (Brian M. Sammons)

 

This will be a full book, with illustrations and maps and nice print production. For scenarios that follow directly on from the events on "Pickman's Model", "The Haunter in the Darkness", "The Hound", "Arthur Jermyn" and "The Nameless City".

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Golgothmog
Here is the blurb for:

 

The House of R'lyeh

1920s Investigations after Lovecraft

 

Edited by David Conyers and Glyn White

...

Sounds great!

Is 'The Return of the Hound' based on the Lovecraft story 'The Hound'?

The Hound is one of my favorite Lovecraft stories, maybe because it's one of the first I read... also because I love that the protagonists are hedonistic grave-robbers... not your usual bunch of admirable do-gooders. A lot of my CoC games have been inspired by ideas stemming from that story so it's be cool to see more stuff along those lines.

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jasonw1239

I am somewhat dismayed that the manuscript that I turned in to Chaosium in January was not even mentioned on the release list.

Apparently Charlie mentioned it at Dundracon and I have been told that editing and art direction will begin in early summer.

I am also not keen on the repeated history of individuals not being paid for their work. :-(

Guess I will just have to wait and see what happens.

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StephanieMcAlea

Its a good list and such... I just dont read fiction. I think 90% of my books are reference material. My Library: Pro: Offermanns Encyclopedia of Molecular Pharmacology Cons: The Steampunk Bible (THE biggest waste of money I've ever committed. And I nearly got married.)

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dce
I'm surprised no one has mentioned the one obvious thing missing from the "schedule" -- where's CoC 7?

 

Actually .. the first thing I noticed missing from the list was the " Malleus Monstrorum Companion" :-)

 

Then, of course, Pulp Cthulhu and Blackmoore Global Labs ... but, nobody is expecting those to ever come out, right?

 

 

Dean (from Adelaide)

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Actually .. the first thing I noticed missing from the list was the " Malleus Monstrorum Companion"

 

Just finishing up the manuscript, actually. But the artwork takes a long time on these, so I didn't expect to see it until next year, anyway.

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WinstonP

Since Dustin posted the list, it is possible that this is based solely on projects he is working on (though it implies is firm-wide...)

 

As for folk due payment, I've always found Dustin to be the more reliable of correspondents. Unfortunately he doesn't sign the checks, but at least he'll answer emails (usually).

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WiseWolf

Every year, every new release, this thread appears. One of the main reasons my money and heart are with MRP and Pelgrane. Authors should start looking after those companies for new material so we will all be free from Chaosium's curse once and for all.

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Shimmin Beg

But... there's already a scenario called The Art of Madness. It's by Terry White, 1987, and is available on this very site - I played it a while back. Good research there, Chaosium.

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Cole

Does anyone really look to Chaosium with hopeful anticipation of new releases anymore? My expectations of them are rock-bottom, and occasionally (roughly annually) they produce a new product I like enough to buy. Like Wise Wolf said, there are licensee publishers to satisfy the CoC itch. Not to mention writing our own material.

 

Beyond that, there are dozens of other RPGs that deserve my time and money.

 

I simply don't care enough about Chaosium to get angry about their benign neglect.

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ShadowDenizen

Yes, while I enjoy the offerings of Chaosium, their output for the last few (term used loosely) has been pretty mediocre, (Though I do loves me some "invictus"!!)

 

Fortunately,(as Cole said) both MRP and Pelgrane have become the spiritual successor of Cthulhu, and contine to produce quality material at a good clip. :8E:

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Kallisto73

I would agree. What I also don't get is that many of the old books that people would love to get are not re-released, even if it were as print-your-own PDFs through drivethru or, better still, print-on-demand. I'm looking for Horror on the Orient Express, Alone against the Dark, Alone on Halloween and Alone against the Wendigo. I can find them easily as pirated PDFs on the net and download them. But I'd much rather pay for either a printed book (yes, I love books, and HCs even more) or at least a couple of pounds for a print-your-own PDF to acknowledge the IP involved. But no!

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Gol-Goroth

There is a book I turned in to them maybe this time last year that isn't on the list either. I'm a little disappointed but that's cool, I am sure eventually it will all sort itself out eventually. There were other projects ahead of mind in the holding pattern, so fair is fair.

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HomoLupusDomesticus
(...)Chaosium's witlessness has cost them the western CoC series I was working on(...)

I do hope we'll get to see that some day, perhaps through another publisher?

 

Sorry to rain on everybody's enthusiasim for that new release schedule, but that list needs to be considered with a truckload of salt.(...)

Oh well, the only book on that list that I want is Gaslight 3rd and that does seem to be coming out soonish.

 

Every year, every new release, this thread appears. One of the main reasons my money and heart are with MRP and Pelgrane. Authors should start looking after those companies for new material so we will all be free from Chaosium's curse once and for all.

Cubicle 7 and Sixtystone Press also deserve mentioning for having interesting Cthulhu products in the pipeline that are likely to actually see the light of day eventually.

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Cole
Cubicle 7 and Sixtystone Press also deserve mentioning for having interesting Cthulhu products in the pipeline that are likely to actually see the light of day eventually.

 

Cubicle 7's The Laundry stuff has been fantastic!!! Impatiently waiting for Sixtystone to produce KAR's long awaited Colonial Cthulhu stuff and the series of weapons books that Hans has been writing.

 

It's all good, Chaosium, my money spends just as well with MRP, FFG, AEG, Pelgrane, Cubicle 7, Paizo, and a myriad of indie press guys making great games. This paying consumer has plenty of competition for his gaming purchases, so I lose no sleep as they surrender the field to hungry, dynamic rivals.

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HomoLupusDomesticus
Cubicle 7's The Laundry stuff has been fantastic!!!

My only issue with the Laundry RPG is that it's BRP- and not, strictly speaking, CoC-compatible. Though the rules are explained extremely well, I just find there's too much fiddly and time-consuming stuff. If I ever get to run it, I'll probably use something more straight-forward. (It could probably be done using Conspiracy X 2.0) This is merely a matter of personal taste; I have the same problem with the BRP gold book. The Laundry game *is* of excellent quality.

 

Impatiently waiting for Sixtystone to produce KAR's long awaited Colonial Cthulhu stuff and the series of weapons books that Hans has been writing.

Definitely eagerly awaiting especially the colonial stuff!

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Cole
My only issue with the Laundry RPG is that it's BRP- and not, strictly speaking, CoC-compatible.

 

You're right, of course. Some of us have tapped the BGB so much in our CoC games that the line between BRP and CoC is very blurred. From my perspective The Laundry is very much a part of the CoC family. In any case, The Laundry stuff that C7 puts out sates my appetite to the point that I'm not starving for new Chaosium product.

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David_Conyers

The House of R'lyeh, which incidentally features my last ever Call of Cthulu scenario, was many years in the making. Undead & Unbound was only finished early this year. My scenario "The Jermyn Horror" was originally the introduction to my Congo campaign, that never happened, and yes, before anyone asks, it is extremely deadly. :)

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TheHistorian

Then, of course, Pulp Cthulhu and Blackmoore Global Labs ... but, nobody is expecting those to ever come out, right?

 

Well, Pulp passed the ten year late mark a little while ago, and Blackmoore's previous assigned product code was given to the latest Dreamlands edition. Neither of those is a final nail in the coffin, but it certainly doesn't look good.

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StephanieMcAlea
The House of R'lyeh, which incidentally features my last ever Call of Cthulu scenario...

 

last ever? oh?

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