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Almost done with Convention Season! For the Halloween weekend, Charlie will be heading off to the south of France to attend Chimeriades, and to again barbecue on the grill they built for him, to talk to some of our French fans, and visit with some of our European licensees.

 

The Magic Book

 

Magic pervades many worlds of Basic Roleplaying, for in the game every adventurer — every character — has the capacity to manipulate invisible powers. Though the beliefs of the user shape his or her approach to magic, all magic works by certain principles which stem from the life force of the user. Life force flows in natural currents throughout the uni*verse. Its different forms and shapes are determined by perception.

 

The Magic Book explains the mechanics of three independent magic systems (Spirit Magic, Divine Magic and Wizardry) and details Ritual Magic, a system common to shamans, priests and wizards.

 

The Gods Hate Me

 

The Gods Hate Me is the title of one of the seven adventures in this Cthulhu Invictus monograph exploring the people and times of ancient Rome — mythic and Mythos-infected.

 

Enjoy a relaxing three-day holiday celebrated with gladiatorial games;

 

Explore an ancient cache of antiquities brought to Rome from ancient Egypt;

 

Build the demarcation wall ordered by Emperor Hadrian across the northern frontier of the Roman Empire;

 

Learn the cause of the rebellion of Spartacus;

 

These are but a sample from the winning entries for Chaosium’s first Cthulhu Invictus adventure-writing contest.

 

 

Dead Leaves Fall

 

. . . and speaking of contests, we recently held our annual CALL OF CTHULHU HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE contest. Dead Leaves Fall contains the winning entries. While all of the adventures are specifically written for Call of Cthulhu, these entries span time periods from ancient Rome through the American Revolution and up to the modern-day.

 

We will add the print version as soon as possible, but wanted to give enterprising keepers a pumpkin-throw headstart.

 

Recent Releases

 

The enthusiastic response to the release of the CALL OF CTHULHU 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION surprised us. We have only a few remaining copies of this special binding of the current edition of the rulebook, featuring thick (3 mm) leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. This is a one-time printing and will not be reprinted.

 

OPERATION ULYSSES offers a far-future adventure for Basic Roleplaying. The characters have been contacted by the mega-corporation ISIS corp. (Interstellar Industrial Supply), the largest litherium mining and manufacturing company in the Hadrion Galaxy, to investigate the recent disappearance of the Ulysses, one of their Titan-class starfreighters. Twenty-four hours ago, the Ulysses veered off course into an extremely hazardous star system known as the Gammadon Fields, and then disappeared near the planet of ION 9. You are part of the investigative team searching for the missing ship.

 

 

DEAD BUT DREAMING 2 is the second volume of the critically-acclaimed anthology series from Miskatonic River Press. Herein are 22 tales of Lovecraftian horror from the modern masters of Cthulhu Mythos fiction: Scott David Aniolowski, David Annandale, Donald R. Burleson, Cody Goodfellow, John Goodrich, T.E. Grau, Rick Hautala, Walt Jarvis, Erik T. Johnson, William Meikle, Will Murray, Daniel W. Powell, Wilum Pugmire, Joseph S. Pulver Sr, Pete Rawlik, Kevin Ross, Brian Sammons, Darrell Schweitzer, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Michael Tice, and Don Webb.

 

 

Thanks for stopping by!

The Folks at Chaosium

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A Chaosium Halloween-in-France Sale!

 

 

Charlie is heading off to France for a small show called Chimeriades. France has always been a good market for Chaosium books and games, and especially for Call of Cthulhu. While the boss is away, those of us left behind thought it a great time for a CHAOSIUM SALE! Here is your chance to save Big Bucks.

 

 

Starting now and lasting until Charlie's return plane lands, we are offering a MONSTROUS DISCOUNT of 30% OFF on Chaosium titles and knick-knacks throughout our online catalog. It's been some time since our last sale, and we've added a number of new titles and monographs since.

 

 

Colonial Terrors

 

 

Colonial Terrors is a Call of Cthulhu campaign taking place in New England just prior to the American Revolution. The investigators are patriot smugglers. In this Age of Enlightenment great progress is made in science, politics, and philosophy. Many, but not all, of the shackles of previous eras are shaken free. This is a land where old gods grow new again.

 

 

 

The Sevenfold Path

 

 

The Sevenfold Path is a sourcebook and campaign for classic-era Call of Cthulhu. Investigators will travel to 1920s Iceland, be introduced to the legend of Olaf Ulfsson, and investigate the ruins of the abandoned Third Cloister. The encounter rival lodges of the theosophy movemenet in Reykjavik, and get a chance to butt heads with some of the proto-Nazis of the Thule Gesellschaft. It they are not wise and clever, they will be dead or corrupted.

 

 

 

The Magic Book

 

 

Magic pervades many worlds of Basic Roleplaying, for in the game every adventurer — every character — has the capacity to manipulate invisible powers. Though the beliefs of the user shape his or her approach to magic, all magic works by certain principles which stem from the life force of the user. Life force flows in natural currents throughout the universe. Its different forms and shapes are determined by perception.

 

 

The Magic Book explains the mechanics of three independent magic systems (Spirit Magic, Divine Magic and Wizardry) and details Ritual Magic, a system common to shamans, priests and wizards.

 

 

 

The Gods Hate Me

 

 

The Gods Hate Me is the title of one of the seven adventures in this Cthulhu Invictus monograph exploring the people and times of ancient Rome — mythic and Mythos-infected.

 

 

Enjoy a relaxing three-day holiday celebrated with gladiatorial games;

 

Explore an ancient cache of antiquities brought to Rome from ancient Egypt;

 

Build the demarcation wall ordered by Emperor Hadrian across the northern frontier of the Roman Empire;

 

Learn the cause of the rebellion of Spartacus;

 

 

These are but a sample from the winning entries for Chaosium's first Cthulhu Invictus adventure-writing contest.

 

 

 

Dead Leaves Fall

 

 

. . . and speaking of contests, we recently held our annual CALL OF CTHULHU HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE contest. Dead Leaves Fall contains the winning entries. While all of the adventures are specifically written for Call of Cthulhu, these entries span time periods from ancient Rome through the American Revolution and up to the modern-day.

 

 

 

Other Sale Items to Consider…

 

 

Here are a number of titles you might want to consider picking-up during this sale. Most were released during 2011, as we have started offering hardcover editions of some of our popular books.

 

 

The enthusiastic response to the release of the CALL OF CTHULHU 30th ANNIVERSARY EDITION surprised us. We have fewer than 40 remaining copies of this special binding of the current edition of the rulebook, featuring thick (3 mm) leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. This is a one-time printing and will not be reprinted.

 

 

In the MASKS OF NYARLATHOTEP hardcover edition, the stars are almost right! Soon Nyarlathotep's plans will come to fruition. Then the world will be changed irrevocably—but not quite yet. Pesky human investigators have learned much, but they must survive long enough to make sense of what they know, and take resolute action. This roleplaying classic is a series of linked adventures forming one long and unforgettable Call of Cthulhu campaign. Horrifying deeds and dangerous sorcery dog those who dare attempt to unravel the fate of the Carlyle Expedition. The non-linear narrative keeps players baffled and on their toes. Action is the byword as the player-characters evade or combat cultists, magic, mad men, and the dread powers of the Outer Gods.

 

 

A 3-panel KEEPER'S SCREEN mounted on thick hardcover stock that folds out to 33 inches wide. One side, intended to face the players, portrays an investigative scene. The other side collects and summarizes important rules and statistics, to help ease the Keeper's task. The package includes a 22"x34" Mythos Vade Mecum poster by the mad french artists Christian Grussi and El Théo, postulating relationships between the deities and minions of the Cthulhu Mythos.

 

 

Chaosium’s BASIC ROLEPLAYING hardcover collects in one place rules and options for one of the original and most influential role playing game systems in the world. From its origin, Basic Roleplaying was designed to be intuitive and easy to play. Character attributes follow a 3D6 curve, and the other Basic Roleplaying mechanics are even simpler. Virtually all rolls determining success or failure of a task are determined via the roll of percentile dice. This means that there’s less fiddling with dice of different types, and the concept of a percentile chance of success is extremely easy for beginners and experienced players to grasp.

 

 

ELDRITCH EVOLUTIONS is the first collection of short stories by Lois H. Gresh, one of the most talented writers working these days in the realms of imagination. These tales of weird fiction blend elements wrung from science fiction, dark fantasy, and horror. Some stories are bent toward bizarre science, others are Lovecraftian Mythos tales, and yet others are just twisted. They all share an underlying darkness, pushing Lovecraftian science and themes in new directions. While H.P. Lovecraft incorporated the astronomy and physics ideas of his day (e.g., cosmos-within-cosmos and other dimensions), these stories speculate about modern science: quantum optics, particle physics, chaos theory, string theory, and so forth. Full of unique ideas, bizarre plot twists, and fascinating characters, these tales show a feel for pacing and structure, and a wild sense of humor. They always surprise and delight.

 

 

 

Have a great Halloween!

The Folks at Chaosium

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Have a Great Thanksgiving

 

 

Everyone here at Chaosium wishes you a safe, sane, and filling Thanksgiving holiday. It's hard to believe that we are in the 2011 holidays already! Have we been dreaming? . . .

 

 

H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands

 

Back in print for the holidays in a paperback format, H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands provides everything needed for Call of Cthulhu or Cthulhu Dark Ages investigators to travel down the seven hundred steps, through the Gates of Deeper Slumber, and into the realm of dreams. Includes a travelogue of the Dreamlands, a huge gazetteer, Dreamlands character creation rules, over thirty prominent NPC's, over 60 monsters dwelling within the Dreamlands, descriptions of the Dreamlands gods and their cults, six adventures to help jump start a Dreamlands campaign, and a fold-out map of the Dreamlands by Andy Hopp.

 

 

Recent Releases

 

COLONIAL TERRORS — a Call of Cthulhu campaign taking place in New England just prior to the American Revolution. The investigators are patriot smugglers. In this Age of Enlightenment great progress is made in science, politics, and philosophy. Many, but not all, of the shackles of previous eras are shaken free. This is a land where old gods grow new again.

 

 

THE SEVENFOLD PATH — a sourcebook and campaign for classic-era Call of Cthulhu. Investigators will travel to 1920s Iceland, be introduced to the legend of Olaf Ulfsson, and investigate the ruins of the abandoned Third Cloister. The encounter rival lodges of the theosophy movemenet in Reykjavik, and get a chance to butt heads with some of the proto-Nazis of the Thule Gesellschaft. It they are not wise and clever, they will be dead or corrupted.

 

 

THE MAGIC BOOK — Magic pervades many worlds of Basic Roleplaying, for in the game every adventurer — every character — has the capacity to manipulate invisible powers. Though the beliefs of the user shape his or her approach to magic, all magic works by certain principles which stem from the life force of the user. Life force flows in natural currents throughout the universe. Its different forms and shapes are determined by perception.

 

The Magic Book explains the mechanics of three independent magic systems (Spirit Magic, Divine Magic and Wizardry) and details Ritual Magic, a system common to shamans, priests and wizards.

 

 

THE GODS HATE ME — the title of one of the seven adventures in this Cthulhu Invictus monograph exploring the people and times of ancient Rome — mythic and Mythos-infected.

 

Enjoy a relaxing three-day holiday celebrated with gladiatorial games;

 

Explore an ancient cache of antiquities brought to Rome from ancient Egypt;

 

Build the demarcation wall ordered by Emperor Hadrian across the northern frontier of the Roman Empire;

 

Learn the cause of the rebellion of Spartacus;

 

These are but a sample from the winning entries for Chaosium's first Cthulhu Invictus adventure-writing contest.

 

 

DEAD LEAVES FALL — we recently held our annual CALL OF CTHULHU HALLOWEEN ADVENTURE contest. Dead Leaves Fall contains the winning entries. While all of the adventures are specifically written for Call of Cthulhu, these entries span time periods from ancient Rome through the American Revolution and up to the modern-day.

 

 

Have a safe holiday!

The Folks at Chaosium

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At Chaosium you can fill your last-minute gaming needs. We are offering a special price on all downloadable books and adventures! If you have a special gamer in your life, you can treat him or her to the latest Chaosium offerings including the upcoming Mythic Iceland PDF, now available only as a downloadable holiday treat.

 

 

Mythic Iceland

 

The Nordic and Celtic peoples who settled Iceland in the 9th century came from lands with rich traditions of folklore, where the mythical and supernatural were part of daily life. They found an island of striking beauty, with inland valleys, richly grassed and forested lowlands, massive glaciers, and impressive volcanic mountain ranges. They also found the land to be teeming with spirits of nature and mythic creatures.

 

Mythic Iceland PDF brings to life the world of the Icelandic Sagas and fairy tales.

 

 

Night of the Yule Cat

 

To celebrate the season and the impending release of Mythic Iceland, there is a short scenario based on the old Icelandic myth of the Yule Cat, the huge and monstrous black cat that eats children who don't have new clothes to wear at Christmas eve.

 

The Night of the Yule Cat takes place during the Pagan Commonwealth period of Icelandic history, before the Christian conversion in the year 1000. As the story starts, the pagan player characters are preparing to celebrate the mid-winter festival of Yule ("Jól" in Icelandic), which is described in Grettis Saga as being a time of "greatest mirth and joyance among men".

 

 

Miskatonic Horror

 

Miskatonic Horror is a new type of Arkham Horror expansion that builds upon the materials found in the ample library of other Arkham Horror expansions. While the components and rules found in Miskatonic Horror can be enjoyed with only the Arkham Horror base game, the more expansions you incorporate, the more aspects of Miskatonic Horror you can enjoy.

 

Miskatonic Horror is portion of a shipment of titles just in from Fantasy Flight Games that also includes copies of the Mansions of Madness game.

 

 

H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands

 

Back in print for the holidays in a paperback format, H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands provides everything needed for Call of Cthulhu or Cthulhu Dark Ages investigators to travel down the seven hundred steps, through the Gates of Deeper Slumber, and into the realm of dreams. Includes a travelogue of the Dreamlands, a huge gazetteer, Dreamlands character creation rules, over thirty prominent NPC's, over 60 monsters dwelling within the Dreamlands, descriptions of the Dreamlands gods and their cults, six adventures to help jump start a Dreamlands campaign, and a fold-out map of the Dreamlands by Andy Hopp.

 

 

Chaosium Fiction Note

 

Chaosium is expanding into new lines of speculative fiction. Extreme Planets will be among the first of these publications, with a science fiction anthology of short stories set on or about alien worlds that push the limits of what we believe is possible in a planetary environment. Chaosium author David Conyers is the editor, and is currently seeking authors to participate in this project. Look for: EXTREME PLANETS, for more information.

 

 

Have a great season!

The Folks at Chaosium

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