Jump to content
FatBuddha

Chaosium Call of Cthulhu RPG 7th edition Gen Con Panel 2016

Recommended Posts

FatBuddha

Here's a link to the Chaosium Call of Cthulhu Gen Con Panel I recorded from last night (Aug 5th) for those who couldn't go.


 

Mike Mason, Sandy Petersen, Jeff Richards, Paul Fricker, and Lynn Hardy talk about new plans for the Cthulhu line and share some juicy new details. The youtube description contains a breakdown of topics and timestamps. Biggest news is a new campaign from Lynn Hardy, new Pulp Cthulhu campaign from Paul Fricker, new collection of scenarios from Sandy Petersen, and remarks about quality and production from all Cthulhu products down the road. Exciting stuff!

Audio version here: http://outofspacegames.blogspot.com/2016/08/gen-con-2016-call-of-cthulhu-panel.html

(Mods feel free to move this to the appropriate section. Also unsure how to embed video if that is possible).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PoC

Thanks for posting this. Highly interesting!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DAR

This was a great deal of fun to watch, I'm glad to have things to look forward to!

 

D.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Dr_Zarnak

Very interesting, but it would've been nice to hear something about the Lovecraft Country line.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
numtini

I heard almost exactly what I wanted to hear. Short scenarios for newcomers is exactly what the game needs. I think I see a question about short beginner stuff almost every week on reddit or rpgnet. All new stuff. Not just reprinting the old with new stat blocks. Color production. Great stuff.

 

I also appreciated the comments about other supplements in the pipeline being pulled back because it seemed like the followup has been a little anemic. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Eudaimic

I would be interested in hearing what the plan is with regards to older material. This game has such a history, but everything is out of print right now (including the rule books!). Is it the plan to bring back the best of the older material bit by bit, or is the focus on new material from here on out?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
nclarke

I suspect (from what was said in the panel) that certain older material might be reworked with new art and layout and released in hardback. So I think we can expect (besides the new Central Asia campaign) some of the other campaigns to be spruced up and some of the anthologies (collections of scenarios rather than campaigns) cleaned up with new layout and art.

 

If MM is reading some of the threads here about what we wanted to see he'll have plenty of ideas, Lovecraft County, Arkham and the other New England city/region books would be nice.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mankcam

Some great times ahead here, and I love the production quality of the resources that are coming our way.

I can't wait for the 1930s Pulp Cthulhu campaign, and the 1920s South East Asian campaign sounds excellent as well. These kind of campaigns are quite attractive for my troupe.

I would personally also love to see Gaslight Era rejiggered as a game line before Dark Ages, but that's just me.

Same goes for Dreamlands - I think it's great weird fantasy, but I wouldn't want it to take too much time away from the iconic 1920s/1930s era investigations.

I think I will use the Pulp rules for the global-spanning adventure campaigns, and use the more purist approach for horror one-shots or Lovecraft Country investigation scenarios.

It would be good to see Lovecraft Country settings back in print.

However all in all this Gen Con presentation was great, there are definitely good times ahead for us!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DAR

I'm less interested in old campaigns (or supplements) being given the hardback & color treatment than I am about them getting the deluxe boxed set treatment - that is what I'd pay money for. MoN all but begs for this, probably with a minimum of revision (as opposed to addition), while campaigns like BoB or SOYS have lots and lots of potential but often seem to end up heavily modified by Keepers to "make them work" and could almost certainly benefit from a complete revision that saves the campaign(s).

 

Alternately, just coming up with a whole new campaign that uses the Silver Twilight since that seems to be one of the primary things that draws people to SOYS.

 

D.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
PoC

Another vote here for boxed sets, like Sandy mentions in the video. Yes I know they're not cheap (to buy or publish) but I really like them as a format.

 

Essentially I end up making my own these days using lever arch/box files and looseleaf PDF & POD printing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Mankcam

I think I would love to see both formats produced for major campaigns

 

Hardcover books for default, and also boxed set versions with nice handouts for the fans - perhaps done as kickstarter projects if need be.

 

Hardcover books are more practical, but there is something much more fun about boxed sets :-)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
mvincent

Another vote here for boxed sets

 

Ditto. I didn't think I liked them, but HotOE proved me wrong. The multi-book format is more convenient, and the loose paper props and bits really put it over the top.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
DAR

Honestly, I was just thinking that Dreamlands might make a better boxed set than a campaign book - the same with the other alt-settings. Instead of stand alone books, you could sub-divide all of the various parts (character creation, bestiary, equipment, etc) into it's own little book, which makes it so much easier for a gaming group to share around the table. Especially for things like world maps, and maybe even some nice color plates of monsters to hold up to show what you are seeing.

 

(Wow, now there is a product I'd buy and/or Kickstart, a collection of a 5x7 or 8x11 color plates with a nice box to protect and store them, with good art of all the creatures that I could use in-game to show people what they see...)

 

There is nothing stopping Chaosium from also producing a nice hardcover that includes all the rules as well.

 

Actually, as I think about it - how a campaign for each of the alt settings, with the extra rules as part of the boxed set as I mentioned above, and then the extra rules can also be sold as a separate volume for people that didn't want the campaign? I like that idea even better.

 

D.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
numtini

I like to read the adventure from a single volume. It's just not convenient to have to raid a box full of little booklets. At an actual session, I want a smaller light easily opened book that contains only the material of interest. So for me, probably the best option is a hardcover with a PDF copy. I use the hardcover to read and then print the night's material from the PDF. 

 

The PDF really needs to be included when you're coughing up for a $50 hardcover. That seems to be the direction for the New Chaosium, but I wish they'd recon the backlist.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×

Important Information

We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.