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  1. Max_Writer

    Role Playing Journal

    I ran the conclusion of The Haunting this past weekend for my group. It can be found at my journal at: http://www.yog-sothoth.com/modules.php?name=Journal&file=search&bywhat=aid&exact=1&forwhat=Max_Writer PCs were Benjamin Willows, Tommy O'Sullivan, and Jonathon Ransom. Feedback would be welcome. Sorry this one is so long but I taped many of the conversations.
  2. Chaosium will publish a second, updated edition of the critically acclaimed Harlem Unbound, it was announced at Gen Con today. Harlem Unbound is the creation of African-American game designer Chris Spivey. The first edition was published to critical acclaim by Spivey's indie studio Darker Hue Studios. Spivey's first release, Harlem Unbound won three Gold awards at the 2018 ENies Awards. The new edition of Harlem Unbound will feature additional scenarios, new maps and new art.
  3. To celebrate the release of H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon for Beginning Readers we're having a Call of Cthulhu Game Night, in association with Gamezilla RPG Night! When: Sunday March 3rd, 6PM-10PM Where: Izakaya Chuji Japanese Restaurant, 165 Lonsdale St, Melbourne 3000, Australia. Come along and meet the author/artist himself, R.J. Ivankovic. Win a signed copy of the book! We'll also be debuting some brand new Call of Cthulhu one-shots from Chaosium's Chaos Library. Come and play Call of Cthulhu, with amazing Japanese food, and mark the launch of this new title, by the "genius poet-artist" creator of H.P. Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers. We'd love to see you there! Reserve your place at Eventbrite. What does my AUD$5.65 ticket price cover? Your ticket includes the usual $2 entry fee for all Gamezilla meetups. $3 will cover your small gift from Chaosium Inc, along with the cost of printing materials. The remainder is Eventbrite's booking fees. Table service is available to your game and the restaurant is fully licensed, with a great range of drinks and sake, including local Melbourne craft beer from our friends at Kaiju Beer. And if you can't make it to Melbourne, Australia, our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society are having a Call of Cthulhu Game Night at their HQ in Glendale, CA: https://store.hplhs.org/products/call-of-cthulhu-game-reign-of-terror Join Keeper of the Arcane Lore Sean Branney for another evening of tabletop RPG gaming at HPLHS Headquarters in Glendale, California on Thursday, February 21 at 7pm. The good folks over at Chaosium have given us a sneak preview of a new scenario they're getting ready to publish and we thought we'd take it out for a test drive. No previous experience with Call of Cthulhu™ is necessary. NOTE: To discourage those who book a seat at the table and then don't show up, we've had to implement a policy of charging for gaming reservations. For your $5 fee, you'll get a seat at the table and we'll provide tasty refreshments! Seats are limited and reservations are required. Book your ticket now.
  4. Hi there, YSDC is above all else responsible for my obsession with that group-storytelling format known as the RPG. It began years ago when I stumbled upon the freely available recordings of Tatters of the King, and immediately was seized with a reverence for the unique oblivion that horror can instill. Hastur has been my favorite Mythos deity ever since, and one might even say I have been possessed... but anyway. I'm ready to give back. Weekly I will release here the recordings of a homebrew adventure, hosted in Bloomington, Indiana, until the players conclude the story, one way or another. At time of writing we are something like 9 sessions in, but for pacing's sake I'll post them one week at a time here. Please forgive my amateurish Keepering; it gets better as we progress. Episode 1: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1wQjCnjBUpXCWa2FBwW1_TL1WopH_WPQ6
  5. Runeblogger

    Interview with Penelope Love

    In interviewed Penelope Love, author of many a Call of Cthulhu scenario, and fiction writer. Read the interview here
  6. The Miskatonic Repository community content program continues to grow thanks to support from creators far and wide. Here are seven new releases this #MiskatonicMonday, including scenarios (one in English and French), props, a setting book, and an one adventure that even comes in two versions; full color, and a B&W "print-friendly" version... https://www.chaosium.com/blogmiskatonic-monday-seven-new-releases/ WHAT IS THE MISKATONIC REPOSITORY? Are you a Keeper looking for new scenarios and story elements? A player looking for something mysterious to spark a character idea? Is your group looking for eerie ideas to use in your game? The Miskatonic Repository is where you can find —and create —self-published material for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. Interested in submitting content? Go here to see the guidelines, and here for the additional guidelines. No extra license is required. Get started and download the MS Word template or the InDesign template for Miskatonic Repository submissions, and check out our other free creator resources. [URLs unobfuscated. ~Mod.]
  7. Paul Fricker, Matthew Sanderson and I have taken to sitting around in Paul's shed, talking about Call of Cthulhu, horror movies and whatever other stuff occurs to us. Luckily we have had the presence of mind to record some of this, so we've started putting out a podcast named The Good Friends of Jackson Elias. We have four episodes on the site now, covering the merits of one-shot games, the films we found the scariest, and various new mechanics in 7th Edition. You can stream or download the show from the site, or subscribe through iTunes. We swear a bit, and the sound quality is a bit rough for the first few episodes, but we're slowly working out what we're doing.
  8. YSDC folks who like using period (1920s-style) newspaper props to inspire or enhance their games of Lovecraftian dread, might be interested in a new product released yesterday by we mad cultists at Cthulhu Reborn. Dateline: Lovecraft is a system-independent prop resource which provides a huge Arkham-related newspaper prop for you to carve up and use to dream up some adventures of your own, or to add depth to your depiction of the Miskatonic Valley, or to drop clues into random published scenarios. It's a commercial (i.e., non-free) PDF package, available from RPGNow or DrivethruRPG There is a lengthy description of what's included in the package over on the Cthulhu Reborn blog, but in a nutshell what you get is: a PDF of an entire issue of the Arkham Advertiser, whose period-authentic broadsheet-sized-pages (each about 6 x Letter/A4) is crammed with news, editorials, advertisements, and everything else you'd expect in a newspaper. Overall there are something like 200 items, making up 40,000 words. That might sound like a surprising amount for a 12-page newspaper, but real-world newspapers from the 1920s were pretty densely packed with information, so we've tried to emulate that as much as possible. Within the articles -- some outwardly mundane, others not so much -- we've dropped a wealth of quirky hooks which could be linked up to inspire new Lovecraftian tales or worked in as clues or background colour to your ongoing Miskatonic Valley campaign. a second 58-page PDF which serves as a kind of Guidebook -- providing some ideas about how to make physical props using the newspaper PDF, how to turn newspaper content into clues or on-ramps for an investigative scenario. This guide also includes an exhaustive set of indices to help you track down any person, place, or telephone number mentioned somewhere in the newspaper text. Additionally the guide has a campaign frame "Inkhounds of the Miskatonic Valley" which suggests a specific style of campaign which puts Arkham's news centre-stage, and an example scenario which demonstrates (one way) of exploiting the pieces of the Dateline: Lovecraft newspaper to good Lovecraftian-RPG-type effect. For some samples of what these PDFs contain, you can check out this preview link for the guidebook (which also shows some captures of the newspaper copy itself). There are also a few pictures of newspaper pages below. Our vision for Dateline: Lovecraft is for it to be a system-agnostic resource which can equally support any of the numerous RPGs that take inspiration from Lovecraft's creations, and particularly the brooding 1920s/1930s college town of Arkham. We'd also like to be able to support this core product with a range of free supplements which showcase different writers' ideas and/or scenarios which are inspired by, or otherwise linked to, pieces found in the Arkham Advertiser issue which forms the core of the PDF product. To allow for that to happen (and pay writers and artists what they deserve), we've elected to release Dateline: Lovecraft as a commercial product ... but with the pledge that all profits we earn from sales will go towards commissioning free add-ons. As an example, we have already released one tie-in scenario, "Help Wanted" (written by the talented Jo Kreil, and illustrated by our go-to artist, Reuben Dodd). This 20-page PDF is available right now as a free download from the Cthulhu Reborn blog with game stats for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. A version of this same scenario is also available on RPGNow and DrivethruRPG, but for licensing reasons those versions are system-independent. Jo's scenario is a short investigative piece based entirely in Arkham, exploring a set of dark deeds which centre upon a strange series of "help wanted" advertisements that have been appearing in issues of the Arkham Advertiser. Why do these quirky ads ask for such strangely-specific skills ... and why do the people who reply to them inevitably end up disappearing? And what (if anything) do these strange events have to do with an 18th Century self-styled wizard from Arkham's dark past? As we've done with many of our Convicts-related scenarios, Jo has provided multiple Mythos explanations for the odd goings-on in her scenario, giving the GM options when weaving it into his or her own campaign. We hope that folks here at YSDC will consider taking a look at Dateline: Lovecraft and if they grab a copy and decide they like it, also spread the word to other like-minded folks who might also appreciate this style of product. We have a pipeline of writers we'd love to commission to create more free stuff, but can only afford to do so if the core product sells copies. Enjoy! And may your Arkham tales always make good on HPL's creepy words -- "centuries of dark brooding had given to crumbling, whisper-haunted Arkham a peculiar vulnerability as regards such shadows" Dean (from Adelaide)
  9. Over on the Cthulhu Reborn blog, I have posted my retrospective of gaming releases from 2018 which have some kind of "Lovecraftian" connection. There were actually a lot of these (despite the number of Call of Cthulhu new titles being a bit down compared to previous years). The retrospective is split into five parts -- it covers a lot of territory, so is a long-ish read. If you're just interested in an overall summary of the 2018 releases, that's all in part 1. Part 1: Capsule summary of 2018 Lovecraftian RPG releases Part 2: Standout products; Chaosium Cal of Cthulhu titles Part 3: Licensee releases; Pelgrane; Magazines Part 4: Miskatonic Repository; Lovecraftian products from further afield Part 5: Kickstarters yet to fulfil; General industry trends I hope that this attempt to capture the breadth and diversity of "Lovecraftian" influences in last year's gaming releases is helpful and/or interesting to YSDCers. Fingers-crossed I haven't missed anything major ... but if you spot something, let me know and I'll try to update the postings. Dean (from Adelaide)
  10. Cosmic horrors from the Antipodes... coming later in 2018! Cover art by M Wayne Miller.
  11. Announced by Modiphius Entertainment: Image Source: Modiphius Entertainment See: https://www.modiphius.com/achtung-cthulhu.html
  12. Chaosium Inc is pleased to announce a new partnership with EDGE Entertainment. In a comprehensive new licensing deal, EDGE will publish Chaosium’s roleplaying games Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest in both French and Spanish. Founded in 1999, EDGE Entertainment is based in Seville, Spain and Toulouse, France. A long-standing partner of the Asmodee Group studio Fantasy Flight Games, in early 2017 EDGE formally became part of the Asmodee Group. EDGE is the current licensee for Call of Cthulhu in Spanish. Call of Cthulhu is widely regarded as the definitive investigative horror roleplaying game, and is popular world-wide. It is currently available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish translations, and with editions in Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Swedish also in the works. RuneQuest: Roleplaying in Glorantha (RQG) is an all-new edition of one of the world’s most influential and acclaimed fantasy roleplaying games. Chaosium released the core rules of the game to critical and popular acclaim in 2018. A German edition of RQG has been announced, with other languages soon to follow. “All of us here at Edge Entertainment are so excited to be working with Chaosium to make the premier editions of Call of Cthulhu and RuneQuest for our French and Spanish fans.” said Stephane Bogard, studio coordinator at EDGE. “We were blown away by the distinctive and spectacular edition of Call of Cthulhu EDGE has produced in Spanish, and we can’t wait to see what they can do for the game in French, and for RuneQuest in both languages.” said Chaosium Vice President and Head of Licensing, Michael O’Brien. Montpellier-based design house Studio Deadcrows will be designing and publishing the French edition of RuneQuest for EDGE. EDGE takes over the Call of Cthulhu license from Éditions Sans-Détour in France. Under the terms of its now-concluded license, ESD is permitted to sell its existing Call of Cthulhu stock until March 31st 2019. Chaosium has also extended special permission to ESD so it can fulfil its obligations to Ulule crowdfunding backers of Les Masques de Nyarlahotep et Le Jour de la Béte, and for those who pre-ordered it up to January 2nd 2019. https://www.chaosium.com/blogchaosium-announces-new-licensing-deal-for-french-and-spanish-with-edge-entertainment/
  13. I found this entire campaign incredibly entertaining and it's got 9 parts so far and details Seth's players bumbling their way through a Pulpy over-the-top adventure. Seth does a lot of characters in this and has some hilarious moments spread throughout. "I used to be attracted to her but I think the cannibalism fixed that." This is just the first part but he does an amazing job.
  14. "I'm recording these words under some mental strain. I've run out of the drug that was calming my brain" New from Chaosium! - HP LOVECRAFT'S DAGON FOR BEGINNING READERS HPL's classic story DAGON, retold in anapaestic tetrameter by R.J. Ivankovic, the 'genius poet-artist' (Geek & Sundry) who also created HP Lovecraft's Call of Cthulhu for Beginning Readers. "By the end of tonight I will surely be dead. Maybe then I'll escape all the things in my head." https://www.chaosium.com/h-p-lovecrafts-dagon-for-beginning-readers-hardcover
  15. On Thursday 24 January 2019, Chaosium Inc and the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, in conjunction with the Sun Theatre (Yarraville, VIC Australia), present a special screening of "The Call of Cthulhu" (2005). Introduced in person by the HPLHS’s Sean Branney, producer and co-writer. Q&A to follow after the screening. Also screening the “Making of…” featurette. Door Prizes, sponsored by Chaosium Inc include The Masks of Nyarlathotep Gamer Prop Set and other Call of Cthulhu-themed goodies. We encourage the audience to come in Call of Cthulhu-themed costume! More details and ticketing at the link: https://www.chaosium.com/blogchaosium-and-the-hp-lovecraft-historical-society-to-present-a-special-screening-of-the-call-of-cthulhu-at-the-sun-theatre-melbourne-australia
  16. Some with long memories may remember my old thread: Call of Cthulhu Starter Kits? – well it seems 12 years on Chaosium are planning a Call of Cthulhu Starter Set. Source: https://www.magicmadhouse.co.uk/chaosium-call-of-cthulhu-7th-edition-starter-set-p291956/
  17. With our partners MetaArcade, we're launching Cthulhu Chronicles today: a single-player narrative horror mobile game that distills the essence of the award-winning Call of Cthulhu roleplaying system into a story-driven, intuitive experience designed for mobile gamers. In Cthulhu Chronicles, players can play as various archetypal investigator characters such as a policewoman or private detective. Players pursue missions involving crazy cults, sinister creatures, and horrors from beyond space. The immersive narrative is accompanied by images and an ambient soundtrack by Cthulhu contributors Chad Fifer, Cryo Chamber, Graham Plowman, and others. “Our mission is to bring tabletop RPG adventures to mobile into graphically appealing, bite size chunks you can pick up and play, and it’s been exciting converting Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu to our Adventure Creator format for Cthulhu Chronicles,” said David Reid, CEO of MetaArcade, in a statement. “We’ve created new and remastered adventures with multiple branching storylines that create a satisfying balance of horror and adventure through the campaign arc.” Unlike many RPGs, the focus isn’t on building up a character through combat. Instead, players choose an appropriate investigator for the mission at hand, with each investigator having their own strengths and weaknesses as well as individual storylines. At key decision points, players will make choices, as each story has multiple endings and numerous clues to uncover. Their skills — athleticism, appearance, and intelligence — will help them overcome enemies and accomplish special feats, but chance will play a role as well, indicated by a spinning wheel of fate. A failure can be a mere setback, or cause death or insanity. “Cthulhu Chronicles brings the terror and fun of Call of Cthulhu to life on your mobile device,” said Mike Mason, Call of Cthulhu line editor at Chaosium, in a statement. “It emulates the tabletop experience, giving you choices to make, each one taking your investigator down different paths with differing conclusions. Mystery, intrigue, horror, and madness await your investigator, who can gain insights and lose sanity while charting his or her way through the scenarios.” At launch, the game includes five scenarios created with MetaArcade’s proprietary Adventure Creator tool, with four more coming soon. Together, these scenarios comprise the first Cthulhu Chronicles campaign, Investigations in Lovecraft Country. Additional campaigns are planned after launch, and fans will be able to create their own Cthulhu Chronicles stories in the future. Cthulhu Chronicles is designed for both interactive fiction fans and Cthulhu veterans looking for a way to play between sessions. Releasing on iOS today, an Android version will follow.
  18. Calling all iPhone carrying, Yog-Sothoth subscribers. This is a shameless plug for the IOS App I have just released on the App Store. It goes something like this: "Mythosia - Store all your CoC Investigators in one place, character stats, skills and weapons all at the tip of your finger. Record game notes, possessions, backstory and spell information with ease. With Weapons linked directly to Skills adding a new weapon to the list is seamless with accurately calculated skill rolls, including halves and fifths."
  19. The Chaosium Twitch TV Channel is about to launch! Chaosium's digital content producer Jamie Coquillat is leading the Twitch initiative. He said, "Our aim here is not only to promote Chaosium games and build up our content library, but also to engage with the Twitch and Youtube communities, and to reach new players - especially younger players who make video platforms their home. Each time we Stream, we will be uploading the stream, and a "best of" recut, to Youtube. We're beginning with a session of Horror on the Orient Express. Thank you to all those involved. Roll sanity, and let's go!" Tune in to https://www.twitch.tv/chaosiuminc next weekend for our first stream, a Call of Cthulhu live play game with Allan Carey (the master prop maker from TYPE 40) and his group of skilled investigators. Screening time on Twitch: US West Coast - Saturday, Jan 12 at 11pm PST UK - Sunday, Jan 13 at 7.00am GMT Eastern Australia - Sunday Jan 13 at 6.00pm EADT On the horizon are more games, live plays, interviews with Chaosium team members, friends and licencees; workshop sessions; cosplay workshops; and more. You can subscribe to the channel at the link. We'd love you to join us!
  20. Our latest title, Queen of No Tomorrows by Matt Maxwell, is now available. Part supernatural horror, part crime noir, and set in eighties Los Angeles (and it might as well be a CoC scenario!). Librarian con artist Cait MacReady forges occult tomes, but her latest creation has caught the attention of something magical and terrible. Want to know more? LOS ANGELES, THE EIGHTIES Cait MacReady spends her days in the UCLA library, special collections, restoring old books and saving them from the ravages of time. By night, she works her real job, making copies of antique and occult texts. But don't call them forgeries. She only gives customers exactly what they want. When her ex-lover, now business partner, shows up on behalf of some customers who want a book that isn't written yet, Cait gets suspicious. When she discovers they're from the organization No Tomorrows, she gets scared. And when she finds out that their leader, the enigmatic figure called the Queen, wants a book that only Cait has, she begins to wonder what's real and what she's manufactured on her own. Cait's latest creation, the Smoking Codex, is a work of complete fiction and all her own, nothing but vodka-fueled occult nonsense and heartfelt desire. It's a fake—no history, no power. Or is it? This book takes on a life of its own, and the police get involved as people start to die. Now Cait must somehow manage to stop a thing that has already happened: the book’s secret god is already known. And its name has been spoken. FROM THE AUTHOR "Queen of No Tomorrows is the kind of book that I want to read," says Matt. "I wrote it simply because of that. Instead of placing things in the arcane and rarified (now all-too-familiar and safe) settings of the old and mannered, I wanted to bring cosmic horror and the uncanny out to the sunshine and neon of Los Angeles. Instead of simply revering a period or place, I wanted to poke at things, to see where the horror might show up in the everyday, even in the simple act of creation itself. "Besides, there just aren't enough stories that treat crime like magic, or vice versa." Read it today!
  21. Chaosium is delighted to welcome our newest licensee, DOGMIGHT GAMES - as you can see with this Masks of Nyarlathotep Keeper Screen, they live up to their tagline "we make epic gear for epic adventures." More amazingly crafted stuff from Dogmight at the link: http://www.dogmight.com/chaosium
  22. Chaosium at NecronomiCon 2017 have announced that a new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep is in the works with a planned 2018 release. The new version of the venerable campaign will be compatible with both Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu 7th edition and Pulp Cthulhu rules sets. It's reported on Twitter, so it must be true... Source: @AdamAlexander
  23. Over on the Cthulhu Reborn blog, we have recently announced our next freebie PDF book, Convicts & Cthulhu. This is a 50,000+ word sourcebook which aims to provide CoC Keepers and players to run scenarios and campaigns set in the earliest eras of Australian history -- the "convict era". We will be releasing some sneak peeks and previews over the next few weeks, with the full product (hopefully) being available for general release in June. You can see the archive of all Convicts & Cthulhu related postings/previews by clicking this link. At the moment there's just the initial announcement, but more material is coming soon. Dean (from Adelaide)
  24. Elvis did not die! Not even. This is no longer a conspiracy theory circulating about the King of Rock. This is the truth that only agents registered in the GUMSHOE in The Fall of Delta Green can have access because it breaks down one of the biggest secret actions developed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation since its founding in 1908. Learn more at: (Text in portuguese, translate button at the sidebar) http://donjonmaster.blogspot.com/2018/12/elvis-presley-o-agente-do-governo-para.html?m=1
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