Call of Cthulhu Turns Forty - Chaosium KickStarts a New Printing of the Game's Classic Boxed Sets.


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This is the newest Stretch Goal, announced earlier today when we passed the $200K Stretch Goal (dice). Currently at just over $250K, so half-way there...

$300,000 Stretch Goal - HANDOUTS UPGRADE!

Back in the day, the handouts in the early supplements left a fair bit to be desired. As just text on the pages in the middle of the book, you could pull them out and cut them apart (shudder). Most Keepers and players have grown used to something better than that, so here's what we can do when this stretch goal gets funded. We'll include all of the handouts in an upgraded format and collect them together as single sided pages. Printing extra copies from the PDFs won't stress you out, and little to no cutting will be part of the ritual.

Call of Cthulhu Classic
 

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Why is it that despite owning originals of all the stuff that’s on offer I’m still drawn to back it?

It does make one reflect on how little it has changed over 40 years and 7 editions compared to say D&D or even Runequest.
 

Michael O'Brien

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Having passed $300,000 in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter it's on to the next Stretch Goal:

$350,000 Stretch Goal - Arkham Poster Map​

Those character and monster silhouettes, not to mention any miniatures you may already own, deserve a big enough Arkham map to walk (and stomp) around on. Thus, if this stretch goal gets funded we will add a free printed color poster map of Arkham into each boxed set.

All $20 backer levels and higher will get a free PDF of this map!


 


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Newsflash! HPLHS announces Deluxe Handout Set to pair with Chaosium's 40th Anniversary Kickstarter!

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This Saturday Becca Scott and an all-star cast plays 'The Auction', a scenario from The Asylum & Other Tales, one of the five classic supplements featured in the Kickstarter.

This game features Erika Ishii (Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Critical Role's epic one-shot Shadow of the Crystal Palace), B. Dave Walters (Black Dice Society, L.A. By Night), Josephine McAdam (Shikar, The Mortuary Collection), Xander Jeanneret (Literary Bards, Relics & Rarities), as well as the ever-amazing Becca Scott (The Calyx) as the Keeper of Arcane Lore! Brought to you by Chaosium and Good Time Society.

See it played with 7th Edition rules on Saturday at 3:40pm PST, 6.40pm EDT, 11:40pm GMT, and (Sunday) 8:40am AEST! : https://www.twitch.tv/thebeccascott
 


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This Saturday Becca Scott and an all-star cast plays 'The Auction', a scenario from The Asylum & Other Tales, one of the five classic supplements featured in the Kickstarter.

This game features Erika Ishii (Apex Legends, Destiny 2, and Critical Role's epic one-shot Shadow of the Crystal Palace), B. Dave Walters (Black Dice Society, L.A. By Night), Josephine McAdam (Shikar, The Mortuary Collection), Xander Jeanneret (Literary Bards, Relics & Rarities), as well as the ever-amazing Becca Scott (The Calyx) as the Keeper of Arcane Lore! Brought to you by Chaosium and Good Time Society.

See it played with 7th Edition rules on Saturday at 3:40pm PST, 6.40pm EDT, 11:40pm GMT, and (Sunday) 8:40am AEST! : https://www.twitch.tv/thebeccascott

Mildly amusing that all of that cast are major characters in LA by Night but only B. Dave got it as a credit
 

Michael O'Brien

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Having passed $300,000 in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter it's on to the next Stretch Goal:

$350,000 Stretch Goal - Arkham Poster Map​

Those character and monster silhouettes, not to mention any miniatures you may already own, deserve a big enough Arkham map to walk (and stomp) around on. Thus, if this stretch goal gets funded we will add a free printed color poster map of Arkham into each boxed set.

All $20 backer levels and higher will get a free PDF of this map!


BTW, RuneQuest fans, did you know this map has a Glorantha easter egg?
 

Michael O'Brien

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Having passed $400,000 in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter it's on to the next Stretch Goal:

$450,000 Stretch Goal - 34" x 11" Size Comparison Poster​

As for the stretch goal we just achieved, we will be adding a free printed page of new Silhouettes into each printed box set. All $20 backer levels and higher will get a free PDF of the new Silhouettes created by Simon Bray.

Of course, that also means it is time for another stretch goal, and this one stretches out into a long poster...

Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter

The Size Comparison Chart, in monstrous size​

 

Michael O'Brien

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Having passed $450,000 in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter it's on to the next Stretch Goal:

$500,000 Stretch Goal - Bonus Scenario: Wail of the Witch by Keith Herber​

We'll add this eight page scenario into the back of the printed and PDF versions of the 2nd edition Rulebook. Originally published in Different Worlds #30 back in 1983, we will be using the slightly updated and fuller version of the scenario from Curse of Cthulhu. That means more handouts too!

We'd also like to say how grateful we are that over 4200 backers have joined us thus far!

 

Michael O'Brien

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Having passed $500,000 in the Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter (that's the added adventure by Keith Herber) it's on to the next Stretch Goal:

$550,000 Stretch Goal - Things get a little more dicey: Two more D6s

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We will add 2 more red ruby-colored D6s into each boxed set (so the set will have 3D6 in total). That way you won't have to roll that single D6 so many times when rolling up characters or dealing out damage.

nb: These dice are in addition to the set of dice in our $200,000 Stretch Goal, already achieved.

Check out our campaign here, we've got just over 24 hours to go!

 

Michael O'Brien

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With a little over 7 hours remaining in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter we have broken the $550,000 mark!

That got us to thinking about what we could do for our digital only backers and this is what we decided to aim for in the last few hours of this campaign. Our biggest Cthulhu Kickstarter raised $561,836. While we didn't expect we would break that record this time around, we're only about $9,000 away from doing that. So here's a final stretch goal:

$561,837 Stretch Goal - SETTING A NEW RECORD!


We will provide free PDFs of the other items included with the set back in 1981. All $20 reward levels and higher will get a free PDF of the 16 page Basic Role-Playing book, and a free PDF of the 1981 Chaosium games catalog. We'll even do a free PDF of the postcard. That's three free PDFs when we break the record.

As always, from all the team at Chaosium, thank you for your support, and thank you to everyone who has backed this Kickstarter.
 


Michael O'Brien

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$580,000 with eighty minutes to spare! Y'all broke the record! Congratulations!
Kickstarter has just notified us that 5718 backers pledged USD$591,470.01 to help bring our Call of Cthulhu Classic project to life.
That is amazing, astounding, and awesome. It exceeded our expectations and we feel like we just rolled a special success. Thank you to all who joined us for this intense ritual to bring back some of the Great Old Ones. Our efforts certainly succeeded.

As the saying from 1928 goes, "That is not dead which can eternal lie." In our case we don't have to have a lot of early Call of Cthulhu books just lying in the archives. We're bringing them back onto your gaming shelves for you to read, play, and enjoy. There's lots more info to come, but right now we wanted to focus on thanking everyone who backed the campaign for making it such a success. The Stars Were Right! And it was all down to all of you! — Thanks from all the team at Chaosium.
 

Michael O'Brien

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Just in time for the holidays we got an impressive parcel from FedEx earlier today. It contained all the proofs for the Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter project for our final approval.

We are on track for the sets to be printed and collated by mid January and then shipped to our fulfillment warehouses in late January.

Pictures describe what we received far better than words:

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The main books (untrimmed)

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Actual boxes and a lot of the contents...

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Stacks up nicely!

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The bottom and top of the 2 inch box.

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The bottom and top of the 1 inch box.

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Cthulhu world map

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Reference side of the screen. It's a Keeper! (untrimmed)​
 

Michael O'Brien

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As January came to a close we were pleased to be able to update our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter backers with the best news: all of the printing of the boxes and their contents has been completed and collation of the boxed sets has been underway all month.

The latest word from the Printers is that the last of the 2" and 1" boxed sets – all 10,000 of them in total* – are almost ready for bulk shipment to our warehouses. The scheduled date is February 22nd. There have been delays at the ports we will be shipping from, mainly due to the ongoing shortage of shipping containers. There are 3 shipments we have arranged:
  • to our Australian warehouse (for backers in the Australia and New Zealand region)
  • to our EU warehouse (for backers in the UK and European region)
  • to our US warehouse (for backers in the US, Canada and the Rest of the World not mentioned above)
Please note that the US warehouse will be forwarding on some of the boxed sets to our Canadian fulfillment warehouse, and our EU warehouse will be forwarding some of the boxed sets to our UK fulfillment warehouse.

Until the ships have actually sailed we do not have specific arrival dates. Unfortunately, we're unable to guarantee there will not be other delays at the ports, both for loading and unloading. In particular, we have been cautioned about the ongoing delays due to the shortage of truck drivers in both the US and the EU.

We appreciate everyone's patience in these trying times!

*if you missed the Kickstarter, we'll be selling the remaining copies of Call of Cthulhu Classic via Chaosium.com AFTER distribution to backers is completed.
 

Michael O'Brien

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Yesterday, in an update to backers of the Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter, we were pleased to let them know that shipment of their boxed sets will commence in just over a week!

If you're a backer, we thank you for your patience! Now is the time to make sure your shipping address is correct: please go to the update for more details.

If you weren't a backer and would like a copy, never fear: we'll be selling the remaining copies via Chaosium.com AFTER distribution to backers is completed.
 

Michael O'Brien

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BACKER SHIPMENTS 99% DONE! — Almost one year ago our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter funded on July 24th. We were thrilled that 5718 Backers joined us to bring back the Classic Call of Cthulhu boxed sets from the early 1980s.

As of today we have but a handful of backers yet to provide us with their shipping address or updated payment details; thus, we are in the final stages of wrapping up this Kickstarter!

In our latest backer update we have details on what to do if you have issues updating or accessing Backerkit, or if your shipment has not arrived, or arrived damaged or with something missing.

And if you weren't a backer and would like a copy, very soon we'll be announcing the date we'll be selling the remaining copies via Chaosium.com.
 

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