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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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Publisher
Note: The boxed sets in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter will NOT be going into general retail distribution. If we have any left over after the Kickstarter rewards go out we'll sell them on Chaosium.com and that will be it.



We don't have a retailer backer level, but if you're a genuine brick and mortar game store, our FAQ explains how to you can order copies.

Ends in three days!

 


Parmandur

Book-Friend
Out of curiosity, what differentiates the seven editions from each other?
I've been researching this lately, and...not much: the biggest change is regulating d100 rolls for more things over time, it was a little less universal for action resolutionin the original rules. The differences are pretty minor, and running First/Second Edition material in Secenth the hardest change is occasionally subtitling a d100 roll instead of a d20 roll, which is simple math to do on the fly.
 

Dire Bare

Legend
I've been researching this lately, and...not much: the biggest change is regulating d100 rolls for more things over time, it was a little less universal for action resolutionin the original rules. The differences are pretty minor, and running First/Second Edition material in Secenth the hardest change is occasionally subtitling a d100 roll instead of a d20 roll, which is simple math to do on the fly.
Wow, so different from D&D!!
 

Parmandur

Book-Friend
Wow, so different from D&D!!
Pretty close to the opposite: that's why there is no OSR Call of Cthuku Clone, the original game is still in play. There.are a couple other differences, like the current rulebooks having a hugely expanded roster of suggested character occupations and rules for non-1920's games, to some more mechanical tweaks like 7E having an equivalent to Advantage/Disadvantage.

They had a stream on Saturday with Beca Scott and some folks playing one of these adventures using 7E rules, worked like a charm.
 

Michael O'Brien

Hero
Publisher
Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter

$100,000 Stretch Goal - Classic Keeper Screen - Achieved!​

$200,000 Stretch Goal - Ruby Red Dice - Achieved!​

$300,000 Stretch Goal - Handouts Upgrade - Achieved!​

$350,000 Stretch Goal - Arkham Poster Map - Achieved!​

$400,000 Stretch Goal - Out from the Shadows... (extra Silhouettes) - Achieved!​

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

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

Having passed $500,000 in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter 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!

 
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Michael O'Brien

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As we enjoy the final 24 hours of our Kickstarter we want to celebrate the record breaking 5000 backers who have joined us on this adventure. One of the magic powers of Kickstarter is how it strengthens a community, and rallies a gathering of kindred spirits. Some of us started playing Call of Cthulhu decades ago, while many more have discovered the Mythos more recently. In the end, here we are, all together, 5000 strong.

Back when Call of Cthulhu first debuted, in each boxed set there was a small postcard. It allowed you to mail in the name of a friend who would love to find out more about our games. In the time we have left together on this Kickstarter, perhaps you can still do something like that, and a few more like-minded souls might join us. Reach out to your gamer friends. Let them know about what we are doing. If they back the Kickstarter for a $1 now, they can upgrade their pledge later once they know how best to proceed. After all, it's not where you start, so much as where you end up. Let them know what they would otherwise be missing.

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

Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter
 

Michael O'Brien

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Publisher
Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter

$100,000 Stretch Goal - Classic Keeper Screen - Achieved!​

$200,000 Stretch Goal - Ruby Red Dice - Achieved!​

$300,000 Stretch Goal - Handouts Upgrade - Achieved!​

$350,000 Stretch Goal - Arkham Poster Map - Achieved!​

$400,000 Stretch Goal - Out from the Shadows... (extra Silhouettes) - Achieved!​

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

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

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

With a little over 7 hours remaining in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter we have broken the $550,000 mark! Thus, those two additional red ruby-colored D6s are going into the little plastic baggie that holds the rest of the dice set.

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!​

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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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Publisher
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With literally one hour to go in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter, people have been trying to triangulate on exactly how many scenarios are in the 2" boxed set, so we thought we should provide a list:
  • The Haunted House (by Sandy Petersen)
  • The Brockford House
  • A Beginning Scenario for a Campaign
  • The Wail of the Witch
  • Shadows of Yog Sothoth
  • The People of the Monolith
  • The Warren
  • The Auction
  • Black Devil Mountain
  • The Asylum
  • The Mauretania
  • Gate from the Past
  • Westchester House
  • Paper Chase
  • The Mystery of Loch Feinn
  • The Rescue
  • The Secret of Castronegro
  • The Haunted House (by Keith Herber)
  • Shadows over Hollywood
  • The Underground Menace
  • Valley of the Four Shrines
  • Curse of Tsathoggua
  • Trail of Tsathoggua
That's 23 scenarios, although Shadows of Yog Sothoth is really a campaign and you could equate each of its 7 chapters to a scenario. Doing that would bring the total to 29!

What's more, the boxed sets and PDFs on offer are not only packed-full of nostalgia from the birth of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game in 1981, but are also fully compatible with the 7th Edition of the game!

Last chance to back, the campaign ENDS Sat 24 July at 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT!

Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter

 
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Parmandur

Book-Friend
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With literally one hour to go in our Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter, people have been trying to triangulate on exactly how many scenarios are in the 2" boxed set, so we thought we should provide a list:
  • The Haunted House (by Sandy Petersen)
  • The Brockford House
  • A Beginning Scenario for a Campaign
  • The Wail of the Witch
  • Shadows of Yog Sothoth
  • The People of the Monolith
  • The Warren
  • The Auction
  • Black Devil Mountain
  • The Asylum
  • The Mauretania
  • Gate from the Past
  • Westchester House
  • Paper Chase
  • The Mystery of Loch Feinn
  • The Rescue
  • The Secret of Castronegro
  • The Haunted House (by Keith Herber)
  • Shadows over Hollywood
  • The Underground Menace
  • Valley of the Four Shrines
That's 21 scenarios, although Shadows of Yog Sothoth is really a campaign and you could equate each of its 7 chapters to a scenario. Doing that would bring the total to 27!

What's more, the boxed sets and PDFs on offer are not only packed-full of nostalgia from the birth of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game in 1981, but are also fully compatible with the 7th Edition of the game!

Last chance to back, the campaign ENDS Sat 24 July at 7pm EDT / 4pm PDT!

Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter

Per the discussion in the Kickstarter comments, it actually looks closer to 30-31 scenarios?
 


Michael O'Brien

Hero
Publisher
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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!
 


Michael O'Brien

Hero
Publisher
If this is all reprints of the older edition, is there anything I should be interested in if I like 7e and have all the materials from that Kickstarter?
The five supplements included the Call of Cthulhu Classic Kickstarter were not part of the 7th Edition Kickstarter and have been long unavailable in print. All told there are 29 scenarios to play.
 

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