Kickstarter [Chaosium] Graveyards of Arkham - Now live on Kickstarter!

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Live on Kickstarter! — Graveyards of Arkham is our blockbuster sequel to the 2023 ENNIES-nominated Bookshops of Arkham Call of Cthulhu actual play series.

Graveyards of Arkham is going to continue to break new ground in actual play, with amazing set designs, stellar performances, walk-on NPCs, and of course horror storytelling that only the Call of Cthulhu tabletop roleplaying game can produce.

As an anthology, viewers won't have to have watched Bookshops (though if you haven't you should - many, many viewers have told us it's the best actual play series they've ever seen!) But we're returning with several of the main cast including Mark Meer as Keeper, along with the same incredibly talented writing team.

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--Mark Meer--

And, for supporting us in this Kickstarter campaign, we've put together a whole lot of eldritch surprises as backer rewards!

Town of Arkham Street Plan Map​

For a start, ALL backers at $19 and above will receive a digital copy of our brand new Arkham Map. This highly detailed, lovingly authentic 1922 Town of Arkham Street Plan map is a massive 7000 x 5400 pixels, so backers will easily be able to explore in and around the legend-haunted town on the dark and muttering banks of the Miskatonic River. Perfect for Call of Cthulhu campaign play, worldbuilding, or just firing your imagination as you wander around the city streets and landmarks.


Higher backer levels also offer a physical copy of the map, with free worldwide postage.

Many, many more eldritch delights for backers​

There are many, many more eldritch delights for backers, including a Graveyards of Arkham movie poster by renowned Finnish artist Ossi Hiekkala, Old Arkham Graveyard grave plots and certificates by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society, and fantastic bundles of Call of Cthulhu releases — please check out the Kickstarter here and help us make this new series:
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaosium/graveyards-of-arkham
 

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Town of Arkham Street Plan Map​

For a start, ALL backers at $19 and above will receive a digital copy of our brand new Arkham Map. This highly detailed, lovingly authentic 1922 Town of Arkham Street Plan map is a massive 7000 x 5400 pixels, so backers will easily be able to explore in and around the legend-haunted town on the dark and muttering banks of the Miskatonic River. Perfect for Call of Cthulhu campaign play, worldbuilding, or just firing your imagination as you wander around the city streets and landmarks.
And if you'd like a printed copy of our new Arkham Map, that's available as an add-on in the Kickstarter at any backer level, with free worldwide postage.
 



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A few rare Call of Cthulhu Keepers possess a unique quality: flawless off-the-cuff descriptions of otherworldly beings, a way to read the table and understand what makes the players tick and the type of game they enjoy the most, or the ability to take on the role of an NPC and truly become someone else before your eyes, in just a few words. They fill your imagination with such wonders that the table and chairs and dice all fade away, if only for a few hours.

Mark Meer is one of those Keepers.

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Anyone who has watched just five minutes of Bookshops of Arkham can attest to his immersive skills.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaosium/graveyards-of-arkham/posts/3869555
 

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We are so excited that we have reached our stretch goal of $30,000 and the wondrous Becca Scott will be joining the Graveyards of Arkham cast as a guest NPC!

Additionally, we've heard everyone’s feedback, and we’re happy to announce that the Old Arkham Cemetery Map—currently being exhumed by our friends at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society—is now available as an add-on.
 

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Details About Your Mythos-Writing Masterclass

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For those three lucky backers who generously select the $850 pledge level, you’ll each receive your own exclusive one-hour Q&A with Belinda Cornish and Darren Ormandy—the creative minds behind both Bookshops of Arkham and Graveyards of Arkham.

While the undeniable talent of our cast and Keeper is always on display, we wanted to take a moment to tell you a little bit more about the writers without whom neither Bookshops nor Graveyards would exist!

Meet your Teachers!

Darren is the Creative Writer at Weta Workshop, the studio that designed and created the buildings, props and costumes for The Lord of the Rings movies. He also makes indie horror films, and won the Best Short Film Award at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in 2014, and to ring the changes he spends the summers at Oxford University teaching literature. Darren has also worked as a prop maker, and made The Book of the Dead which featured The Mummy (1999) starring Brendan Fraser.

Belinda is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright, with 25 years of professional experience in theater, film and television. She is also known for voicing a variety of characters in Bioware’s video game series Mass Effect and Dragon Age. Belinda is a passionate storyteller, with a yen for weaving deep lore and myth into everything she creates—she's a nice person who likes to make nasty things.
  • Campaign concepts: Belinda and Darren can offer guidance on how to develop the spark of an idea into a detailed scenario.
  • Folklore, myth, and history: Why to weave these elements into your scenarios, and how.
  • Making sense of cosmic horror: The weird and baffling is always more terrifying when underpinned by twisted reason.
  • The details make all the difference: Creating rich, memorable non-player characters.
  • Writing collaboration: how to make it work!
  • True (and safe!) torture: Personalizing games to your players.
Belinda and Darren are also happy to talk you through how they developed Bookshops of Arkham and their other campaigns. Or perhaps you have an idea for a game or script and want to work with Darren and Belinda to develop it? Or maybe you want to create a great concept from scratch, working with the writers of Bookshops and Graveyards of Arkham!

To take part in one of these strictly-limited sessions with Belinda and Darren, back Graveyards of Arkham at the $850 tier!
 

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Flying in after Mything and Greeting in The Philippines🇵🇭, Chaosium's MOB is now Stateside🇺🇸 to talk to Justin and Dan of Tabletop and Beyond about the current Graveyards of Arkham Kickstarter, and lots more Chaosium stuff besides!



Justin let us know this episode of Tabletop & Beyond is also available on iTunes, Google Podcasts, and pretty much every podcast platform out there:

 
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We're so happy to announce a new stretch goal—at $35,000, Paula Deming and Cynthia Marie will be joining the Graveyards of Arkham cast as guest NPCs!

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Paula Deming is an actor, comedian, and board game aficionado who you may know from her board game comedy show, Things Get Dicey.

Cynthia Marie is an actor, dancer, influencer, and is best known for her role as the wondrous Nelli G on L.A. By Night.

You’ll of course recognise both Paula and Cynthia from various Call of Cthulhu Actual Plays streamed here at Chaosium.

We cannot wait to see what these fantastic actual play performers bring to Graveyards of Arkham!

If, like us, you’d like to see Cynthia and Paula join the Graveyards team, be sure to update your pledge with some of our new add-ons, or back the project today to help us reach this goal!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaosium/graveyards-of-arkham
 
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