Green Ronin Announces 'Cthulhu Awakens' RPG

Green Ronin has announced a new standalone Cthulhu mythos tabletop RPG. It will come to Kickstarter in February, and is described as an inclusive take on Lovecraftian canon, powered by by their in-house Adventure Game Engine. The game takes place at any time in the last century, which it describes as the 'Weird Century'.

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Green Ronin Publishing is proud to announce that its latest AGE System roleplaying game, Cthulhu Awakens, will begin crowdfunding on Kickstarter on February 15, 2022. Cthulhu Awakens is a complete roleplaying game where a diverse set of protagonists confront the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos. It will be a 270+ page full color hardback book, with additional material unlockable through Kickstarter stretch goals.

Cthulhu Awakens deviates from Lovecraftian “canon” in the interests of creating an inclusive setting fit for the roleplaying campaign medium. In the game the original Mythos stories hinted at the truth, but it was obscured by their authors’ biases and fallibilities. Cthulhu Awakens creates a distinct vision of the Mythos that provides a new springboard for Cosmic Horror roleplaying. It allows you to play at any point between the 1920s and the present day, through a period it calls “the Weird Century.”

Cthulhu Awakens is a stand-alone RPG powered by Green Ronin’s popular Adventure Game Engine (AGE), a dynamic and easy to learn system whose games include Fantasy AGE, Modern AGE, Blue Rose: The Roleplaying Game of Romantic Fantasy, and the licensed RPGs Dragon Age and The Expanse. Cthulhu Awakens evolves the Modern AGE rules, customizing them for the Cosmic Horror genre, but the game is also substantially compatible with other AGE RPGs.

“The Cthulhu Mythos is one of the pillars of modern roleplaying,” said Green Ronin Publishing president Chris Pramas, “so with the success of Modern AGE it was only natural we explore it, but we wanted to make sure we had the right team and a distinct, inclusive direction for the game.” The writing and design team for Cthulhu Awakens includes Sharang Biswas, David Castro, Elizabeth Chaipraditkul, Hiromi Cota, H.D. Ingham, Khaldoun Khelil, Danielle Lauzon, Ian Lemke, Monte Lin, Jack Norris, and Malcolm Sheppard.

The February 15, 2022, Kickstarter will not only fund a physical release of the book estimated by the end of 2022, but it will also include stretch goals for things like adventures and VTT token packs, plus options to explore other AGE System games at a discount. The campaign also features a special offering for backers in its first 48 hours.


H.P. Lovecraft, creator of the Cthulhu Mythos (beginning with the short story The Call of Cthulhu in 1928) is well known for his racist views which are reflected in his works. Much of the Cthulhu Mythos itself, including Lovecraft's own work, has been in the public domain since the 1980s.
 

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eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
Full MSRP plus shipping on top, as expected.

Though to be fair, at least this time, looking at the revealed stretch goals you will get an extra PDF in addition. That's better than their normal terms. Progress by inches is still progress, I suppose.
 



eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
That’s pretty standard. Mine are too, as are most Kickstarters I back. Seems an odd thing to have a problem with.
I don't think so.

Respectfully, if I were inclined to back your games, and those were the terms, I probably wouldn't.

Unless there was compelling exclusive backer content, but that's pretty rare nowadays.

If most publishers just use KS as pre-order storefront now, then I think it's perfectly reasonable, as a consumer, to compare the value from Storefront A to Storefront B.

Why wouldn't I?

The common counter-argument to that would be that I'm helping bring a dream to life and that it's not about the money per se. I've seen that alot.

To which, I would say why does that only apply one way? Why is it unreasonable to point out that I'm not getting a good deal when the creator gets a great deal? I mean, they get to charge full MSRP and shipping, while also cutting out the distributors and retailers, those are pretty great margins. You can't knock off five bucks or eat shipping? That's fine, I'll order it later for below retail and free shipping.
 



eyeheartawk

#1 Enworld Jerk™
I
Interested to see what kind of value the stretch goals add. Green Ronin's crowdfunding to date has been "pay us MSRP plus shipping and maybe get a free PDF that most other companies hand out for free with physical purchase already but we don't because we're Green Ronin. "
There you go.

I don't consider getting a PDF of a book I already bought as a "deal". Tons of other publishers give these out with physical copies as a matter of course. I suspect Green Ronin doesn't to, at least in part, create the artificial impression of value.

But hey, I wasn't all negative. I saw they are giving out a PDF of the main AGE book with pledges which is more than I figured they would do. It's something.
 

teitan

Legend
We backed it ourselves. I can’t get into Chaosium BRP anymore and love the Mythos m, barnacles and all along with the new school work like Alan Moore and Lovecraft Country etc.
 

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There you go.

I don't consider getting a PDF of a book I already bought as a "deal". Tons of other publishers give these out with physical copies as a matter of course. I suspect Green Ronin doesn't to, at least in part, create the artificial impression of value.

But hey, I wasn't all negative. I saw they are giving out a PDF of the main AGE book with pledges which is more than I figured they would do. It's something.
I'm inclined to agree that for Kickstarters, if I buy a physical, copy, I expect a PDF.
 

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