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If you’ve visited our website before, you’ve almost certainly noticed that things have changed. now sports a fancy new design, courtesy of our good friend John Ossoway of RAGINGtrifle.

We’ve taken the opportunity to refresh some of our content. Please have a poke around, if you have time, and let us know what you think.

I guess I’ve always been a collector at heart. I’m definitely a completist. I’d find an author that I liked and I’d buy up all their works. Where possible, I’m particularly fond of buying books that look like part of a series (matching spines, covers, style, etc.), as they look good on a shelf.

When we moved into our new house, Tiffany and I got glass doors fitted on all the bookcases. This was partly so that our birds wouldn’t go chewing on them, but it also helps to keep them relatively dust free, and it makes them look special. Particularly for the limited edition RPG book collection I’ve amassed, we had shelves in an oak cabinet with glass doors reinforced. Today, the crowning jewel of my collection to date arrived. This isn’t going on any ordinary shelf. This one’s going in a glass case once I get it ordered.

This is the Temple Edition of Call of Cthulhu.

Unlike the leatherette Limited Edition which came in a single slipcase, the Temple Edition has individual slipcases for both the Keeper’s Rulebook and Investigators Handbook. Both slipcases and the books themselves feature a gold version of the original artwork used for the 1st Edition rulebook.

The side of the slipcases, with individual titles. The colour is very close to the leatherette Limited Edition.

The hubbed spines of both books in their slipcases. I’ve always loved books with hubbed spines – definitely makes them look like real tomes.

The reverse of the slipcases, with the two Elder Signs which designate their contents. These are echoed on the books themselves.

The front of the Keeper’s Rulebook, with the 1st Edition artwork cover and hubbed spine. The book is bound in a wonderful red goat leather.

The back of the Keeper’s Rulebook with its Elder Sign. The pages have gold gilt edges.

The main difference of the interior, the Keeper’s Rulebook opens with a different front page, the immortal line “Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” and a box beneath stating that my copy is number 2 of 25. I wish I’d been able to get number 1 during the Kickstarter campaign, but I simply didn’t have the cash for it.

Also contained in the interior of the Keeper’s Rulebook slipcase is a poster of the map of Arkham, unfolding to four-times the size of the front cover of the book. It also helps to protect the gold artwork on the front cover when sliding in and out of the case.

The Investigators Handbook is very similar from the front, although noticeably thinner, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful.

The Elder Sign on the reverse of the Investigators Handbook, along with its gilt edges. I keep thinking the line from A Shoggoth on the Roof – “use the star and you’ll be fighting off the Old Ones with your bare hands!”

The same front page from the Keeper’s Rulebook is found in the Investigators Handbook, confirming this from set 2 of 25.

Inside the Investigators Handbook slipcase is a poster of the world map, again unfolding to four times the size of the cover, and protecting the front cover when sliding in and out of the case.

In a large white envelope alongside the very well packaged books is a piece of original artwork depicting one of the Mythos Gods. It is protected in a plastic folder with a sheet of paper to prevent smudges.

Yibb-Tstll in all its glory, complete with human silhouette for scale.

I’m over the moon to finally have this tome in my collection. While I have four more editions to track down until I have a complete collection, this one will be treasured forever.

We are delighted to announce that we have once again been nominated for a Golden Geek Award in the category of Best RPG Podcast.

Those fine people at RPG Geek have posted details of all the nominees in each category. The links at the top of their post also take you to the voting pages.

Please consider voting for us if you are eligible to do so. We would be ever so grateful!

Chaosium’s Grand Grimoire of Cthulhu Mythos Magic has also been nominated as Best RPG Supplement, so you may wish to consider voting for that at the same time.

Voting closes at 23:59 PST on Thursday the 8th of March, so please be quick.

Hello everyone! It’s been quiet on the Kickstarter front for a while, but once again, like buses, there’s been a sudden flurry of activity and now there are a few projects to choose from. Here are the projects I’ve backed recently:

The Wild Hunt

This is a new scenario from Stygian Fox Publishing, written by Tyler Omichinski. As the title indicates, at its core is the Wild Hunt. Bringing myths and legends into a scenario is always a big plus for me, so I’m in!

The campaign funded pretty quickly and has a number of formats available (PDF, softcover, hardcover, and a couple of limited editions).

Stretch goals already met including making the book full colour, providing pre-generated characters, adding more art and maps. Stretch goals to come include more art and play aids.

The project has fully funded at the time of writing this and finishes on 1st March 2018.

The Pallid Mask: King in Yellow tiki mug & RPG

From the crew that brought you “The Horror in Clay” (yep, I’ve backed most of their projects), the Pallid Mask allows you to get up close and personal to the King in Yellow and not take any SAN loss – well, it depends what you’re drinking out of him, I guess. I think this would make a great vessel for a Piña Colada! One side of the tiki mug shows the King in Yellow, the other presents the Pallid Mask (complete with some of the patterns from the early editions of the Chambers book).

This project varies a little bit from the previous projects the creators have run. There are the usual additions (coasters, stickers, other bits and bobs) but this is the first that’s featured a scenario with it. It’s not a licenced Call of Cthulhu scenario, but is instead described as “a custom-written D6 tabletop RPG module”. The title is “The Pallid Mask: Shores of Carcosa” and is set in Portland. Not much has been released about it yet, but a demo is expected shortly to be released to backers.

The project has fully funded at the time of writing this and finishes on 6th March 2018.

The Princess Bride Roleplaying Game

I wonder how many readers have said or thought “Inconceivable!” at this point? 😉

I know it’s not Cthulhu related (or even horror), but as it was recently mentioned in a podcast episode, I thought I’d mention it here. I got to play a great one-shot of this game at Contingency last month, run by John Gathercole using the quick start rules, and really enjoyed it. Some memorable moments with a boar from that scenario! The game uses the Fudge mechanics, so it’s nice and simple, which is definitely a plus for me.

Originally, the licence restrictions that Toy Vault faced meant that they could only ship the RPG to the USA and Canada. It seems like enough people complained about this (I know I was a bit grumpy about this when I first found out, as I really wanted to pledge) that they have now opened up international shipping – WOOHOO!

At the time of writing, the project is 66% funded with just over $15,000 to go before it hits its $45,000 target. It finishes on 15th March 2018.

And lastly, just for Scott…

C is for Cthulhu Blanket-Stuffed Pillow!

Yep, they’re at it again! This time, the team has produced a C is for Cthulhu themed cute pillow that comes stuffed with a blanket (basically a larger version of the baby blanket that was released in the last project for “Sweet Dreams Cthulhu”). It features Cthulhu all wide awake on one side, and fast asleep on the other.

Pledges cover a range of options, allowing backers to get their hands on previously produced goodies (plushes, books, etc.). I’ve picked up a couple of pins and fridge magnets alongside the new stuff.

Unlike previous projects, this one’s only a short run as they have everything ready to ship, so it’s more to help get the initial batch of them off the ground and out to backers.

The project has fully funded at the time of writing this and finishes on 28th February 2018.