After much spilling of blood and innumerable blasphemous incantations to the dark gods of editing, art and layout, the PDFs for the core books of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition are officially out. You can buy them directly from the Chaosium website or ingest the tar of the black lotus and project your consciousness to the Great Library of Celaeno, hoping some gibbering man-beast hasn’t already checked them out. Buying the PDF carries less risk of having your body possessed by an ancient inhuman intelligence. Probably.
If you’ve followed the project you’ll know that this is a complete rewrite of the Call of Cthulhu rules, giving them their first major update in over 30 years. This revision, carried out by Good Friend of Jackson Elias Paul Fricker, along with Mike Mason, is a reverent one, retaining everything that has made Call of Cthulhu so popular while adding some more modern touches. The main rulebook also contains two new scenarios, including Amidst the Ancient Trees by fellow Good Friend, Matt Sanderson. And if you insist that all three of the Good Friends are involved in a book before you buy it (as you well should), Scott edited it.
The three core publications are the main Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook, which contains everything a Keeper needs to run the game (except dice, pencils and friends); the Investigator Handbook, which provides extended character creation options, a selection of investigator groups and plenty of background material on the 1920s; and the Keeper Screen, which gives you a nifty rules summary, along with two scenarios — Missed Dues by Mike Mason and Blackwater Creek by Scott Dorward.
There will be more publications funded by the 7th Edition Kickstarter coming soon, including Nameless Horrors, the scenario book that Matt, Paul and Scott co-wrote. We’ll be sure to let you know when they crawl their way up from the lightless depths that no human eye has surveyed.