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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.

Good evening everyone!

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter for The Idol of Cthulhu has gone live!

I was contacted a little while ago by Delphes Desvoivres – the organizer of the Props of Nyarlathotep (New York & Kenya, London & Cairo) and Sedefkar Simulacrum Kickstarters – and invited to write a scenario that would accompany the Idol of Cthulhu sculpture that they plan to produce.

The scenario will be a sequel to the original The Call of Cthulhu story by HP Lovecraft. How long the scenario becomes will be determined by stretch goals for the campaign. The scenario will have multi-media components – the sculpture itself can be used as a key physical prop, and audio recordings will be provided by none other than the immensely talented HP Lovecraft Historical Society! Needless to say, I’m rather excited about this project and can’t wait to see how far it goes.

Stretch goals coming up include: maps of Providence and Rhode Island; cards featuring the likeness of the NPCs; expanded content for the scenario; creation of another prop for the scenario, the “Call of Cthulhu” manuscript, as written by the late Francis Wayland Thurston of Boston.

At the time of writing, the Kickstarter campaign went live about three hours ago and is more than 80% of the way to its initial target of €5,000, and has 20 days to run. The campaign ends on 27th December 2017.

Last chance for The Blasphemous Tome issue 3!

We currently putting the finishing touches to the latest issue of The Blasphemous Tome. This is the print-only fanzine we produce exclusively for Patreon backers of The Good Friends of Jackson Elias.

  • $1 backers will receive one copy
  • $3 backers will receive one signed copy
  • $5 backers will receive two copies, one of which will be signed

Barring last-minute delays, backers should receive their copies with their Christmas cards. It doesn’t get any more festive than that!

We plan on posting the Christmas cards on the 11th of December. That said, we will carry on sending copies of the Tome to anyone who becomes a backer before the end of the year.

The Blasphemous Tome issue 3 cover

What is The Blasphemous Tome?

The Blasphemous Tome is our attempt to recapture the spirit of gaming fanzines of the 1980s, staples, wonky layout and all. For maximum verisimilitude, we make Matt use Courier for the body text, even though this makes him cry. Some of the paste marks on the pages may actually be tear stains.

The Blasphemous Tome only exists in a physical form. There were no PDFs in the 1980s. They were dark times.

We print enough copies for our backers, with a few spares as prizes for charity raffles, review copies and the like.

What’s in this issue?

This issue sees the return of a few regular columns, as well as some new features. Once again, we also have contributions from our wonderful and talented listeners.

One major change is that this is the first Tome to be officially licensed by Chaosium! This means that we are able to include content specifically for Call of Cthulhu. We have taken advantage of this and written a new Pulp Cthulhu scenario, called A New Age of Wonders! As heavy snows descend, festivities at a ritzy New Year’s Eve party in Vermont soon turn to death and madness. The heroes will have to grapple with mad science, horrible monsters and a sinister plot that threatens humanity’s very existence.

And of course, we have art. The issue is filled with excellent and atmospheric work by Lucy Fricker, Daupo, Evlyn Moreau, Symon Leech and Linus Larsson.

Once again, we have an amazing cover from good friend of the Good Friends, Jonathan Wyke. Jonathan has illustrated many of the books we’ve done for Chaosium, and we are always excited to see him bring our fevered imaginings to unwholesome life.


  • Paul shares his fond memories of Necronomicon 2017
  • Matt Ryan and Noah Lloyd present two Great Old Ones of apocalyptic might
  • Paul, Matt and Scott discuss their favourite games of the past year in The Ludomancers
  • Matt makes your liver whimper for mercy in Cocktail Corner
  • Elina Gouliou suggests some unusual and piscine game concepts in Three Seafood LARPs
  • Paul examines another artefact of the 1970s in Vinyl Corner
  • Jason Janicki presents a shuddersome horror vignette called Technical Difficulties
  • In The Sanderson Collection, Matt discusses some limited editions of interest
  • Scott presents an overview of the Netflix Original horror films on offer
  • Matt punishes one of his misbehaving dice in Die, Die, Die!
  • Paul, Matt and Scott reminisce about their favourite recordings of the year in Episodes of Insanity
  • Matt earns more dirty looks from Scott in Plush of the Month
  • Trevor Hirst presents a nasty way to bind a group of investigators together in Something is Rotten in the Root Cellar
  • Scott reviews Nathan Ballingrud’s excellent short story collection, North American Lake Monsters

Getting your copy

We only produce The Blasphemous Tome for our Patreon backers. We do not sell copies directly.

If you want the latest issue, simply back us on Patreon at any level by the end of the year.