Thursday, January 24, 2013

Another Kickstarter Blog, and while we're at it...

I bring to your attention, yet another Blog, the Orient Express Writers Blog. In their own words:
This blog is published by Penelope Love and Mark Morrison. We have been writing for Call of Cthulhu since our first book together, Terror Australis, in 1987.
The revised edition of Horror on the Orient Express will be published by our friends at Chaosium in August 2013. We are undertaking the editing and rewriting as freelancers.

Whilst I'm on the theme of blogs, I would also like to draw attention to another couple that I have added to my blogroll.

Cthulhu Reborn. This blog bills itself as "An online resourse for recycled Call of Cthulhu scenarios and stuff". I've had a glance through it, in an attempt to summarise it's contents, but it's best if you just head on over and delve right in! There's a host of handouts and game materials to be had.

Chaosium Digest is a blog that has formed from the original Chaosium digest email list. In their own words:
"The Chaosium Digest supports the role-playing games produced by Chaosium Inc. and all content is fan submitted. Begun in 1994 by Shannon Appelcline who passed it to myself in 2000 and previously distributed via email, this is the newest incarnation of the Chaosium Digest. Enjoy!"

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Lynn Willis

Lynn Willis, pillar of the Chaosium community, has sadly passed away.

In memory of the man and his legacy, have hosted for our viewing pleasure his designer notes for the 1st edition of Call of Cthulhu.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Oldhammer find

I know the word Oldhammer has been coined for 3rd ed WFB, but I think it works ust as well for the GW version of WFRP. In a trip to an LGS, I found a batch of first edition hard back WFRP supplements. Mostly for the Enemy Within Capaign. Commonly thought of as one of the best campaigns for any RPG.

WFRP was one of the first RPGs I really got into, and I had played in, bought and run the campaign as it was sold in the early 90s in the guise of Warhammer Adventure and Warhammer City of Chaos. I had never got round to either buying or running the latter parts of the campaign.

The Books I found today were Power Behind the Throne (1988), Something Rotten in Kislev (1988) from the Enemy Within, Warhammer City (1987) and The Restless Dead (1986). The only issue seems to be a missing map from Warhammer City, and from SRiK, but since either will likely be available online, I don't see that as a big issue. All the other handouts still seem to be in place. At $8 each, they were a bargain, even if I never play with them, and sell them on at some point. There was one other old WFRP book that was there that I didn't pick up, the Castle Drachenfels adventure supplement. I own this already, (although my copy is in the UK), and I was never really taken with it as an adventure. It was much more in the realms of a dungeon bash, with each room being weird and whacky. I think it was written based on a Warhammer Jack Yeovil novel, but I have never read the novel, so most of the references went straight over my head. I left that one on the shelf.

I was particularly excited to find The Restless Dead. This is a module I have heard lots about, but never seen. It contains such classic adventures as Rough Night at the Three Feathers, The Haunting Horror, and Grapes of Wrath. I'll be putting these guys away for future use for sure, although whether i bought them to play with, ot it's the collector in me that has come out to play, I'm not entirely sure.

It is a real treat to flick through these guys and look at all the old artwork, adventure details and PCs supplied with the campaign. Brings back some great memories.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter IV: Updates

I have had a couple of update emails from the kickstarter, which I would like to share. 

Update #65
We want to share some exciting news! Steff Worthington will be signing on to create new and improved maps for Horror on the Orient Express! Steff created some amazing maps for Cthulhu by Gaslight, and we are very excited that he has climbed on board the Orient Express!
Check out Steff's work on his blog.
I have been along to the blog, and I can say I am heartily impressed by his work, and will be sure to be using those maps for Cthulhu and any other project they fit. In fact, he has already mapped the route of the Orient Express for another project.

Also of interest from that blog is this post, containing the map of Cairo from the upcoming Masks of Nyarlathotep Companion.

Update #66 A new city along the route
Hello everyone,
While Meghan and Nick travel to Istanbul to conduct photo research for the many handouts and merchandise we are producing for the new edition of Horror on the Orient Express, the writers are steadily working towards their deadlines.
As part of the Kickstarter campaign we promised a brand new stop for the 1920s adventure: the city we have chosen is Vinkovci. It lies on the route between Trieste and Belgrade.
Vinkovci (then in Yugoslavia, now in Croatia) was a major junction for the Simplon Orient Express, with carriages being added to or removed from the train as it continued on to Constantinople, Bucharest or Athens. Vinkovci was the birthplace of Roman emperors, a long history which may take a dark turn under the watchful pen of our dynamic new railway man Oscar Rios as he writes this new 1923 chapter. Oscar has already completed his Cthulhu Invictus scenario for the campaign, so expect some secrets of the past to be unearthed in the Vinkovci of the present.
Vinkovci is already famous in Orient Express fiction as the place where the train becomes stuck in a snow drift in Agatha Christie's novel Murder on the Orient Express (an event inspired by a real incident in 1929 at Tcherkesskeuy in Turkey, where the train was snowed in for 5 days).
If you're interested in Christie's story, we highly recommend the 2010 adaptation Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express starring David Suchet. Starting in Istanbul, this version has a doomed atmosphere entirely suited to Call of Cthulhu and some fine period visuals. It would make great viewing for your players prior to beginning the campaign.
We are commencing our own complete playtest of the revised campaign next week. You may hear screams from Australia. Please ignore them.
I may have seen a version of Murder on the Orient Express, but I have yet to see this one. I'll be sure to be looking it up on the interwebs soon. Also, if you haven't been over to the blog yet, head on over and see what there is. There,s plenty of pictures that work as inspration for games, as well as giving us an insight into the inspirations that will have an effect on the supplement.

The more I hear about this one, the more glad I am to have participated, and the more eager I am that August arrives with all my goodies!