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
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!