MULA – Mysteries of the Raj

Am 25.06.2010 erscheint eine neue Monografie bei Chaosium: Mysteries of the Raj.

The holdings of the British Empire included present day Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Burma, and parts of Iran and Afghanistan. It was an area comparable in size to the continental United States, or Europe west of the Ukraine.

The historical background and religious traditions of the Indian subcontinent rival those of other regions such as the Middle East and China. Humankind has lived and worshipped here for millennia. India is a fertile place, and there is much room for the Mythos to fester and grow.

This book is designed to provide enough information to set Call of Cthulhu adventures and campaigns during Gaslight India (approximately 1890 a.d.).

By Michael J. Daumen. 100 pages. 8.5 x 11″ Perfect-Bound, Paperback.

Die Monografie wird $ 17,95 kosten. Wer keine gedruckte Version braucht, kann sich das PDF bereits jetzt für $12,95 herunterladen.

Mich würde mal interessieren ob sich das Teil lohnt. Das Thema ist ja sehr interessant (wir hatten ja selbst schon ein paar Artikel zum Thema Indien), aber vielleicht ist man mit einem guten Geschichtsbuch über die Region besser bedient…

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Neues von Chaosium im März

Und wenn ich schon gerade dabei bin, hier schnell die News von Chaosium:

Transmitted by Dustin Wright of the Leng Embassy, TX.

This R’lyeh Report contains some crunchy Chaosium info.

March finds Chaosium with fancy plans and pants to match. We have quite a few Spring books in the works so I’ll jump right in.

Arkham Now, a modern day sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu, should have made it to you local shop by now.

Strange Aeons II, a book of Call of Cthulhu adventures through time and space, is at the printer and may ship to distributors by the end of March.

The Yith Cycle, an anthology of Yith related tales collected by Bob Price, should be sent to the printer this month for an April Release.

A Masks of Nyarlathotep reprint will likewise become available in April or May.

The Chronicles of Future Earth, an introductory sourcebook for a new Techno-fantasy BRP setting should release in May or June.

Cthulhu’s Dark Cults, an anthology of short stories based upon some of our popular Call of Cthulhu campaigns, is being proof-read for a release this June.

There are plenty of books in the works for the Summer as well. 🙂

Thanks for your continued support!


Dustin Wright
Chaosium Inc.

Nicht viel Neues würde ich sagen :-]

Arkham Now Szenario – Lost in a Book

Chaosium hat ein Szenario für das kürzlich erschienene Arkham Now auf ihrer Homepage veröffentlicht. Das Szenario Lost in a Book von Brian Courtemanche hat 16 Seiten und kann hier heruntergeladen werden, wenn man über ein Chaosium Konto verfügt. Hier aber noch etwas zum Inhalt des Szenarios:

„Lost in a Book“ — in the 1920s, affluent bibliophile Stuart Portman had the finest book collection in all of Arkham, including the several bookshops that serviced the town at the time.

Portman was also quite the degenerate, with many rapes to his credit. His wealth, family status, and natural cunning insulated Portman from the fallout of such despicable behavior.

Toward the end of his life – a lifelong smoker, Portman developed cancer of the lung in his late fifties – he began frantically searching for any means to prolong his existence. With so many crimes of the flesh attached to his soul, Portman in his final years developed a conscience, or at least was fanatically determined to put off any punishment for his sins that he so deftly avoided in his mortal existence.

Medical science of the day was no help – Portman was a goner. He turned to his collection of books, to the queer, strange books on black magic and occultism that he had merely collected as expensive novelties; now they might hold something of true value for the failing bibliophile.

Scenario by Brian Courtemanche . 16 pages. 8.5 x 11″ watermarked PDF.

Cthulhu im Gaslicht bei Chaosium

Ich hab es gerade im Yog-Sothoth Forum gelesen: Gaslight is not dead! DAS sind mal gute Nachrichten. Erscheinen sollen die neuen Gaslicht-Bücher vielleicht noch dieses Jahr, wobei ich eher auf 2011 wetten würde. Aber werfen wir mal einen Blick auf die Nachricht von Kevin Ross:

Hello all,

Well, I’ve finally gotten the go-ahead from various important parties, and can now sort of mostly officially announce that there is a new edition of Cthulhu by Gaslight in the works, and a Gaslight campaign is being written as we speak. Write. Read. Whatever.

Von allen Zeiten ist Gaslicht für mich wirklich die faszinierendste. Ich habe nichts gegen die 20er oder auch Now, aber an Gaslicht kommt wenig heran. Einzig für die 50er Jahre würde ich meine Teetassen in den schrnak zurückstellen! Aber da ist leider kein Quellenbuch in Sicht, also zurück zu den neuen Gaslicht Produkten:

Chaosium will release Cthulhu by Gaslight 3rd edition sometime later this year. This won’t be a simple repackaging of the previous material, but an overhaul of the whole works. We’re dropping the Holmes and Wells material and the Time Travel article, and replacing these items with a more elaborate character creation system, more information on the Victorian world (emphasizing London and the UK — see later comment), and several new articles and expansions to existing ones.

Mehr Hintergrundmaterial ist immer gut und die besagten Artikel werde ich jetzt auch nicht unbedingt vermissen…

Since the big Holmes scenario is being dropped, we’re plugging in two new ones more suitable for beginning Gaslight characters. There’ll also be articles on fictional characters from the period, British legend and folklore and, most importantly, the Cthulhu Mythos in Britain. All told, the new edition should be about half again as long as the original book, with new material making up almost 2/3 of that total. Plus new art and a new cover. I’m hoping this will be what Gaslight fans new and old have been waiting for for close to 20 years now. Authors include Bill Barton, Scott Aniolowski, Dave Hallett, yers truly, Richard Watts, and Glyn White.

Neue Szenarios, Hintergründe über britische Legenden und den Cthulhu Mythos sind sicher ganz spannend. Fraglich nur, ob da noch was Neues hinzukommt, wenn demnächst Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore von Cubicle 7 erscheint:

The Islands of the United Kingdom are steeped in history, myth, magic and folklore. Even the smallest hamlet or the most remote piece of land has some event or some story linked to it and, even if it doesn’t, people are more than willing to make one up for you.

Discerning the facts from all of these many layers of myth, history and retelling is the scholarly work of a lifetime. It is as dangerous to sanity as any other study of the Mythos, as one creeps ever closer to the terrible truth.

Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore gives life to strange tales and strange places where myth meets mythos in Britain’s darkest corners, including:

  • Screaming Skulls
  • The Wild Hunt
  • Worms and Dragons
  • Wreckers, Body Snatchers and more

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Size: 72 pages, softcover
Interior Art: Black and white
Author: James ‘Grim’ Desborough

Aber es geht ja noch weiter:

I’m also compiling a Gaslight campaign for Miskatonic River Press. This is the tentatively titled Shiva, in Silvered Glass, advertised in the back of Our Ladies of Sorrow. I’ll try and hunt up the new version of that ad and post it here, but Shiva introduces a new mystical organization for Gaslight. The campaign follows the investigators and the members of the Trismegistus Club and their involvement in several very weird events in London. There are weird spirit mediums, living nightmares, anarchist bombers, doppelgangers, criminal thugs, not one or two or three but FOUR alien races, and a mad doctor who may not be mad at all. The basic idea is something like Sherlock Holmes meets Colin Wilson, with input from Henry Kuttner, H.G. Wells, Joseph Conrad, and Charles Dickens. Authors include Scott Aniolowski, Fred Behrendt, and yers truly again. Release date late this year or early next.

Klingt abgefahren und wandert zu 100% in mein Regal! Ross erzählt aber noch wie es mit Gaslicht auf lange Sicht weitergeht:

Now I know a lot of people want to see Victorian material set elsewhere in the world, but I think that should be fodder for a second or third Victorian book. My plan for Gaslight was always to cover London and use that as a base of operations, then the rest of the UK, and then move on to India, China, Egypt, etc.

Indien! Ich hoffe ja auch noch, dass Pegasus sich für Indien entscheidet bei einem neuen Expeditionsbuch, denn hier wäre wieder ein Quellenbuch für die 20er und die 1890er möglich. Mal abgesehen davon, dass dieses Land zugleich exotisch und doch, durch die britische Vorherrschaft, vertraut wirkt. Für alle Interessierten sei auch auf die aktuelle GEP EPOCHE Ausgabe verwiesen:

Indien
Maharadschas, Moguln, Kolonialherren: GEO EPOCHE präsentiert Indiens Aufbruch in die Moderne. Mit der Blätterfunktion können Sie bequem in unsere aktuelle Ausgabe schauen.

Was bleibt sonst noch zu sagen:

London and the UK fascinate me in a way the rest of the Empire doesn’t, so that’s the type of stuff I write. I think a book set elsewhere in the Empire is a good idea, but I’m not the guy to write it, so I’ll leave that to somebody more interested and better qualified than meself.

So there you have it. I’ll be posting more details as things firm up. I hope folks like what they see here.

Gaslight is not dead!
Kevin Ross
Victorian villain

Und Gott schütze die Königin! :-]

Strange Aeons II

Chaosium bringt – völlig überraschend, habe ich doch noch Anfang der Woche die englischen Neuerscheinungen zusammengesammelt – einen Szenarioband heraus. Dominik war übrigens echt schnell mit der News und amel sogar noch schneller :-]

„The Great Old Ones were, the Great Old Ones are, the Great Old Ones shall be.” That famous saying is the essence of the Cthulhu Mythos. The Great Old Ones are a cosmic evil that have existed since before time, and shall exist long after humanity has gone the way of the dinosaurs. This book illustrates the eternal struggle between man and the forces of the mythos.

This book contains nine scenarios that run the chronological gambit from prehistoric times to a distant future. Each adventure comes with six pre-generated characters for the players to use, allowing for quick play with a minimum of fuss. While each scenario is meant to be a standalone experience. Here are brief descriptions of the nine eras the investigators explore:

“CURSED BE THE CITY” can be described as cavemen vs. Cthulhu. While not entirely accurate, it is fun to say, and gives an idea of what the players will be up against.

“CHILDREN OF A STARRY HEAVEN” is set in ancient Greece, the birthplace of many great philosophers and thinkers. Unfortunately some great minds dwell on things man was not meant to know.

“THEY DID NOT THINK IT TOO MANY” See the might of ancient Rome bring law to the wilds of Britannia. Witness two cultures trying to learn from each other. Behold the terrible awfulness of the Mythos and how even the mightiest empire of man is powerless before it.

“MASTER WU’S MARRIAGE” a lovely springtime wedding, surly nothing bad can happen here. Unless the wedding takes place in Call of Cthulhu, then all bets are off.

“THE IRON BANDED BOX” set in feudal Japan, it’s like what would of happened if Akira Kurosawa directed an adaptation of a H.P. Lovecraft story. Beautiful, strange, messy, and with swords!

“TO HELL OR CONNAUGHT” it’s Protestant vs. Catholic, English vs. Irish, and mankind vs. the Cthulhu Mythos with Saint Patrick thrown in for good measure. Who will win? The smart money is on the Mythos.

“A HARD ROAD TO TRAVEL” set in the American Civil War, this scenario chronicles the horrors of war where brother fights brother…and then everyone fights a cosmic horror beyond description.

“THREE DAYS OF PEACE, MUSIC, AND TENTACLE LOVE” Taking place at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969 with sex, drugs, rock-n-roll, and black magic. A terrifyingly trippy time is to be had by all.

“TIME AFTER TIME” is a fractured scenario for fractured minds. Here the investigators will think many things, only to find them all false. Identities, locations, adversaries, even correct eras are all anyone’s guess here.

For Spring 2010
STRANGE AEONS II
CHA23117
MSRP $34.95
ISBN-10: 1-56882-326-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-56882-326-3
240 pages

THE IRON BANDED BOX und TIME AFTER TIME klingen interessant, aber warten wir mal ab. Auf alle Fälle ist das Cover GRAUENVOLL *schüttel*

Arkham Now

Ich stelle gerade ein paar cthuloide Neuerscheinungen für die kommende CW zusammen und durchforsche die ganzen Lizenznehmer, als ich über die Homepage von Chaosium stolpere und siehe da: Es gibt wieder was Neues. Arkham Now:

ARKHAM NOW updates to modern times the famous and fabled city of Arkham, about which so much has been written by many talented and diverse hands. A conscious effort was made to make this book as timely as possible; rents, mortgages, salary rates, and the like are left purposely vague since these things change as years go by — this is no longer a city frozen in time, but yours to move into the future.

Most residents believe there is only one horror lurking in this legendary haunted town – the urban sprawl slowly eroding Arkham’s old New England beauty. Rushing by neon signs and mega-marts on a quest to obtain even more material possessions, no one has time to notice the more disturbing, underlying qualities of the city – the grotesque vegetation sprouting in some places, the sometimes odd taste from the reservoir’s drinking water, the disturbingly high rate of birth defects, the too frequent child abductions.

Those who begin to make inquires are usually scoffed at by citizens, rebuffed by local and state officials. The truly brave have continued to put the pieces together, posting their thoughts on the Internet. Many of these individuals drop off from cyberspace eventually – often due to the effects some of these discoveries can have on one’s mental health.

Though they would never admit it, many of the long time residents of Arkham know there is something not quite right about their town…

176 Pages plus a 17 x 22″ fold-out map of the city, MSRP $27.95

Sicherlich nett für NOW-Spieler in Neuengland. Vielleicht lohnt sich gar eine Übersetzung?