Monthly archives: December 2001

The State of Chaosium Address

Happy Holidays from Chaosium!

We want to thank all of you for your support over the past year. 2001 saw us greatly improve our printing schedule over that of
2000, from six printing cycles (new books and reprints) to about fourteen this year. For the first time in a couple of years we
are not out of the CALL OF CTHULHU rulesbook over Christmas (huzzah!). We’ve celebrated the 20th anniversary of the original
release of CALL OF CTHULHU. Since 1981 we have published about 100 supplements and adventures for the game, some of them quite
memorable. We look forward to bringing you another 100 Call of Cthulhu releases in the coming years.
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Six Cults a-Culting

Following once again in the tenuous holiday connection of “the stars just happen to be aligning on the Winter Solstice!” we present a scenario in which arcane resources are finite, and a number of fringe cults and duking it out to come up on top before the Winter Solstice.

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FIVE FORBIDDEN TOMES!

Nothing says lovin’ like ooky eldritch tomes. And when an Investigator receives one as a Christmas present, the fun just doesn’t stop!

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Four Visiting Ghosts

In 1843, Charles Dickens published the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol. For those of you who have somehow missed either the literary work or the barrage of film adaptations, it’s about a miserly old bastard named Scrooge who is visited by four different spirits (an old business partner, as well as the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come) who show him how to find the true meaning of Christmas. Fifty years after the publishing of this fine tale, mischievous parties decide to do a little reenactment of their own.

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Three Great Old Ones

There are some pretty general assumptions about the Great Old Ones. First, that all of them were to some degree friendly or neutral to each other. (Or, they seem that way to this uneducated boob.) Second, is that they are all somehow sealed away by intentional means. This scenario tosses those two assumptions out the window as three bitter enemies prepare to awaken from the millennia long slumber in order to renew their past gripes with each other.

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Two Christmas Goats

The Finnish apparently refer to Santa Claus as Joulupukki. However, Joulupukki was not always the jolly old elf we know and love today. No, apparently Joulupukki, whose name literally means “Yule Buck”, was originally an evil spirit with goat horns clad in goat skins. This Christmas Goat would go around demanding, not giving out, gifts. What’s more, in Iceland they had a giant Yule Cat that went around eating lazy people. And where there are strange legends of demonic creatures, there’s a Call of Cthulhu adventure to be found! (Or, at the very least, an X-Files episode.)

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And a ghoul hiding under the tree!

Editor’s Note: Sorry for the delay! AT&T @Home decided to do their server migration this weekend, and I spent hours working on getting my Internet working again so I could post this.

Richard Upton Pickman demonstrated the relative ease with which a human can devolve into the homovoric depths of ghouldom. However, what if a human, once descended to that bestial plane, decides that it wants to recapture his humanity.

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The Twelve Days of Cthulhu

I realized on Thanksgiving morning that I’d missed a great opportunity for an article. I mean, what’s more Lovecraftian than a band of religious pilgrims landing on a foreign and savage shore in what would eventually become Massachusetts, and have to turn to the natives for assistance. As Lovecraft demonstrated, Native Americans and Mythos go together like two peas in a pod. Who knows what zany adventures they must have had?

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