Little while since I last posted, mainly to due to being extremely busy!

I’ve been working on a number of projects:

Call of Cthulhu 7th edition – working with artists to develop colour plates, rulebook art, scenario art and maps.

This have taken a lot of time, finding and working with artists and putting further development in the art briefs to make sure they capture the essence that is required, answering artists’ questions and approving concept sketches. I’ve seen some fantastic concepts and the final, finished art is trickling in now – I’ve been really impressed – and I hope everyone else is too.

Call of Cthulhu Keeper Screen – gathering and developing data that will go on to the Keeper side of the screen. Honing down the information so that its useful, readable and easy to follow. Trying to redesign text into graphic/tables requires a lot of thinking!

Cold Harvest – a great scenario by Chad Bowser set in 1930s Russia. Lots of great characters and great premise.

7th edition card decks – sourcing period photographs to match with the characters I’ve designed and working with artists for the Phobia and Events decks, these should all look marvellous when they come together in layout.

Cthulhu Dark Ages – refining and editing the work being done by Chad Bowser.

Secret Project 1 – early days, but gathering a writing team and look to have some good people in place.

Secret Project 2 – working on art briefs with the author.

Keeper Companion (revised) – editing and updating the existing volumes in to a new single volume, and looking at what would be cool to add.

Secret Project 3 – finished editing and development, art briefs done and with a great artist I’ve not worked with before, whose character art is spot on.

Well that’s probably enough for now!

I will be at Dragonmeet London this coming Saturday, so if you are there say “hi’!

Gencon- Day 3 & 4

Wasn’t running games on Saturday or Sunday, so spent most of the time on the Chaosium booth, interspersed with forays on to the dealer floor. Saturday was busy, very busy. Lots of people around the booth, so I spent a lot of time answering questions about 7th edition, as well as helping people decide on which campaigns / scenarios / supplements to purchase. I really enjoyed talking to both new and old Call of Cthulhu players – probably some of the nicest people around!


Some of the fiction titles on the Chaosium booth

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A printed out Horror on the Orient Express manuscript on the Chaosium booth – with my scenario!


I managed to purchase a few fezzes as presents before all of the Cthulhu ones sold out. I think Fez-o-rama will be back next year! Also picked up a copy of the new Firefly RPG for a friend, as well as a few choice items including Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man dreamlands campaign by Dennis Detwiller from Arc Dream, which had arrived on the stand on Saturday, and also a blow-up tentacle (coz you need one of them… right?)

Went to lunch with the San Detour guys (French Call of Cthulhu licensees), who are a great bunch of people. I was honoured by them showing me a few snippets of new artwork – absolutely lovely stuff.

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The giant balloon Cthulhu!

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Some say that my time on the Chaosium booth was starting to affect me… I just don’t see it… ; 0


Sandy Petersen (of Call of Cthulhu fame..!) was at the Chaosium booth all day, running demo games of Cthulhu Wars (which looks fabulous). Unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to play in a game myself, however everyone that did seemed to have a great time. I can’t wait for my copy to arrive… Sandy was on fine form as ever and later that evening we had a combined Cthulhu Wars and Horror on the Orient Express backers dinner at St. Elmo’s steakhouse. Mark Morrison and Penny Love joined us and Sandy for a great evening.

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Me and Sandy…

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Cthulhu Wars and Horror on the Orient Express backer dinner – before the shrimp cocktail massacre!


Sunday came around too quickly. Gencon was near its end. I again spent the day on the booth talking to backers and others who wanted to pick up a copy of the 7th ed Quick Start Rules. I managed to find the Game Science booth and stocked up on dice whilst chatting to Lou Zocchi.

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Me, Charlie and Paul

I’d last been at Gencon a few years ago, whilst running Black Industries. I’d had a great time then but this year it was even better. I’m already looking forward to Gencon 2014!

Gencon – Day 2

Ok, day 2…

Had a swim then made my way to the booth. Followed the tide of gamers, cosplayers and other assorted con goers through downtown Indy. Probably one if the few occasions that you’ll see storm troopers, beholders and zombies hanging out together in coffee bars and crossing the street. Marvellous!

Adventure Time cosplayers seemed to be greatly in attendance. Lots of Fins and co wherever you looked.

Spent the morning on the booth and then the afternoon running my second backer game of Cthulhu 7e. Both of the sessions I ran went well and reached satisfying conclusions, despite the two groups going at the scenario in very different ways. All the players responded well to the rules revisions and I got a round of applause at the end of each session! My thanks to all the backers who played in the games.

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The first printing of the 7th ed Quick Start Rules with the Gencon 2013 programme.

Also met up with Dan Kramer of Miskatonic University Podcast fame – I had the pleasure of having Dan in one of my games and then spent some time catching up and talking Cthulhu.

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Paul, Dan and me (plus Cthulhu)

Evening was dinner with Adam Crossingham of Sixtystone Press fame. We ate large steaks, sank a few mojitos and talked more Cthulhu. A great evening and big thanks to Adam for hosting.

The night drew on in Indy and I finally made it back to the hotel for sleep…

Gencon – Day 1

Up early for a swim in the hotel pool whilst Paul got ready for his 9am backers game. I made my way to the convention centre and the Chaosium booth. The stock had arrived so I pitched in to help get it all on display as the doors opened to let everyone in.

I spent the morning chatting to customers and talking about 7th edition, handing out printed quick start rules. There was a good buzz. Copies of the scenarios that Paul and I were running arrived and I grabbed these as they were backer rewards for those playing in our games. I headed back to the hotel for my afternoon game and arrived in time to make sure the people in Paul’s game got their copies too. My game went well and over ran by 30 minutes, so it was a quick dash to a secret restaurant for a backer dinner.

The dinner was joined by Sandy Petersen (who’s flight had been slightly delayed), who arrived with a Cthulhu and King in Yellow clutched in his hands for us all to look at (from his forthcoming Cthulhu Wars game). The meal was an experience – with head melting hot shrimp and a plate covered in steak that just kept growing and not getting any smaller despite how much of it you ate!

And so to bed…

After a few hours sleep the dawn of day 2 awoke me. But that is another story…

Gencon – arrival

Getting up at 3 am us never a good thing (only cultists and deep ones are about at such an hour).

I hopped in the car to drive to Paul Fricker’s house where a cup of tea awaited. Soon we were joined by Andrew (TiggerMK) who had kindly agreed to drive up to the airport.

Thus we set out and two flights, 10 hours of flying and some airport shenanigans later we arrived in Indianapolis.

What we needed was to get in our room and freshen up. But disaster! There were no rooms in either of our names… Aaahhh !

Some deft texting and an hour loitering around the hotel later, the wonderful Meghan of Chaosium had sorted out the hotel booking misunderstanding and we were in. Hooray!

While we were waiting we did bump into Gregor Hutton (of 3:16 Carnage Amongst the Stars fame). Gregor said he was running stuff in the Games on Demand area – cool.

The evening was then spent with the Chaosium posse – Charlie, Meghan, Nick and Spencer, plus Pedro and his partner (of CoC character generator app and Mythic Iceland fame), eating Italian food.

Tiredness, the black hearted shadow of the traveller, was creeping up on me and so back to the hotel we went. Sleep followed very shortly after…

GenCon Indy – It begins…


So, tomorrow I fly out to Indy and am looking forward to it!

My schedule is looking a bit like this:

  • Thursday am – on the Chaosium booth
  • Thursday pm – running C7E Kickstarter Backer Game
  • Thursday evening – C7E Kickstarter Backer Dinner
  • Friday am –¬†on the Chaosium booth
  • Friday pm – running C7E Kickstarter Backer Game
  • Friday evening – dinner with Sixtystone Press
  • Saturday 2pm-4pm – on the Chaosium booth
  • Saturday evening – Cthulhu dinner with Sandy Peterson and Chaosium
  • Sunday 2pm-4pm on the Chaosium booth

Come say hi when I’m on the stand.

Call of Cthulhu 7E Quick Start Rules Released to Kickstarter Backers!

Great news!

The simplified, core rules for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition – the Quick Start Rules – have just been released by Chaosium to the kickstarter backers via update 46. The rules include the scenario ‘The Haunting’, as well as the story write-up of that same scenario, which was used episodically during the kickstarter – the story provides newcomers to the game with a version of how the scenario might go.


Quick Start 7th Edition Rules!

I’m really pleased to see the Quick Start out at last, and particularly glad it’s out in time for GenCon! I hope all the backers enjoy reading and playing with the basic rules and look forward to reading their comments (and hearing them at GenCon)!