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Cthulhu Mythos in Laos

Whilst you are waiting for the fabled Vietnam issue, I'd like to point you in the direction of this great little Kickstarter:

DEMONSTRA: Lao American Art & Poetry

Although Laotian-focussed it overlaps with Cthulhu by Arclight. Looking through the creatures some are similar to Vietnamese creatures, and some are brand new.

Well worth a look for inspiration, especially the ghost noodle seller looking for her killer.


Cthulhu by Arclight status update

We've been playing around with layout, realising that we haven't edited the articles we have enough before layout, and are still having ongoing discussions between us about missing articles and how to fill them, whilst others are trying to finish off articles long promised.

The project is moving forward, albeit slowly.


Last days of Cristoforo

It's the last days of Thomas Phinney's Cristoforo Kickstarter fundraiser.

Cristoforo is a proper OTF version of the font that Chaosium used to use for Call of Cthulhu supplements from the early 1980s to the mid 1990s.

If you are interested in Mythos publishing or old 19th century fonts this is a cool project, and one that deserves proper backing. It closes May 20th, so please head over to the Cristoforo Kickstarter page and make a pledge however small.

Personally I want to use it on the Black Seal for a groovy new logo....


Proper Cthulhu Fonts

Thomas Phinney is attempting to digitise Columbus, the font that Chaosium used for its Call of Cthulhu line up until the mid-1990s, and other related fonts.

Thomas is a friend of the Black Seal, and we'd like to see him do well in his endeavour.

If you'd like to back his Kickstarter project and maybe get some font-a-licious swag, you can find his project here:

Tell him we sent you, and good luck Thomas.


The Pool of Mr Binh – now in PDF

Bret Kramer's "The Pool of Mr. Binh" is now available in PDF, and shows the design and layout of the forthcoming Cthulhu by Arclight special issue of the Black Seal.

The hard working layout moonbeasts have just started the mammoth task of laying out over 100,000 words of 'Nam flavoured horror.

Here you can download The_Pool_of_Mr_Binh.


The fabled “Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man” reappears

It appears March is a month of surprise appearances, not only for Sixtystone pulling it's finger out and actually publishing something, Dennis Detwiller's near-legendary Dreamlands campaign "Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man" has appeared on Kickstarter seeking funds for completion.

The blurb: "The Sense of the Sleight of Hand Man is a complete classic Call of Cthulhu campaign set in 1920s New York and in H.P. Lovecraft's Dreamlands. It will be approximately 128 pages. It is a fully illustrated, mapped and lavishly
detailed tabletop RPG PDF book, written and illustrated by Dennis Detwiller (me). This work will be finished by summer 2012."

The Kickstarter page is here:

Please go and show your appreciation even if you don't  like Dreamlands because at the very least this campaign is the exception that proves the rule. I should know - I edited part one of the campaign that appeared in Worlds of Cthulhu.


Sixtystone finally releases first PDF

Sixtystone Press Limited is proud to announce the publication of its first book in PDF: Investigator Weapons volume one: 1920s and 1930s.

Specifically designed for Call of Cthulhu in the Classic era, Investigator Weapons features several dozens of firearms available during the Inter-war period to discerning investigators of the Mythos and their crazed cultist opponents.

Hans-Christian Vortisch (author of Cthulhu – Waffen-Handbuch, GURPS High-Tech, GURPS Martial Arts: Fairbairn Close Combat Systems, and GURPS Tactical Shooting) has selected the most typical or iconic weapons to lesser known but more widespread firearms.

Each firearm and its variant models are illustrated and detailed in depth, including operation and common malfunction, and extended game stats. Investigator Weapons will also tell you which movie to see the firearm in use.

Investigator Weapons not only covers firearms, and includes flamethrowers, melee weapons, explosives, and special ammunition for completeness. Also gathered together in the same place, for the first time, are all the spot rules for injury, environmental conditions, and firearms combat from many Call of Cthulhu publications, as well as introducing many optional rules for enhanced play.

Author(s): Hans-Christian Vortisch
Artist(s): Chris Huth
Pages: 132
Format: Original electronic PDF
Publisher Stock #: 60-IHB01-P
Price: US $14.99

Available for download from DriveThruRPG, RPGNow, e23 and Chaosium.

A print version of Investigator Weapons, volume one will be available via Chronicle City later this year.

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The Black Seal – 50% off at DrivethruRPG

We're having an experimental 50% off sale at DrivethruRPG, so now's the time to bag your missing copies of the Black Seal.

Find The Black Seal here at DrivethruRPG.


The Black Seal arrives at the e23 warehouse

At the cyclopean Black Seal Towers we are always looking for opportunities to expand our retail possibilities.

We are proud to announce that the entire back catalogue of the Black Seal is now available at Steve Jackson Games's e23 warehouse.

To celebrate this event the entire back catalogue is discounted for the month of November.

You can find the Black Seal here.


Recommended Vietnam Movies Pt 3.

The Low Budget

Not quite so famous, and perhaps not quite so accurate, these movies are still valuable to the keeper, both for good the odd gem to steal, and for cliches to avoid...