Wow! Has it been 30 years already? Time sure flies when you’re having fun. It seems as if it were only yesterday when I was standing in the middle of the long defunct The Sutler’s Wagon (which used to be located on Central Avenue just off of Belmont in Chicago) with money burning a hole in my pocket. It was a Sunday and I was a freshman in high school. Sunday’s were the day that I would be out and about and many times I’d stop by The Sutler’s Wagon and then swing around the corner on Belmont to visit the science fiction book shop – for the life of me I don’t remember the name of the SF store. Sometimes it was Elliott and I hanging out and others just myself flying solo.
I was by my lonesome this time…
So here I was staring at a box, with the title Call of Cthulhu, reading the back which promised horrifying adventures in the literary world of H.P. Lovecraft. “Who the hell was H.P. Lovecraft?” I thought, “and who’s this Cthulhu character and why is he calling?”
I took the plunge and bought CofC (yes, I know that most people refer to the game as CoC but I’ve been spending thirty years calling it CofC so I’m not about to change now) and nearly twenty years of role playing goodness followed.
As a sidenote, Elliott and I will be posting some RPG related articles soon including our thoughts on the state of role playing today…
So it goes without saying how pleased I was to find that Chaosium is soon to release the 30th anniversary edition of Call of Cthulhu!
2011 MARKS THE THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY of the release of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. To celebrate this important and rare occasion in our Adventure Gaming industry, Chaosium is proud to offer a special binding of the current edition (6th edition) of the Call of Cthulhu rulebook. This 320-page book features thick (3 mm) leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. The interior pages are printed in black ink, on 90 gsm matte art paper. The binding is thread sewn, square backed. Each book is individually shrink-wrapped, with the barcode stickered onto the wrapping so as to not mar the book cover.
Chaosium will offer a one-time printing of this Collector’s Edition.
Call of Cthulhu is Chaosium’s classic roleplaying game of Lovecraftian horror in which ordinary people are confronted by the terrifying and alien forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. Call of Cthulhu uses Chaosiumπs Basic Roleplaying System, easy to learn and quick to play. This bestseller has sold over 300,000 copies worldwide and has won dozens of game-industry awards. In 1996 Call of Cthulhu was elected to the Academy of Adventure Game Design Hall of Fame. In 2003 Call of Cthulhu was voted the #1 Gothic/Horror RPG of all time by the Gaming Report.com community. Call of Cthulhu is well-supported by an ever-growing line of high quality game supplements. This version is completely compatible with all of our previous supplements for Call of Cthulhu.
It goes without saying that this edition is at the very top of my wish list!