Call of Cthulhu: Cthulhu by Gaslight

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Victorian England. The era of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, and a horrific real-life mystery in the form of Jack the Ripper. Thousands of books, films, and stories have featured these characters over the past 120+ years -- Holmes and Dracula have become the most commonly-used fictional characters of all time. Little wonder then that this era, with its foggy atmosphere, gross social and economic inequality, and the vast history of England to draw from, should spawn a setting for Call of Cthulhu. For what is Call of Cthulhu if not the first truly great roleplaying game combining mystery and horror?

In 1986, avid Sherlockian Bill Barton produced the award-winning first edition of Cthulhu by Gaslight. A second edition, with only slight changes, appeared two years later. Since then a handful of Call of Cthulhu books set in the Victorian era have appeared, and articles and scenarios still crop up from time to time. But it's been over 20 years (!) since the Gaslight book itself was reprinted or updated.

This new edition of Cthulhu by Gaslight has been thoroughly revamped, expanding the book by nearly 50% and adding new material roughly equivalent to the original book's length. We have more thoroughly developed the Victorian England setting. Character creation has been reworked, with some new wrinkles added, and there are new articles on the Victorian world, crime, politics, personalities, and so forth. There are also extensive new sections on the Cthulhu Mythos in Britain -- creatures, cults, books, etc. -- including a précis of Ramsey Campbell's Severn River Valley. Also included are tips on running various types of Gaslight era campaigns, a gazetteer of intriguing British myths and legends, a selection of friends and foes from Victorian fiction, and a lengthy new bibliography/filmography of suggested reading and viewing. Rounding out this new edition are a pair of new Victorian era scenarios -- one an urban adventure set in London, the other set in rural Dartmoor.

With this book and a copy of the Call of Cthulhu core rulebook, a prospective Keeper can run a campaign set in Victorian England. This edition provides a strong background in both the Victorian world and the activities of the Cthulhu Mythos within it. So grab your coat, hat, and walking stick, and have the doctor bring his bag and revolver. It's time to step into a world of Victorian occult adventure -- the world of Cthulhu by Gaslight!

Includes a fold-out map of 1890s London.

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Any idea of a release date on this? A ballpark estimate would do.

Shadow Lodge

Grotnar wrote:
Any idea of a release date on this? A ballpark estimate would do.

That's a tough question. As much as I love Chaosium, sometimes their release schedule can be rather...nebulous. For example, Pulp Cthulhu has been "coming soon" for the better part of a decade now. Because there have been a few Gaslight Cthulhu products before, I doubt that this will be as delayed, but I'd be hard-pressed to recommend pre-ordering.


Hey, thanks for the response. I was actually interested in Pulp Cthulhu as well. After posting, I checked out the Chaosium website and they have Gaslight Cthulhu listed a late summer release. There is no mention of Pulp Cthulhu that I could find. But a decade? Is it even still in development?

Shadow Lodge

Grotnar wrote:
There is no mention of Pulp Cthulhu that I could find. But a decade? Is it even still in development?

I seriously doubt it. It was originally intended to be a dual-stat release that supported both Chaosium's BRP system and WotC's d20 system, but Chaosium only put out a VERY few dual-stat products, and since they dropped support for d20, I haven't heard anything about Pulp Cthulhu. On the positive side, Gaslight would be more of an updating of previous editions, so it will probably come a lot quicker. But I still wouldn't hold my breath on a late summer release.


Thanks for the info. Do you know anything about Call of Cthulhu: Blackmoore Global Laboratories? Also a product Paizo lists for preorder, and can find no mention on the Chaosium website.

Thanks in advance.

Shadow Lodge

Grotnar wrote:

Thanks for the info. Do you know anything about Call of Cthulhu: Blackmoore Global Laboratories? Also a product Paizo lists for preorder, and can find no mention on the Chaosium website.

Thanks in advance.

Here at Paizo is the only mention I've ever seen of that product.

Contributor

As great as all these Chaosium re-releases are, I guess we can toss out the value of our "investment" copies of books like this and Masks of Nyarlathotep. There was a time you could score one of these for 10 bucks or so at Half Price Books, and eBay it for $90. Adding insult to injury (well, not really), this edition, with the expanded material, will be the one to have, so not only do your old books lose value because they are re-released, but now they are sub-par compared to the new edition. How long before a re-release of Horror on the Orient Express kills all the eBay fun of last minute sniping and broken hearts? It has been entertaining for so long! =-)

Looking forward to this one, though. The original is a favorite.

Scarab Sages

Kthulhu wrote:
Grotnar wrote:

Thanks for the info. Do you know anything about Call of Cthulhu: Blackmoore Global Laboratories? Also a product Paizo lists for preorder, and can find no mention on the Chaosium website.

Thanks in advance.

Here at Paizo is the only mention I've ever seen of that product.

I may be able to shed some light on these mysteries.

Both Blackmoore Global and Pulp Cthulhu are being edited by William Jones, who has been plagued by health problems over the last few years.

Moreover, Jones is both a college professor and author, so I believe those duties take precedence over his freelance work for Chaosium.

There are actually a few other financial and legal problems that I suspect keep these products from seeing the light of day, but I won't air Chaosium's dirty laundry here.

In regards to Cthulhu By Gaslight, this may actually be a good product to pick up as there have been recent rumblings about a .PDF release of Pagan Publishing's Golden Dawn, easily the finest supplement for the 1890s. With that said, Pagan is sadly even less consistent with their production schedule, so no guarantees.

Liberty's Edge

Their is a 7E of CoC coming out next year. In keeping with their backwards compitablity their should be very few minor tweaks. Makes me wonder though how it will affect this release or any of their older books.

Shadow Lodge

I wouldn't imagine it would have too much impact. Like you mentioned, they keep VERY close to their core system. In fact, I own a print 5.6E hardcover and a 6E PDF, and other than a few formatting changes, I'd be hard pressed to tell you any actual mechanical differences. The biggest changes that I have noticed from dealing with older modules is:

1. At some point, skills (other than Cthulhu Mythos) got a minimum starting value of 1%, whereas many skills in earlier editions had a starting value of 0%.

2. At some point, they replaced the damage for Cthulhu's attack of devours 1d6 investigators per round with an actual damage value.


Hello. Found a little new info on this. Looks like it is still in production and there may be a delay due to some issues with artwork. There are some small bits of info here:

http://www.squamousstudios.com/?cat=5

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