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