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Call of Cthulhu is an award-winning roleplaying game, first published in 1981. The 7th Edition will have updated rules and new content.
Call of Cthulhu is an award-winning roleplaying game, first published in 1981. The 7th Edition will have updated rules and new content.
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The Stars Continue to Be Right: vote Chaosium, vote Cthulhu at the 2018 ENnies

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)

Dear Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition backers,

The ENnies are the annual fan-based celebration of excellence in tabletop roleplaying gaming. Last year Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition performed exceptionally well, winning nine of the record ten ENnie Awards it was nominated for, thanks to your support.

This year, the Stars Continue to Be Right because the judges awarded Chaosium another record eight nominations (equal with Paizo).

ENnies voting for 2018 has opened, and once again Call of Cthulhu now needs your support!

Here's how you can vote for Call of Cthulhu and Chaosium at the ENnies:

1. Go to the ENnies page:

2. Vote 1 for the Call of Cthulhu/Chaosium product in these categories:

BEST ADVENTURE—The Two-Headed Serpent
BEST ART COVER—Down Darker Trails
BEST FREE PRODUCT—RuneQuest Quickstart

Your second favourite gets a "2" vote, third favourite gets a “3”, and so on. Please vote for our licensees and friends!

  • Stygian Fox Publishing: Hudson & Brand—Best Electronic Book
  • Darker Hues Studios: Harlem Unbound—Best Cover Art, Best Rules, Best Setting, Best Writing, Product of the Year
  • Miskatonic University Podcast: Best Podcast.

3. Choose Chaosium as your FAN FAVOURITE PUBLISHER - we'd be flattered! Like the Great Old One himself, Chaosium has arisen from the depths, and your support keep us above the waves.

4. Tell your friends who are Call of Cthulhu fans to submit their vote too!

Congratulations to the many talented writers, artists, creators and fans world-wide involved in Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition's continuing success—these nominations are a testament to your talent, dedication, and support! 

Voting is live and runs until 11 PM EST on July 21st. We encourage all members of the Chaosium tribe to get behind Cthulhu!

Cast Your ENnie Vote Now!

Our 2018 ENnie nominations - vote Chaosium, vote Cthulhu!
Our 2018 ENnie nominations - vote Chaosium, vote Cthulhu!

We're back making Lovecraftian Board Games Again!

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)

Dear Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition backers,

As the publishers of Call of Cthulhu, we're excited to have just launched our first Lovecraftian board game since Arkham Horror in 1987!

The game is called Miskatonic University: The Restricted Collection. It went live on Kickstarter a few days ago, funded in under 16 hours, and is now well into stretch goals.


MU was designed by German board games design legend Reiner Knizia (who also worked with us on our first new board game Khan of Khans last year). Mike Mason, our Call of Cthulhu line editor, was also part of the development team.

MU is a game for 2 to 5 players, and takes around 30 minutes to play. In true Lovecraftian style, players are seekers of secret wisdom.

In their curiosity, reckless graduate students have unleashed a nameless horror from the bowels of Miskatonic University's famous Orne Library.

Players are MU professors, desperately searching the treacherous Restricted Collection, looking for fragments of eldritch lore and arcane sigils to help the Chief Librarian, Dr Henry Armitage, defeat it. But, forbidden knowledge comes at a price...

Players always have the opportunity to go deeper, to push their luck, but in so doing, risk their sanity and their souls.


MU is fast to learn and easy to play, but challenging to master. It has simple actions but many strategies and plenty of replay potential. The basic pledge is just $25.00. This includes the complete game with all stretch goals and expansions.

We hope you might take a look! 

A last note: as a company, we've learned a lot of lessons since the rollercoaster ride of the 7th Edition Kickstarter, which had too many low points. To provide a stark contrast, we offer our Khan of Khans Kickstarter from 2017. It was funded in 2017 and was completed in 2017. It was far more modest in scope, but every reward for every backer was delivered on time, as projected, and in full. That's the modus operandi for every Kickstarter Chaosium does from now on. We want to focus on a great game, by a great designer, and avoid all of the distracting bling. Everything for MU is ready to go to the printer. We have some fun stretch goals in store, but they have all been set up to not slow down the delivery schedule. We will deliver on time and in full. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Awards, Awards, Awards!

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)
A big night for Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed
A big night for Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed

Dear dedicated cultists of Cthulhu,

Chaosium and Call of Cthulhu had a truly amazing night at the 2017 Gen Con ENnie Awards, winning 7 gold and 3 silver awards!

Many thanks to the members of the Chaosium tribe, backers, fans and supporters for sending your ENnies votes our way. We appreciate it, and can't do what we do without you.

We also thanked the panel of judges for putting so many of our recent releases up for nomination, and the ENnie Awards organisers for putting on such a wonderful way to celebrate what we all love.

Here are the awards Chaosium won:

Congratulations to all the other winners and nominees. In particular, we'd like to highlight our friends Stygian Fox Publishing who won GOLD in the Best Electronic Book category for their licensed Call of Cthulhu release The Things We Leave Behind. We also applaud and thank our French language licensee Éditions Sans Détour, whose wonderful artwork graces the S. Petersen Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors.

Pulp Cthulhu Nominated for 2017 Dragon Award

Pulp Cthulhu won the Gold ENnie for Best Supplement. Can it win in the 2017 Dragon Awards as well? Pulp Cthulhu has been nominated in the Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game category.

You have until 11.59pm this Sunday to register your ballot for voting. Vote Pulp!

The winners will be announced at Dragon Con 2017 in Atlanta, September 1 - 4.

As always, thank you for your patience and support.


Support Call of Cthulhu in 2017 ENnies Awards

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)

Dear dedicated cultists of Cthulhu,

When the Great Old Ones Greg Stafford and Sandy Petersen returned to Chaosium in mid-2015, the company focused its efforts on fulfilling its behind schedule and struggling Horror on the Orient Express and Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarters.

Over the next year we appreciated your patience as these projects were put back on track, and the rewards were finally sent out. Retail releases of Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition then began by early Fall 2016, and a line of new CoC products has followed on. We felt greatly honored it was announced that seven of these Call of Cthulhu releases were nominated in ten categories for the 2017 ENnie Awards.

  • Best Adventure - Doors to Darkness 
  • Best Aid/Accessory - Call of Cthulhu – Keeper’s Screen Pack 
  • Best Art, Cover - Call of Cthulhu – Investigator Handbook 
  • Best Art, Interior - S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors 
  • Best Cartography - Call of Cthulhu – Keeper’s Screen Pack 
  • Best Monster/Adversary - S. Petersen’s Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors 
  • Best Production Values - Call of Cthulhu – 7th Edition Slipcase Set 
  • Best RPG Related Product - Call of Cthulhu: The Coloring Book 
  • Best Supplement - Pulp Cthulhu 
  • Product of the Year - Doors to Darkness

It was both wonderful and humbling for Chaosium to receive these nominations, yet we know it is more a testament to all the talented writers, artists and creators involved. To show our appreciation for all they have done it's now time to get out the vote FOR THEM. We'd love it if you could show your support!

Voting is open until July 21:

As always, thank you for your patience and support.

A Clarification on Refunds for purchased add-ons that have been cancelled.

Posted by Chaosium Inc. (Creator)

Dear Dedicated Cultists of Cthulhu,

In the last several updates we have talked about the cancellation of some of the Curiosity Shop add-ons and refunding backers for those cancelled purchases. Based on some feedback, we thought it best to focus an update specifically on what this means.

Here is the list of Curiosity Shop add-ons that are cancelled:

  • Innsmouth Gold ($15)\
  • Temple Edition Backer T-shirt ($15)
  • Arkham Sanitarium T-shirt ($15)
  • I pushed My Luck T-shirt ($15)
  • Gahan Wilson T-shirt ($15)
  • Call of Cthulhu Backer T-shirt ($15)
  • Gahan Wilson Coffee Mugs ($22)
  • Lovecraftian Bookplates ($6)
  • Bookmarks ($5)
  • Dice and Dicebag ($6)
  • 1920s Investigator Sheet Pad ($9)
  • Postcards ($12)

If you have purchased any of the above listed items as an add-on, we will be refunding your money (including any postage paid) either as a store credit on or via PayPal (your choice). These refunds cannot be automatically sent to whatever original payment method you used for your Kickstarter payment. We cannot refund the money to you if you do not contact with your preferred choice of refund (paypal or store credit). We will begin contacting backers about refunds via email if we have not heard from you, but the quickest way to get your refund is to contact us via our email. We are not putting a time limit on the refund process. These refunds will not expire any time soon.

Can't you just send my refund to the paypal account I used several years ago?
Unfortunately, we do not want to take the chance that the paypal account you used a few years ago is still valid, and is how you want to get your refund. We do not want to send money by just assuming it will all work out. Thus, we need you to tell us your PayPal account email if you want your refund via PayPal.

What about store credit?
If you want your refund as a store credit that can easily be arranged by emailing and letting us know your account details. Once again, we don't want to make any automatic assumptions as to what you want done, or even which account you would want to use.

What if I don't want a refund?
A few very philanthropic backers have said they don't want a refund for their cancelled add-ons. They have our eternal gratitude for this very unexpected gesture of generosity. That said, we are not going to take anyone's silence as "I don't want a refund". We will assume you do want a refund unless you specifically tell us you do not want a refund.

This evening (Pacific Time), all Backer levels from $40 upwards will be emailed a discount coupon for $10 off their purchase of Doors to Darkness, Pulp Cthulhu and/or the 4 Keeper Decks. We will be sending that coupon to the email address you used in BackerKit. That coupon will work as soon as we get the rewards shipped to backers and the items can then go live in our store.

As always, thank you for your patience and support.