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A re-imagining of the iconic Horror on the Orient Express, originally released by Chaosium in 1991.

Arrival at Sirkecki Station

Arriving in Sirkecki Station is an exercise in order attempting to overlay madness, as our passengers try to track their luggage, discoveries, and treasures gained on the journey. Customs checks your paperwork, and will clear you to enter this grand and ancient city if we reach our final goal: $200,000.

We Cleared Customs!

We enter the city of Constantinople and achieve our final stretch goal! You will discover these treasures in your shipment:

CROIX de l'ORIENT EXPRESS: This is a custom-made burnished metal medallion heralding your steadfast backing of this project. The train and the date of this project are featured. One will go to each backer who also receives one or more copies of the boxed Horror on the Orient Express.

I GAVE IT 1000% TEE: This is a unique Orient Express tee-shirt printed front and back. The front bears a mechanical rendering of the engine and its features, while the back heralds your participation in this project. One copy of this shirt will go to each backer who is also receiving at least one Horror On The Orient Express shirt and the CAMPAIGN level. You must specify shirt size.

ORIENT EXPRESS "MISSION PATCH": this is an embroidered 3" sew-on patch featuring a rendering of the Orient Express engine emerging from the Simplon Tunnel high in the Alps. Around the patch it reads "Orient Express, Paris-Constantinople, 1921". One Mission Patch goes to each backer at the CAMPAIGN level or above.

AND…

We will create a box of STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN ORIENT EXPRESS MINIATURES. This is a set of miniatures featuring personnel and characters from the train and will look great with our enhanced 25mm train cars. A set of STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN is included in the SEASONED TRAVELER and WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE levels. 

We can't tell you how much we enjoyed our journey on the Orient Express with you! We will greatly enjoy crafting the best Call of Cthulhu campaign to ever be released.

Thank You.

We are going to get to work, and will look for ways to make further improvements to Horror on the Orient Express.

Thanks all for your most excellent support. We continue to update our pledge levels. Below, we first list the basic support levels. Then we present a large blue piece of art describing the main levels that receive the core product. Following that are the upper and exotic levels. These upper levels receive the benefits of one of the Blue Box tiers, plus some other, special, benefit.

Thanks a Bunch

Our eternal thanks. Of course, this reward applies to all levels of donation.

Contributor

Our eternal thanks, and your name will appear on a page dedicated to those who donated to the project. This reward will apply to all levels of donation.

Roll On!

The benefits of CONTRIBUTOR, plus a limited-edition set of Chaosium dice (a full set of dice). Please add $5 for Canadian and $10 for international orders.

HIDDEN BENEFIT: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker. A complete set of roleplaying dice.

PDF

The benefits of ROLL ON!, plus a PDF of the basic campaign books and handouts. Shipping does not apply to downloadable documents.

HIDDEN BENEFIT: A downloadable version of the Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker. A complete set of roleplaying dice.

Train Passenger

The benefits of ROLL ON!, plus you will receive two replica limited-edition foil-embossed train tickets to the Orient Express. Please add $5 for Canadian and $10 for international orders.

HIDDEN BENEFIT: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker. A complete set of roleplaying dice.

Tote-ally Cool

The benefits of ROLL ON!, plus a dandy Horror on the Orient Express Tote bag and one replica limited-edition foil-embossed train ticket to the Orient Express.  Please add $5 for Canadian and $10 for international orders.

HIDDEN BENEFIT: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker. A complete set of roleplaying dice.

T-Shirt

The benefits of ROLL ON!, plus a Horror on the Orient Express t-shirt and one replica limited-edition foil-embossed train ticket to the Orient Express. Please add $5 for Canadian and $10 for international orders.

HIDDEN BENEFIT: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker. A complete set of roleplaying dice.

Swallowed by the Kraken -- SOLD OUT

For an attendee of the Kraken 2014 gaming vacation in eastern Germany — extend your stay at the Kraken by one day, free of charge.

CLARIFICATION: Though not explicitly offered, we are extending the benefits of the CAMPAIGN DELUXE to this level.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Con Prize Package

The ultimate prize support package for your convention. You will receive a box-o-goodies to use for your convention. Included will be copies of Call of Cthulhu, Basic Roleplaying, four copies of Horror on the Orient Express, a smattering of monographs, a couple of sourcebooks, plus bumper stickers and an array of handouts which could include resistance tables, keepers' screens, sanitarium forms, and more.

If you would like your box of booty before Horror on the Orient Express is available (August of 2013), we will add in extra sourcebooks to compensate.

Please add $15 for orders within the USA.
Please add $40 for shipping to Canada.
Please add $65 for shipping internationally.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Retailer's Delight

This reward is for retailers. You will receive six copies of the boxed set, plus a hefty stack of Miskatonic University bumper stickers and an array of extra handouts including but not limited to resistance tables, Orient Express posters, Miskatonic University pencils, and more.

Please add $20 for shipping within the USA.
Please add $90 for shipping to Canada.
Please add $100 for international shipping.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, Thanks, credit in the book and, for such a discerning retailer as you, one copy each of the dice, t-shirt, tote, train ticket, M.U. bumper sticker, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Engineer (USA) -- SOLD OUT

THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. 

The benefits of FIRST CLASS, plus Hidden Benefits, postage paid to US locations. You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries. This level includes shipping.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, One Orient Express Coffee Mug, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Engineer (Canada) -- SOLD OUT

THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. 

The benefits of FIRST CLASS, plus Hidden Benefits, postage paid to CANADIAN locations. You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries. This level includes shipping.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, One Orient Express Coffee Mug, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Engineer (Overseas) -- SOLD OUT

THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. 

The benefits of FIRST CLASS, plus Hidden Benefits, postage paid to an OVERSEAS location. You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries. This level includes shipping.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, One Orient Express Coffee Mug, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

NPC-O-Rama! -- SOLD OUT

A Non-Player Character will be named after you! When your friends ask what impact you had on the fundraiser, you can rub their face in the fact you will live on in paper form long after Cthulhu has come and destroyed humanity.

CLARIFICATION: Though not explicitly stated, this level includes all benefits of the ENGINEER. This level includes shipping.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, One Orient Express Coffee Mug, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Lunch at GenCon 2013

You will be served for lunch — ahem — we mean you will join us for lunch. Yes, even in the midst of the madness that is GenCon we still manage to shove food into our faces. You can join us! At least, if you jump on this opportunity quickly...you will be able to join Charlie, some of the Chaosium crew and authors for lunch at a restaurant of our choosing. You must arrange your own transportation to Indianapolis, your GenCon expenses, and your own accommodations.

CLARIFICATION: We are upgrading the Lunch at GenCon to include all benefits of the CONDUCTOR. We will present you your goodies at this lunch.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, One Orient Express Coffee Mug, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

St. Elmo at GenCon

Dinner with Chaosium & authors at GenCon 2013 at the St. Elmo Steakhouse. St. Elmo's is the oldest steakhouse in Indianapolis in its original location. Known for their steaks and horseradishy shrimp cocktails. Businessmen, attorneys, and cultists alike are known to do business at St. Elmo's. You figure out how to get to Indianapolis, and all other accommodations. 

CLARIFICATION: We are upgrading St. Elmo to include all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries. We will present you with your products at dinner.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Ancient History! -- SOLD OUT

You will become the proud owner of Chaosium archival ephemera. This is an original piece of Chaosium history! Contributors will end up with Chaosium ephemera from the original production of Horror on the Orient Express . . . but don't worry, it will all be interesting and unique. Each piece comes with certificate of authentication.

CLARIFICATION: Though not explicitly stated, this level includes all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. You receive a copy of The Express Diaries.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Rogue's Gallery -- SOLD OUT

A pre-generated character named after you, along with a portrait. These characters will be included in a book of passports of passengers on the Orient Express. You will include a mini biography and character stats (must be reasonable). You will also receive a copy of the finished product, an Orient Express tote, and 4 train tickets.

CLARIFICATION: Though not explicitly stated, this level includes all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Stranger On The Train 

In conjunction with the PENULTIMATE TRIP, this package allows a player to join in a segment of the campaign being run in Indianapolis August 12-14 (immediately before GenCon). You will play for at least 6 hours (after which time your character will probably be killed/driven insane/thrown from the train). Includes the benefits of WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. Does not include meals, travel or accommodations. Requires all backers of the PENULTIMATE TRIP to happen as scheduled, otherwise refunded to WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE level after 9/30/2012.

One Night at GenCon -- SOLD OUT

Australian Orient Express editor Mark Morrison will run you through a never-before-played Orient Express scenario on Friday night at Gen Con Indy 2013, from 9pm until late. This unique scenario will only ever be run once, and at the completion of the game you and the other three players will each be handed a watermarked and bound copy of the scenario, and the original file will be deleted. Only four copies of the scenario will be kept in existence, along with the scars and memories of this one night of terror. You are responsible for arranging your own travel and accommodation to Gen Con Indy 2013.

CLARIFICATION: We are upgrading this level to include all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Ephemeral Dinner

We have had a number of inquiries for this level. We are offering a deal that includes both the Ancient History level and Dinner at GenCon 2013. We have a number of maps, plans, and other ephemera from the first edition of Horror on the Orient Express. A bit of this ancient history can be yours.

This level has a limited number of spots, and the dinner will be held with all backers at this level at St. Elmo's legendary steakhouse in Indianapolis. You must provide your own transportation and accommodations for GenCon.

CLARIFICATION: This level includes all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. We will present you with your goodies at dinner.

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Sheer Chaos!

Take a tour of our humble abode that is Chaosium, lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, and engage in an afternoon of gaming and BBQ. You must provide transportation to Hayward CA (close to San Francisco and Oakland), and you must arrange for your own accommodations.

CLARIFICATION: This level includes all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. We are upgrading this level to include shipping of your Horror on the Orient Express goodies (but we are known to add stacks of books to visitors to our office).

HIDDEN BENEFITS: A complete set of roleplaying dice, Puzzle-Cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, The Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus, Upgraded 25mm Train Cars, Alternate Ending, Campaign Survival Guide, Color Orient Express System Map, Upgraded Maps & Handouts, A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

Penultimate Trip -- SOLD OUT

The Keepers of Call of Cthulhu GenCon events such as the Cthulhu Masters Tournament and Novus Ordo Seclorum present an all-out immersive experience for 6. These game masters, who have been running Call of Cthulhu at GenCon since 1985, offer a unique gaming experience. Starting the Monday before GenCon 2013 (August 12, 2013) and running through Wednesday night (August 14, 2013) , they will run 6 players through the complete Horror on the Orient Express in a special location near the Indiana Convention Center. This will be an event replete with props, costumes, and effects. The game will run about 12 hours each day. Meals will be provided at local restaurants and in the gaming room. The final round will be during GenCon itself (time to be determined). The package also includes the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE benefits and a VIG membership to GenCon (a $500 value, subject to availability -- to be deducted from the price if not available). Travel to and from Indianapolis and accomodations are not included and are the responsibility of the backer. Requires all six backers, otherwise refunded to WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE level after 9/30/2012.

Horror on the Orient Express is a Call of Cthulhu campaign released in 1991 as a boxed set. The original came in a cardstock box that included a Strangers booklet, a Campaign booklet, three adventure books, a 28-page Player's Handouts booklet, cardstock maps of the train, and various other maps and handout material.

This is a re-imagining of the original campaign. The booklets will have improved card stock covers, will feature additional art, and the handouts will be expanded to include a matchbox, similar to the one included in our very first boxed campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep in 1984.

WHAT IS CALL OF CTHULHU? -- Call of Cthulhu is a horror roleplaying game based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft. Over 100 supplements have been printed for a total of 500,000 books sold over the last 28 years. Call of Cthulhu has won over 40 gaming awards including Best RPG of All Time by readers of the Arcane magazine. In 1996, Call of Cthulhu was the second roleplaying game to be inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame.

ON CHAOSIUM: Chaosium is a publisher of roleplaying games and horror fiction. We strive to educate players and readers, as well as entertain them. Our games emphasize the spirit of companionship and camaraderie, as the players' characters struggle against villains and evil-doers presented in adventures. Though our game worlds may be magical or horrifying in nature, we feel teenagers and adults can learn valuable lessons through playing our games.

A luggage sticker from the original box
A luggage sticker from the original box

THE NEW EDITION: This is how we currently envision the new edition of Horror On The Orient Express. The following description includes elements developed as a result of this Kickstarter project and may change as this project develops.

THE CORE PRODUCT: The Campaign Book with Alternate Ending and The Orient Express by Gaslight, three adventure books that include a new adventure chapter and a new coda adventure (Through the Alps, Italy & Beyond, Constantinople & Consequences), Strangers On The Train, upgraded Player's Maps & Handouts (plus Survival Guide), The Travelers' Companion, color Orient Express System Map, 25mm-scale card-stock Train Cars, puzzle-cut Sedefkar Simulacrum, four blank Passports, two vintage-looking luggage stickers, replica Orient Express matchbox (because of pesky rules regarding incendiary items, the matchbox will be filled with toothpicks.)

WHEN WILL IT BE RELEASED? Our goal is to have the boxed set available at the next Gen Con, August 2013.

Our Journey So Far...

(The most recent stage of the journey is at the top)

SEARCH FOR THE ASSASSIN: Screeching to a shuddering halt, aid is given to your wounded companion and a search is launched. The lost eye is found — but it is of the wrong color! What could this mean?

The route to Constantinople is more difficult than envisaged but we reached our goal of $175,000. Our overworked authors will labor to create OMNIA VINCIT SANGUINIS (Blood Conquers All), a Cthulhu Invictus scenario set in BC 50 in the city of Nicomedia near the Bosphorus, involving a marauding army of blood and skin and a mystery vampire cult. Here are revealed the darkest origins of some of the key elements of the Orient Express campaign. We will add this new scenario to the core of Horror on the Orient Express, so every level that receives the box product benefits.

THROUGH THE BALKAN MOUNTAINS: Our superlative train speeds over plummeting gorges filled with the silent roar of frozen waterfalls. We near the Bulgarian frontier on a ribbon of steel. Unknown to all, there is an assassin aboard. Who knows where he, or she, will strike?

Dark. lean, and pather-like, the assassin attacks! One of our faithful passengers loses an eye! Nevertheless, we crossed the border and our project reached $170,000. We will work with Alex to craft a special edition of his work with extra tracks bearing Sounds From The Train with instruction to the Keeper for tracks to be played at certain times during play of this iconic adventure.

THE OLD COLLECTOR: Surviving a visit to the old collector's hut, our investigators flee back to the train chased by hundreds of jet black, beady-eyed chickens! Make the train they did, and we reached $160,000. We will have made the MEDALLION OF ITHAQUA, a gold-colored device incised on one side with strange hieroglyphs in a language never spoken by human throats, and on the other side bearing a relief carving of some entity which, while parodying the human shape, seems to writhe and shift continually. One Medallion of Ithaqua is added to the SEASONED-TRAVELER and WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE; other levels can add it to their pledges.

THE BELGRADE BAZAAR: The Orient Express arrives at Belgrade's central railway station at precisely 9:00 am. The excursion to the bazaar was indeed successful, all returned safe, and our project reached $150,000. Now the authors will add "THE DARK CRUSADER", a Cthulhu Dark Ages scenario set in 1204 which flashes back to a key moment in the blood-soaked history of the Sedefkar Simulacrum. This benefit enhances the core Horror on the Orient Express adventure.

NEXT STOP BELGRADE? Most of our steadfast passengers survived their fog-shrouded adventures in unexpected Zagreb, though a few are escorted by doctors from the train, mumbling references to "the bells, the bells!" Nevertheless, we reached our goal of $145,000, so the authors will add a new coda adventure titled "Children of the Skin", set on today's luxury recreation of the Simplon Orient Express, along with details for using the train in modern-day Call of Cthulhu adventures.

We also added value packages such as the Desk Accessory Kit (four sheets of Letterhead, four envelopes, one Orient Express notepad, one telegram notepad, and two Orient Express pencils); Souvenirs From The Journey (6 new Luggage Stickers and 6 postcards from cities along the route); and the Clandestine Game Kit (100 poker chips, a custom playing card deck, and a wooden case to keep them in).

A BIZARRE DINNER: Surviving blustery weather and a "lively" dinner in Trieste, our train reaches its next goal of $135,000. Our authors will add a brand new chapter to the Horror On The Orient Express adventure. This will be a part of the core product, so benefits all levels that receive the core box. Also the CHAOSIUM DICE are a full roleplaying complement of dice including percentiles, eight-sided, and four-sided. We are making a replica COFFEE MUG from the dining car. We are adding ONE COFFEE MUG to each CONDUCTOR and ENGINEER package, and a set of FOUR MUGS to the SEASONED TRAVELER and the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. For the SEASONED TRAVELER and the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE we are also creating an embossed certificate bearing the signatures of the authors, editors, and others who worked on the project.

LOOKING FORWARD TO TRIESTE: After a restful and picturesque ride to Trieste, our sturdy locomotive arrived in late evening, reaching our goal of $125,000. We will publish Madness on the Orient Express, featuring nearly two-dozen all-original tales of supernatural terror featuring the fabled train and its doom-haunted waypoints. A copy of this book is included in the CONDUCTOR and ENGINEER levels, and all levels that earn Conductor and Engineer benefits. Other tiers can include a copy of the book at a discount from its final retail price. Please see the STATION STORE, below.

STROLLING THE STREETS OF VENICE: We safely explored Venice, reaching our goal. We will create THE TRAVELERS' COMPANION, a useful guide for every well-informed investigator! This guide is added to the core product.

QUEEN OF THE ADRIATIC: The train left Milan with the shrieking crescendo of that fatal performance at La Scala echoing through the investigators' sanity. After a long stretch of track through the northern Italian countryside, we arrive in Venice, Queen of the Adriatic, that most beautiful city where love stirs the hearts of the young and old -- but not the heart of something far, far older. Here we reached our next goal, to include a new chapter in the core product (applicable to all levels that receive the core campaign) detailing the train in the 1890s, the route and conditions on the train, current events of that time, a collection of Gaslight-era characters, and an all-new 1890s scenario by Geoff Gillan and Mark Morrison, "The Blood-Red Fez", acting either as a stand-alone 1890s adventure or as a prequel to the events of the main campaign.

HEAVY SNOWS DELAY THE JOURNEY: Surviving the performance at La Scala and returning to their accommodations on the train we will render the Simulacrum in full color and print it on thick puzzle-cut, laminated cardboard stock so that the six pieces (Head, Torso, two Arms, and two Legs) lock together like a puzzle to make a fine, but disturbing, artifact. We also added the Orient Express Dining Car Kit featuring four coasters, four napkins, four placemats, four seat-assignment cards, and two menus to our CONDUCTOR and ENGINEER level pledges (and all levels that receive CONDUCTOR and ENGINEER benefits, not including CON PRIZE PACKAGE or RETAILER DELIGHT).

NEXT STOP, MILAN! Through the newly-built Simplon Tunnel our train safely reaches Milan, Italy, where we will have all train-car diagrams fashionably re-rendered and exquisitely reproduced at 25mm scale.

ON TO LAUSANNE: The Orient Express left Paris in a dark cloud, with the investigators haunted by the sickly smell of those infernal roses. Ahead looms the forbidding shape of the Swiss alps, and a secret buried in war and dreams. In reaching Lausanne, Switzerland we found An Alternate Ending to give you the option of finishing the campaign early, in Istanbul; and a Campaign Survival Guide containing rules and suggestions for keeping the story going through this infamously lethal campaign. In addition, we added a limited Horror on the Orient Express bumper sticker for all levels at or above ROLL ON! (except the PDF level, which gets a downloadable version).

DESTINATION PARIS: We reached our next destination of Paris (our first and second goals), and a meeting with a madman. We are upgrading the quality of maps and handouts, and have added a color map of the Orient Express System.

LEFT THE STATION: The Orient Express officially left the station at full steam (and funded), after a series of unfortunate events in which the same man died three times in one night. What further mysteries await between now and the train's final destination, the distant city of Istanbul?

FAQ

  • We decided to absorb some of the shipping costs for our friends in the North.

    If you live in Canada, please add $5.00 to Train Passenger, Tote, and T-Shirt levels. Please add $10 to your pledge for rewards at the Campaign, Campaign Deluxe, and First Class levels. All higher levels include shipping.

    No shipping is needed for Thanks, Roll On!, or PDF levels.

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  • We decided to absorb some of the shipping costs for our friends Overseas.

    If you live overseas, please add $10.00 to Train Passenger, Tote, and T-Shirt levels. Please add $20 to your pledge for rewards at the Campaign, Campaign Deluxe, and First Class levels. All higher levels include shipping.

    No shipping is needed for Thanks, Roll On!, or PDF levels.

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  • Thank you for being patient while we smooth out the kinks with shipping.

    For the Con Prize Package, please add $15 for shipping within the US.

    Please add $40 for shipping to Canada.

    Please add $65 for shipping overseas.

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  • For the Retailer's Delight reward level, please add $20 for shipping within the US.

    Please add $90 for shipping to Canada.

    Please add $100 for shipping overseas.

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  • We had a few questions asking if the Con package or the Retailer's package include copies of the dice, tote, and shirt. We will include one set of each item in each reward (if you order the Con Prize Package you will receive everything listed under that tier, and one set of dice, one tote, and one shirt).

    This is because the shirts, totes, and dice are meant to be special goodies for Kickstarter backers, and are not meant to be sold.

    We will offer a window cling sticker for your store that will say something along the lines of "The Orient Express Stops here!"

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  • PDFs will be included the PDF level, and in the Campaign levels and higher.

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    Roll On! — A complete Yahtzee of five limited edition Chaosium D6 dice, plus your name on the contributor page.

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    Train Passenger — A limited-edition embossed and foiled Orient Express ticket, plus Chaosium dice. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    PDF — A PDF of the campaign books. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    Tote-ally Cool — A Horror on the Orient Express Tote bag, a limited-edition embossed and foiled Orient Express ticket, plus Chaosium dice.

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    T-Shirt — A Horror on the Orient Express T-Shirt, a limited-edition embossed and foiled Orient Express ticket, plus Chaosium dice.

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    Campaign — a copy of the finished product, a copy of the PDF, and 2 foiled Orient Express tickets. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    Campaign Deluxe — a copy of the finished product, a copy of the PDF, 2 foiled Orient Express tickets, the tote bag, T-Shirt, and Chaosium dice. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    First Class— Copy of the final product, Orient Express tote, and four Limited edition Orient Express tickets, a set of Chaosium dice, and a pack of extra handouts for extra players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, plus a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    Swallowed by the Kraken — For an attendee of the Kraken 2014 gaming vacation in eastern Germany...extend your stay at the Kraken by one day, free of charge. The Kraken is a 5-day-long gaming vacation located at a chateau about an hours drive from Berlin. The convention takes place every two years. This reward has been generously donated by the founders of the Kraken. You must pay for your stay at the Kraken, this reward allows you to stay one extra night (so you can purchase the 4 day stay and spend all 5 days). You are also responsible for all travel to/from the convention. For more information on the Kraken visit http://www.the-kraken.de/

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    Conductor—USA— Copy of the final product, Orient Express T-Shirt, Orient Express tote, and four Limited edition Orient Express tickets, a set of Chaosium dice, and a pack of extra handouts for extra players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, plus a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book. **THIS LEVEL INCLUDES SHIPPING**

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    Conductor—CANADA— Copy of the final product, Orient Express T-Shirt, Orient Express tote, and four Limited edition Orient Express tickets, a set of Chaosium dice, and a pack of extra handouts for extra players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, plus a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book. **THIS LEVEL INCLUDES SHIPPING**

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    Con Prize Package — The ultimate prize support package for your convention. You will receive a box-o-goodies to use for your convention. This will be biggerer and betterer than the typical prize support box, with 4 copies of the final product, extra handouts, Call of Cthulhu and Basic Roleplaying supplements, and extra goodies!

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    Conductor—OVERSEAS— Copy of the final product, Orient Express T-Shirt, Orient Express tote, and four Limited edition Orient Express tickets, a set of Chaosium dice, and a pack of extra handouts for extra players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, plus a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen. Your name listed on the contributor page of the book. **THIS LEVEL INCLUDES SHIPPING**

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    ENGINEER—USA. EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. In London, an aging professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history. When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies: a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch with her reluctant assistant. Together they journey across Europe to recover the long-lost statue. They travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknown to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artifact for their own dark purposes. ••• THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. ••• You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries, plus a copy of the boxed Horror on the Orient Express, one fashionable Orient Express T-Shirt, one useful Orient Express tote, four replica limited-edition foil-embossed train tickets to the Orient Express, a set of Chaosium dice, an extra pack of handouts for your players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen, your name listed on the contributor page of the book, and our eternal thanks. CLARIFICATION: This level includes shipping. HIDDEN BENEFITS: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

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    Retailer's Delight — This reward is for the retailers. You will receive 6 copies of the boxed set, plus a hefty stack of Miskatonic University bumper stickers and an array of extra handouts to use as promotional items.

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    ENGINEER—CANADA. EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. In London, an aging professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history. When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies: a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch with her reluctant assistant. Together they journey across Europe to recover the long-lost statue. They travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknown to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artifact for their own dark purposes. ••• THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. ••• You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries, plus a copy of the boxed Horror on the Orient Express, one fashionable Orient Express T-Shirt, one useful Orient Express tote, four replica limited-edition foil-embossed train tickets to the Orient Express, a set of Chaosium dice, an extra pack of handouts for your players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen, your name listed on the contributor page of the book, and our eternal thanks. CLARIFICATION: This level includes shipping. HIDDEN BENEFITS: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

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    ENGINEER—OVERSEAS. EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. In London, an aging professor has uncovered the clues to the whereabouts of pieces of an ancient statue, all but forgotten by history. When his investigations lead him to fear for his life, he enlists the aid of an unlikely group of allies: a retired colonel, a secretive academic, a magician’s wife, and a Yorkshire matriarch with her reluctant assistant. Together they journey across Europe to recover the long-lost statue. They travel in style, on the most luxurious train the world has ever seen. Unbeknown to them, however, their activities have already attracted the attention of a sinister cult, desperate to acquire the artifact for their own dark purposes. ••• THE EXPRESS DIARIES is a tale of a journey into darkness and horror on the world's most famous train. Jacketed hardcover, featuring extensive black & white and color illustrations by Eric M. Smith. 304 pp with ribbon bookmark. ••• You will receive one copy of The Express Diaries, plus a copy of the boxed Horror on the Orient Express, one fashionable Orient Express T-Shirt, one useful Orient Express tote, four replica limited-edition foil-embossed train tickets to the Orient Express, a set of Chaosium dice, an extra pack of handouts for your players or for your Call of Cthulhu collection, a Horror on the Orient Express keeper's screen, your name listed on the contributor page of the book, and our eternal thanks. CLARIFICATION: This level includes shipping. HIDDEN BENEFITS: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

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    NPC-O-Rama! — A Non-Player Character named after you! Your name listed on the contributor page of the book.

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    SEASONED TRAVELER — Patrons of this tier travel in comfort, style, and only keep the best company. Of course, you receive all CONDUCTOR benefits, plus all Hidden Benefits (with future benefits to come), with postage paid to any location. Need we mention luggage? Your goods will be packed in a fashionably small steamer trunk of faux-byakhee leather. Each trunk bears a plate identifying this as part of the ORIENT EXPRESS project funded by Kickstarter.

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    Lunch at Gencon — Lunch with Chaosium at Gencon 2013. You figure out how to get there, and all other travel details. You and a friend meet us at a restaurant of our choosing. This also includes all the benefits of the SEASONED TRAVELER level.

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    Ancient History! — Framed Chaosium archival ephemera. This is an original piece of Chaosium history! Comes with certificate of authentication. Only 8 are available. This also includes all the benefits of the FIRST CLASS passenger.

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    WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE — Patrons of this tier travel in comfort, style, and only keep the best company. Of course, you receive all CONDUCTOR benefits, plus all Hidden Benefits (with future benefits to come), with postage paid to any location. Need we mention luggage? Your goods will be packed in a fashionably small steamer trunk of faux-byakhee leather. Each trunk bears a metallic plate, consecutively numbered, identifying this as part of the ORIENT EXPRESS project funded by Kickstarter. This is a LIMITED EDITION item of 500 copies. We will allocate low-numbered copies to PENULTIMATE TRIP backers first, then SHEER CHAOS, EPHEMERAL DINNER, ONE-NIGHT AT GENCON, STRANGERS ON THE TRAIN, ROGUES GALLERY, ANCIENT HISTORY, and then WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE backers in that order and in order of support.

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    St Elmo's at Gencon — We will pay for your dinner with Chaosium at Gencon 2013 at St. Elmo's Steakhouse. "With Chaosium" includes Charlie and other Chaosium-ites, and the authors we have at the convention. You figure out how to get there, and all other travel and accommodation details. We are upgrading St. Elmo to include all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. We will present you with your products at dinner.

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    Rogue's Gallery — A pre-generated character named after you, along with a portrait. These characters will be included in a book of passports of passengers on the Orient Express. You will include a mini biography and character stats (must be reasonable). This also includes all the benefits of the FIRST CLASS passenger.

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    STRANGER ON A TRAIN — In conjunction with the PENULTIMATE TRIP, this package allows a player to join in a segment of the campaign being run in Indianapolis August 12-14 (immediately before GenCon). They will play for at least 6 hours (after which time their character will probably be killed/driven insane/thrown from the train). Includes the benefits of WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. Does not include meals, travel or accommodations. Requires all backers of the PENULTIMATE TRIP to happen as scheduled, otherwise refunded to WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE level after 9/30/2012.

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    Ephemeral Dinner — We have had a number of inquiries for this level. We are offering a deal that includes both the ANCIENT HISTORY and DINNER AT GENCON 2013 tiers. We have a number of maps, plans, and other ephemera from the first edition of Horror on the Orient Express. A bit of this ancient history can be yours. This level is limited to 4 spots, and the dinner will be held with all backers at this level at St. Elmo's legendary steakhouse in Indianapolis (on a different night than the ST. ELMO'S DINNER, above). You must provide your own transportation and accommodations for GenCon. CLARIFICATION: This level includes all benefits of the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE. We will present you with your goodies at dinner. HIDDEN BENEFITS: A limited-edition Horror on the Orient Express Bumper Sticker, plus the PDF of the campaign books and handouts.

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    One Night at Gen Con — Australian Orient Express editor Mark Morrison will run you through a never-before-played Orient Express scenario on Friday night at Gen Con Indy 2013 from 9pm until late. This unique scenario will only ever be run once, and at the completion of the game you and the other three players will each be handed a watermarked and bound copy of the scenario, and the original file will be deleted; only four copies of the scenario will be kept in existence, along with the scars and memories of this one night of terror. This reward level also includes all benefits of FIRST CLASS. You are responsible for arranging your own travel and accommodation to Gen Con Indy 2013.

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    Sheer Chaos — Tour of Chaosium, lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, and an afternoon of gaming and BBQ. You must provide transportation to Hayward CA (close to San Francisco and Oakland), and you must arrange for your own accommodations. Scheduling must work with our calendar. Email us to determine dates. This also includes all the benefits of the FIRST CLASS passenger.

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    PENULTIMATE TRIP — The Keepers of Call of Cthulhu GenCon events such as the Cthulhu Masters Tournament and Novus Ordo Seclorum present an all-out immersive experience for 6. These game masters, who have been running Call of Cthulhu at GenCon since 1985, offer a unique gaming experience. Starting the Monday before GenCon 2013 (August 12, 2013) and running through Wednesday night (August 14, 2013) , they will run 6 players through the complete Horror on the Orient Express in a special location near the Indiana Convention Center. This will be an event replete with props, costumes, and effects. The game will run about 12 hours each day. Meals will be provided at local restaurants and in the gaming room. The final round will be during GenCon itself (time to be determined). The package also includes the WELL-HEELED DILETTANTE benefits and a VIG membership to GenCon (a $500 value, subject to availability -- to be deducted from the price if not available). Travel to and from Indianapolis and accomodations are not included and are the responsibility of the backer. Requires all six backers, otherwise refunded to CONDUCTOR level after 9/30/2012.

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