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A setting of 1970s Cold War espionage for the Call of Cthulhu RPG
A setting of 1970s Cold War espionage for the Call of Cthulhu RPG
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“The Americans were passing Intel to the Israelis, hoping that they’d act fast to grab the artefacts as a cultural priority, mainly to snub the Russians. They didn’t know about the Stasi mole funnelling everything back to Moscow, or that their Damascus network was wide open. We had some agents in place throughout, but I didn’t for a minute think we weren’t compromised in some way or another. And my code N sources were feeding back whispers from the cultists that they’d got a solid lead on the origins of the pieces and were getting ready to move. The whole thing was a murky mess, and I needed to clean it up. The only thing I knew for sure was that we needed to neutralise half a dozen people in the next 24 hours... but who?”

World War Cthulhu: Cold War throws you into one of the most paranoid and chaotic conflicts of the 20th century. The tangled webs of the spymasters tear and rejoin, double and triple agents make their moves and counter-moves, and it’s hard to be sure which side you’re really working for. Nuclear destruction hangs over everyone, and a few people at the heart of western intelligence continue their personal battle against the insidious influence of a much older enemy…

This Kickstarter is for a new 1970s Cold War setting for the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying Game.

As the superpowers face off in proxy wars and brutal espionage, a shadowy unit lodged parasitically within western intelligence struggles against an unknowable, ancient and evil alien threat. While operating on the front lines of the Cold War, investigators must also work as part of Section 46 to counter the influence of the Cthulhu Mythos. 

In the murky world of cold war espionage, there is no such thing as certainty. Trust no one, and your conflicted loyalties to your home agency and Section 46 will see you betraying the trust placed in you in ways you could never have imagined. 

If you love the novels of John Le Carré (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy et al), shows like Homeland, The Americans and The Sandbaggers, or comics like Greg Rucka’s Queen & Country then this is the Call of Cthulhu setting for you! 

We need your help to bring this setting to life with a bang, create the best core setting book possible and develop awesome expansions. As a backer, you can choose from a range of rewards including a copy of the hardcover core setting book, a deluxe edition of the core book, and a range of supplements to really get you started! There’s loads more detail about what’s included below in the Books section below. 

The Cold War setting forms part of our wider World War Cthulhu line which covers a range of conflicts (see the FAQ for more info). You don’t need any other World War Cthulhu products to play Cold War – it is a standalone setting – but it forms a part of the over-arching World War Cthulhu narrative. You will need a copy of Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu Rulebook to play.

World War Cthulhu: Cold War – the Setting 

“Every now and again I’d hear whispers about Section 46, but in our line of work paranoia, mistrust and conspiracy are part of the landscape. I don’t know you, apart from N’s recommendation, so I don’t know what you’ve picked up about us before now, but I solemnly promise that whatever you’ve heard, the truth is infinitely worse.” 

Western intelligence is possessed. Very few have heard of Section 46, and even fewer actually believe it exists, a loose cabal of agents drawn from across the western powers’ intelligence and military apparatus. Agents who have had a brush with something unworldly, alien and evil. Agents like you. 

You work for the shadowy spymaster N against the insidious influence of the Mythos, but the enigmatic H also haunts the dreams of many agents. Active players in the Cold War, you need to maintain the confidence of your ‘home’ agency amid an atmosphere of distrust and suspicion. At any one time you might be engaged in multiple missions for multiple agencies, but not really clear as to where any of them have come from. Which mission objectives are valid and which must be kept deniable? Which are right, which are wrong? And can you really tell the difference? 

You are forced to deal with forces the human mind cannot comprehend – the balance of power, the threat of nuclear war, and the ever-present danger posed by the Mythos. You don’t know who to trust any more – least of all yourself. 

World War Cthulhu: Cold War – the Project 

We want to bring you a fantastic new hardback setting book filled with evocative background, intriguing mysteries, inspirational advice and stunning artwork, to really do this era justice. Not only are we offering you the chance to get hold of the World War Cthulhu: Cold War hardback core book, but also to get a very limited-edition deluxe copy of the book too. 

If you’ve seen any of our books before, you’ll know we pride ourselves on our high production values, and World War Cthulhu: Cold War will be no exception. Cubicle 7’s previous Call of Cthulhu products come very highly recommended, and have won ENnie and Origins Awards. 

As well as the award winning core Cubicle 7 team, we’ve assembled an awesome team of industry heavyweights such as Mike Mason (Call of Cthulhu line editor at Chaosium), Paul Fricker (co-author of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition), Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan (line developer for The Laundry RPG and author of The Darkening of Mirkwood) and Scott Dorward (line developer for World War Cthulhu). We’ll have amazing art from the likes of Jon Hodgson, Scott Purdy and others.

Call of Cthulhu is a registered trademark of Chaosium Inc., and used under license.

World War Cthulhu: Cold War – the Books 

This Kickstarter includes the following books: 

World War Cthulhu: Cold War core setting book

The hardcover core setting book contains all the information you need to run a World War Cthulhu: Cold War game, brought to you by our amazing team of designers, writers and artists. Available in standard hardcover and deluxe embossed and foil stamped editions.  This book will be a minimum of 224 pages.

•See the table of contents here.

Section 46 Operations Manual - Player's Guide 

A handbook for players, designed to teach them how best to succeed and survive in this murky world, or at least how to delay the inevitable for as long as possible. 

Our American Cousins - Setting Supplement 

Provides additional character creation options for American agents of Section 46, along with details of the intelligence agencies they have infiltrated and a number of missions tied to American covert missions on both domestic and foreign soil. 

Yesterday's Men - Campaign Book 

A small team from Section 46 will need to head into enemy territory to learn the truth about a forgotten intelligence unit and deal with the consequences, no matter where this takes them.
• Learn more about the Campaign here.  
• Learn more about expanding the Campaign here.

Covert Actions - Scenario Supplement 

This collection of scenarios presents all the dangerous missions, unreliable allies, confused agendas and blatant falsehoods you'll need to keep your players looking over their shoulders for months to come. 

We’ll be taking a closer look at these books as the campaign progresses. 

 £7,500 - UNLOCKED - Funded!  

£15,000 - UNLOCKED! Campaign book grows to 4 parts
£20,000 - UNLOCKED! Campaign book grows to 5 parts
£25,000 -  UNLOCKED! Campaign book grows to 6 parts
£30,000 - UNLOCKED! Free PDF of handouts for everyone at a reward level
£32,500 UNLOCKED! Scenario Supplement grows to 5 scenarios!
£35,000 UNLOCKED! Corebook grows!
£37,500 UNLOCKED! - Scenario Supplement grows to 6 scenarios!
£40,000 UNLOCKED - Printed handouts available for £10!

Learn more about the Handout PDF here

If you'd like to tailor your pledge level, or include any extra copies, please add the following amounts to your pledge.

Physical books 

World War Cthulhu: Cold War core setting – Standard Edition £25 ($40)

World War Cthulhu: Cold War core setting – Deluxe Edition £50 ($80)

Our American Cousins – American sourcebook £15 ($24)

Covert Actions – scenario supplement £15 ($24)

Yesterday's Men – campaign £20 ($30)

Section 46 Operations Manual - player's guide £15 ($24)

Handouts - physical pack £10 ($16)

* We'll work out the add-on shipping cost in backerkit after the Kickstarter closes - they will be a percentage of the total add-on cost, 10% for UK/USA, 20% for EU and 40% for everywhere else.

PDFs 

World War Cthulhu: Cold War core setting – Standard Edition £13 ($20)

Our American Cousins - American sourcebook £9 ($14)

Covert Actions – scenario supplement £9 ($14)

Yesterday's Men – campaign £10 ($16)

Section 46 Operations Manual - player's guide £9 ($14)

Existing World War Cthulhu Books 

If you'd like to catch up on the World War Cthulhu story so far, here are some links to the Second World War line, available now in PDF and hard copy. You should be able to get them at your friendly local game store, or direct from us if you don't have one close to you. The hard copies come with a free PDF as we're part of Bits and Mortar - including if you buy them from retailers involved in the scheme. Please support your local games stores!

Information - http://www.cubicle7.co.uk/our-games/world-war-cthulhu-2/

Webstore - http://shop.cubicle7store.com/epages/es113347.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/es113347_shop/Categories/World_War_Cthulhu

PDFs on DrivethruRPG - http://drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/54/Cubicle-7-Entertainment-Ltd/subcategory/179_19403/World-War-Cthulhu

Risks and challenges

We have lots of experience of producing roleplaying books and we have the skills and knowledge needed to deliver this product. If we mess anything up, we'll get it redone. We also have a close, existing relationship with our printers, and will work closely with them to make sure the finished book is as close to perfect as possible.

Delays are always a possibility, and one that Cubicle 7 has encountered before. We've been operating for over 8 years and have encountered many delay-causing circumstances (as our oldest friends will testify). Experience has since taught us how to identify and avoid most of them. We'll manage any delays by communicating with backers about potential problems as soon as they become apparent.

We are well progressed with the writing. We shall be tailoring the products to the success of the Kickstarter, so there is the possibility that extra material (that strong support unlocks) could be added. However, we are mindful that extra material often takes extra time to produce, and we do not want to delay publication unnecessarily.

Our commitment is to producing an excellent game setting and providing you with a range of top-quality products to support it.

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    VETERAN SECTION HEAD (approx $178) – Everything with the Deluxe Core Book! The Deluxe edition World War Cthulhu: Cold War setting book plus the 4 supplements – the actual physical books and the PDFs, plus your name in the book! Please add shipping - £9 UK/USA, £18 Europe, £36 Rest of World including Canada.

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    CHIEF OF SERVICE (approx $775) - One of our agents will brief you personally. And by brief we mean run a game of World War Cthulhu: Cold War for you and your gaming group, either in person (if you’re at the same convention as one of our legendary Keepers) or via Google Hangouts. Also includes the Veteran Section Head pledge level rewards. Please add shipping - £9 UK/USA, £18 Europe, £36 Rest of World including Canada.

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