About this project
Hudson & Brand: Inquiry Agents of the Obscure is the first in our ‘Safe House’ series where players of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game (published by Chaosium, Inc), have a home-base for their characters to work out of. At hand, they will have resources, a gun range, a collection of monographs on various subjects, a small library, three members of staff, and property consisting of offices and lodgings in the very heart of London.
The book will also contain numerous case files written by Hudson & Brand (both of whom are now missing), NPCs, plans, scenario seeds, and an adventure. It will be edited by Jeff Moeller, and written by Robert Grayston & Stephanie McAlea. Art is by Jon Gibbons and Stephanie McAlea, along with numerous period photographs and images. This is the second Call of Cthulhu Kickstarter from Stygian Fox Publishing (The Things We Leave Behind being our first), and our third in total (the other being the fantasy gazetteer; Distant Realms).
Taking its inspirational cues from Sherlock Holmes, Ripper Street, Auguste Dupin, The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher, and The Incendiary's Trail, the book takes a mature look at the horror of Mythos machinations and the many dark corners in the seat of empire.
The funds for this Kickstarter will go towards commissioning more art and the hiring more writers and creatives of quality if the book is to expand. The funds will also go on printing and distribution.
PDF: The Dark Network (PDF) The PDF will be full colour with the standard cover and will contain the main book material but not the expanded material*
B&W Softcover + Colour PDF:
HM Constabulary (B&W Softcover+PDF)
The main book will be B&W with the standard colour cover and will come with a colour PDF. Neither of these products will contain the expanded material*
Colour Hardback + Colour PDF:
The Hidden Patrons (Colour H/B+PDF) and The Powers (Colour Hardcover+PDF+Naming)
This edition will come as a full colour hardback and colour PDF featuring the standard cover. Neither of these will contain the expanded material*
Limited Edition Spirits Edition The Spirits (Ltd Ed S/C+PDF+Naming)
This edition will be limited and will not appear after the kickstarter. It will have white lettering on a minimalist period softcover but will be full colour throughout. It will also contain a section on ghosts and spirits of Victorian London and how to include them in your adventures. The spirits section will not appear in any other edition*
Limited Edition Immortals Edition
The Immortals (Ltd Ed H/C+PDF+Naming)This edition will be limited and will not appear after the Kickstarter. It will have grey/silver lettering on a minimalist period hardcover but will be full colour throughout. It will also contain a section on a small group of Immortals operating in Victorian London and how to include them in your adventures. Whether you as the the Keeper uses them for good or ill or even as pre-generated characters is up to you. The Immortals section will not appear in any other edition*
Limited Edition Curators Edition (Ltd Ed H/C+PDF+Naming) This edition will be limited and will not appear after the kickstarter.
This edition will contain numerous items but the book will be a minimalist hardcover of bronze/burnished gold on black. It will be full colour throughout, Both the PDF and the book will contain the previous 'Spirits' and 'Immortals' sections.
*The special EXTRA sections of the Spirits & Immortals will be added to the Curators edition but will only be available (for free) to other backers via DriveThruRPG in PDF format. They were never originally meant to be part of Hudson & Brand (and the standard edition is the Hudson & Brand book) but we thought adding them would be a nice touch.
The adventure deals with squalor, dark secrets, underground gambling, and a gang of Fenians hell bent on bringing destruction to London ...but all is not as it first appears. As so often is the case, madness or death may take the Investigators and the premises of Hudson & Brand at 3 Golden Square give ample opportunity to bring new characters into the fold with a minimum of fuss. Horror stalks the land and, as such, please be aware that some of the themes are quite mature and are suitable for adult gamers only.
The Curious Case of ‘Bare Knuckle Bill’ by Robert Grayston & Stephanie McAlea sees the investigators get an earnest plea for assistance from an urchin who fears his pugilist friend, William Hawthorne, aka 'Bare Knuckle Bill', has been waylaid and may be dying in a ditch somewhere. The case soon reveals itself to be more than a mere missing person case as Fenians, Ruffians, and a mysterious woman all begin to hamper the Investigators inquiries.
Robert Grayston (co-Writer) – Robert Grayston recently wandered into catacombs beneath Istanbul and ever since has had a deep and unnerving interest in the depths of the ocean, the void between the stars and those voices that seep into your dreams. He dislikes the laughter of children, sanctified ground and celery.
Leigh Woosey (Layout Designer) – Graphic designer and art worker with 10 years’ experience. He has worked for Games Workshop on ‘Warhammer: Triumph and Treachery’, ‘Codex Tyranids’, and designed the packaging and branding for the Citadel Hobby Range.
Jon Gibbons (Illustrator) – a self-taught, UK based Freelance Illustrator who specializes in concept art and illustration for the RPG and boardgame industries.
George Cotronis (Cover Artist/Illustrator) – George Cotronis lives in the wilderness of Northern Sweden. He makes a living designing book covers. He sometimes writes. His stories have appeared in ‘XIII’, ‘Big Pulp’ and ‘Vignettes from the End of the World’.
Matthew Pook (Editor and Proofreader) – Pookie is English. It is his task to make Spot Hidden rolls on an almost prodigious basis, ‘tut’ quietly to himself and shake his head, before politely suggesting to the author(s) that they might like to re-work the book.
Stephanie McAlea (co-Writer) - cartographer on ‘Horror on the Orient Express’, ‘2300AD’, ‘Call of Cthulhu 7th edition’, and ‘Cthulhu by Gaslight’.
With our team, we believe we can get your book to you in a timely fashion. Hudson & Brand will be in PDF format and also Print-On-Demand (POD). A code will be given to backers so they can download, the PDF and Stygian Fox will arrange to have a physical copy mailed to them via RPG Now and DrivethruRPG (backers are responsible for any import duties in their own territory). Shipping is extra. The Curator level reward will be collated here at Stygian Fox HQ personally and will shipped out for free. Again, any import duties are the responsibility of the backer and the local authorities.
More to follow!
Call of Cthulhu is the Registered Trademark of Chaosium Inc., and is used with their permission. www.chaosium.com.
The names, descriptions, and depictions applied to this supplement are derived from works copyrighted by and include trademarks owned by Chaosium Inc., and may not be used or reused without its permission.
Risks and challenges
If there are any issues such as Real Life™ getting in the way or artistic/creative speed bumps holding things up we will communicate promptly and let you know where you stand. This book will initially be PDF and POD only as we want to learn to walk before we run.
We've seen enough projects from others to know that a Kickstarter is never completely plain sailing so we're taking the step of starting small and MAKING SURE you get your PDF in a timely fashion and that you're satisfied.
Most of the writing is complete, as is some of the art. This means we're quietly confident of getting this PDF to you by the stated deadline but we are also aware that extra images, stretch goals, and finishing up the completed PDF can take time.
Our anticipated distribution date is March 2017.
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