The Things We Leave Behind is an anthology of 5 modern day scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game published by Chaosium, Inc, edited by Jeff Moeller, and written by Brian M. Sammons, Scott Dorward, Simon Brake, and Jeff Moeller. Art by Davide Como and Stephanie McAlea.
While it's the first kickstarter from Stygian Fox Publishing, Chaosium's newest licensee, the team are no stranger to kickstarter projects having been a part of many in the last few years for diverse companies as Golden Goblin Press, Chaosium, and Miskatonic River Press.
Taking its inspirational cues from Delta Green, Fargo, Blood Simple, and True Detective, the book takes a mature look at the horror of human nature and its ability to be just as disturbing as anything from the Mythos.
The scenarios deal with unavoidable fates, dark secrets, and seriously bad choices made by the antagonists. As so often is the case, there are no winners when fate has trapped you in a dice game for doom or destiny. As such, please be aware that some of themes are quite mature and are suitable for adult gamers only.
The funds for this Kickstarter will go towards commissioning more art from Davide Como, a fantastic Italian artist known for his dark contrast and lingering shadows. It will also help pay for a layout artist to portray the scenarios in their best (gibbous moon) light, and hiring writers of quality if the book is to expand.
I hope you can help us do that. Ia! Ia!
We have a great team lined up for this project (with a couple of ENnie nominations and awards between us).
Jeffrey Moeller - writer on 'Mortal Coils', 'Tales of the Crescent City', and 'Ashes to Ashes'.
Brian M. Sammons - writer on Terrors from Beyond, House of R'Lyeh, Atomic Age Cthulhu, and weird fiction line editor for Dark Regions Press.
Scott Dorward - writer, World War Cthulhu line developer, and contributor to Nameless Horrors, The Final Revelation, and The Curse of Nineveh.
Simon Brake - writer, King in Yellow servitor, contributor to upcoming horror anthologies, and Haiku wizard.
Davide Como - Independent illustrator and master of dark shadows.
Stephanie McAlea - 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. The Things We Leave Behind will be in PDF format and also Print-On-Demand (POD). A code will be given to backers so they can download, or have a physical copy mailed to them via RPG Now and DrivethruRPG (Shipping of physical copies will be extra and backers are responsible for any import duties in their own territory).
Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home by Jeff Moeller. The investigators search for an abducted child in suburban Cleveland, Ohio, where time becomes a serious concern.
Forget Me Not by Brian M. Sammons. An accident in a TV truck in rural Michigan sees the investigators awake in a ditch with no recollection of how they got there.
Roots by Simon Brake. Inquiries into a missing teen will teach the investigators that some mid-west communities prefer to be left alone.
Hell in Texas by Scott Dorward. After a suicide at a church's east Texas Halloween haunted house, strange events threaten the lives and sanity of all those in the vicinity, including the investigators.
The Night Season by Jeff Moeller shows that fandom in Anchorage, Alaska, can go too far when reality begins to shift.
All scenario locations can be relocated with minimal effort.
So join us in our descent into darkness!
1st Stretch Goal - The Grand Plan - £5,000 (+£500): Extra PDF pages by Jeffrey Moeller detailing an overarching campaign idea to link the scenarios. Print customers get these too in PDF form. UNLOCKED!
2nd Stretch Goal - Blasphemous Visions - £6,000 (+£1,500) Even more amazing art from Davide Como squeezed into the book! UNLOCKED!
3rd Stretch Goal - The Mark of Evil - £7,000 (+£2,500) A pdf portfolio of art, logos, and stationery for both some of the organizations described in the book, as well as a well-known adversary from days gone by (which figures into Stretch Goal #1 as well).
Amended! We have decided to give free shipping to all physical copy backers! UNLOCKED!
4th Stretch Goal - Intimate Encounters - £9,000 (+£4,500): A sixth scenario for the main book by Golden Goblin Press' Head Honcho /CEO Oscar Rios. Bodies are turning up and left behind by the first victim was a particularly provocative ad in a “back page” personals bulletin board, often used by underground escorts and those seeking to do illicit business. Can the investigators uncover the truth and stop the killing spree? Or are they next? UNLOCKED!
5th Stretch Goal - Hardcover - £12,000 (+£7,500): We'll upgrade every physical copy from softcover to hardcover making it last longer and look even better on your bookshelf and gaming table!
More to follow!
Call of Cthulhu™ is a trademark of Chaosium Inc for their Lovecraftian horror game and is used under licence.
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 April 2016.
We hope you'll enjoy scaring your players with The Things We Leave Behind!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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