Late last year, Cthulhu Reborn was delighted to release a professionally-laid out PDF version of Geoff Gillan’s almost-but-not-quite-lost Cthulhu By Gaslight epic scenario “The Machine King.” Since making this available as a free 63-page PDF, it has rapidly become our most frequently downloaded item. A few folks have even contacted me to ask whether there is any possibility of a print edition of Geoff’s excellent scenario … and the answer is: well, sort of.
As an excercise in teaching ourselves the ins-and-outs of preparing a layout for print publication via a POD (print on demand) service, we thought we’d take”The Machine King” layout all the way through to being a print-ready title with LULU. Just to see how much work is involved in ironing out the layout for print. As you can see from the photos nearby, the print proofs from LULU turned out pretty well.
Now, while this whole experiment was undertaken as an in-house learning exercise (a pretty successful one by my reckoning), having readied this book for print I *do* have some capacity to print and ship additional copies should any of you loyal blog-readers desire one. Because I am not (yet) an official Call of Cthulhu licensee, I can’t offer these for commercial sale … that would be inviting the ire of Chaosium (and fair enough). But if you are willing to figure out some way to cover the raw printing & shipping cost from LULU (about USD11 per copy of the 64-page printed “Machine King,” including shipping to US, UK, Australia or Europe), or if you have something nifty of similar value that you’d be willing to trade for a copy … drop me a message via the form below and we’ll see what can be worked out.
In order to preserve the last remaining shreds of our sanity, I can only really keep this offer open for a limited period: let’s say, until end of June … after that, the PDF will continue to be available (of course), but we won’t be offering any more printed copies.
BTW: to make this perfectly clear — the contents of this book are identical to the free PDF you can download right now over on this page or on RPGNow; this is just an opportunity to get a nice glossy professionally-printed version of same. If that strikes you as a strange proposition, this probably isn’t the offer for you — but some folks swear by “dead tree” versions of books over PDFs; if that’s you, maybe this is of interest.