Well … it’s been a big week for us here in the Cthulhu Reborn bunker. Not only have we released Dateline: Lovecraft (a product that we’ve had in the works for ages), but we have been making a lot of progress on the next “Ticket of Leave” supplement for Convicts & Cthulhu. The latter was technically due out in August but needed to be pushed for a bunch of reasons, and will hopefully be out in the next week or so.
On the Dateline: Lovecraft front, we couldn’t be happier with how well the (paid) core product has been selling over on RPGNow — not only has it been lurking around the #6 top seller on that site, but it’s also raised more funds for Cthulhu Reborn in few days as we’ve raised for other products this year. Sales of the (pay-what-you-want) scenario add-on have also been exceptionally good. In just days profits from sales of these two has covered almost a quarter of the money we put into bringing Dateline: Lovecraft to market. That’s a great sign for us being able to spin off more free PDFs, once we’ve earned enough to commission new content.
A few people have asked for some more previews of what the pieces of the Dateline: Lovecraft newspaper prop look like — I guess so they can make their own judgement about how “authentic” and “game-able” they might be. We put together this montage which shows just a handful of the 200+ items which make up the newspaper: hopefully, though, it gives prospective purchasers a bit of a better guide as to what they’ll be getting. Remember, that while the newspaper is the heart and soul of the product line, the core package also includes a 58-page guidebook with a complete scenario plus a bunch of campaign ideas and material to make it easier to integrate newspaper-related-content into your game.
We also had several questions from folks who are curious about exactly how we plan to create free PDF scenario add-ons and how much money we’ll need to raise to be able to do that. Those are excellent questions, but probably worthy of a blog entry of their own (so I’ll defer them til another day).