So the last few weeks here at Cthulhu Reborn Central have been mostly filled with stuffing envelopes with printed combo packs of Dateline: Lovecraft kits and transporting small mountains of parcels to the post office. We are now mostly done, and dozens of folks in diverse places around the world are now the proud (we hope) owners of genuine replica 1928 Arkham Advertiser broadsheets.
However, while we have been busy doing that, in the background we have also been making some progress with new releases for our product lines. I thought now might be a good opportunity to share some news about the next couple of things coming from us.
It’s been a few months since we debuted our new streamlined format for Convicts & Cthulhu, the C&C Musters. Overall the response to C&C Muster #1 (“The Turbulent Mason”) has been positive, so we will be continuing with this format for a second supplement, likely released in the coming days. That PDF will be subtitled “Master of Convicts” and cover the eventful real-world life of Mr. Nicholas Divine, Superintendent of Convicts at NSW. In addition to mountains of flavour-filled nuggets of real-world detail, we’ll also include some directly game-relevant material (such as fictional extrapolations of what *could* have been the cause of the terrifying sinking of the HMS Guardian!)
While we have been concentrating on getting physical packs of Dateline: Lovecraft out the door, we haven’t been checking as closely how well the PDF version is selling — turns out that those have been ticking away quite well. To the point that we are closing in on raising enough funds to commission and publish a third Dateline EXTRA! freebie PDF to tie-in with the prop newspaper. We’ve already picked which manuscript we’d like to release next … and it’s another cracking scenario by Jo Kreil called “Spoiled Milk.”
If you’ve spent any time poring through the numerous articles and advertisements in the Dateline newspaper prop, maybe you have noticed the unusual number of references to Arkham’s milk supply, and concerns about tainted milk? Well, Jo certainly did, and she has woven those different mentions into an investigative scenario with three different (but equally nasty) Mythos explanations for exactly what is going on. It’s enough to make you want to give up on dairy forever.
Here’s the brand-new illustration from Reuben that will accompany this new EXTRA! coming soon-ish … (if PDFs keep selling at their present rate!)