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Flames Rising Design Essay on The Wasted Land

October 21, 2011

There is a design essay on the site Flames Rising about Call of Ctulhu: The Wasted Land – check it out!

… I’d written a paper supplement for Chaosium, the publishers of Call of Cthulhu a couple of years ago called the Dark Mirror. While working on this I had talked to Chaosium about doing something in video games on a number of occasions but it never seemed to happen for one reason or another. Then, the stars aligned last year, and I found myself in a position to do a mobile adaptation of Call of Cthulhu. Now mobile is not traditionally the first choice as a platform for an RPG especially not a paper one. A core part of what makes Call of Cthulhu such a great game is the people you play with and the role-playing they bring to the table but when faced with a screen that is about the same size as the palm of your hand, re-creating that communal experience is hard. So in deciding how to approach the game I looked back through the many games I’d played, searching for inspiration so we could retain that role-playing vibe yet allow a strong experience that lives as much in your head as in the games machine. …

Very early play-testing of the game...

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