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#CthulhuThursday! It’s got to be Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics.

February 8, 2018

So I’ve not had the time to post as much as I would have liked. That’s not because I’ve not been immersed in all things Cthulhu – but because I’ve had too much!  So yesterday we launched the news of Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – a project close to my tentacled heart!

Join the Secret War as the WW2 Allies Fight for Humanity’s Survival in: Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics

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We all know what was at stake during World War II – civilisation had to stop a tyrannical and murderous enemy whose crimes still shock over half a century later.

But what if the terror  of the Nazis was not the most demonic in that awful conflict?

It is well known that the Nazis had an obsession with the occult. What if their secret missions to ancient sites had found more than just broken pottery? What if there was something out in the darkness, waiting… and when the Nazis called… it answered? This is the terrifying premise of Achtung! Cthulhu – where WW2 meets the Cthulhu Mythos to form an axis of evil that must be stopped at all costs!

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics is a World War II-themed strategic role-playing game in which the Nazis have turned to other-worldly beings to bolster their war effort. In this universe, the Nazi’s well-known obsession with the occult has yielded results, with their discovery that the creatures of the Cthulhu Mythos are real.

Thus begins The Secret War where covert allied operators fight desperate battles against an unholy alliance of Nazi science and Mythos sorcery. Featuring Shoggoth-powered Panzers, HMG-armed investigators, mutated Nazi super soldiers, secret bunkers filled with mysterious research, and alien artifact-powered wonder weapons – Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics has it all!

Achtung! Cthulhu originally debuted five years ago as a Kickstarter project by the then-nascent Modiphius. It smashed its original funding goal many times over and has expanded to include a wide range of tabletop products including expansions to the RPG, a skirmish miniatures game, novels, audio dramas, and multiple crossovers with other licences. It has wowed critics and players with its sweeping apocalyptic narrative arc and inventive monstrous creations, winning multiple awards since its release.

To celebrate the five year anniversary of the original launch and this new announcement, Achtung! Cthulhu makes a triumphant return to Kickstarter, giving existing fans a chance to bolster their forces early in advance of the main assault, and helping to fund the Kickstarter campaign for additional content in the video game, on top of what Ripstone has fully funded for the core game.

Some funding tiers include copies of the Achtung! Cthulhu RPG or skirmish miniatures game, plus exclusive rewards yet to be unveiled.  

I do so hope you’ll join us in The Secret War!

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Details on Gamesforum London & PC Connects 2018…

January 15, 2018

Hello! Just a quick note to say that I’m going to be attending Games Forum, and I’m really pleased to have been asked to speak at it’s 1st event. It’s on 24th/25th Jan 2018. My talk is on how games connect to the real world. (So ovs, something we’ve done a lot of!) I did a Q&A with the kind people at Gamesforum here:

Gamesforum: Auroch Digital is known for its news games project from a number of years ago. Why did the company work on games that could be considered political?

Rawlings: I’d always felt that, as a gamer and a game designer, games were my natural medium to express how I felt about events around me. I just took that idea and ran with it. I’d argue as a counter all games are political – the question is more around if you see the politics. Even games that try to be apolitical are in effect taking a political stance.

Take a basic question like coop or vs in multiplayer – they are rooted in different ideas of how its fun for humans to interact. Cooperation vs competition is a core political idea and the degree to which our societies should/do reflect those aspects is the subject of huge debate. That’s not to say one is better than the other, more we argue about the degree and nuance…

I’m speaking on the 25th at 3.30pm in the County Suite One – if you want to come and listen and ask questions!

Also I’m there on 24th too – so feel free to ping me to hook up!

Plus I’m not the only Auroch there! My colleagues Peter and Nina are also in London this week. Details here.

I’m also going to be at PC Connects too on 22nd. So if your there too and want to chat, let me know. Also others from our team are going to be there too at both events speaking too on various things.

Thanks 🙂

PS. How I sound when I bang on about a thing…

The First #CthulhuThursday of 2018! Ai! Ai!

January 4, 2018

We’re kicking off the start of Cthulhu Thursday for 2018 with a bit of a look back, so non-euclidean style! I thought it might be interesting to see what of my posts on Cthulhu Mythos/Lovecraft were the most popular reads on the site… So here they are in reverse order…

4th – The Great Beast and the Great War: Aleister Crowley in WW1 – This is an older post, over 5 years old now! But the subject – Crowley – is an ever fascinating one.

3th – Cthulhu Thursday: Experiment 17 – A week when I’d linked out to a great little WW2/Lovecraft mashup film!

2nd – #CthulhuThursday – Reflecting the Dark Mirror of Chaos! Now I’m not sure why this above all else became such a popular post? Might be because of the amazing art linked in there?

And finally….

1st! – Cthulhu Thursday: Top 5 best of Mythos, Cthulhu and Lovecraft Film, TV, Games, Stories and more… (A Work in Progress). This is my most popular post by a long way. Originally written in 2012, I’ve kept this updated as I read, play, watch more Mythos stuff. Indeed I edited it today! So if you want some suggestions, do check it out!

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The Final #CthulhuThursday of 2017…

December 28, 2017

Gather round the dying embers of the fire, for its fading light is the only protection from the monsters in the dark… So gentle readers we see the end of 207 coming. I restarted Cthulhu Thursday in August this year after nearly 4 year gap. During that time I have not wavered in my faith – I just didn’t blog about it. That changed this year and is set to continue into 2018. While whether or not I manage it every week (as we are busy!!) it will come at you regularly over 2018.

Here’s a few for you for this week… See you in 2018!

I liked these Dagon cultist figures! (Source)

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Did you know there was a pop-up Necronomicon? Nor me, but there is!

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And this image of the beast/god/alien himitself rising from the sea is pretty cool! (Source)

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And a final note for 2018…

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Ogre Celeb Multiplayer Event! #PlayOgre

December 19, 2017

Important news! Ogre sees a major multiplayer event this Thursday! Here’s the news from the Auroch Digital forum (So now is the time to grab a copy of Ogre and join in the melee!)

Hello everyone!

Jake from Auroch Digital here, and wow do we have a Christmas treat for you! You may be aware that we’ve been running Ogre Multiplayer Fridays recently as a way to get as many people involved in multiplayer games as possible. These have been good fun and have led to some fantastic games between members of this great community, and even between the developers and fans!

This week, as it’s the final Friday before Christmas, we’re giving you a chance to play not just against the developers of the digital adaptation, but against a range of Ogre and Steve Jackson Games’ royalty and celebrities, including the man himself!

The full list of celebrities and Ogre experts taking part is as follows;

  • Steve Jackson – the legendary designer of Ogre, GURPS, Car Wars, Munchkin and more… Available between 11 am – 4 pm EST, 4 pm – 8 pm UK
  • Winchell Chung – the man behind the iconic artwork of the original board game. 12 pm – 4 pm EST, 5 pm – 9 pm UK
  • Steven J Marsh – GURPS Project Manager. 4 pm – 8 pm EST, 9 pm – 1 am UK
  • Drew Metzger – Ogre Line Editor. 2 pm – 5 pm EST, 7 pm – 10 pm UK
  • Devin Lewis – Game Designer and Munchkin Editorial Assistant. 5 pm – 8 pm EST, 10 pm – 1 am UK.
  • Jake Connor – that’s me! Community Manager at Auroch Digital. 10 am – 2 pm EST, 3 pm – 7 pm UK.
  • Steve Martin – Designer on the Ogre Steam adaptation. 10 am – 2 pm EST, 3 pm – 7 pm UK

All you need to do is log in at any of the above times, head to ‘Ranked Matchmaking’ and begin searching!

Important note – matchmaking is random and there is no strict guarantee that you will definitely be matched with any of the noted participants above. We will be available throughout the day and playing against the first opponents we match against. We will be playing multiple games so if you don’t match someone above immediately, feel free to try again later! As a rule of thumb, a game takes around 30-45 mins.

As always on Multiplayer Fridays, there are six key times to be aware of, if you want to keep matching fellow players outside of the celebrity slots:

Friday 22nd December
UK – 3PM, 5PM, 7PM, 9PM, 11PM, 1AM
Eastern – 10AM, 12PM, 2PM, 4PM, 6PM, 8PM
Pacific – 07AM, 09AM, 11AM, 1PM, 3PM, 5PM

As always, while you do need to be online to matchmake with an opponent, once a game is in progress you can safely log off, play single player or other multiplayer games, and make custom scenarios. You’ll also receive a notification within Steam whenever your opponent finishes all their actions – perfect if your opponent is halfway across the world. Just remember that if you are playing a celebrity, you need to complete your game during their scheduled time slot on December 22.

Pro tip: you can participate in multiple games at once. Simply repeat the procedure to enter a Ranked or Custom Game. To see your active games, just go to the Multiplayer screen, and select ‘Active Games’. You should see ‘Ranked’ and ‘Custom’ tabs, where each type of game is held.

We look forward to seeing you on the battlefield this Friday!

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PS. If you’re on Steam, join the forum too!

Hark the Herald Byakhee Sing, Glory to the New Born Yellow King! #CthulhuThursday

December 7, 2017

Missed last week’s Cthulhu Thursday – sorry! A lot on…. First off, final few Cthulhu Christmas Cards are left, so grab a pack before they are all gone! For that project, and in keeping with the title of this post, here’s the full version of the ’12 Days of Cthulhumas’ I’d written as a update…

On the 12th Day of Christmas,
My True Love Gave to me,
Twelve Cultists Chanting,
Eleven Whippoorwills Piping,
Ten Alhazreds a Leaping,
Nine Deep Ones Dancing,
Eight Shoggoths Milking,
Seven Mi-go a Swimming,Six Ghroth-A-Laying,
Five Silver Keys,
Four Voorish Signs,
Three Ulthar Cats,
Two Tindalos Hounds,
And Yog-Sothoth in a Pear Tree.

Now, onwards!

The excellent science journal New Scientist got in on the Cthulhu action recently…

Two bits of Lovecraftian audio news… The excellent Laird Barron’s work is becoming an audio drama. I shuddered upon reading this.

Also the RPG, Achtung! Cthulhu is becoming an audio drama too:

Finally something with a bit of cheer… Tor.com asks if Ghostbusters gives some hope in the face of the formless, endless darkness of the Cthulhu world view?

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See you next week!

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Though #CthulhuThursday in Time and Space!

November 23, 2017

Hello cultists! Lots of great and terrible things to share. First off I’m adding to my (ever growing) reading list The Peaslee Papers which sounds very good. If you recall Peaslee is the man who mind is inhabited by Yithians in The Shadow Out of Time.  Now a writer has fleshed out the Peaslee family story…

They play the Long Game, the purpose of which is hidden, perhaps even from themselves. They shall be as saviors, manipulating forces we do not and cannot understand. … But even this is only part of the Long Game, a game in which the universe itself is the prize. The Yith Have Always Been With Us… and So Have the Peaslees. Twenty-two tales of cosmic horror detailing the further exploits of H.P. Lovecraft’s Peaslee family, their ancestors, and descendants.

Find out more here.

Next up is good news for fans of the excellent Call of Cthulhu RPG…

I have noted before a good short film with a Lovecraftian vibe: Experiment 17. Lots of people on Reddit liked this. One commentator pointed out there was an Experiment 18 too. Some people take it too far!

(Speaking of Reddit, did you know there is some controversy about the appointment of a lifelong judge who is a Lovecraftian author? For me his taste in fiction is not an issue, it’s the fact that he’s never tried a case before that is. That and his views on race and equality.)

Onwards.Now I should have written this blog post using this font! Of course I should have!!

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Yes be careful what you write with it… words have power…

Finally of course of KS for Cthulhu Christmas Cards ended and ended well. We’re busy fulfilling that now…

You can still (just about) jump in here if you missed out!

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