Recently I finished up some freelance writing for British RPG company Modiphius on the Pacific Theatre guide for Achtung! Cthulhu. At over 30,000 words, this was my biggest single writing project to date. Many of my writer friends would scoff at that number – it’s not even the length of a full novel – but I’m still proud that I finished it, and extremely pleased that I did so on time. Achtung! Cthulhu is an interesting setting: if you can imagine the opening sequence for the first Hellboy film – with Professor Bruttenholm (pronounced “Broom”. The British are wacky.) and the US soldiers exploring the Scottish island where Nazis are supposedly holding some sort of occult ritual, then you already have a good idea of what Achtung! Cthulhu is about.
Achtung! Cthulhu uses several different rules sets – available separately – to power the game: first is Chaosium’s own BRP system, used by Call of Cthulhu. Next we have one of the most popular of the non-D&D RPGs, Savage Worlds. Rounding out the list are Pelgrane Press’ fantastic Gumshoe system designed by Robin Laws, the FATE system, and the PDQ system – with which I am not familiar.
So what’s next for me? Great question; thanks for asking!
I have a card game design being considered right now, and have another proposal submitted for an RPG adventure that may or may not get picked up. I also have a couple of side projects of my own I’m working on in the mean time, but those are strictly ‘if I have time’ kind of projects, so they get shoved to the back burner more often than not. I’m wishing I had more firm commitments for work, but that’s the way freelancing goes: feast or famine.
This gap in my schedule will give me a chance to work on some fiction and maybe finish one or two of those side projects, so fingers crossed I can get a few things done and polished before winter sets in. And of course there are still a few things about my blog that need to be tweaked, so that will keep me busy too!
Before closing up the blog for this week, I’d like to bring a worthy cause to your attention. DriveThru RPG (for whom I occasionally do work) is hosting a fundraising RPG product bundle benefiting a relief fund for victims of this year’s Colorado floods. Here’s a LINK to the page where, for a mere $20, you can have 46 gaming books in PDF form – many of them core books.
Included in this bundle is the Mutants and Masterminds Heroes Handbook, plus the core book for Icons, another superhero RPG designed by the very talented Steve Kenson. Other titles included are Three Kings, an adventure for Achtung! Chtulhu using the Savage Worlds engine, an adventure for Deadlands: Reloaded edition (also Savage Worlds system, BTW), and the Shaintar: Legends Arise Player’s Guide. The entire package is more than a $267 value, and supports a good cause to help our friends in Colorado. Please consider chipping in. This offer is only good for a limited time, so if you’re interested, don’t wait!