Monday, June 2, 2014

(Kickstarter) Age of Cthulhu 8: Starfall Over the Plateau of Leng

Just as I'm getting settled into the new house, another Kickstarter comes along and tempts me like Augustus Gloop in Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory.

Goodman Games is proud to launch a Kickstarter campaign for a hardcover version of their offering in their Age of Cthulhu line:  Age of Cthulhu 8: Starfall Over the Plateau of Leng by Jon Hook. 

I must be honest, when the Age of Cthulhu line originally came out, I had unfettered hope for it, but like Canis Mysterium, you get what you pay for.  I haven't even bothered with the last three books due to (a) the issues of the previous books and (b) my lack of interest in the subject matter. 

This time the book will be a 64-page hardcover covering traditional and Dreamlands encounters with just the right flair of pulpiness:

"Starfall Over the Plateau of Leng features weird science, extra-dimensional travel, mysterious Dreamland locales, nightmarish denizens, and a falling star that could destroy two worlds. Depending on what clues the investigators follow, there are multiple ways to access The Dreamlands; and in one playtest three different methods were used! Starfall Over the Plateau of Leng provides multiple avenues of investigation and multiple means for investigators to advance through the scenario. "

Another bonus for me is that it is written by Jon Hook, better known to me as Keeper Jon at the Miskatonic University Podcast.  He's also written Age of Cthulhu 7: Timeless Sands of India, so I may have to check that out.  Should be easy as the $7 pledge for the Starfall PDF and the $25 one for the hardcopy and PDF also comes with a PDF of any of the other Age of Cthulhu titles!  Even better, Goodman is offering pledges PDFs and hardcopies of the other additional books as an add-on for 25% off!

The only drawback I can find on this Kickstarter is that shipping and handling is not included in the initial pledge for EVERYONE, regardless of location.  Between stretch goals increasing the overall heft of the product, and some people ordering a pile of add-ons, Goodman will be invoicing S&H individually.  I'm still pledging $25 to get the book. 

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