Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The Stars ARE Right at Chaosium...


Apparently the backers from the Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Kickstarter got an odd message last night.

Posted by Gladius on the Miskatonic University Podcast ForumsJust got my 7th Edition backer update email:
"We have pressed the reset button... In 1975 Chaosium started out as a quirky boutique game company. We were all about creativity, artistry and craftsmanship. With every game we provided you with new realms of imagination and entertainment. Over the last few years we forgot that, and lost our way.

The Great Old Ones have Returned…

Greg Stafford, founder of Chaosium and creative force during its heyday, is now President. Sandy Petersen, world renowned game designer who brought Cthulhu into the light three decades ago, has rejoined the team as well.

Greg says: "Chaosium is part of my legacy. My intent is to restore it to its rightful place in the world of gaming. Something we can all take pride in, and something that fans will look forward to. Where 'what’s next?' is answered with 'I can’t wait'."

The Stars are Right…

Sandy says: "I am excited to return to active participation in the Call of Cthulhu line, and I’m eagerly looking forward to working directly with Greg again. We are Chaosium's original team from the 1980s. My first focus is going to be the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter campaign."
Our main plan is simple (but will be a lot of work):

Quickly sift and sort through the current company problems
Immediately ship the remaining Horror on the Orient Express backer rewards
Focus on the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition Kickstarter backer rewards
Return to regularly making awesome new games.
We offer new hope, and ask only for your patience."

Please visit for regular news and updates. Contact us with questions, kudos, curses, or kindness. We are listening, and we will respond.
Greg Stafford, President and CEO of Chaosium Inc.

I’m puttin' the band back together."

Well, THAT was completely unexpected...

Truth be told, I don't know anything about Greg Stafford, outside of the impressive game design resume, but Sandy has an impressive resume post-RPGs (and experience with the Cthulhu Wars Kickstarter).    Just from the sound of the announcement it appears that Chaosium may have gotten in over their heads with all the "special" add-ons for the higher level pledges,   I don't think there was misappropriation of funds, at least I hope not.   I can't imagine any scenario where Kickstarter money was funnelled to produce Canis Mysterium and Dead Light.

Outside of them hiring Oscar Rios to manage any future Kickstarter campaigns, not much more would surprise me.

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