Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The new edition "They Will RUIN it!!!!"

And other things your are not hearing from Call of Cthulhu fans right now.

Chaosium has announced that they are going to produce a new Seventh Edition of their flagship game, Call of Cthulhu.

In many ways I am with James over at Grognardia, http://grognardia.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-do-new-edition.html

The edition changes for CoC have never been a jarring as the ones for D&D.  Even the relatively minor changes between 3.0 and 3.5 were met with more angst and yelling than the changes to 6th ed CoC.  It could be that D&D has a much larger market share and thus more people to either complain or applaud the changes.

But it does make for an interesting point.

For the longest time the collective wisdom of the game industry has said that core books are what fuels the company coffers (and make no mistake this is about making money and that is NOT a bad thing).  This wisdom is reflected in many realities.  The price I get paid for X Core vs. Y Splat freelancing gigs and what you see reflected in sales numbers on such sites as DriveThruRPG or Amazon.  It means that new core rulebooks are necessary to keep a business afloat.

I for one am looking forward to CoC 7 and I am sure it will work well with my CoC 5th ed.


Game Master Rob Adams said...

More slimy horrid dripping teeth and claws goodness!

Kevin said...

For me, the stars are always right for any bit of CoC goodness to come shambling from the stars to invade this mortal realm. Color me in the "this is a good thing" camp.

Daddy Grognard said...

In my CoC pbem, I'm using 4e, another player has 6e and still another has 5.5e. And we can all play together, sans probleme. The fact that overall, CoC is a very rules-lite game does help - it's more about atmosphere than crunch, really.