Achtung! Cthulhu Video Game

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Introducing a narrative Turn-Based Strategy game with strong RPG elements set in the Achtung! Cthulhu universe

7th February, 2018: The allied powers of tabletop star Modiphius, indie publisher extraordinaire Ripstone and veteran strategy game developer Auroch Digital have announced they are marshalling their collective forces to will bring the award-winning Achtung! Cthulhu tabletop series to PC, in their new video game: Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear, later this year.

Achtung! Cthulhu Tactics – The Forest of Fear 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 – The Forest of Fear 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 a wide range of tabletop products including expansions to the RPG, a skirmish miniatures game, novels, audio dramas, and multiple crossovers with other licenses. It has wowed critics as well as players with its sweeping apocalyptic narrative arc and inventive monstrous creations, winning multiple awards since its release.

Tomas Rawlings, Chief Commander at Auroch Digital has released a statement only recently broken by the boffins at Bletchley Park, “It’s a real honor to work alongside Modiphius and Ripstone on what will be a premium Cthulhu-mashup. Having worked with the Ripstone team before back in the PlayStation 3 days, together we made amazing strategy games, and I’m confident history will repeat itself!”

Find it now on Kickstarter 

 

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FREE Achtung! Cthulhu Audio Adventure

RPG and Miniature games producer Modiphius have announced the release of the free pilot episode A Rude Awakening from the first season of Achtung! Cthulhu Audio Adventures.

Achtung! Cthulhu Audio Adventures: Episode One, Season One, A Rude Awakening is available now as a FREEdownload from Modiphius.net andDriveThruRPG.com.
This first full pilot episode follows on from the audio teaser which was recently released on DriveThruRPG.com

Modiphius Entertainment is proud to present this first FREE episode in MP3 from its forthcoming Achtung! Cthulhu Audio Adventure series, which brings the Secret War to spine-tingling, terrifying life.
This full 30 minute pilot will be followed by a ten part series of searing World War Two audio adventure, written by some of the finest mythos scribes and featuring the cream of audio acting talent.
As October 1939 begins, British armed forces move over to Belgium anticipating the Nazi threat. Unbeknownst to the general public however, a secret mission set up by the British Intelligence Service, Section D, sends American Professor Richard Deadman to France. His mission: contact former Wyndham and Campbell clerk Audrey Worthington who has uncovered a strange mystery…
This pilot episode features:
Audrey Worthington – Suzie Grimsdick
Professor Deadman – William Roberts
Philipé – Philip Delancy
Additional voices were performed by Philip Delancy
Writer: Dirk Vandereyken
Script editor: John Houlihan
Editor: Josh O’Connor
Director: Samuel Webb
Producer: Chris Birch
Recorded at Carlone Music.

Call Of Cthulhu Video Game- e3 Footage – Beautiful Horrors.

The 2017 Call Of Cthulhu Video Game titled:

Call Of Cthulhu – Depths of Madness

gets a cinematic trailer – fresh from e3.

Venture to the brink of insanity as investigator Edward Pierce in this RPG-investigation Call of Cthulhu which comes to PS4, Xbox One and PC later this year.

Based on the 1980’s RPG based on the writings of HP Lovecraft this looks to be an amazing expansion of the mythos.

Website: http://www.callofcthulhu-game.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CallOfCthulhu
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/coc_thegame

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Dark Adventure illustrated by Darrell Tutchton
Dark Adventure illustrated by Darrell Tutchton
It’s Lovecraft’s novel of necromancy and malevolent ancestors. Charles Dexter Ward gets more than he bargains for when he looks into his family history, and learns the value of the warning “Do not call up that which you cannot put down.” A feature-packed TWO-CD set, the Dark Adventure Radio Theatre adaptation of “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” fills two episodes with horror and drama, and original music by Reber Clark. To enhance your listening pleasure, the HPLHS has packed the jewel case for “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward” with carefully created props from the story. You’ll have A letter from the nefarious Simon Orne to Joseph Curwen discussing their diabolical plans. The fateful page from the “Providence Journal”, featuring an article about an escaped madman named Charles Dexter Ward. A page from Borellus’ occult grimoire which describes the use of essential saltes in the raising of the dead. A photograph of Charles posing with the restored portrait of Joseph Curwen. * *Our Dark Adventure illustrator, Da

Free Cthulhu Game!

A free version of their popular iOS title, ‘Call of Cthulhu:The Wasted Land’ is now availble. Until now the game has only been available as a paid-for title but the free version allows players to dip their toe into the pool of insanity first. In the free version, the first mission (titled ‘The Battle of Pudding Lane’) and the training mission are free. From there if players are still not sure about diving in they can continue onwards paying $0.99/?0.59/?0.79 per level. However from this point if you are enjoying the game it makes much more sense to buy the full game for the normal price of $4.99/?2.99/?3.99. In both versions of the game, new DLC levels can be purchased.

The game’s designer, Tomas Rawlings, quoted, ?We wanted to give players who might be interested in either the game or the concepts a chance to try out the title before they commit their hard earned cash to it. With the free version they can try the game out first and then if they like what they see, we’d hope they buy the full version.?

If you are new to this cult title, it is a turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the writings of classic horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Red Wasp Design co-operated with the publishers of the paper version of the RPG, Chaosium, in making the game. The normal version of the game features nine 3D levels set in the trenches of World War One. In ‘The Wasted Land’ the player uses their team of investigators to uncover a deadly conspiracy underlying the Great War. As the game progresses, the player can build up the skills, weapons and equipment of their team. Barbed wire, mustard gas and machines guns will prove to be the least dangerous things the investigators will encounter as they venture out into No-man’s Land to solve the mystery of the Wasted Land.

Have A Drink on Cthulhu – COMPETITION

Don't make a mug out of Cthulhu!

Ok should be in Cthulhu, keep reading for a chance to win this magnificent mug…

A series of unspeakable summoning rites performed at the last full moon have allowed the cult hit ‘Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land’ to expand the range of PC outlets it can be downloaded from. The game can now be found for PC on GamersGate. The game also recently launched on Android, in addition to the Intel AppUp? center and Apple’s iOS.

To celebrate the new opportunities to bring madness to gamers, Red Wasp Design are running a competition. The prize is a unique 1-of-a-kind Cthulhu-cup created by the game’s lead artist. The cup was modelled in 3D then printed out in a Lovecraftian ceramic green. To win this unique prize, simply tweet or post on the Facebook thread a horrific, amusing, pulp fiction, wry or insanity-inducing ending to the sentence, ?When Cthulhu wakes…? by the 27th June. Entrants can post as many endings as they like and the developers will pick their favourite on the 28th and award them the prize. The developers asked that if tweeting please use the hashtag #whencthulhuwakes.

If you are new to this cult title, it is a turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the works of pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The game was developed by indie developer Red Wasp Design in co-operation with Chaosium, the publishers of the paper role-playing game, Call of Cthulhu. The Wasted Land is a journey though nine 3D levels set in the trenches of World War One. In ‘The Wasted Land’ the player uses their team of investigators to uncover a deadly inhuman conspiracy underlying the Great War. As the game progresses, the player can build up the skills, weapons and equipment of their team. Key to the game is Sanity; the investigators must guard their minds against the myriad horrors that threaten to send them into the mouth of madness. Barbed wire, mustard gas and machines guns will prove to be the least dangerous thing the investigators will encounter as they venture out into No-man’s Land to solve the mystery of the Wasted Land.

To stay in touch with the developers, get updates on the game as well as help and strategy guides, connect to Red Wasp Design on Facebook, Twitter (@redwaspdesign) and on their site at redwaspdesign.com

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‘Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land’ Trailer and ScreenShot Gallery

Insanity to follow

Cthulhu: The Wasted Land
The madness is in the mountains. Cthulhu has been called. The Lurker is in the threshold. The critically acclaimed ‘Call of Cthulhu: The Wasted Land’ is now out on PC via the Intel AppUp? program at a price point of $4.99/?4.09/?3.50. The Intel AppUpSM center is a service that aggregates, curates and distributes validated digital content delivering a fuller, richer experience on the PC.

The game has launched today on the AppUpSM center globally in time for RPC Germany international RPG event on the 5th and 6th May. The games developers are at the event taking new gamers through their first steps to insanity. The Intel AppUpSM center is free to install and the PC version of the game runs in widescreen and has been optimised to run on laptops, Ultrabooks and desktops including support for Windows 7 touchscreen powered PCs.

The PC version has been supported by the Intel AppUpSM developer program which means the release today has been translated into German, French, Italian and Spanish. Sanatoriums and asylums worldwide have been put on notice to expect an increased demand.

If you are new to this cult title, it is an indie turn-based strategy RPG inspired by the works of pulp horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The game was developed in co-operation with Chaosium, the publishers of the cult horror role playing game, Call of Cthulhu. The game features nine 3D levels set in the trenches of World War One. In ‘The Wasted Land’ the player uses their team of investigators to uncover a deadly inhuman conspiracy underlying the Great War. Barbed wire, mustard gas and machines guns will prove to be the least dangerous thing that the investigators will encounter as they venture out into No-man’s Land to solve the mystery of the Wasted Land. As the game progresses, the player can build up the skills, weapons and equipment of their team. Key to the game is Sanity; the investigators must guard their minds against the myriad horrors that threaten to send them into the mouth of madness.

To stay in touch with the developers and get updates on the game, help and strategy guides and more, connect to Red Wasp Design on Facebook, Twitter (@redwaspdesign) and on their site at redwaspdesign.com

Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom

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A graphic novel to introduce younger readers to the work of HP Lovecraft? That sounds about as credible as using Shaun the Sheep to enact the works of the Marquis De Sade. But that's precisely what Howard Lovecraft and the Undersea Kingdom sets out to do. So does this new publication, through Arcana Studios, succeed?

The story by Bruce Brown and Dwight L. MacPherson follows the continuing exploits of a prepubescent Lovecraft as he is sucked into a battle of wills between warring factions of the Great Old Ones. With the help of his committed (in all senses of the word) father and a very versatile policeman, Howard faces a variety of horrors in his quest to free his family and erstwhile ‘pet’ Spot.

The story is brisk and well told in three concise chapters, with plenty of wit in the dialogue and settings. The book is drawn by Thomas Boatwright and his style is not dissimilar from that of the classic Calvin and Hobbes books, albeit with added tentacles.

On that front, the book would be readily accessible to younger readers, but the sense of dread throughout the story will lead to a few sleepless nights for children and adults alike. Prior knowledge of Lovecraft will help readers to dig deeper into the subtexts of this book, but it’s very accessible without having read Howard’s previous exploits in The Frozen World.

This volume, the second in a sequence, ends on a real cliffhanger, and it is to be hoped that a third?installment will follow soon. Maybe Aardman will option the rights?

The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu

The Last Lovecraft UK DVD art
The Last Lovecraft UK DVD art

I was fortunate to catch The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu on the UK Horror Channel the other night. Lucky as it is one of those oddities where the TV broadcast comes before the DVD.

I am delighted to learn that this movie has a UK DVD release in April 2011 as it is the type of film I can find myself watching again and again (WITHOUT ADVERTS).

If you are a die hard HP Lovecraft fan you might have a fright at this horror comedy. It is loosly based on the Cthulhu Mythos, if the comic book version. The monsters are not going to deplete your SAN (sanity) – but look more like the type of ‘man in mask’ monsters that might look more at home in 1980’s Doctor Who. But, with The Last Lovecraft: Relic of Cthulhu that is not a bad thing.

This is a slick horror comedy road movie which it punctuated by the comic book cuts through out, with a nice 2 min comic book sequence setting up the entire Cthulhu Mythos.

Last Lovecraft Synopsis

A desk jockey becomes a slayer of aquatic demons in this blend of horror, fantasy and comedy from director Henry Saine. Jeff (Kyle Davis – previously seen in the 2009 remake of Friday 13th) is a regular guy with a dull job in an office complex who is certain there’s nothing remarkable about himself. But Jeff learns he’s wrong when he’s approached by an eccentric old man and told he’s surviving relative of the great horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. That might seem interesting in itself, but there’s more — Jeff is informed Lovecraft’s tales of terror weren’t entirely fictional, and the Cthulhu, and the his evil fish-like humanoids minions (Deep Ones) that figured in so many of his stories, and are planning to unite two parts of the key that will free Cthulhu from his submerged prison city of R’Lyeh . Jeff being of Lovecraft’s bloodline may be genetically resistant to the sanity draining forces of the evil to be encountered (or some such shit) and with the help of his buddies Charlie (Devin McGinn, who also co wrote the script), an obsessive comic book fan, and Paul (Barak Hardley), who has been a Lovecraft authority since high school, Jeff and monster hunter Captain Olaf (Gregg Lawrence) set out to defeat the Cthulhu’s StarSpawn while humanity still has a fighting chance.

I am actually hoping that this movie spawns a bigger scope sequel, there was a hopeful Mountains Of Madness tie in sequel hinted at the end of the film, and I hope that this is more than wishful thinking by the writers.

Even More HP Lovecaft Audio Dramas

Prototype Shadow Out Of Time CD Cover

After their fantastic work on Mountains of Madness and Dunwich Horror DART (Dark Adventure Radio Theater) have just completed recording 2 further HP Lovecraft audio dramas.

With regards to choosing stories DART had to look for ones that have good dramatic potential and would make for

an exciting listening experience. Adapting Lovecraft dramatically is a tricky deal; many of his stories are great, but they’re not dramatic or well suited to dramatic formats like movies and radio plays. Once a story was settled on, the creative team went away and try to make a dramatic retelling of the story which will be suited particularly to listening. The general policy is to keep as much Lovecraft as we can in our Lovecraftian adaptations. Getting too far away from Howard, we’ll lose the quality about that writing that attracts fans in the first place.

Many of HPL’s stories are about characters going through intense mental events. Often documents, letters, and diaries play an important part in the story. But at the end of the day, listeners don’t want to hear a story about a gu

y reading his mail or writing his will; they want stories where thing happen. For audio dramas liberties have to be taken with some of the stories to make things as active and dramatic as we can. For example, in the new script for The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Olmstead (the narrator) is being interviewed by a federal agent. In the story, Olmstead simply tells what happened to him in Innsmouth. In the radio play, he’s divulging information to an agent who is very interested because he…well, that would be telling.

Characters are added as need and often bring to life scenes which might be only referred to in passing in the story. For example in The Shadow Out of Time, Peaslee describes his family as being frightened of his post-amnesia personality. Scenes were written wherein the family actually talks with Peaslee as he’s waking up. We experience it with them rather than just having him tell us what happened.

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wo 75 minute radio dramas were recorded back to back, offering a set of logistical challenges. This meant fifteen actors playing forty-six roles in 160 pages of script had to record everything in just 15h hours. DART held one rehearsal to get everyone on the same proverbial page, tune dialects and polish performances. In the end, they had just one ten-hour session followed by a five hour session. Fortunately they managed to make it through both scripts in their entirety.

In the past, DART have done recording sessions at their theatre, The Banshee. In a great many ways it’s not an ideal place to record. This time the decision was made to bite the proverbial bullet and rent a commercial recording studio with a professional sound engineer. This resulted in a much better quality recordings and a more efficient process.

Prototype Shadow Out Of Time CD Cover

More HP Lovecraft Horror In The UK

PRE Import / Export Limited will be the exclusive UK distributor for the DARK RADIO THEATRE audio dramas.

Currently there are two productions available, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADDNESS which has already enjoyed a limited well received UK release and THE DUNWICH HORROR which will have its first release in the UK from1st September 2008 (TBC).

Both CDs are based on stories by H.P. Lovecraft, one of the forefathers of modern horror

Both adaptations of the classic horror tales are 75 minute full cast audio dramas, not just a talking book. Also both feature a number of collectible replica documents that are ideal for use in horror role play games, or simply to be enjoyed as visual aids for the audio dramas.

Illustration by Darrell “Elder Thing” Tutchton
?2006

At the Mountains of Madness CD

“An expedition to the ends of the earth resulting in death and madness…”

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: At the Mountains of Madness brings Lovecraft’s tale to life as it might have been adapted for radio during his lifetime. In the style of The War of the Worlds and The Shadow, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre dramatizes HPL’s story with a cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Relive the excitement of 1930s radio with one of HP Lovecraft’s most exciting and fascinating stories: At the Mountains of Madness.

In addition to the full 75 minute radio drama, the CD packaging includes clippings from a 1930s newspaper chronicling the expedition’s progress in the Antarctic and reproductions of photographs of the ancient city taken by Danforth and Dyer which corroborate their findings. There’s even a reproduction from Danforth’s sketchbook, depicting the Elder Things and their fantastical murals. And of course it’s beautifully produced and packaged with the same deranged attention to detail that you’ll find in other HPLHS products.

Above: the CD, Wilbur’s diary, a Necronomicon page, the Arkham Advertiser clipping, and the Dunwich map.

Below: Cover artwork detail by Darrell Tutchton
?2008

The Dunwich Horror CD

“The hills of western Massachusetts contain dark and terrible secrets…”

Dark Adventure Radio Theatre: The Dunwich Horror brings Lovecraft’s tale to life as it might have been adapted for radio during his lifetime. In the style of The War of the Worlds, The Shadow and our own At the Mountains of Madness, Dark Adventure Radio Theatre dramatizes HPL’s story with a huge cast of professional actors, exciting sound effects and thrilling original music by Troy Sterling Nies (composer for The Call of Cthulhu). Relive the excitement of 1930s radio with one of the most popular tales of the Cthulhu Mythos: The Dunwich Horror.

In addition to the full 75 minute radio drama on CD, you’ll get these carefully made props from the story to enhance your listening experience:

? A clipping from a 1917 copy of the Arkham Advertiser describing the Whateley family and the strangeness of the Dunwich region

? A vintage map of Dunwich, Sentinel Hill and the surrounding region

? A page from Wilbur Whateley’s diary with its bizarre occult cypher

? A replica of a key page from the Whateleys’ copy of John Dee’s Necronomicon

And of course it’s beautifully produced and packaged with a deranged attention to detail.

Both titles are RRP ?12.99 and are available from www.shopscifi.co.uk.

For wholesale enquiries please email sales@shopscifi.co.uk

About H.P Lovecraft

Howard Phillips Lovecraft (August 20, 1890 ? March 15, 1937) was an American author of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, known then simply as weird fiction.

Lovecraft’s major inspiration and invention was cosmic horror: the idea that life is incomprehensible to human minds and that the universe is fundamentally alien. Those who genuinely reason, like his protagonists, gamble with sanity. Lovecraft has developed a cult following for his Cthulhu Mythos, a series of loosely interconnected fictions featuring a pantheon of human-nullifying entities, as well as the Necronomicon, a fictional grimoire of magical rites and forbidden lore. His works were deeply pessimistic and cynical, challenging the values of Enlightenment, Romanticist, and Christian humanism. Lovecraft’s protagonists usually achieve the mirror-opposite of traditional gnosis and mysticism by momentarily glimpsing the horror of ultimate reality.

Although Lovecraft’s readership was limited during his life, his reputation has grown over the decades, and he is now commonly regarded as one of the most influential horror writers of the 20th century, exerting widespread and indirect influence, and frequently compared to Edgar Allan Poe.

About Dark Adventure Radio Theater

The HP Lovecraft Historical Society (HPLHS), creators of the silent film The Call of Cthulhu (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0478988/) and many other strange things produced their audio adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft’s work as the Dark Adventure Radio Theater (DART).

The HPLHS was founded by friends Sean Branney and Andrew Leman in 1987 who share a common interest in the works of Lovecraft.

The HPLHS began publication of a monthly newsletter entitled Strange Eons, edited by Andrew Leman and Philip Bell, which continued for over two years. The Society also founded the HPLHS Press, which published very limited editions of books of interest to the membership. The society has grown to what it is today with numerous products and productions.

The motto of the HPLHS and the RHS is Ludo Fore Putavimus: a Latin phrase meaning ?We thought it would be fun.? And it is.

About PRE Import Export Limited

PRE Import Export Limited is the company that owns www.shopscifi.co.uk a specialist stockist of CD Audio Dramas including Doctor Who and Sapphire and Steel ranges.