Rather than paper sheets, new boxed sets will come with A6-sized dry wipe cards. You can still print your own sheets, obviously, but these will provide a reusable alternative. Cthulhu Hack Dry Wipe Character Card They’re laminated on one side and they work with any dry wipe pen — or even felt tips. I would recommend the Staedtler Correctable pens (available from All Rolled Up, along with all the in-print books for The Cthulhu Hack)...

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Today sees the release of a FREE Quickstart for The Cthulhu Hack, the game of investigation and cosmic horror. The Quickstart contains:A 2-page overview of the game and its core mechanics A 2-page overview of the game and its core mechanics A 2-page quickstart encounter “Nocturnal Rites” Two pre-generated characters A sheet of simplified character sheets The character sheet works just fine as an alternative for the existing designs but simplif...

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Two powerful figures square up for a final debate certain to spell defeat for one – and recent media attention seems to have swung hard one way. The investigators have a chance to uncover the truth, but they have precious little time to do it and an immovable deadline looming. I’ve been a fan of Nathan Hill since I picked up a copy of his excellent sci-fi game Foreign Element – and then ran an adventure on a suspiciously oran...

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You wake groggy; your body stiff, your sight obscured. You stir; vigour oozing slowly back into your muscles like you’ve slept for an age. As your vision clears, you find your surroundings unfamiliar, the colours and light queer. You struggle to call out for help, but cannot find the words; You struggle to remember much of anything – were you drunk? Drugged? Sick? Perhaps, with hindsight, you were better not knowing… ThroR...

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Next week, I’m releasing a new adventure for The Cthulhu Hack through RPGNow and DriveThruRPG, entitled Thro’ Centuries Fixed. It’s another contemporary adventure, like Save Innsmouth, and well suited to one-off play; it could also be adapted to a different setting / period and might be used as the kick-off to a campaign. For those interested in adapting adventures, this one has roots in another adventure released under Creat...

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As RPGNow / DriveThruRPG have kicked off their Halloween event, I’ve added The Cthulhu Hack Halloween Bundle to your options. If you have something already, the site deducts that from the whole — so, you can round out your collection. The bundle includes: The Cthulhu Hack – Fast-play system of investigation and cosmic horror From Unformed Realms – Detailed generation of random horrors and their hideous powers Convicts &...

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It seemed appropriate to have an adventure out in time for Halloween. I didn’t want to constrain myself to a Halloween specific theme – I just wanted to write something suitable for a session of play to serve as quick horror fodder or an introduction to The Cthulhu Hack. Save Innsmouth is that adventure –  to be released at Spiel tomorrow and RPGNow / DriveThruRPG from Friday, 14 October. You’re all students at Arkham’s renow...

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My pressing need to prepare for upcoming conventions and exhibitions means that I’m really happy that the printer has managed a lightning turnaround on getting the proof out for The Haunter of the Dark. The printed version won’t be available to buy until late October, unless you happen to see me at any events between now and then (specifically, in Essen). In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek – and you can grab the PDF o...

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The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark takes HP Lovecraft’s final Mythos tale of doomed writer Robert Blake and guides you, in clear steps, through the process of turning it into an adventure for The Cthulhu Hack. With that approach in mind, you can then use the same tools and guidance to create classic adventures in mystery and horror. The supplement includes: an adventure outline—a sort-of-sequel to The Haunter of the Dark, Lovecraf...

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Reading and re-reading, I hope to have The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark up on One Book Shelf websites for this weekend. Despite proofing and best intentions, I won’t get it perfect before release… Otherwise, it’ll never go out. I’ve proofed myself and cast it around for further critical feedback. If I hit the button tonight it’s all down to me if I missed something. What is The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter o...

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The slight algorithmic disparity between RPGNow and DriveThruRPG keeps Popular Electrum Pick out of reach at RPGNow, despite The Cthulhu Hack securing it on the DriveThru site a couple of weeks ago. Definitely an odd number, whatever it is. I awake each morning and check the page to see if TCH has finally tipped the balance to level up! On a more general level, I really appreciate the support! I released the game a little under 4 months ago &#...

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A small release on RPGNow and DriveThruRPG today in the form of the Outpost Drop Table generator for free settler / colonial outposts, suited to pre-modern adventure environments – like The Cthulhu Hack: Convicts & Cthulhu – but open to other possibilities. Drop five or six 6-sided dice into the table and read off the result, which tells you the building and something unusual about it – like the strange native burial moun...

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GM’s Day Sale
Events / March 2, 2017

The annual GM’s Day Sale has kicked in at RPGNow, with thousands of titles for sale at 30% off. The sale lasts for 12 days and the range covers a massive catalogue of titles from across genres, publishers and interests. The whole Just Crunch Games back catalogue features, including all The Cthulhu Hack titles for less than $12 total: The Cthulhu Hack was $2.50, now $1.75 From Unformed Realms was $2.50, now $1.75 The Haunter of ...

Cthulhu Hack at UK Games Expo 17
Events / February 6, 2017

I will be attending UK Games Expo this year, as I have for the last half-a-dozen years, with the plan to run games and man the stalls for Just Crunch and All Rolled Up. UK Games Expo runs for three days and explodes across both the NEC and local hotels, offering game-players of all interests the chance to see, play and buy games, old and new. I have a stall of my own, where you will have the chance to pick up copies of all the books ...

January 2017 Update
In Development / February 2, 2017

Where did January go? A quiet month with no releases, as my efforts have been focused under the hood, so to speak. I have been wrangling writers for a trio of adventures to be released Quarter 2 or 3. I will be one of those writers, but the other two I’ll keep under wraps for the time being. The adventures will focus on the same driving force, but show how that idea can be extrapolated into quite different experiences. Time and...

The Price of Evil
Adapting / January 31, 2017

The Price of Evil provides an interesting mechanical approach for generating spirit infested real estate on the fly. Written by Zzarchov Kowolski for Neoclassical Geek Revival and other Old School Renaissance games, The Price of Evil is a handy tool for The Cthulhu Hack. The Toolkit To create a haunted house you need a pack of cards. You can generate a house in advance or, at a pinch, do something on the fly. You follow one of the st...

New Year, New Game
Sale / January 13, 2017

DriveThruRPG and RPGNow have a New Year, New Game event running intended to draw new blood into games they might not have considered before. They have 948 games on offer! As an incentive, all of those games has 10% off their standard price and, importantly, they provide you with the essentials to start playing straight away. The Cthulhu Hack figures amongst the masses – and if you pick up the Pay What You Want Quickstart Noctur...

Coming Up, Looking Back
News / January 4, 2017

Just a brief one, as I noted The Cthulhu Hack got a mention alongside The Black Hack in the TableTop Games 10 Top Roleplaying Games of 2016. In addition, someone rightly pointed out that in Cthulhu Hack 2016 and Beyond I did not mention the GM Screen amongst the upcoming releases. OK – now I have mentioned it. I had a rough version of a screen in-hand for my game at Dragonmeet (the artefact in the middle of the picture with the...

Cthulhu Hack 2016 and Beyond
News / January 1, 2017

I think that 2016 warrants celebration because of everyone reading this – and many who aren’t – who picked up a copy of The Cthulhu Hack or one of the supplements and adventures that followed. The success of The Cthulhu Hack took me somewhat by surprise. It also filled me with a sense of creativity and energy that saw 200-pages of content crafted over a period of 6-months. Just Crunch Games had 3,050 PDF sales in 20...

The Listening Game
Running Tabletop Games / December 29, 2016

Save Innsmouth benefits heavily from listening to and acting on the players’ responses. A Gamemaster should always be listening and taking notes, but noting the mood, tone, individual response and banter can prove valuable tools in setting the dials and measuring the pace for the adventure. A tired group of players need more push and adrenalin, while an inquisitive party might still want push, but also deserve the attention to ...

Out With The Old (Ones)
News , Sale / December 29, 2016

Three days remain for The Cthulhu Hack Festive Bundle on RPGNow. The bundle will run through to New Years Day. OneBookShelf has a New Year, New Game promotion from that point on – and I’m really happy that 639 people have taken advantage of The Cthulhu Hack: Quickstart – Nocturnal Rites to get clued up to this investigative horror. For reference, the Quickstart has gone to Pay What You Want. It means you can still p...

Festive Cthulhu Hack Bundle
Sale / December 16, 2016

Amidst the fall of snow and a swirling storm of parcels and letters, something dark and unwholesome lurks, waiting. So little time remains and not a chance for anyone to receive these valuable tomes, grimoires and books of esoteric guidance by mail. Here’s a chance to pick up the whole bundle of goodies from The Cthulhu Hack published in 2016 – either for yourself or gifted to a friend. When you Checkout, tick Buying for ...

Save Innsmouth Kit at Dragonmeet
Extras , In Development / December 10, 2016

The “Kit” I used to run a session of Save Innsmouth: Chapter 0 at last weekend’s memorable Dragonmeet, minus the All Rolled Up game roll and The Cthulhu Hack dice tray. The players each had their character’s image – and name – out in front of them on a simple clear plastic stand. I wrote the name on with a dry wipe Correctable pen, which means I can reuse the pictures for a future con game. The ima...

All The Cthulhu Hack Sale
Sale / December 9, 2016

In a spirit of celebration, the Christmas decorations have gone up around the office and the house, and I’m sat here wearing a silly Star Wars themed Christmas jumper. While we all celebrate at different times and for different reasons, I think we can all agree we’re all a little bit closer to When The Stars Are Right. With that in mind – Just Crunch Games offer up a special festive offer to Great Cthulhu and his fo...