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And it goes tekeli-li

That's the sound of one's own little trumpet.

The Armitage Files, Robin Laws' new Trail Of Cthulhu setting book, is now available. Here's a quote from the back cover.

Formless Fears!
The Armitage Files presents a boldly innovative way to generate blood-chilling adventures for your Trail Of Cthulhu investigators. Players seize on clues presented in the ten mysterious documents.

They choose which leads to track down. The Keeper, using clearly broken down step-by-step techniques introduced in this volume, improvises suitably mind-blasting mysteries in response to their choices. Weave these together into an epic campaign of madness, dread and danger.

Terror Between the Lines!
Mystery takes on written form when pages from a disturbing manuscript fall into the investigators’ hands. Can your mind correlate the awful beauty of 10 stunningly distressed handouts realized by acclaimed illustrator Sarah Wroot? A series of scrawled messages, comprising a free-floating cacophony of facts, speculations, and fevered imaginings, portends cryptic doom. Preliminary inquiries reveal that they are written in the hand of Dr. Henry Armitage, director emeritus of the Mistakonic University Library.

Components of Calamity!
Combine the documents with pre-prepared elements such as supporting characters (in sinister, heroic or in between versions), organizations, locations and artifacts to create your unique version of the Armitage Files. An article on improvising GUMSHOE, by Steve Dempsey, shows you how.

With clear advice to players and Keepers on improvisation, extensive examples and advice, following the Trail of Cthulhu Will Never Be the Same Again!

Seek it at your discerning local game store, or via the web from Pelgrane Press or IPR.


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Feb. 25th, 2010 04:55 pm (UTC)
"The Keeper, using clearly broken ... techniques"


Sounds like good stuff though -- the more of this kind of thing comes out, the less intimidating ToC will become.
Feb. 25th, 2010 05:31 pm (UTC)
Is it intimidating?
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
Not compared with some games, of course -- but I think a lot of mainstream CoC GMs and players might be more persuaded to give it a go now there's [what looks like] a fairly hand-holdy this-is-what-you-do example supplement.
Feb. 25th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
Steve Dempsey Ooh, isn't he bold!
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