Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Cthulhu Invictus

This is one I don't know at all - material for a classical Rome-based Call of Cthulhu campaign.

"Long before ivy grew on the walls of Miskatonic University or the Deep Ones first came to Innsmouth, the inhuman powers of the Cthulhu Mythos plagued mankind. During the late Age of the Antonines (AD 145), as the Roman Empire reached its peak, dark forces were at work. Ancient wizards sought ways to cheat death, explorers stumbled on the remnants of alien civilizations, and foul cults practiced unholy rites. But there was hope. From the benches of the Senate to the arches of the Colosseum, from Rome's steamy bathhouses to legionary camps in border provinces, some heroes and heroines were willing to give their lives to protect humanity. With torch, sword, and mystic arts they battled to preserve the Empire for one more day.

Cthulhu Invictus, a campaign for Call of Cthulhu set in ancient Rome, started as a humble Chaosium monograph (2004), then grew to an official CoC setting (2009). In September 2014 designer Oscar Rios Kickstarted a licensed Invictus scenario collection, De Horrore Cosmico, published by his own company, Golden Goblin Press. The campaign's success spawned a February 2017 follow-up Kickstarter to update Cthulhu Invictus for the CoC Seventh Edition rules. The greatly expanded Invictus 7E sourcebook won the 2019 Silver ENnie for Best Supplement.

Since then Golden Goblin has run several more Kickstarters, such as the March 2020 campaign for the first Invictus setting book, Britannia and Beyond, and their campaign now in progress for a pair of cosmic horror short story collections, Growing Up / Overnight.

This all-new offer presents most of Golden Goblin's Cthulhu Invictus line, including the current setting guide for CoC Seventh Edition along with scenarios, pregenerated investigators and patrons, and fiction. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$83. Customers who pay just US$7.95 get all three titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $41) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete 197-page Cthulhu Invictus setting book for Call of Cthulhu 7E (retail price $25), two fiction anthologies ( Tales of Cthulhu Invictus and Further Tales of Cthulhu Invictus, retail $8 apiece), and lots of free extras created for the Invictus Kickstarter campaign.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $17.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with three more titles worth an additional $42, including two scenario collections -- De Horrore Cosmico (retail $15) and Fronti Nulla Fides ("no faith in appearances," retail $15) -- plus a big book of pregenerated Roman investigators, Heroes and Heroines of the Shadow War (retail $12).

Note: Players need the free Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition Quick-Start Rules or the CoC 7E Keeper's Rulebook from Chaosium, Inc. (not included in this offer) to use this Cthulhu Invictus material.

This looks interesting, and is very nicely presented with a lot of attention to issues such as gender balance (about half of the sample characters are women) and other issues. It should be a fun environment for Keepers to torment players who think that guns and explosives are the answer to every problem. It's good value for money, and I think it's a must-have for any CoC referee. Recommended!

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