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Chaosium preps Call of Cthulhu 30th Anniversary Collector's Edition: "
Let me get this straight. I don't play pen-and-paper roleplaying games anymore. Period. OK, we did a little one-off of one of those goofball D&D box sets with the CD audio last year but my days of talking with funny accents and scribbling out elaborate adventures for unappreciative friends is long over. That being said, aside from D&D and Star Frontiers, the RPG I loved the most was Call of Cthulhu. I think it still stands as the best roleplaying system ever developed. It's a simple system with percentile-based resolutions and plenty of room for great Lovecraftian storytelling and atmosphere. It's also served as the basis for a lot of other media, ranging from the Arkham Horror and Mansions of Madness board games to the Shadow of the Comet and Dark Corners of the Earth video games. It's a gaming institution.
It's hard to believe the game's been around for 30 years and to celebrate its publisher, Chaosium, is printing up a single batch of these ultra-eldritch, faux-leatherbound editions due for release in August. This is a 320 page book with hand-sewn binding and printed on super nice art print-quality paper. There's probably a bunch of really cool illustrations in it as well. It's $65, and I wouldn't mind having one if only for old time's sake."