Well, this is sort of a CoC RPG PSA…

…sorry about the TLAs, but if you don’t get ’em right off of the bat you probably won’t be interested in this post anyway.

Anybody, if you’re like me you’ve looked at the prices for the legendary – and inexplicably out of print* – Beyond the Mountains of Madness: An Epic Campaign and Sourcebook (Call of Cthulhu Horror Roleplaying, #2380), which starts at sixty bucks and rapidly gets worse.  Fortunately, the invention of the PDF format was a positive boon to the roleplaying game industry (and its customers, most of whom don’t have the room for many new books) – so somebody had a rush of oxygen to the brain and made a digital version available for about one-third off.

Mind you, forty-two bucks for a digital download is a hell of a lot in absolute terms, which is why it’s on a wish list..

Moe Lane

*IIRC, GURPS Imperial Rome got a second edition precisely because somebody went onto Steve Jackson Games’ old forums and started bragging about how he found a copy of the first edition for only a hundred bucks. It wasn’t the brag so much as it was the way that people kept congratulating the guy that made the company take notice.


  • Pete says:

    The weird thing is… it’s not even that good an adventure. There’s a really unpleasant bit of railroading in it which completely killed any chance I would ever run it.

  • matt says:

    Don’t get me started in the prices of PRGs, new or used. They tend to be overpriced.

  • Tom says:

    PDF versions are giving the industry some new techniques as well. When Eclipse Phase first started, the 400+ page core rulebook was $50 in print, but they let the pdt out for free for a while, and is now just $15 online. Shockingly, buying the cheap core rulebook gave me a taste for some of the extra sourcebooks.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      I go round and round on whether I like print or PDF better. I like collecting the books, but I like buying a PDF as a test to see whether I’ll want to collect the books.

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