The Laundry, of course, is the RPG based on Charles Stross’s Laundry Lovecraft-spy series*; and based on this blurb at their website the company is in the process of converting everything to a new rules set. Which is interesting. I mean, it looked like they were using a variant of an older version Call of Cthulhu, which is pretty standard for horror gaming (particularly Lovecraftian gaming). Are they switching to a newer version? Converting to GUMSHOE or one of the other, more recent systems? Creating their own? I have no idea, but I look forward to seeing what they do. Continue reading Looks like Cubicle 7 is revamping the Laundry RPG game line.
A new LotR 5E RPG by Cubicle 7 is a done deal, thanks to WotC’s D&D OGL.
…Sorry, let me translate that into English. There’s a British roleplaying game (RPG) company called Cubicle 7.* It has the existing right to adapt JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings (LotR) as an RPG: and since Wizards of the Coast (WotC), who owns Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has already issued an Open Gaming License (OGL) for its Fifth Edition ruleset (5E), Cubicle 7 is going to do a 5E version of LotR. Which is frankly the snake eating its own tail, here, given how much D&D depends on LotR for its very existence, really.
Nonetheless, cool news. Although the Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE) Middle Earth Roleplaying (MERP)/Rolemaster LotR will always be the true LotR series for me. I still have all of my old supplements…
(Via D&D Memes)
*They also do a RPG based on Charlie Stross’s Cthulhu meets spy novels series The Laundry.
…and it’s looking pretty useful. For those unfamiliar with the Laundry RPG, it’s the roleplaying game supplement based on Charles Stross’s Cthulhu Mythos/spy genre crossover series; think, well, “Cthulhu meets spies, and dump in a lot of math.” Mythos Dossiers The (Laundry RPG) is set up as a variety of documents, photos, drawings, and transcripts for a bunch of different Mythos monsters; the idea is to photocopy each section, toss them in a file folder, hand them to your players, and tell them to investigate. What makes this supplement useful is that while it’s obviously designed for the Laundry RPG you can still use the material for any Cthulhu-themed game where there’s a government awareness of the Mythos: for example, switch out “Black Chamber” for “MJ-12” and “the Laundry” for “PISCES” and you’ve got adventure hooks for Delta Green. Each individual section has an obvious, independent adventure hook; you can easily flesh out most of them into a full-fledged campaign. Continue reading Just finished The Mythos Dossiers (for the Laundry RPG)…
I just deleted thirty, forty saved pages! I don’t need them any more! As of tomorrow, they’re officially irrelevant! FREEEEEDOMMMMMMM!
Sorry about that.
So, anyway… well. That was it. Well, that and “I just bought another gaming supplement*!” – which, as God is my witness, I thought would be more interesting to mention than it turned out to be.
*Cubicle 7’s The Mythos Dossiers, for their occult horror bureaucratic RPG The Laundry, assuming that anybody’s still reading. Can you tell that I’m a little loopy, right now? And that’s not even the booze talking, because I haven’t had any. Forcing my head out of the channel that it’s been in for the last four years is not as easy as it looks.