Thursday, 22 May 2014

Dulce et Decorum Est Trail of Cthulhu Great War

I'm overjoyed to report that my Great War collection, Dulce et Decorum Est, is finally out in .pdf!


To forestall the obvious question: Not So Quiet and Flying Coffins are not in this collection, as those two scenarios have already been published twice: once as .pdf, and again in one or other of the Out Of Space/Time collections. However this one does include Dead Horse Corner (terror in the trenches) and Vaterland, set aboard the rotting hulk of Germany's finest ocean liner.  This collection also includes extended rules sections for air, land and naval warfare - new planes, tanks, armored cars and more - as well as a section devoted to campaign ideas and settings. You've got all kinds of new antagonists to worry about, from the Order of the White Feather in England to tainted and terrible hyenas waiting out in the desolate wastelands of Palestine. Incidentally, for those of you wondering whatever happened to Agathe von Plon of Flying Coffins fame, you can find out in Vaterland ...

I'm pleased and proud to see this in print at last! I hope everyone who purchases a copy enjoys it.

To give you a brief taste, let me show you an extract from one of the cultist sections, Mata Malam:

When the Dutch spy Margaretha Geertruida Zelle – aka Mata Hari, Indonesian for Eye of the Day – was executed in October 1917, few mourned her. Many of her former paramours were secretly relieved to see her gone, but there was at least one who wept for her unreservedly, and that one determined to get her back, by any means necessary.

Doctor-turned-cultist Victor Berthelot’s descent into madness began – though he could not have realized it at the time – when he went to see a show at the Olympia, in 1905. He was just a student then, but he was smitten by the danseuse’s charms, and – along with many other would-be suitors – bombarded her each night with flowers and presents. At least, such presents as he could afford, and when his family discovered how he was spending his allowance, they threatened to cut him off. Chastened, he returned to his studies, while his beloved – who had no idea Berthelot even existed – went on to fame, fortune, and life as a courtesan to wealthy men ...