First published in 1981, Call of Cthulhu has become one of the most iconic roleplaying games ever printed. It has set the benchmark for horror gothic roleplaying gaming and has introduced countless players to the world and works of HP Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos. Since the second edition of the rules, its core mechanic has remained largely unchanged as well, putting it in a rare group of games from the 1980’s to still be using its original rule system. Now in its 30th year of publication Chaosium are celebrating by printing a special edition of the 6th edition rulebook. This will be a limited release, with the books being individually numbered.
From the Chaosium website:
2011 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the release of our Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. To celebrate this important and rare occasion in our Adventure Gaming industry, Chaosium is proud to offer a special binding of the current edition (6th edition) of the Call of Cthulhu rulebook. This 320-page book features thick (3 mm) leatherette hard-covers with the front cover and spine stamped with luxurious gold foil. The interior pages are printed in black ink, on 90 gsm matte art paper, and each book is individually numbered on the title page. The binding is thread sewn, square backed. Each book is individually shrink-wrapped, with the barcode stickered onto the wrapping so as to not mar the book cover.
Time is running out to pick up this volume. Orders close really soon (they are stating delivery should be on July 15th 2011), so you had better be quick. You can place your order at the Chaosium site for USD 65 (which gets you free US shipping as well).
It is important to note that a 7th edition of the ruleset is expected in August. While the rules are likely to remain largely unchanged (the only predicted additions are extra background material), if you are the sort of person who must have the latest version of the rules at all times, you may want to bear that in mind.