Call of Cthulhu Anniversary Edition

CoC-30th-Anniversary-231x300When Chaosium announced the 30th anniversary edition of Call of Cthulhu I wasn’t actually that thrilled. Sure it looked nice enough, but I already owned the German Edition of the book. But over the last months I picked up several CoC supplements from DriveThruRPG in English language and I found it quite awkward to have the core rules in a different  language than the supplements. Eventually I got the PDF version of the original corebook, but I still wanted a proper printed book as well.

So a couple of days I decided to get an English-language version of that fine game. And since the 30th anniversary edition was available at my favorite German online shop Sphärenmeisters Spiele I decided to order it after all. And I have to admit I don’t regret buying it.

It’s a very good looking, leather-bound book with 320 pages printed on very heavy paper. The interior looks almost exactly like the German edition from Pegasus Spiele (Pegasus Spiele was actually credited for this), which was always far superior to the Chaosium original.

Here are some photos I took with my webcam after unpacking the book yesterday:

Suspicious looking guy holding a leather-bound tome

Warning! Looking at these images too closely may cause 1D6 SAN loss!

If you plan to get a copy of Call of Cthulhu any time soon, I recommend either picking up the latest German edition by Pegasus Spiele (which actually comes in two books) or the 30th Anniversary Edition.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

6 thoughts on “Call of Cthulhu Anniversary Edition”

  1. Nice book. Hrm. maby eI will push back the Dresden Files purchase for this limited run… Looks great! Do you get percentages at Sphärenmeister? I started buying there because you mentioned him before and he is my primary shop right now.

  2. That man holding the book looks suspicious… I would be on the lookout for crazy cultists. If you look at that picture carefully… Oh never mind!

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