Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Horror on the Orient Express. Oh yes.

I do have concerns about the nature of Kickstarter.  I do avoid “iconic” to describe most things, gaming related or otherwise.  And I do harbor an aversion for most thing labeled “re-imagined.”  Yet I was delighted to read the following email from Chaosium: 
We are excited to announce a Kickstarter campaign for the reprint of Horror on the Orient Express. With your support we will (hopefully) raise the money required to re-imagine the iconic boxed set, originally published in 1991.
The reprint of Horror on the Orient Express has been a hot topic in gaming forums, and has been eagerly awaited by many fans of Call of Cthulhu. We are planning to release a full boxed set, complete with campaign books, passenger passport handouts, stickers, a poster, and more. The more money we raise, the more fun goodies we will can include.
And, of course, we want to offer you fun goodies for your support. Perks include Orient Express tote bags, Chaosium ephemera, even a tour of Chaosium headquarters! Take a look at the site to see the complete list of perks.
Our goal is to be able to release the boxed set by GenCon 46 (August 2013). Thanks for your support, and Happy Gaming!
To view the Horror on the Orient Express Kickstarter campaign, visit ORIENT EXPRESS KICKSTARTER.

The impending reprint of Horror on the Orient Express is the best thing to happen to gaming in a long time.  Not just because it was a fantastic romp across Europe in “iconic settings” (after all, how can you go wrong torching Italian Blackshirts) but also because it is virtually impossible to find a copy.  Chaosium doesn’t need me (Kickstarter goal reached), I need Chaosium.  And so do you.  Buy this.  Play it.


  1. There have been so many very cool Kickstarter campaigns lately, that I wouldn't be able to contribute to all of them even if I wanted to. I generally avoid crowd-source funding, but I did just pledge $100 to the Reaper Bones Kickstarter - of course since it gets me over 200 miniatures it is well worth the price.

    I'm also fairly excited about Marc Miller's Kickstarter to produce a massive hardcover compendium of the classic Traveller books in one volume. I didn't contribute, but I am sorely tempted to buy it when it comes out.

    Likewise, I've been experiencing the call of Cthulhu recently. I haven't played CoC since about 1985, but I'd love to get back into it again, and Horror on the Orient Express sounds like a blast.

  2. I need to stay away from Kickstarter. Like you, I went all in for the Reaper deal. I have no idea how I'll ever paint them all but I just could not pass up the offer.

    I'm going to get Orient and will likely get two - one for a Christmas gift.

    I simply love Traveller. I haven't played in ages however. I tease myself with the Mongoose version but, like you, will likely get the MM re-print.

    I've also though of the S&W but as I have a softcover, I'm not sure I need another. I'm unsure of how different the Kickstarter will be.