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.