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Cosmic Horror. Fuelled by Human Cruelty and Depravity.

The prison colonies of 18th and 19th Century Australia are justly feared throughout the British Empire as places of unparalleled suffering and torment. The refuse of the Empire are sent here to serve out prison terms in a land half a world away from “civilisation”. A world that, to European eyes, seems thoroughly alien.

But, few among the white-skinned invaders know just how many secrets lurk within this ancient land. For countless generations the indigenous men and women have lived in perfect balance with the timeless forces that haunt Australia; but now, just a decade or so after the arrival of the British colonists, their ability to hold those powers in check is about to fail. And while horrors long-resident are poised to awaken, dark-hearted white men have also brought their own horrors to Australia in the form of terrifying cosmic gods and disgusting occult creatures.

Convicts & Cthulhu is a sourcebook designed to allow Call of Cthulhu Keepers and players to run scenarios and campaigns set in the penal colonies of early Australia. It particularly targets the historical period from 1795 to 1810, a time in which law and order played second-fiddle to greed and corruption. This was the depraved era which led ultimately to Australia’s first (and only) military uprising: the Rum Rebellion!

Contained within this book are historical notes on the era, character templates for investigators from all walks of life (indigenous, convicts, military, free settlers), weapons and equipment, and detailed gazetteers for Sydney, Parramatta and other settlements. Also included are details of cults & Mythos entities in the colonies, a full introductory scenario and a plentiful assortment of scenario seeds.

Convicts & Cthulhu is fully-compatible with Chaosium's 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu rules (but can easily be used with earlier editions with some simple arithmetical tweaking).

This detailed and lavishly illustrated 96-page sourcebook is the first all-original Call of Cthulhu title from Cthulhu Reborn, and the first new Lovecraftian material written for the Australian setting in almost two decades.

The PDF is provided as a multi-layer file, allowing for on-screen display using rich textures as well as a high-contrast printer-friendly display.

Call of Cthulhu is a registered trademark of Chaosium, Inc. and is used with permission.

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Harald H April 23, 2020 6:20 am UTC
This is a lovingly made, well researched and high quality product. In my opinion it needs, really needs, the last step in the process of good book production: editiing. There are 13 "Tickets of Leave" now, and a quite interesting campaign frame connecting half the Tickets.
I would love to see this great material collected and made into a book (or a setting and an adventure book). I would also be very willing to pay a reasonable price for that. As it is, this line is still very commendable for collectors and people who like to work with lots of sheets.
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Dean E April 23, 2020 8:52 am UTC
Thanks for the positive feedback, Harald. We're always thrilled to hear of people who see value in the Convicts & Cthulhu material we have created. BTW there are actually 15 "Tickets of Leave" now -- so if there are still a couple you haven't got, grab those!

I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of your comment -- there really is enough content created for C&C to make a whole "2nd Edition" which assembles the best of the previous material and fills in a few gaps. We've been talking about doing something like that for some time ... and I have no doubt we will create such a thing. It's just a matter of finding time in between other publishing projects.

Your comment, though, has definitely made me bump the "C&C 2nd Edition" up the priority list a bit. Thanks again, and please enjoy :)
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KJ R November 08, 2016 8:46 pm UTC
Does this supplement use the 6th or 7th edition of Call of Cthulhu rules? Or is it pure setting?
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Dean E November 08, 2016 11:11 pm UTC
The Convicts & Cthulhu book includes game statistics for the 7th edition Call of Cthulhu (although could be easily adapted for use with 6th edition or earlier with some minor arithmetic).

That probably should be in the product description -- so I will go add it now (thanks for the question).
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Paul C August 09, 2016 9:52 pm UTC
I used the contact button over a week ago and have heard nothing back, so I am using this forum.
I purchased a printed copy of this product and when I received it, there was a large box on the back cover that proclaimed: "Promo Copy - Not for Sale"
Why is this product that is marked "not for sale" for sale?
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Dean E August 09, 2016 10:29 pm UTC
Hi Paul, Dean from Cthulhu Reborn here. First off apologies for not seeing your earlier question -- I don't know where those "contact" messages go, but they don't get sent directly to Cthulhu Reborn (unlike new additions to comments/forums).

I can see why you find that marking on the printed "C&C" book to be sort of weird, but it is supposed to convey the fact that the book has been published on a non-profit basis. That is, while customers need to pay for it under Drivethru's PWYW scheme that money goes to Drivethru/Lightning Source, not to Cthulhu Reborn. The only way we make anything out of such a sale is when generous people elect to add a small donation to bump it above the base price. So, while there is certainly a "sale" being made, from the perspective of Cthulhu Reborn it's really us trying to give away printed books as cheaply as humany possible as a kind of Promotional exercise.

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