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"There's Gold in That Thar Penal Settlement!"

Most people would be aware that the early colonial history of Australia included major gold rushes in the 1840s and 1850s. But what few people know is that decades prior to these great discoveries, a discovery of precious gold sent ripples through the very fabric of New South Wales. The find, made by a lowly convict, set greedy imaginations running wild, and inspired not one by two expeditions out into perilous parts of the colony. The only problem was ... the whole thing was a huge hoax, a ploy on the behalf of a brazen convict to secure a trip back to England at the Governor's expense.

Ticket of Leave #7 is a double-size supplement which takes this little-known piece of real-world history and riffs on it in classic Lovecraftian fashion. Instead of merely being a greedy opportunist, it asks, what if the mendacious convicts was a devotee of a foul alien god? Or in thrall to an extra-dimensional thing that exists only as an uncanny flicker of light? Or the accidental vehicle for a confrontation between newly arrived colonists and a horror that has slept in the Australian landscape for thousands of years?

This system-independent PDF provides historical details about the gold hoax, and describes the kinds of threats that will confront any expedition sent out to validate the wild claims of a discovery in a remote corner of the colony. This PDF is rounded out with three different Lovecraftian style horrors that could be behind the plot, each providing Keepers with a different style of investigation and chilling resolution.

Tickets-of-Leave are small self-contained additions to the Convicts & Cthulhu setting for Lovecraftian roleplaying in the early penal colonies of Australia. Each includes a selection of game elements which can either be used collectively as a thumbnail sketch of a mini-scenario, or can be used in isolation to provide pieces that enhance a scenario of your own invention.

This is not a standalone product, but relies upon the Convicts & Cthulhu setting also published by Cthulhu Reborn. The Convicts & Cthulhu core book is a lavishly illustrated 96-page sourcebook available in both PDF and print as a "Pay-What-You-Want" title.

Convicts & Cthulhu is 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.

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