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Four Against the Great Old Ones

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The clock is ticking!

Forty days from now, a dark cult will congregate somewhere in the United States to summon a cosmic entity of infinite horror! The only hope for the world is a group of four intrepid investigators who will stop at nothing to find the necessary clues, identify the cult, and stop the great ritual before it is too late!

Four against the Great Old Ones is a game of Lovecraftian dread and horror set in the 1930s. It is an old-school pen-and-paper game that can be enjoyed in solitaire, cooperatively, or as an RPG-lite.

It is a standalone game based on the Four against Darkness system, modified to include Insanity, Helpers, 8 new main characters, a unique clue system, 6 possible final encounters (each a full mini-game), and more.

Narrative-driven and true to its sources, Four against the Great Old Ones will provide you with a deep immersion in Lovecraft's world. The game is designed to be challenging, and will require determination, bravery, skill, and favorable astral alignments to win.

Do you dare to pursue this dangerous investigation?

Do you dare to face the Great Old Ones?

Written by Marco Arnaudo, with illustrations by Andrea Sfiligoi and Many others

 
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Patrick R September 15, 2020 7:40 pm UTC
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@Andrea S — Do you ever plan to do a printed version of Four Against the Great Old Ones? The game is a blast but playing it with a book in hand would be even more immersive! And I know a bunch of gamers I can't introduce the game to as I know they won't play if it's only a pdf on screen. Again: excellent game! :)
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De E August 24, 2020 3:32 am UTC
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LOVING the game so far. Getting my tail kicked. I just came across the Scroll of T'yog for the first time and can not find an entry in the book. Is it not in there or am I having a senior moment :P Thanks for a great game. Can't wait to see the super hero v villains one by the way!
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Bill S August 14, 2020 12:19 am UTC
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Where is our Four Against the Super Villains? I want solo Hero RPG goodness :)
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andrea S August 14, 2020 10:48 am UTC
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I am working on a superhero version, but it will be a single superhero vs. many. Supers are much more complex than fantasy or horror archetypes and character creation/power lists simply take too much space.
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Zachary K August 12, 2020 9:24 pm UTC
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As a totally blind user, I'm a little disappointed to find that the PDF appears to be a scanned image, and is thus inaccessible without OCR, which is unreliable and sometimes leads to very confusing output. Is it possible to put up a text/searchable version of the game rules?
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andrea S August 13, 2020 9:49 am UTC
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it is not a scanned image, it is a PDF generated with a layout program; however, part of the game uses graphic symbols (squares that you tick off with a checkmark as you play) and movement on a point-to-point map so if you are blind a text version will not be enough to play, I'm afraid.
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andrea S August 13, 2020 10:01 am UTC
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if I create a text version, will the tables confuse your output? I guess you are using text-to-speech software to read the book?
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andrea S August 13, 2020 12:37 pm UTC
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I have uploaded a text only version. Please let me know if it works for you
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Kevin S August 12, 2020 7:26 pm UTC
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Page 27 text is obscured by a picture.. bottom right.
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David B August 12, 2020 10:13 pm UTC
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Typically Lovecraftian that it's the Free Actions section that is obscured. Why give the investigators a break?
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andrea S August 13, 2020 9:46 am UTC
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I will reupload a corrected PDF in an hour or so. It seems the text flowed the wrong way when I generated the PDF! Blame Azathoth, I guess...
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andrea S August 13, 2020 11:36 am UTC
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I have uploaded a corrected version
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Ámon T August 14, 2020 10:23 pm UTC
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So those who already bought the PDF file will be able to download any updated versions free of charge?

(Also, to avoid confusion, I think it would be a good idea to give version numbers to each revision/update like v1.1, v1.2, etc.)
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andrea S August 16, 2020 3:39 pm UTC
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yes just download it again for free. I will upload a new version again (I found a way to make the text selectable, I hope) and change the filename
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Ámon T August 17, 2020 1:45 am UTC
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Great! Thank you.
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半丸鴉 ? August 17, 2020 1:59 am UTC
Selectable text would be a neat feature to have.
And I can only second the idea of adding version numbers to the corrected files.
A changelog might be much to expect, but as someone planning to translate the narrative parts for his regular playing group, I know I would really appreciate that as well! (It would make it much easier to keep track of changes and modifications.)
Thank you!
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半丸鴉 ? August 17, 2020 2:12 am UTC
Oh, and just a note right off: the name of Arkham is shown (erroneously) as "Arhkham" on the map.
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andrea S August 23, 2020 12:11 pm UTC
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I am adding an Arial font, text only version. The problem with the text being non selectable is created by the font. It has non standard kerning and layout software sees this as "image". I wish I knew when I designed the book!
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andrea S August 23, 2020 12:11 pm UTC
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corrected the spelling on the map and I added a color map.
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半丸鴉 ? August 23, 2020 1:32 pm UTC
Thank you! It really comes in handy, you see.

I just noticed something in this text-only version, though. The end of the Table of Contents seems to be missing.

Also, now that "Arkham" is corrected on the maps, the colour map has another typo: "The Blackwoods" (it's alright on the original map). The map itself looks lovely, by the way!
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This title was added to our catalog on August 12, 2020.