NEWS Angus Abranson takes us through some of the most exciting news in the RPG industry
ARC DREAM PUBLISHING Arc Dream Publishing are known for producing some of the best looking and interesting games over the years. From Delta Green (US government agency investigating the Cthulhu Mythos) and Monsters & Other Childish Things (think Calvin & Hobbes meets Call of Cthulhu!) to Wild Talents (a hard hitting superhero game with a wealth of setting choices), they have established themselves as a company to keep an eye on. Alongside working on a revision of their World War 2 superhero game Godlike, they are also in the closing stages of Better Angels – a game of reluctant supervillany.
In Better Angels you were an ordinary person who’s been possessed by a demon and granted superpowers. Sounds great? Sure, but there’s a catch. The demon demands that you perform acts of evil and if you refuse it might leave you and go and haunt someone else… someone who might not mind about committing atrocities as much as
you. So you find a compromise by acting like a supervillain – coming up with over the top ridiculous plots to rule the world and become rich and powerful (exactly what the demon wants you to do) – whilst trying to make sure it’s so over the top that the superheroes in the world will almost certainly stop you and no one actually gets hurt. Well, that’s the plan… CHAOSIUM INC Atomic-Age Cthulhu hasn’t been given a firm release date as yet (‘coming 2012’ but more likely ‘2013’) but it sounds ace! Set in 1950s America, everything looks rosy and peaceful but underneath the skin lurks fear. The Red Menace, Atomic weapons, The Korean War, The Space Race, the birth of TV and Rock n’ Roll – all contribute to a potent mix to be explored, but remember to duck and cover! CHRONICLE CITY New publishing house Chronicle City is working with a bunch of designers and studios to help bring their games to a wider audience, as well as having some in-house games they are developing themselves. They have a very active release schedule for the remain-
Angus Abranson Angus started off as a Saturday boy at Leisure Games back in the mid-80s and rose to the ranks of Supreme Tea Maiden before he left in 2009 to concentrate fulltime on his publishing company Cubicle 7 Entertainment. He has since left Cubicle 7 and has launched a new company called Chronicle City, where he is still making his own tea. He currently lives in Wiltshire near ancient stone circles.
der of 2012 including some really choice titles such as Achtung! Cthulhu – Zero Point Part 1 (a Call of Cthulhu World War 2 campaign with Modiphius), Dungeonslayers (an old school fantasy game – the PDF of which is actually com-
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