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Cubicle 7 Entertainment to publish roleplaying game based on Charles Stross' "The Laundry Files" novels - http://tinyurl.com/yz2omck

Check out the link for the full announcement  :)


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Mar. 10th, 2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
Glad this is finally getting the green light. Do you also have the XKCD licence?

I'm not so keen on BRP, why not GUMSHOE? ;-), but you've got a good team on the case.

Finally, I think that Portcullis logo might be copyright to Parliament. You might check. I wouldn't want to get in a fight with the people who bankroll the Laundry.
Mar. 10th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
We chatted to the guys at XKCD and they were happy for the t-shirt to be used in the picture.

Also we've adapted the Parliamentary image (no crown on top (spikes instead), different number of horizontal bars, no rivets). Dom designed it and then we had a graphic asrtist refine it.
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:45 pm (UTC)
I am absolutely thrilled by this announcement, Angus!! The Laundry series is one of my favourites of the genre, and to be honest, this is great news.

Out of curiousity, why BRP?

That said, you folks are going to be making lots of money off me this year with the various products you're doing for DW: AiTaS, the Ubiquity Three Musketeers game, the Lord of the Rings one, and now this.

Btw, what's going on with the demo team stuff? Haven't heard anything yet...
Mar. 10th, 2010 04:53 pm (UTC)
BRP for a number of reasons really. We looked at a number of systems and also sent some rulebooks of those other systems up to Charles to have a look at.

Charles is an old roleplayer himself (he created the githyanki for D&D which he originally wrote for an old White Dwarf article for instance) and had played a lot of Call of Cthulhu back in the 80's. Thus he knows the system and The Laundry series obviously has a lot of Mythos overtones so it was a natural fit.

We chatted to Chaosium, probably about 18 months or so back now, about not only using the system but reprinting the core rules in the book so it is a stand alone game. That way fans of Charles Stross' work don't have to splash out on buying two books (especially if book stores don't carry the BRP or Call of Cthulhu core rules). We came to an agreement and thus the use of BRP was finalised.

In regards to the demo team stuff, it's still wiating on me to wrap up the final bits for the scheme but I've been very distratced by other things shouting *deadline* at me recently that have over-ridden my time. In theory (he says) I should be able to get stuff sorted for it very shortly and start contacting everyone and getting the ball properly rolling. Sorry for the delay.
Mar. 10th, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
While I've known for a long time that Charles was an old roleplayer himslef, I didn't know that he knew the CoC game system that well. Makes sense to have the game use that system, for both that reason and because of the Mythos overtones and all in the Laundry books.

I am actually so glad to hear that the game will be stand-alone, as while I have the BRP rulebook, I wasn't really wanting to lug it around with the new rpg in order too run it. The stand-alone nature of this is lovely. :)

Yeah, I sort of figured that you were busy with all manner of stuff shouting "Deadline!" at you. Still want to know when Aliens and Creatures for DW: AiTaS will be out, but I was curious about the demo team stuff since I remember a mention about getting in touch with folks several weeks ago. You're excused for the delay, mate, given all the stuff on your plate right now! :)
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:01 pm (UTC)

This might tempt me back to do some more horror roleplaying. Will it be out for the Leicester Glorantha etc. games con this summer? Come to think of it, is there a Leicester games con this summer? Don't think I've heard if there is.
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
Continuum is early July this year - 2nd to 5th to be precise (http://www.continuum.uk.net/).

Whilst the game is due for release in July that might be a bit early for us. We'll see how everything goes - maybe we could try and get some advance copies over if it's in the warehouse by then :)
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks - that's a bit of a bastard for me, since I can't get time off on the Friday or Monday. Given how long it takes to get to Leicester I might have to give it a miss.
Mar. 10th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
I think this will make various people I know very happy indeed. :D
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:02 pm (UTC)
Ohh. Yeah. Woot.

Can't wait....
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Mar. 11th, 2010 01:18 am (UTC)
Man, I've never heard of these books. Looks like I need to fix that.
Mar. 11th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
There are two short stories free on the Tor website:

Down on the farm: http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=61

Overtime: http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=story&id=58511

You can download pdfs & mp3s of both those free from the above sites.

Mar. 12th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
I shove my reading matter back into my messenger bag (it's a novel about a private magician for hire in Chicago -- your taxpayer pounds at work), and go to stand in the doorway.
- Charles Stross, The Fuller Memorandum
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