Today we're taking a look at some of the art in the newly unleashed Unconventional Diplomacy for The Laundry. Cubicle 7 Staff artist Scott Purdy handled illustration duties on this supplement and we've given him free rein to pick which 3 pieces he enjoyed making the most:
Three Laundry Agents walk into a coffee shop and.... what, wha.. wth?
About Unconventional Diplomacy
The latest supplement for The Laundry RPG, Unconventional Diplomacy comprises six SAN-challenging adventures, each with a distinctly international flavour.
The Laundry is a secret branch of the British Civil Service, dedicated to protecting the United Kingdom against Horrors from Beyond. In your time in the Laundry, you've seen your share of terrible, frightening documents: grimoires bound in human skin, soul-eating computer code, ISO9001 compliance assessments. None, though, are as terrifying as the thing sitting on your desk.
It's a plane ticket. The Laundry's budgets are more tightly bound than a summoned shoggoth. If they're paying for your flights, then something hellish is about to happen overseas, and you're in the firing line.
THE SCRAMBLE FOR BURANDA – Three British aid workers vanish in Africa, right on the border of the isolationist nation of Buranda. Getting them home is your secondary objective. The primary mission is to clear up a very old loose end and recover the fabled Dagger of the Bloody Tongue – and avoid an international incident while doing so.
CASE ARSON SPARKLEPONY – Something weird is about to happen at the Burning Man festival, according to the precognitives over at Predictive Branch. That means, one, Predictive Branch is as much use as a chocolate heat sink on an over-clocked summoning grid, and two, it's time for a jaunt to the United States. Just try to stay out of the Black Chamber's unblinking gaze.
LEGACY CODE – In old institutions like the Laundry, you don't just get pilloried for your own mistakes. The errors and failures of all those who have gone before land on your desk. Some eldritch entity just filed the mother of all bug reports. Time for some tech support with extreme prejudice.
POCKET FULL OF PRIAPUS – One of your co-workers ran into a spot of bother in France, and is currently sitting in a jail cell in Paris. For various reasons, this needs to be kept quiet and under the radar of our European Partners. Could you just pop over, clear his name and close his case for him, there's a good chap?
DARKNESS BEYOND OUR WORLD – Jeremy Walshe works for the Laundry. Jeremy Walshe was supposed to fly home from Washington today. He didn't get on the plane, and he's got a head full of secrets that need to be secured. Fly out, find him, and get him back to the UK before anything eats his brain. What can possibly go wrong?
YE LIVELIEST AWFULNESS – Earlier this afternoon, the police helped eject a troublemaking nuisance from the US embassy in London. Crazy cranks are ten a penny these days, but three things about this guy stand out. First, he was raving about gods and monsters. Second, he vanished soon after being kicked out. And third, he said his name was Howard Philips Lovecraft…
Unconventional Diplomacy for The Laundry RPG - available now for pre-order and in PDF. 120 pages, written by Jack Graham, Paul L. Mathews, WJ McGuffin, Brian Nisbet and Gareth Ryder Hanrahan, illustrated by Malcolm McClinton and Scott Purdy. Available now.
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There are dangers lurking in the shadows of the Smoke – and some of the most dangerous are stirring at the wrong time. With the War in the Crimea going badly for the British, the rumour of conscription has sent anarchists into the street. Against the backdrop of social unrest and increasing danger a web of troubles grows, culminating in a fearsome threat to the entire city.
Streets of Shadow is a six-adventure campaign that takes the characters from a case of kidnapped children to rumours of dragons and sinister threats to London itself, all woven together in a web of coincidence and connection. Three of the adventures have been previously published, but are now fully compatible with Victoriana Third Edition Core Rulebook and integrated with the other adventures in the campaign.
We present here a first look at some art from the book in the form of the chapter openers by Andrew Hepworth and Paul Bourne.
A happy Independence Day to all our American friends!
We're proud to present the cover to Rocket Age by Jon Hodgson, with logo by Paul Bourne.
Rocket Age is an alternate history pulpy retro-sci-fi space opera planetary romance. It's throttled up rocket packs burning radium on the long blast to the farthest reaches of the Solar System. It's hunting thunder lizards in the upland jungles of Venus. It's battling Ancient Martian killing machines piloted by the Deutsche Marserkorps across the baking red deserts of Mars. It's exploring the deadly skies of Jupiter under the constant threat of Europan disintegration. It's RAY gun wielding heroes bulls-eyeing mutants in the blasted ruins of Io.
Making use of the Vortex System which powers Doctor Who: Adventures in Time and Space and Primeval, Rocket Age will be a hard cover book written by Ken Spencer, featuring black and white art by Jon Hodgson, Scott Purdy and Paul Bourne. Expected Summer 2013.
World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour
War brings chaos, fear and disruption in its wake. The perfect conditions in which terrible things can thrive, full of new opportunities for ancient beings and their degenerate human agents. But some people know the truth, and they find themselves fighting a war on two fronts for humanity’s soul -- and its very survival.
World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour is a new World War Two setting for Call of Cthulhu and requires the Call of Cthulhu rulebook to play. It contains full rules for character creation and wartime activities, extensive background on the setting, a scenario and an epic campaign.
Coming Summer 2013.
Victoriana Third Edition is a hefty book. The hardcover will weigh in at 320 pages. One of the cunning features devised by art director Jon Hodgson and his partner in crime c7 graphic designer Paul Bourne are the chapter icons:
Each of the "books" within the corebook is represented by one of these icons. So here we see the opening page to the section entitled "One's Full Measure", with the wonderful "Victruvian (Wo)Man" by Andy Hepworth:
You can see the icon for this section at the bottom of the page. Each page within that section bears the icon at its edge, which aids the reader in quickly finding that section as they flip or scroll through the book. This has the added benefit of assisting the reader in remembering where things are for later reference.
In our continuing series of previews of Victoriana 3rd Edtion C7 art director Jon Hodgson talks about the production of the cover art for the game:
"With a new edition comes a new cover. Victoriana is a favourite game at C7, it’s been a solid line for a long time. This brings a certain amount of pressure when time comes to make a new cover.
GOD GAME BLACK follows the events, characters, organisations and locations of The Apocalypse Codex, the fourth Laundry novel by Charles Stross.
This 144 page softcover supplement for The Laundry rpg expands on the revelations of The Apocalypse Codex novel and sends your games hurtling towards Armageddon. Inside, you’ll find:
• External Assets, the Laundry’s deniable operations department
• Secrets of the Black Chamber
• Dossier reports on CODICIL BLACK SKULL and the Plateau of the Sleeper
• Two new adventures
and many more horrors...
Written by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan, this book features the illustrative talents of Jon Hodgson, Pat Loboyko, Rich Longmore, Pat MacEvoy, Sam Manley, Scott Neil, Scott Purdy, Graeme Neil Reid, Mattias Snygg
We're proud to give you just a taste of some of that art below:
You can preorder GOD GAME BLACK here and get the PDF now, or wait for it to hit stores in a few weeks time.
You could be forgiven for thinking, amidst all this Doctor Who madness, that we had forgotten about The One Ring. Nothing could be further from the truth. Work continues every day on new One Ring products, several of which are yet to be announced. We're committed to maintaining the high standards of the line to date and to bringing you the very best in Middle-earth gaming.
With that in mind we're most happy to unveil the covers to The Heart of the Wild and Darkening of Mirkwood, the next two supplements to be released. The Heart of the Wild covers Mirkwood and the Vales of Anduin, providing Loremasters with all the information they could need on this rich area for adventure. The Darkening of Mirkwood is the much anticipated 30 year campaign that follows events in Mirkwood as the Shadow reclaims to his fortress at Dol Guldur.
Both books are penned by Gareth Ryder Hanrahan, with Francesco Nepitello and covers are by One Ring artist Jon Hodgson.
We'll bring you firm release dates for these two books as soon as we have them.
With The Doctor Who Card Game being a great seller in stores over the festive season, we thought it was about time we caught up with some more about the game. C7 art director Jon Hodgson writes:
What a challenge! Behind the cut you can read some of the behind the scenes art department gossip, as well as see a selection of card art images from each of the artists who worked on the game.
The design team that brought you the gorgeously dark period stylings of Shadows over Scotland wanted to push the bar higher for Folklore. And that's just what they've done. Here are some sample pdfs from the book for your enjoyment. Just click the images to download the linked PDF files.
Pre order Folklore in hard copy, bundled with the PDF
Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore Announced - featuring an overview of the contents.
Cthulhu Britannica: Folklore Art Preview - a glimpse of things to come.
Cthulhu Britannica - learn more about this line of officially licensed Call of Cthulhu Sourcebooks.
Shadows over Scotland - the award winning book from the same team.