Bookhounds of London is a major hardcover supplement to the Trail of Cthulhu that is: a campaign guide, locale sourcebook, and an adventure. Whomever, decides to buy it will certainly get their money’s worth and more. This is a beautifully and hauntingly illustrated book, in which the graphics are not horrific but do instill a certain sense of dread. I would commend Pelgrane Press once again for creating yet another beautiful product that is both attractive, functional and serves a multitude of purposes.
This issue of RPG Countdown has interviews with four Pelgrane writers
In at #7 Paula Dempsey with the Occult Guide
#4 Robin D Laws with the Dying Earth
#3 Graham Walmsley with Cthulhu Apocalypse: The Dead White World
and #1 Ken Hite with Bookhounds of London
The Bookhounds of London Limited Edition is now SOLD OUT.
What does The Limited Edition Include?
- A limited edition faux leather bound, gold-embossed copy of Bookhounds of London, signed by Kenneth Hite with a Lovecraftian word added in his fair hand. The full list of 110 words will be published after the books are released.
- A limited edition of Augustus Darcy’s Occult Guide (Liber Fumo de Frater Viglio) presented as an in world-artifact, hardbound, cloth covered, numbered, gold embossed with an exclusive dust cover. To the extent we can, we have left no trace of its modern origins. You get the PDF of the Occult Guide now with your order.
- Genuine 1930s ephemera selected from by Steve and Paula Dempsey (contributor and Occult Guide writer respectively), divided as evenly as possible between each limited edition. While some people will do better than others we think no one will be disappointed.
- A unique clue to the death of Augustus Darcy.
- All this presented in Augustus Darcy’s olive green haversack, protected by a mystic sigil.
The price is $150 / £100 plus tracked and insured shipping.
Here is a detailed review of Bookhounds by Lowell Francis over at RPG Geek. One point the reviewer raised was of particular interest – he mentioned that he was expecting more Armitage Files like handouts, and guessed, correctly that the Occult Guide will fulfil this role. If you want to run a player driven occult mystery set in the London in the style of Armitage Files, hand the players the Occult Guide and let them get on with it.
I don’t think I’ve ever read a gamebook which so carefully integrated the character of the city with the character of the play. It is an imaginary London, but one vivid and playable … Bookhounds could obviously be easily used by a traditional Call of Cthulhu GM and I’d recommend they pick it up. Anyone with an interested in London or England in the first half of the 20th Century should consider it as well.
A bit more information on the Bookhounds Limited Edition. Ken has signed each one of the leatherbound volumes and added a Lovecraftian word. We’ll assign these at random, with a ten reserved for contributors, staff and charity auctions. Beth, for example, has taken the shoggoth.
My plan at the moment is the offer the limited edition combined with a hardback Occult Guide, some 30s ephemera and a suitable container. Every copy will include a section of an annotated map with clues to the murder of Augustus Darcy, and we are hoping that people will scan them and put them all together.
I’ll email all Bookhounds pre-orderers for a chance to buy an upgrade to their pre-order, or get a copy to supplement their standard edition.
I haven’t emailed yet! Emails will be going out end of next week, though the limited edition packages themselves will not ship for a while after.
Sample pages from the Occult Guide by Paula Dempsey. This is a companion book to Bookhounds of London, a murder mystery, an essential reference for any 1930s London game and a great read in its own right.
Sample pages from Bookhounds of London, a campaign frame for Trail of Cthulhu by Kenneth Hite.
Dan Harms over at On the Shelf Reviews has given Bookhounds a thorough examining with positive results. You can read the full review here.
To the usual Trail mix of Pulp vanilla and Purist chocolate, we now get rainbow sherbert Arabesque, rocky road sordid, and disgustingly neon Technicolor. We can only hope that Pelgrane provides more support for this line so as to give us more of what is otherwise an impressive and inspirational book.
There’s an online game of Bookhounds on rpg.net billed as “Bran and Crowe Secondhand Books, a Trail of Cthulhu game in the Purist idiom with the Book-Hounds of London campaign frame.”