Arthur’s Townhall from September 24th, 2020.
New Game by Jeff Petersen & Tony Mastrangeli Coming in February
Evacuate came about because I thought, “What game wants the player to be in the middle of a pack? Not the first, but not the last.”
In most games, you are racing to be the first, the one in the lead. So I had to think of a way to convince the player that they didn’t necessarily want to be in the lead.
What if there was danger all around and you didn’t know what was around the next corner? Would you want to lead the pack? And if the danger is all around then you don’t want to be at the back of the pack either. You want to be protected like the president with people all around you.
In 1981, I moved to California’s Bay Area and took up full-time employment at Chaosium. Our favorite game store was Games of Berkeley, affectionately simply called “Gob” by us. Just checked and lo and behold it seems to be in the same spot after all these years. Well done, Gob. I don’t know if Gob itself is still owned by Don R., who now runs a major games distributor and also manufactures dice — you can see him at any major gaming convention (I always say hi!).
Anyway when I first arrived in the Bay Area naturally I went looking for the best game store, and walked into Games of Berkeley.
I introduced myself as Sandy Petersen, author of the newly-released Call of Cthulhu RPG and the clerk immediately replied, “No you’re not. She was in here last week.”
I enquired further, and it turns out that some lady had showed up and said she was Sandy Petersen, author of Call of Cthulhu. She’d even signed copies of the book for people! Sadly I never met the lady, so the Case of the False Sandy is still unsolved. I’m now well known enough that I suspect most people know I’m male in any case, plus my mug is all over the internetz.
As a follow up to our post last week regarding our planned relaunch of the Petersen Games Amazon store, we are happy to announce it is now live! So if you enjoy the convenience and reliability of Amazon, you can shop with confidence for some of our favorite products.
Check back often, we plan on expanding our offerings as we get the hang of things!
Here is a sneak preview of the Toad Bat, who will debut next month in The Big Sleep, Act 1.
Not all spawn of Tsathoggua are formless. These diminutive minions of the Sleeper mimic his terrible form and share his insatiable appetite. Little more than blobs of flesh with a mouth and a pair of wings, esoteric scholars have dubbed these creatures ‘toad-bats’ for the passing resemblance they bear to both beasts.
This hideous monstrosity looks something like a fat, hairy toad with the wings and upturned nose of a bat and an oversized mouth full of jagged teeth. Black slime oozes from its pustulous skin.