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Call of Cthulhu Video Game Footage Revealed

IA IA CTHULHU FHTAGN!

Can you hear them chanting? You can, can’t you?

They won’t find us here, at least not for a while…they always find me though. In the end. There is no way to escape the inevitability of R’lyeh.

IA IA CTHULHU R’LYEH!

There it is again, the chanting. This time it is far closer than before and I fear that we must act…It’s too late. He stirs, waking from his aeons old death-slumber. When the stars are right, the sunken city of R-yleh will be newly risen from stygian depths. The world wails as apocalypse comes to it and its voice will be a chorus of bedlam sung by a billion voices in unison as the are consumed by despair, fear, madness, and finally by things with many teeth and claws and other appendages both squamous and rugose.

There’s a chance though, a slim though it might be, that you could save us all…

What was that? A vision of the future perhaps? Whatever that twisted nightmare foretells, it does not bode well for the investigator or heroes who might be set on saving the world.

We will find out later this year when Cyanide releases madness* upon the world!

For now though, I must end this missive abruptly. The chanting is now right outside my door and torch light is flickering in the windows…I fear they have found me, that they are here for me but you..they don’t know you….The door downstairs, I heard something stove in and I can hear some…thing slithering softly up the stairs..I have no more time! Here, hide here and I will be back as soon as I ca….I feel so strange, the chanting it’s in my mind. It is…eroding my soul but so help me I do not care. Go friend, save the world, or find a place to watch it end.

GO! GO NOW! LEAVE THIS PLACE AND NEVER LOOK BACK! No, I cannot come with you, my time is come, the chanting is for me and it signifies the end of life as I know it.

GO! GO! They are here now and I can hear what they are chanting clearly..

Ph’nglui Mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn

*The footage above comes from The Call of Cthulhu – The upcoming collaboration between Chaosium, Cyanide Games, and Focus Entertainment.

Year Walking

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Well, one of them. This is not a tale about family, or gifts—well that is not is not entirely true, they are gifts of a different kind—or Saint Nick. This is one of old magic, ancient and vast, and those who would seek to stare into the void.

While Christmas is currently a brightly hyper-commercialized annual consumer event these days it was once a dark time of the year, one where it was us against the primordial darkness, a single fire against the hungry cold.

These nights have power, it is why the pagans chose them for their celebrations after all— along with Halloween and Valentine’s Day (which is actually originally a feast for werewolves). The world beyond ours, the one filled with things we cannot explain, moves within inches of ours on these nights. It’s easy—if one is to believe the stories of old—to traverse the distance and see the supernatural on these nights, say a certain set of words and meet a certain set of conditions and strange things will happen. Such is the case with the Year Walk.

Known as the Årsgång , the ceremony originated in Sweden and took place on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. The ceremony involved purifying oneself thoroughly and then walking in the forest at night with no fire or light. If performed correctly the ceremony would allow one to see the future.

There is a catch though, in order to gain this future sight one had to overcome challenges and challengers from the other realm. The creatures that populated yesterday’s top ten list roamed the woods at night and one who was undertaking the Årsgång needed to proceed with care lest they meet their end at the hands of the supernatural. Even those not undertaking a Year Walk understood the threat posed by the beasts that swarm and fly through the Yuletide night. Food was left out, not for Saint Nick, but as a distraction for the hungry dead and other things that might visit over the course of the night. It was madness pure and simple to attempt the Year Walk. Oh, and of course there was the weather, with the threat posed by the elements also contributing to the dangers of the night. If one did not get eaten or have one’s soul confined to a special Hell, then one may still succumb to exposure.

The successful completion of the the ceremony often allowed the seer to glimpse the bounties and disasters of the year, so that one could adequately prepare for the year to come. Sometimes though the information provided was of a much grimmer nature. In one case, a year walker reported seeing his own funeral .  

So the ceremony was one of high risk/reward and fraught with danger. If you’d like to experience the Year Walk for yourself, check out the amazing game from Simogo titled Year Walk. It is available on a variety of platforms, including iOS and Steam. If you’re seeking the full experience make sure you download the Year Walk Companion app as well. For the fascinating story of the game came into being, click here.