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Beyond the Mountains of Madness

Campaña basada en la novela de H.P. Lovecraft, At the Mountains of Madness (1931, Literatura). Esta es la edición original de Chaosium en un solo volumen.

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0Cover for "Beyond the Mountains of Madness"John T. Snyder
1Illustrations for "Beyond the Mountains of Madness"Paul Carrick, M. Wayne Miller
2Foreword (to "Beyond the Mountains of Madness")Charles Engan, Janice Engan
3Prologue: In the BeginningCharles Engan, Janice Engan
4Chapter 1: Arrival in New YorkCharles Engan, Janice Engan
5Chapter 2: The Death of a Sea CaptainFrederic Moll
6Chapter 3: An AbductionCharles Engan, Janice Engan
7Chapter 4: DepartureCharles Engan, Janice Engan
8Chapter 4B: SS GabrielleMike Blum, Charles Engan, Janice Engan
9Chapter 5: At SeaCharles Engan, Janice Engan, Rob Montanaro
10Chapter 6: Onto the IceCharles Engan, Janice Engan, Rob Montanaro
11Chapter 7: A Shock in the Lightest NightMarion Anderson, Phil Anderson, Charles Engan, Janice Engan, Mike Lay
12Chapter 8: At the MountainsPhil Anderson, Marion Anderson, Charles Engan, Janice Engan
13Chapter 9: Balance of PowerCharles Engan, Janice Engan
14Chapter 10: The City of the Elder ThingsMike Blum, Charles Engan, Janice Engan, Mike Lay
15Chapter 11: To the Dark towerJanice Engan, Charles Engan
16Chapter 12: Return to Lake's CampCharles Engan, Janice Engan
17Chapter 13: An Arrow in FlightCharles Engan, Janice Engan
18Chapter 14: Mission of MercyCharles Engan, Janice Engan
19Chapter 15: Exodus from the IceCharles Engan, Janice Engan
20Chapter 16: The Black RatCharles Engan, Janice Engan
21Chapter 17: Ab InitioCharles Engan, Janice Engan
22Appendices (to "Beyond the Mountains of Madness")Marion Anderson, Phil Anderson, Charles Engan, Janice Engan, John Goodrich, Steve Hill, Mike Lay, Mike Blum
23Antarctica Map (Starkweather-Moore Expedition)Mike Blum

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Neddam Bibliotecario
25-01-2021 16:54

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¿Por qué escribís Hastur mal?

25-01-2021 23:15

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Porque no debe ser nombrado...

01-04-2021 09:56

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Chaosium reimprime el libro (en su versión ya existente):

"We've chosen to reprint Beyond the Mountains of Madness because we are at least four or more years away from producing an updated full color version for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition."

Neddam Bibliotecario
01-04-2021 10:28

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Ya tienen en su tienda tanto esta como la del Orient Express en dos libros.

Brián Bibliotecario
01-04-2021 11:13

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Tal como dijo Esculapio0 aquí:

Chaosium reimprime el libro (en su versión ya existente):

"We've chosen to reprint Beyond the Mountains of Madness because we are at least four or more years away from producing an updated full color version for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition."

4+ años para una nueva edición ... maldita la gracia ... ¡pero si la tienen hecha! Eso sí, en francés y alemán.

Reimpresión, aunque parece que han tocado la maquetación y han corregido algunas erratas:

"The B&W layout has been updated from 3 column to 2 column. There's no added, changed or deleted material, although a few typos were fixed. Rules are presented as they were for Call of Cthulhu fifth edition, though can be easily played with other editions with minor mechanical changes."

Tillinghast Bibliotecario
01-04-2021 12:45

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Tal como dijo Neddam aquí:

Ya tienen en su tienda tanto esta como la del Orient Express en dos libros.

¿Entran en los planes de EDGE?

JonathanStrange Bibliotecario
01-04-2021 12:53

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Me suena que a cargo de la remaquetación futura de Orient estuviera el partner europeo: Edge Studio. Pero eso, a muy largo plazo, de ahí esta edición "rápida".

Entropía Bibliotecario
11-04-2021 15:55

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Ya han liberado en PDF las ayudas, la hoja de PJ y el mapa: Beyond the Mountains of Madness Free Handouts Pack.



11-04-2021 22:28

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Una pena que los mapas e ilustraciones se vean tan anticuados, (el estilo de Chaosium de la época se podría calificar de "espartano" siendo muy generoso) pero los recortes y otras ayudas al DM sí que tienen su utilidad.


JonathanStrange Bibliotecario
03-02-2023 10:12

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Tal como dijo Brián aquí:

4+ años para una nueva edición ... maldita la gracia ... ¡pero si la tienen hecha! Eso sí, en francés y alemán.

A propósito de este volumen, me he encontrado en YSDC esta entrevista muy interesante con los cambios en las ediciones francesa y alemana, que empezaron como una joint venture. Para resumir, la alemana es una 2.0 (sobre la que estaría trabajando Chaosium para una nueva edición) y la francesa una 1.5, pues desecharon algunos cambios.

Tal como se dijo aquí:

Chaz Engan is most noted in RPG circles as one of the co-authors of the epic Call of Cthulhu campaign, Beyond the Mountains of Madness.

We've talked to Chaz and Jan Engan previously about the BtMoM campaign, but in this YSDC interview Chaz goes into detail about his work on the revised and expanded second edition of Beyond the Mountains of Madness for the French and German language versions.

One day, perhaps a new English language edition will appear...

YSDC: Can you remind us how Beyond the Mountains of Madness came about?

CE: Sure.

This is an old story, you've probably heard it before. Back in 1992 or so, my wife Janyce and I ran an email-based discussion group called "Strange Aeons" for all matters Lovecraftian, but focusing mostly on the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. When Chaosium announced that development of a scenario book based on HPL's At the Mountains of Madness everyone was very excited, including me: AtMoM was my favourite HPL story and I was eager to see what they'd do with it in the game.

Time passed, however, and nothing appeared. In 1994, fellow list member and awesome gamer Hugo Barbosa wrote an open letter to Chaosium and sent it around the list. Where were the Mountains of Madness? He asked. Any news on the promised scenario?

Lynn Willis replied, saying that the author team that had taken on the job had pulled out. Unless someone else was willing to take up the challenge, there would be no Mountains of Madness scenario book any time soon.

Janyce wanted the job. "I've never done one of these before," she said, "but I'd love to give it a try!" She and Lynn met several times over the next few weeks; he gave her the materials produced by the first team, as well as a list of other interested potential contributors; they discussed plot content, word count and schedules, and the project began. Took us four years to finish it too - but when we finally went to press in 1999 it was quite a hit. Well worth the effort, and a real learning experience for us.

YSDC: What was your development process like?

CE: That changed quite a bit over time.

When we started, Janyce had a lot of source material and a long list of people who had expressed an interest in being a part of the project - writers, subject matter experts and fans. The first month or two was spent, as I recall, just ironing out who was responsible for what, and producing a detailed story outline for the "mission bible." The contributor list was rapidly winnowed down to a dozen or so writers, each of which took a chapter or subject; these were mapped into the story as they were proposed. Janyce herself planned to edit, coordinate, and write some of the introductory material, I wasn't planning to write at all in the beginning, just help Jan out here and there and be a subject-matter go-to guy on Antarctic exploration and period radio practices.

So, in the beginning, it was not so different from what we'd been doing with the mailing list: lots of correspondence, back and forth, with folks all over the world. Jan and I brainstormed the plot, building proposed outline bits and sending them to the group for reactions; other folks added ideas or signed up for a plot thread or a chapter.

Once we had a final outline things got more streamlined. The section writers sent Jan their stuff, she replied with edits and suggestions, consulted the other subject experts and adapted the plan to fit. This went on for a year or more. Not so much interaction with Lynn at Chaosium either; he seemed to love what we were doing and was very supportive, but made few suggestions. "Finish it," he kept saying. "Tell it as it needs to be told. Then we'll see."

Eventually the well dried up. We had submissions for about half the chapters, but no more coming in. In particular, we had no one to write the sections dealing directly with the City, and no ending. Jan asked me if I'd write a chapter or two.

By then, I'd been deeply involved in the plot design for many months, and had a lot invested in the vision. Of course I said yes. After that, for the next year and a half, it was all Janyce and me. I wrote, she edited, working backwards through the outline and filling in the holes; then when that was done, I worked through all the other chapters one more time, bringing the whole work into a more cohesive style.

By that point the Mountains project had taken over our lives. There were no separate meetings, or particular hours of the day set aside for it; we talked about it, dreamed of it, exchanged emails from work and reviewed drafts on the bus coming home. I don't know if it would have worked if we hadn't been married to one another - but it certainly was a heady thing.

YSDC: What particular challenges did you find with creating BtMoM?

CE: Challenges - it seems as though there were quite a few! Though I'd be the first to admit that most of them we set ourselves.

The first question we had to answer was what story to tell. AtMoM was the last big Lovecraftian novel that hadn't seen a treatment at that time, and there was a lot of interest around the gaming community. One team had already taken the job and had pulled out. Written themselves into a corner, we were told, and they were respected experts. We knew it would be hard.

AtMoM was a popular novel. We knew that in any gaming group, there would be those who had read it, and those who had not. We wanted to tell a tale that would be equally interesting to both - but somehow to level the playing field, so that those who had read the novel would not have a big advantage over the rest. We knew, then, that we couldn't just re-tell the tale of the Lake Expedition. Instead we chose to create a sequel, with the Starkweather-Moore party that followed, and to use the original novel as a prop that could be read by the players in the course of play.

Then there was the issue of player agency. Most of the scenarios written at the time were carefully crafted to isolate the investigators so that they could do whatever they wanted, be it research or utter mayhem, and the rest of the world would never know. We wanted to do something different. The investigators were members of an Antarctic expedition. Not its leaders, just members of the party. I'd done a lot of reading and research into Antarctic expeditions throughout history, and was amazed and impressed by the sheer amount of detail that expedition leaders and members had to plan for and execute if they were going to survive. Every item is critical; there are no spares and no stores. If you didn't plan for it, you don't have it until you leave. And the Expedition members are never alone; they are crammed together, living in one another's socks, for months at a time: on the ship, on the Ice, day and night. In a situation like that, player investigators are never alone, unless they go out of their way to isolate themselves - and if something does happen, everyone will know, and they'll also know what the characters did about it, if any are left alive. It's an environment different from any we'd seen in adventures before - and that created an interesting challenge. To use the constant intimate presence of NPCs & NPCs that are not strangers but colleagues and friends -- made it a different kind of tale.

The City itself is a big challenge, simply because of its scale. This, I think, is why none of the other authors wanted to take it on: how do you write a comprehensive adventure guide for a single city that is untold layers high and low, and covers an area the size of California? The answer is, of course, that you can't. You simply have to depict a few pertinent areas, describe how they fit within the bigger scheme of things, and let the Keeper do the rest. We knew that some players, who had read the novel, would want to revisit the locations mentioned in Dyer's tale, so we paid attention to them; we knew also that most people like to go "off the map" into new and uncharted territories - so we tried to put in a lo of those as well. Even so, a single book is not big enough to do it properly.

Smaller issues that cropped up were mostly ones of plot. If this was to be a sequel, we had to resolve, at least for ourselves, the enigmas left by Lovecraft, and decide how much to use them in our tale.

Does the City really exist in our world at all? If so, why hasn't it been found today?

What happened to the Elder Things from Dyer's tale? Were they massacred by the shoggoths as he supposed?

What did Danforth really see, in his last glimpse beyond the City, that drove him mad?

...and so on.

The final challenge we faced was that we ourselves were unsure just what we needed to do. We were new to the business of writing a published game. Not to gaming itself: I'd been roleplaying for 20 years, playing Call of Cthulhu for 15; Janyce had been playing almost as long, and running a long-lived continuous campaign since CoC hit the gaming stores in '81. We'd even worked together on plot design for an interactive console RPG that never made it into production. But we had never taken a game book from synopsis to store, and we wanted to do it right.

Each of us had particular things we wanted to see in the final result. We wanted the tale to be stylistically true to AtMoM, which is much more a science fiction story than a classic horror fantasy; we wanted there to be a strong female NPC, who was neither monster bait nor someone's girlfriend. We wanted the NPCs to be just as real, well-rounded and important to the course of play as the PCs were, and to give the Keepers whatever tools we could to do that; and we wanted to present the players and their characters with decisions they could not simply walk away from - ones they would carry for the rest of the characters' lives.

It was a lot. We were originally asked to do 120 pages: 80 pages of story, with another 40 pages of Antarctic Sourcebook. But when we finished designing the plot, the initial stoery outline was nearly twenty pages long, and we knew it was too big. We thought, when we sent it to Lynn Willis, that he'd reject out of hand, but he didn't.

"Write it," he said. "Tell the story until it is done."

So we did.

Even with Lynn's encouragement, however, there were limits. The 120 original pages grew, over time to 400 - and at that, we had to cut away parts of the plot and remove a lot of Keeper's aids. There simply wasn't room to print all the outcomes of all the choices the players might make. In the end, we compromised on describing what seemed, from our play-tests, to be likely outcomes of major branches, and reminding the Keepers that the rest was up to them.

YSDC: Some have felt that aspects of the campaign were rather linear. How do you respond to that?

CE: When Janyce and I were writing the first edition, we started out with a very broad plot landscape. As we wrote, two things happened. One was that we found ourselves trapped between an immense plot and the need to deliver a tale in less than 2,000 pages. If we even tried to list out the consequences of each choice at each decision point, the thing grew without bounds. If we *didn't* list them out, the play-test Keepers bogged down from the sheer complexity of the situations and couldn't finish. In the end, we decided it was important to give the Keepers as much insight as we could into the NPC reactions and emotions, so we took the common elements from all our play-tests and wrote the book as a drama featuring those choices. If you've read the first edition, you know: we never intended our "plot" to be the only way the story could go, but we wanted to show something; we showed a likely outcome, then encouraged the Keepers reading the book to take it and bend it however they pleased. Thus we were disappointed when everyone read the book and said "there's only one path through it -- it's so linear it sucks!"

The other thing that came up as we wrote the endgame was that we found the physical needs of exploring the Antarctic, with the aircraft we had chosen and the environment of the high plateau, kept cutting our options back and back and back. Our original vast and choice-filled landscape in the City was so constrained by the need for oxygen and the limits of the cargo holds that things had to be short and sweet or everyone would simply die. Some of the railroading, then, comes at the very end -- and it comes from straight-up physics. Yet the ending is the only part that readers do not complain about; so I must scratch my head.

In the second edition of course, I had an opportunity to loosen those shackles somewhat. Lowered plateau; less or no need for oxygen. Hooray! Folks can stay longer and explore more easily. So a lot of stuff was thrown back in that had to be left out the first time. The result, of course, is a scenario containing vast amounts of material. In fact it's pretty much a given: You cannot see/play/do it all in any given game. There're too many choices... too open-ended? Perhaps.

YSDC: Speaking of the second edition of Beyond the Mountains of Madness, can you tell us how it came about? (The German/French editions.)

CE: Fast-forward to 2005. BtMoM had been out for six years. Janyce and I had gone our separate ways, but both of us were still active gamers. I received a note from Frank Heller, an editor at Pegasus Spiele in Germany. He was preparing to publish an expanded edition of the adventure in German, for European audiences, and wondered if Janyce or I were interested in contributing new material to the work?

I was very interested. I asked Janyce, but she said she was too busy then, so Frank and I talked at length about what he was looking for and I contracted with Pegasus for the new material.

We'll talk about the new stuff later on. Most of it was in the City section, but some of the changes reached back into other parts of the plot. In the end, in late 2006, I sent him a whole new manuscript, based on the original pre-edit version sent to Chaosium years before, but with all the requested changes.

I don't think Frank was expecting anything quite so big. It took Pegasus quite a while to translate and edit the work; as you know it finally came out in 2010.

Meanwhile, Chaosium was working with Sans-Détour to publish the 1999 version of BtMoM in French. A very nice member of the French translation team (Colin) wrote to me in July 2009 requesting clarification of part of the text. We continued to write back and forth for the next year.

In January 2010, Pegasus and Sans-Détour made a deal. Pegasus received some excellent colour artwork for their edition, and Sans Détour now had the rights to publish the expanded version of BtMoM. Colin once again came to me for help; he had received the German manuscript, but it was in German! Since I knew where the differences were between the two versions, could I perhaps point them out to him?

In the end, the editors at Sans-Détour decided not to publish the German edition, though they did incorporate much of the new material. They felt, I think, that the original story had more impact. So, by the end of 2010, there were a total of three versions of BtMoM in stores: the original Chaosium book, in English; the Pegasus second edition, available only in German; and an expanded "version 1.5" available from Sans-Détour only in French.

That, I think, is where things stand today.

YSDC: What would you say are the key changes with the second edition? Why were they done?


Everything from here on down is likely to give away plot details, so if you haven't played the game, STAY AWAY!

The editors from Pegasus wanted several things for their edition.

More (more sites, more adventures, more atmosphere) in the City section, and more time for the investigators to explore it

More information about the cave network beneath Lake's Camp, the Abyss, and the Sunless Sea beneath the City

More examination of the City's past, including a time-travel adventure if possible

A more "occult" feel in the City.

They felt that the German expedition had been "type-cast" as the bad guys in the first edition, and wanted the party interactions re-written in a way that made cooperation easier and more explicitly allowed the investigators to avoid violent endings wherever possible.

We did not want people to simply write the BFE off as "those Nazis" and stereotype them; we wanted the BFE to be a self-interested bunch of industrialists, but basically good guys that the PCs would not trust. So much of the first edition story is about suspicion: SME versus Lexington, SME versus the BFE, and Lexington and BFE versus each other. That was intentional. We didn't send the PCs after the Germans on the ice because the Germans were bad guys; it was precisely because they were honest scientists, and would share their findings with the world, that they were a threat - and we wanted the stakes to be so high that the PCs, in essence would become the villains in order to save the world. To do "evil" things for "good" reasons, knowingly, with no excuses. That was important.

Pegasus wanted me to remove Sothcott and the Roerich abduction from New York, so I did; they wanted cooperation between the groups to be easier and more profitable, so the plot was re-written to accomomdate that.

Beyond the Mountains of Madness second edition did give me a chance to show a little more of the BFE's back story. Back in 1999, I wanted to produce an entire second volume, telling the whole story from the BFE's perspective, with Loemmler, Barsmeier and Falken as the good guys. That story is still in my head - but I got to use a few bits of it here and there in the Pegasus tale. All of it was removed from 1st edition for space reasons, along with the rest of the Lexington plot. (Such as the "Guardians of the Great Secret".)

They also wanted the Dyer manuscript to be introduced much later in the tale, so that the investigators would see Lake's Camp and the City for the first time without foreknowledge.

In order to give them what they wanted, what I did was ...

(1) New York chapters:

The "Abduction of Roerich" was removed, and Roerich's involvement in general is less. Instead, the Dyer Text arrives by mail, sent to Moore, but is stolen from Moore's hotel room before it can be read. Because of this, the investigations around New York are somewhat different. There is more contact with Acacia, and Detective Hansen is more knowledgeable.

We tried to make Starkweather more likeable and closer to the investigators.

(2) At Sea:

Not much difference here, except that Starkweather continues to be more of a friend to the characters.

Much of the action in Melbourne is set aside into a separate chapter and is now optional.

(3) On the Ice:

Not much change here.

(4) Lake's Camp:

More information about the ice caves and their tunnels.

The behaviour of the BFE is a bit different; in this version, Meyer and the others have a copy of the Pym chapters but not the Dyer manuscript.

(5) The City:

Most of the new material is here. New locations, new adventures, and a change in the "feel" of the City. More interactions with the Elder Things. (The most important change here is also the simplest. In order to allow the expedition to explore more freely throughout the City, we simply say that William Dyer lied or was mistaken about the altitude of the City's plateau. Instead of an altitude of 20,000 feet, which requires oxygen at all times, the City now sits at 16,000 feet, which can be survived without oxygen if one is sufficiently acclimated.)

The three expeditions group and explore differently; Danforth is an active foe throughout, and has a lot more to do here.

The investigators have to hunt him down in order to leave; and in his madness he presents a longer, more subtle threat to the world.

A series of adventures in the under-tunnels and the Sunless Sea, and a new bestiary, which may lead to the infection of some of the explorers by a nasty disease.

An adventure back in time, highlighting the City during the founding of the underground colony.

There are also two additional adventures here in the Pegasus edition only, written by German authors. I haven't played them.

(6) The Tower:

Substantially the same as the Chaosium edition, except that the members of the teams are slightly different, which changes the personalities involved.

(7) Pursuit:

The investigators have more opportunities to deal with the fleeing Germans without killing them; and it is more difficult to murder them and get away with it. As a result, the BFE is likely to be an active, friendly ally, and investigators may be invited to the BFE's Palmer Peninsula base to see their work in progress.

(8) Rescue:

Substantially the same as the Chaosium edition, only there are fewer people present now.

(9) Black Rat/Palmer Base:

The Palmer Base chapter is an expansion of what was originally an Appendix; it details what happens if the investigators visit the German party's base camp after the end of the City section. Here, the investigators meet and work with the BFE as disaster strikes their expedition and everyone at the Palmer Base is threatened. The "Black Rat" chapter on the Gabrielle remains, but it is assumed that only one or the other will be played.

Those are the substantive changes in the German books. The French edition, I believe, incorporates all of the new material in sections 4, 5 and 9 above, but not much of the rest.

YSDC: Can we expect an English language version of BtMoM second edition?

CE: I certainly hope so! I talked to Charlie Krank at Chaosium about this a year or two ago, but haven't seen any signs of motion.

YSDC: What are you working on at the moment?

CE: Nothing at all, for Call of Cthulhu. My gaming time, what little there is, goes into a home-brew science-fiction space-opera campaign, which I am running for some friends.

I do know that Janyce is working with the gang over at Modiphius on an Antarctic supplement for their Achtung! Cthulhu game; it ought to be released next year. I think that's pretty cool.

YSDC: Chaz Engan, thank you.

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