The End Time book is no longer in development. Originally conceived as a full game rather than a supplement to Call of Cthulhu, End Time could not be developed under Pagan Publishing’s licensing agreement with Chaosium. Pagan Publishing has announced no plans at present to publish the material in another format.
Incidentally, long-time Delta Green fans might be amused by an early reference in this transcript to the projected release date for the book. It was eventually published in summer, 1997.
(the following has been liberally snipped to cull extraneous chatter) End Time AmeriCon Conference,12/04/93, 1 PM Eastern, Host: PaganPub, Moderator: OGF Tamira. ***Copyright 1993 America Online, Freely Distributed*** The Gamer : I know this is an "End Time" [g,d] conference, but let me ask one other question real quick -- Pagan Pub : Gamer, there is time for Glimpses stuff still if you get an opportunity to put something together. Pagan Pub : Fire away! The Gamer : What's the status of The New Age? Pagan Pub : It will be appearing in a book called DELTA GREEN, scheduled for May/June. The Gamer : I was thinking of taking my character from that playtest, advance him 40 years, The Gamer : and make him an early victim of the insanity, in about 2030 or so... Pagan Pub : He could be an evil NPC in a Glimpses scenario. The Gamer : By then, Clarence would be the head of Cult Response for the FBI, The Gamer : but his final case would be a little more than he can handle... Pagan Pub : Poor Clarence. The Gamer : I'm not sure I want to turn Clarence evil -- I'd rather have him horribly killed in a noble but futile The Gamer : defense of humanity... The Gamer : Clarence Starbird -- FBI traineee and Delta Green operative in the playtest of The New Age. Zenkei : well, it always seems as if my burst of writing activity comes AFTER sending an embryonic manuscript Pagan Pub : I'll read what I've got and send you a note. Pagan Pub : Gamer, have you seen the END TIME press release thingie? The Gamer : Based on what you sent in the introductory file, each individual piece doesn't need to be very long... The Gamer : Yes, I've seen the press release here on AOL and on the Internet... Pagan Pub : Okay, good deal. Yeah, the Glimpses pieces are prtty short. Pagan Pub : A few thousand words or so, though a couple have been around 8-10,000. The Gamer : BTW, I really liked that Antarctic adventure... very chilling Zenkei : John, the new file is yours Zenkei : Ooh, I want to write an adventure about Mi-Go breeding humans without coccyxs!! Zenkei : no, the coccyx is vestigial Zenkei : I was thinking of some sort of trippy thing where the Mars people The Gamer : John, were you the one who posted "Rudolph the Red-Brain-Cased The Gamer : Mi-Go"? Zenkei : discover humans in freeze-coffins with no pinkies, coccyxs, or appendices Zenkei : wasn't that in TUO 1? Pagan Pub : Gamer: Hmm. I wrote one called "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Mi-Go" in TUO1. Haven't seen the one Zenkei : which I don't own (sob) Pagan Pub : you mentioned, though it may be the same. Dunno. Pagan Pub : [pats Zenkei on back] [tsk, tsk] don't worry, there are billions of people who don't have one either. Zenkei : does everything on earth have to be nuked? Zenkei : that sort of precludes adventures there Pagan Pub : Have you downloaded the articles from TUO1 here on AOL? Zenkei : I was picturing something like the Resistance from the first Pagan Pub : No, Earth isn't hosed completely, don't worry. Zenkei : Terminator film, with those underground complexes and stuff Zenkei : good Zenkei : I wasn't aware that there were TUO articles on AOL Pagan Pub : Jeff is a big Mad Max fan, so he's making sure we leave some post-apocylpse action for later! Pagan Pub : Yeah, TUO1 is available for downloading in the GCS File Library. The Gamer : I picture what's left of the humans on earth being not as organized, equipped, (or as sane) The Gamer : as the Resistance in T2..... Pagan Pub : Yeah, I don't think that's far off. Pagan Pub : The cool thing is that a post-Cthulhu Earth has LOTS of potential for variety. Pagan Pub : All kinds of bizarre situations and threats. The Gamer : Yeah, I downloaded TUO1 the other night, too ... would have downloaded the Nyarlathotep GIF, but I The Gamer : don't have the unpacker... Pagan Pub : But, we're going to deal with Mars first to kind of set the scene and guide the early material. Pagan Pub : Oh, boo! I think that unpacker stuff is available here on AOL too. The Gamer : Do you see the Mars colony (once they get their troubles handled, if they ever do) The Gamer : as the eventual "savior" of the Earth? The Gamer : Or do the good guys have, ultimately, no chance? Pagan Pub : I want to try and get TUO2-4 on before Xmas if possible. Pagan Pub : Heh. Good question. Pagan Pub : The deal is, we've got plans to cover several possibilities. Depending on how the game is The Gamer : I mean, *if* Earth gets "saved," will it be the returning Mars colonists who do it? The Gamer : Or can the Earth survivors save themselves..? Pagan Pub : received and what people want to see, we can provide different supplements and stuff. Pagan Pub : Zen: You need to hit the "More" button a time or two to get down to it. Zenkei : the only thing I really don't like about the timeline is that the Mi-Go are basically Zenkei : responsible for the rise of the great old ones Zenkei : oh, I looked through the WHOLE thing Pagan Pub : Unwittingly, yes. Zenkei : all i saw were your submission guidelines The Gamer : It's there, Zenk -- I downloaded it last night... Pagan Pub : The title is "The Annotated Oath 1" I think. Zenkei : doesn't it make more sense from the nihilistic lovecraftian viewpoint that it Zenkei : just happens, instead of being caused? Pagan Pub : Well, HPL was never specific about the circumstances other than to say when the stars Zenkei : the other thing is that no HUGE cataclysm happens when not only R'lyeh, but Ghatanothoa's Isle as well Pagan Pub : came right againn. Zenkei : are raised in the SAME year Pagan Pub : But actually that's intentional (the rise of the GOO not seeming quite right). Zenkei : well, "the stars came right again" is different than "the Mi-Go created a blob which ran amuck and Zenkei : caused Cthulhu to rise" Pagan Pub : Quite right, but again that's intentional. Zenkei : but why? Zenkei : I can't get into this thing, the Domaag T'eel, causing EVERYTHING Pagan Pub : I'd rather not say here...don't want to give away some things to folks who download this later. The Gamer : Gamer freedom -- each group can pick the way they want the game-world to be... The Gamer : The "one true way to play" school of thought went out with Gygax... The Gamer : But they're still out there -- heard from any more "fans" of the R. Pierce Foundation, John? Pagan Pub : No, actually we haven't gotten much mail about it in a while I guess. Zenkei : btw, kudos on the whole 5 1/2 thingy The Gamer : Good. Zenkei : A lot I disagree with, but cannibalization has always been my strong suit Pagan Pub : Thanks! That goes to Kim Eastland for doing the lion's share of the work on 5.5. Zenkei : OF MATERIAL, mind you Pagan Pub : LOL! Zenkei : OF MATERIAL, mind you Pagan Pub : LOL! The Gamer : Are TUO 1-5 totally out of print? Zenkei : no Consume Likeness for me Pagan Pub : Actually TUO5 is still available by mail order and we have some at conventions. Pagan Pub : But 1-4 are gone, yeah. The Gamer : Oooh, I'll have to order one, then. 1-4 only available from collectors? Pagan Pub : The scenarios will turn up in The Resurrected, and the articles and stuff here on AOL. Zenkei : the three priests of Cthulhoid ore Pagan Pub : Gamer: Yep. I hear of copies sitting on dusty game shop shelves here and there too, and at cons. The Gamer : Another reason to hang out at game auctions... Pagan Pub : Actually, TUO3 had the three priests cover. Zenkei : yeah, thats where I found three Zenkei : oops Pagan Pub : TUO4 had the naked female breasts. Zenkei : well three then Zenkei : oh. Zenkei : I need five then Pagan Pub : TUO5 you can still order. It has the skinned dog head cover. The Gamer : Yum... Pagan Pub : Lip-smackin' good! Zenkei : Oh, wait Pagan Pub : Hey, let's make this official. Any END TIME questions you guys want to ask? Zenkei : I do have that one Zenkei : I lose track Zenkei : hey, I'm asking every question I can think of The Gamer : Would you run down the product release schedule? What supplements and when? Pagan Pub : Well, what we have planned are three books for release in August at you-know-where. Pagan Pub : Glimpses, the rulebook, and the player's guide. Pagan Pub : I want to have two more supplements out by xmas, one an anthology and one more sourcebook/campaign Pagan Pub : oriented. The Gamer : Any rough ideas on what they will cover? Pagan Pub : There's going to be a bunch of campaign/scenario material in the rulebook so people won't need to Pagan Pub : shell out lots of dough after they get the rules. Pagan Pub : Gamer: the anthology will just be a variety of stuff. We're going to establish three "tracks" Pagan Pub : of scenarios/campaign materials. Human intrigue, alien horror, and heavy-action bughunts. Zenkei : I don't need to put up with any more speeches about financial responsibility Zenkei : what Cthulhu has always been missing Pagan Pub : So the releases will offer a mix of these three styles, and campaigns will flow from one to the Pagan Pub : other. Pagan Pub : Hopefully we can cover enough bases in the books to make all kinds of players happy. Pagan Pub : Though it will still require a good gamemaster to make it work. The Gamer : Cool. Do you think the power gamer/big guns types will go for the bughunt style? They've never been The Gamer : big CoC fans before. Pagan Pub : Well, it will help. I think the setting and stuff will be cool enough to draw some folks in like that Pagan Pub : and there will be adventures for them to play. As much as possible, we'll be pushing this as a Pagan Pub : separate game altogether. "Call of Cthulhu" won't be mentioned on the front cover or anything. The Gamer : Really? Since it's Lovecraft, *and* you're using the CoC system, I thought you would The Gamer : emphasize the connection. Pagan Pub : Well, to some extent yes. I just mean that I think we can position it as something that doesn't have Pagan Pub : the "stigma" of CoC for power gamers. The Gamer : Cool. Pagan Pub : I want those people to see a cool setting with weird monsters and stuff first, and then go "oh Pagan Pub : it's from that weird horror game." Folks that play CoC will know what's up anyway, hopefully. Pagan Pub : It's kind of strange 'cuz we're making a sequel of sorts to a game and using the game's rules. Pagan Pub : We are changing some things around in the rules, though, to fit the setting better. The Gamer : It's just that the purist in me shudders at the thought of power-gamer geeks The Gamer : thinking they can take out Cthulhu with a couple of nuclear-tipped cruise missiles... Pagan Pub : Heh! Zenkei : even in this setting Cthulhu shouldn't be a bughunt Zenkei : "He reforms in 15 minutes. But now he's radioactive!" Pagan Pub : Well, the thing is we'll keep them on Mars for a while to give them a taste of the Mythos up close Pagan Pub : and personal before it sprawls all over Earth. Pagan Pub : SAN rules are being elaborated a bit for the setting and we're trying to differentiate between Pagan Pub : stress-related SAN and Mythos-related SAN. That is, insanities will not be uncommon just because of Pagan Pub : the circumstances of life in the colony. Charcters may very well begin the game unbalanced. OGF Tamira : :) sounds diabolical to the max John :D Pagan Pub : Not horribly so, but they may have nervous tics, phobias, and the like. Zenkei : But magic and Mythos worship will be far more widespread The Gamer : Does this mean you'll lighten up on the "insane characters become property of the Keeper" rule? Pagan Pub : Um, permanently insane characters will probably still go that way but we're going to try and deal Pagan Pub : with sanity problems as just a fact of life for these people. Zenkei : did you read the school/lemonade adventure? Zenkei : my biggest problem with that is that one of the characters' goal is to kill as many kids Pagan Pub : Zen: Yes, it's horrifying. Zenkei : as possible, and yet his SAN is 40 Zenkei : I do not think he should be a PC The Gamer : school/lemonade? Elaborate please... Zenkei : some Glimpses stuff Zenkei : up to John if he wants to tell you The Gamer : That you wrote, Zenk? Pagan Pub : Mm, more-or-less rational people kill each other all the time. They aren't necessarily insane, Pagan Pub : just unbalanced. Pagan Pub : No, by Greg Stolze. Three character piece: one principal, one teacher, one student. Zenkei : yeah, but he's killing kids by the busload@ Pagan Pub : Principal haunted by dreams, begins making the rounds at school with poison lemonade to save Pagan Pub : his pupils from the worse horrors to come. Zenkei : No, I'm writing about the 2046 invasion of Boston by Deep Ones and a medley of assorted horrors Pagan Pub : Adventure begins when he enters the classroom with the other two PCs in it. The Gamer : Slight digression -- John did you see the movie "The Rapture?" Pagan Pub : (among others) Pagan Pub : No, I haven't but I've heard of it. It sounded kind of interesting. The Gamer : It's on Showtime this month -- it just hit me that the fundamentalist response The Gamer : to what's happening in the End Time would make for a good Glimpses scenario.... Pagan Pub : Hmm! The Gamer : Very Jonestown-ian... Pagan Pub : Yes, exactly. The Gamer : If you don't mind pissing off the Pat Robertson crowd ;) Zenkei : When does the federal government finally and totally disintegrate, John Pagan Pub : One thing in the game is how the colonists are dealing with the apocalypse. I mean, they don't Pagan Pub : know squat about "the mythos." They just know that all these horrible things started happening and Pagan Pub : the whole world fell apart. Pagan Pub : Zen: well there's always clutches of soldiers, bases, and things in some communication for a long time Pagan Pub : so it's hard to say for sure. We didn't set a particular date. Zenkei : isn't Mythos worship widespread in the advanced years of the 21st century? Pagan Pub : Thing is, there's no such THING as Mythos Worship. Zenkei : well, you know what I mean Pagan Pub : There's the Starry Wisdom Church, the Silver Twilight Lodge, the Order of Dagon -- none of these Pagan Pub : groups have anything to do with each other, even in HPLs stories. The Gamer : The Mythos is a convenient label invented by humans to describe something Zenkei : revering byakhee as skygods and instituting Azathoth as the local deity Zenkei : I know, I know the dissociation The Gamer : inherently incomprehensible by humans -- sort of like the Trinity... Pagan Pub : In the end times, they're just more weird religions. Zenkei : I read the letters column, you know Pagan Pub : Heck, last year a bunch of Koreans christians were dancing in Times Square for the end of the world. Zenkei : but WE, as objective gods, know that the whole thing is sorta connected The Gamer : Objective? Gods? US? Pagan Pub : Right...to address your question from that angle, there's lots of isolated worship. Zenkei : so how long does it take to disspell him when someone whistles up Azathoth in Kansas? or LA? Zenkei : Well, gods then... Zenkei : from a game standpoint Pagan Pub : One scenario in Glimpse has you in New York as homicide detectives with no time or budget to even Pagan Pub : begin to solve all the crimes that happen. You get mixed up with these loonies tattooing gates into Pagan Pub : people's skin. Just some weird group. Zenkei : I didn't read about this one The Gamer : I don't think they were connected that much, even in Lovecraft's mind, frankly. Zenkei : Boy, Hounds of Tindalos popping out of your back must REALLY hurt Pagan Pub : Idea is, there's weird groups like this all over the place but no one sees them as one big phenomenon. Zenkei : yes, I realize Zenkei : but we can differentiate between the Moonies and the Starry Wisdom cult Pagan Pub : Robin, why don't you spiel off your Glimpses scenario idea for these guys? RobinDL : My scenario is about what happens to ordinary people RobinDL : during the period just before everything completely goes to snot. RobinDL : It's set in a big office tower during the company Xmas party. RobinDL : Little do our ordinary data entry clerks and middle managers know RobinDL : that their building is about to be plunged into madness. RobinDL : Cultists ring the building for no apparent reason, begin RobinDL : chanting, and sudedenly almost everyone is hallucinating RobinDL : Cthulhoid entities and turning into homicidal zombies. RobinDL : The PCs goal: to escape to ground level -- and get their RobinDL : kids out of the company day care centre... Pagan Pub : [THAT was the clincher for me! The day care center bit. Yipes!] The Gamer : They don't make it, of course, right? RobinDL : The strategy is to characterize the premade PCs really RobinDL : realistically and then drop them into the deep fryer. RobinDL : Yeah, the whole idea of being trapped in an office tower with RobinDL : all of the loonies is pretty open-ended; most of the scenario RobinDL : as written is set-up. But yes, there is something nasty waiting RobinDL : if they make it to the day care centre. The Gamer : Isn't that one of the premises of Glimpses -- that the PCs don't survive, but the stories The Gamer : add to the lore and background of the actual game? Zenkei : ooh, ooh, what? Pagan Pub : Some of them are like that, but not all. Pagan Pub : Of course, all the PCs die I suppose because the game begins like 40 years later. RobinDL : ESCAPE TO LEVEL M doesn't necessarily end with the PCs RobinDL : biting it; instead it ends on a "uh-oh" note. Zenkei : well, I'd be surprised if my PCs survive the 9 days, let alone 40 years The Gamer : That's the way the Antarctic adventure ends ... perhaps that's where I got the idea. Pagan Pub : Yeah, there's some definite no-way-out'ers in this book. Pagan Pub : The one where you're trapped in a missile silo underground and the army base above you is toasted Pagan Pub : is a good example. You simply can't get out. RobinDL : Eyow. I haven't actually seen the other premises for GLIMPSES. The Gamer : As Starbird would say, "Great. Just great." Pagan Pub : Oh, sorry. I think Zenkei saw the file I put together a while back, but no one but me has seen Pagan Pub : all of them. RobinDL : It's not like they're needed to write the scenarios, since RobinDL : they're all completely discrete (as opposed to discreet.) Pagan Pub : There's a cool one set in a honky-tonk with an english professor, the bar owner, and a hitchhiker. Brujah1 : Hey Pagan, you seem pretty gifted. I have an idea why don't you work on some stuff for us? Pagan Pub : And a few hundred raving monsters. The Gamer : Any limit on how "adult", sick, or twisted these adventures can be? Pagan Pub : No. Period. Pagan Pub : I think the one where one player's goal is to poison school children falls in that category. Zenkei : that END TIME is supposed to be perverse Pagan Pub : Though the scary thing in that scenario (it's finished) is it's written so well you really Pagan Pub : empathize with the principal. Pagan Pub : (That's Greg Stolze's, Robin, BTW) Zenkei : at some points though it reminds me of Space Hulk or something Pagan Pub : Oh, you mean like exploring the ruins? Zenkei : "The Wolbers character decides which doors are locked at the start of play" Zenkei : no, for the school one Pagan Pub : Oh, that. Heh! He means the principal. Pagan Pub : He gets to pick which doors he locks and stuff. Zenkei : Wolbers seems a bit invincible at times RobinDL : Sorry, what's the premise of this one? Pagan Pub : I'll explain. Zenkei : and it seems odd that at least one character doesn't even have a real goal. Pagan Pub : Three characters. Principal, teacher, kid, plus lots of kid NPCs, janitors, etc. Pagan Pub : Horror every night on CNN. kids are scared. Pagan Pub : Schools everywhere trying to figure out what to do -- how to explain what's going on to young kids. Pagan Pub : Barney isn't much help, after all. Pagan Pub : This principal has been haunted by dreams of the demons and monsters on the evening news. He Pagan Pub : sees them torturing and devouring his pupils. Finally, he decides to poison them all Pagan Pub : now and save them from a worse fate. Pagan Pub : So the adventure begins when he enters the fourth classroom on his rounds with a tray of lemonade Pagan Pub : and cookies. It's just a role-playing exercise to see how the situation plays itself out. Does Pagan Pub : the teacher catch on? Does the kid go to the bathoom and see her friends dead next door? RobinDL : Yep, that's pretty @#$%ing sick all right. RobinDL : I love it. Pagan Pub : That's Greg. RobinDL : Over in the PANDEMONIUM conference I was asked if the RobinDL : appearance of Kult and In Nomine was a sign that the RobinDL : industry was setting itself up for another round of RobinDL : bashing. I should have said "wait'll they see END TIME!" RobinDL : Yes, a very nice product. Love the design. Zenkei : especially that they had the guts not only to include "passion" magic (in the style of Crowley and Zenkei : contemporaries), but they say that God is dead in no uncertain terms RobinDL : The visual design, that is. Pagan Pub : There's a review of it and the first supplement in TUO10. RobinDL : You got a copy of every single product at GenCon, didn't you, John? AtlasGames : Well, most of 'em, Robin...or at least the new ones... Pagan Pub : Well, it's probably about time to officially wrap this up. We're going on an hour and a half now! The Gamer : Kult was reviewed in The Gamer #13. Got an A... Pagan Pub : Questions, anyone? Spit 'em now or hold yer peace.