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http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/03/for-sale-first-edition-of-the.html

I am a huge fan of the Laundry Files. The first two novels are crazy as hell. I cannot wait to try this bad boy out for RPPR.

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2010, 05:02:58 PM »
This sounds pretty freakin' sweet. I've never heard of The Laundry Files before this, but I picked up The Atrocity Archives and Jennifer Morgue for my Kindle on your recommendation. Amazon has them up for only $7 each. If anybody out there in RPPR land is looking for a good read, check out these books. I just finished the first story in the first novel, and I must say, Bob Howard is quite the geek badass.

I, too, can't wait to get my hands on this one and give it a whirl with my players.

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2010, 05:22:27 PM »
I always pictured the books as CoC meets Office Space.  The office/bureaucracy parts of the book offer a lot of role playing possibilities.  Especially with the power struggles and the internecine politics both in the office and between the agencies of the different countries.  It could probably get a real Paranoia vibe if the politics get too rough ( or a supercomputer comes through one of the rips in time/space ).

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2010, 05:26:12 PM »
well the geeks get cthulhu mythos based weapons like basilisk guns - a basilisk is an image that kills/neutralizes a person who views it http://www.ansible.co.uk/writing/c-b-faq.html so a basilisk gun projects a deadly image that kills whatever views it

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2015, 02:41:26 PM »
My apologies for necro-ing a thread that is almost 5 years old!  I performed a search of the forum database and found that there were very few posts regarding the Laundry Files books series or RPG, so I figured that this old thread was worth a resurrection.

If anyone has yet to read the terrific Laundry Files series by Charles Stross, I highly recommend it!  Currently, the publisher has released 5 novels (and a few short stories on Tor.com) about this ridiculous and awesome world that is a mix of James Bond, Lovecraft, and Office Space. 

I have yet, however, had a chance to play/run a game of the BRP system RPG released by Chaosium (http://www.chaosium.com/the-laundry-files-print/).  Has anyone had a chance to play this setting?  If so, could you please provide your thoughts on the game itself?

Ross - Have you kept up with the series?  Any chance that we will be able to hear a Laundry Files AP sometime in the near future?  Btw, keep up the good work, massive fan of the podcast!
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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2015, 06:20:20 PM »
The BRP rules in the Laundry RPG are very well-presented, and the published scenarios are pretty darn good in the main, and easy enough to convert to other systems if you so wish. I've run a few one-shots and they have all gone very well.

It does help that a few of my gaming group are Anglophiles, so when you can draw upon great material like Yes, Minister and John Le Carre novels and such, it is loads of fun.

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2015, 06:29:51 PM »
I've read all the novels and we plan to run the Laundry Files this year - tom will play a ghoul (which they have rules for!)


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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2015, 07:43:38 PM »
I've read all the novels and we plan to run the Laundry Files this year - tom will play a ghoul (which they have rules for!)

Don't forget the residual human resources ... one of my favourite turns of phrase in the series.

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2015, 03:41:32 AM »
Oh hell yeah. I have wanted to hear you guys do the laundry for a long time. 

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2015, 06:48:27 PM »
I've read all the novels and we plan to run the Laundry Files this year - tom will play a ghoul (which they have rules for!)

Let me guess the line: the actual play of this will get posted early in 2017.

Who wants to take the under?

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Re: Geeks + Cthulhu + Charles Stross Atrocity Archives = GOOD TIMES
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2015, 09:16:51 PM »
Oddly I find myself enjoying the rpg books more than the novels. Either way I love the setting and have dreams of running this (7th edition).

I'd guess the RPPR game to start a couple weeks before the next novel cones out.

Quick correction, it's Cubicle 7 publishing not Chaosium.