Review of Apocalypse Machine

An in-depth review of The Apocalypse Machine by Andrew Brehaut.

The text of the book deviates away from the neutral, descriptive voice that many RPG authors prefer and instead takes a direct and prescriptive tone. This results in a lively, readable book that shows Walmsley is both excited about the Cthulhu Apocalypse setting and is keen to describe how such games run, leaving little doubt for both players and keepers about what to expect and how to achieve it.


Competition – Your Own Private Apocalypse

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice
Others say Cthulhu’s wrath,
Which would be rather nice

- with apologies to Robert Frost

To celebrate the recent release of the Apocalypse Machine and the success of the Cthulhu Apocalypse series, Pelgrane Press and Apocalypse Machine author Graham Walmsley offer you a chance to end civilisation in a manner of your own devising.

Email us up to 500 words (it can be many fewer), outlining how the Apocalypse occurred and a suggesting a short scenario suitable for Trail of Cthulhu which results from it. You can use the Apocalypse Machine as inspiration, or come up with something different. The Mythos should be involved, if not as the proximate cause, then in the aftermath.

I’ll compile all the entries and make them freely available from the downloads page for non-commercial use.

Entries must be in by the end of November.

The prize will be a limited edition of Stealing Cthulhu, and some genuine 1930s ephemera and a $100 in Pelgrane voucher.

There will be two runner-up prizes of $20 vouchers and the Stealing Cthulhu PDF.

Terms and Conditions

  1. Only one entry per person
  2. Your work must be original
  3. Your entry must be no more than 500 words
  4. You must include your name and address in the entry
  5. You agree to allow us to make your work availble for non-commercial use
  6. We may use your entry for publicity, but you can remain anonymous if you wish



July Page XX Out Now

Ashen Stars Limited Edition

Limited edition ordering is now open to everyone at the Pelgrane Press store.

We are making one hundred copies of this limited leatherette edition of Ashen Stars. Fifty of these are available exclusively to Ashen Stars pre-orderers, and they’ll include ten exclusive Ashen Stars tokens for starship combat. We’ll pick one from the image below.


The price will be $80/£50. Pre-orderers should expect an email early next week – I’ll announce here when it goes out. If there are any left, I will then open it up to everyone.

The other fifty will be made available for a special pre-release retail promotion for Ashen Stars. More on that soon…

New Releases

Dead Rock Seven, the first set of adventures for Ashen Stars is available for pre-order; PDF now, print version in August shipping with Ashen Stars. If you are a pre-orderer, you should have received an email for us with an offer, and an update to your existing Ashen Stars order.

The Out of Time print bundle for Trail of Cthulhu is now available for pre-order now, release in August. It includes adventures previously published as PDFs by Call of Cthulhu veteran Adam Gauntlett; Jason Morningstar, award-winning creator of Fiasco and the Shab-al-Hiri Roach and Bill White, creator of Ganakagok, as well as new essays. All Pelgrane customers who purchased any of the PDFs have already been sent a discount voucher for their print copy. I’m waiting to hear from rpgnow / dtrpg if it’s OK to send their customers a voucher.

Get them from the store.