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Geoff Gillan on Terror Australis

Posted by Michael O'Brien on 26th Mar 2019

Terror AustralisAustralian RPG writer Geoff Gillan was one of the key masterminds behind the original Horror on the Orient Express, and has credits in a variety of Chaosium releases, for Call of Cthulhu, Pendragon, Elric and Stormbringer

Geoff also contributed to Terror Australis, the new Australian sourcebook for Call of Cthulhu.

GEOFF GILLAN: I was approached by the book’s initial editor about working on the new version of Terror Australis and we decided it would be helpful to have a short summary of the history of Australia especially, but not exclusively, for non-Australian audiences. Another writer was handling the history of Australia’s First Nations and so I wrote a summary of Australia’s European history from 1788 to the 1920s for Call of Cthulhu gamers. It was a pleasing chance to use my Bachelor’s Degree in History to such fiendish ends. I also helped fill in some gaps in the sections dealing with day-to-day life and with some other historical material, especially on Queensland (the state I currently reside in). It was a privilege to make a small contribution to this new expanded edition of Mark and Penny’s original book (Terror Australis, 1987), which I had long admired.