Welcome to the Season of the Snake!

By John Houlihan


Following on from our last year’s Winter of Fear, this spring brings the Season of the Snake for Achtung! Cthulhu fans. What does that mean? Well, it’s an alliterative celebration surrounding the launch of The Serpent and the Sands, our new combined guide book for North Africa plus 10-part campaign against the invidious Ophidians.

What strange wonders lurk within this slithering snakeskin wrapper, you ask? Well, during the celebrations surrounding the launch of the print and PDF versions of The Serpent and the Sands on April 18th, we’ll be bringing you freebies, live plays, a competition and much more. 

The full programme is available on our Season of the Snake Hub here, but here’s the highlights.

April 2023

11th - Season of the Snake begins!
11th - Priority Mission - Our Lady of the Eternal Sapphire PDF:

11th – Competition - design your own Priority Mission
13th - Blog - What to expect from Serpent & the Sands
14th - Live Stream - Skyhammer Press Falcons of Fortune Parts 1-3
18th - The Serpent and the Sands print book and standalone PDF releases
18th - AMA on Discord – The Serpent and the Sands
21st - Live Stream - Skyhammer Press Falcons of Fortune Parts 4-6
25th - Priority Mission - Assault on Zuara 2
25th - AMA What's to come from Achtung! Cthulhu 2023-24
28th - Live Stream - Skyhammer Press - Falcons of Fortune part 7


Two new desert-themed Section M: Priority Files!

First up, is Our Lady of the Eternal Sapphire (April 11th) by Pat McNally featuring a strange excursion to an unholy monastery on the outskirts of Cairo. The second, Assault on Zuara 2, by Bill Heron, is a daring assault on a desert airfield overrun by Nazi nasties (April 25th).  With a main mission, map and plenty of adventure seeds, both are dangerous forays into enemy territory to get you excited and inspire your North African adventures.

We’ve also got a fantastic Let’s Play Series from those splendid folks at SkyHammer Games as GM Meric Moir introduces the Falcons of Fortune who fly free for a six part playthrough of the first Serpent and the Sands mission Dying to Meet You. 

They’ll also be providing hints, tips, rules and explanations of how to play Achtung! Cthulhu 2d20. So, If you’ve never seen the game in action before but have always been curious about what it entails, then this is the perfect place to start. 

We’ll also be dropping in for two AMAs on Discord where you’ll get a chance to put your questions to the Achtung! Cthulhu development team and find out about the inner workings of 2d20 game design.

The first, on April 18th, focuses on Serpent and the Sands itself, what went into its making and how its many mysteries were conceived. Then on April 25th creative lead John Houlihan will be hosting a special look into the future of the series and revealing what you can expect over the next 12 months.

We’ll also be throwing open the doors to you with a special competition to design a new Section M: Priority Mission, a short scenario with a map and adventure seeds. The best ones will not only win some exciting prizes, but they’ll also be published and given an official Achtung! Cthulhu release. If you’ve ever wanted to break into the industry this is a great chance.  Download one of the free releases to see what it entails and then you can find full details and a template here:

There’s all this and perhaps a bit more too, so report for duty on the Season of the Snake hub right now, and keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Discord channels for more sensational slithering sequences and other things beginning with S, during the sizzling Season of the Snake!

And as a special treat we’ll leave you with some of the gorgeous art and pages you’ll find inside The Serpent and the Sands itself.

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