Call of Cthulhu is a horror fiction role-playing game based on H. Lovecraft 's story of the same name and the associated Cthulhu Mythos. The setting of Call of Cthulhu is a darker version of our world, based on H. Lovecraft's observation from his essay, " Supernatural Horror in Literature " that "The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.
The protagonists may also travel to places that are not of this earth, represented in the Dreamlands which can be accessed through dreams as well as being physically connected to the earth , to other planets, or into the voids of space. In keeping with the Lovecraftian theme, the gamemaster is called the Keeper of Arcane Lore, or simply the keeper, while player characters are called "investigators". It is skill-based, with player characters getting better with their skills by succeeding at using them for as long as they stay functionally healthy and sane.
They do not, however, gain hit points and do not become significantly harder to kill.
The game does not use levels. CoC uses percentile dice with a results ranging from 1 to to determine success or failure. Every player statistic is intended to be compatible with the notion that there is a probability of success for a particular action given what the player is capable of doing.
For example, the artist character might draw especially well or especially fast, or catch some unapparent detail in the drawing. The players take the roles of ordinary people drawn into the realm of the mysterious: detectives, criminals, scholars, artists, war veterans, etc.
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Often, happenings begin innocently enough, until more and more of the workings behind the scenes are revealed. As the characters learn more of the true horrors of the world and the irrelevance of humanity, their sanity represented by "Sanity Points", abbreviated SAN inevitably withers away.
The game includes a mechanism for determining how damaged a character's sanity is at any given point; encountering the horrific beings usually triggers a loss of SAN points. To gain the tools they need to defeat the horrors — mystic knowledge and magic — the characters may end up losing some of their sanity, though other means such as pure firepower or simply outsmarting one's opponents also exist.
CoC has a reputation as a game in which it is quite common for a player character to die in gruesome circumstances or end up in a mental institution. Eventual triumph of the players is not assumed.
The original conception of Call of Cthulhu was Dark Worlds , a game commissioned by the publisher Chaosium but never published. Sandy Petersen contacted them regarding writing a supplement for their popular fantasy game RuneQuest set in Lovecraft's Dreamlands. He took over the writing of Call of Cthulhu , and the game was released in Since Petersen's departure from Chaosium, continuing development of Call of Cthulhu passed to Lynn Willis , credited as co-author in the fifth and sixth editions, and more recently to Paul Fricker and Mike Mason.
The game system underwent only minor rules changes in its first six editions between and ; the current seventh edition, released , includes more significant rules alterations than in any previous release.
For those grounded in the RPG tradition, the very first release of Call of Cthulhu created a brand new framework for table-top gaming. Unlike its predecessor games, CoC assumed that most investigators would not survive, alive or sane, and that the only safe way to deal with the vast majority of nasty things described in the rule books was to run away.
A well-run CoC campaign should engender a sense of foreboding and inevitable doom in its players. The style and setting of the game, in a relatively modern time period, created an emphasis on real-life settings, character research, and thinking one's way around trouble. In this work, the characters come upon a secret society's foul plot to destroy mankind, and pursue it first near to home and then in a series of exotic locations.
This template was to be followed in many subsequent campaigns, including Fungi from Yuggoth later known as Curse of Cthulhu and Day of the Beast , Spawn of Azathoth , and possibly the most highly acclaimed, Masks of Nyarlathotep.
Shadows of Yog-Sothoth is important not only because it represents the first published addition to the boxed first edition of Call of Cthulhu , but because its format defined a new way of approaching a campaign of linked RPG scenarios involving actual clues for the would-be detectives amongst the players to follow and link in order to uncover the dastardly plots afoot.
Its format has been used by every other campaign-length Call of Cthulhu publication. The standard of CoC scenarios was well received by independent reviewers.
The standard of the included 'clue' material varies from scenario to scenario, but reached its zenith in the original boxed versions of the Masks of Nyarlathotep and Horror on the Orient Express campaigns. Inside these one could find matchbooks and business cards apparently defaced by non-player characters, newspaper cuttings and in the case of Orient Express period passports to which players could attach their photographs, increasing the sense of immersion.
Indeed, during the period that these supplements were produced, third party campaign publishers strove to emulate the quality of the additional materials, often offering separately-priced 'deluxe' clue packages for their campaigns. Additional milieux were provided by Chaosium with the release of Dreamlands , a boxed supplement containing additional rules needed for playing within the Lovecraft Dreamlands, a large map and a scenario booklet, and Cthulhu By Gaslight , another boxed set which moved the action from the s to the s.
In , Chaosium issued the supplement titled Cthulhu Now , a collection of rules, supplemental source materials and scenarios for playing Call of Cthulhu in the present day.
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This proved to be a very popular alternative milieu, so much so that much of the supplemental material is now included in the core rule book. Pagan Publishing released Delta Green , a series of supplements originally set in the s, although later supplements add support for playing closer to the present day.
In these, player characters are agents of a secret agency known as Delta Green, which fights against creatures from the Mythos and conspiracies related to them.
Arc Dream Publishing released a new version of Delta Green in as a standalone game, partially using the mechanics from Call of Cthulhu. Lovecraft Country was a line of supplements for Call of Cthulhu released in These supplements were overseen by Keith Herber and provided backgrounds and adventures set in Lovecraft's fictional towns of Arkham , Kingsport , Innsmouth , Dunwich , and their environs.
The intent was to give investigators a common base, as well as to center the action on well-drawn characters with clear motivations. In the years since the collapse of the Mythos collectible card game production ceased in , the release of CoC books has been very sporadic with up to a year between releases.
Chaosium struggled with near bankruptcy for many years before finally starting their upward climb again. Chaosium took to marketing "monographs"—short books by individual writers with editing and layout provided out-of-house—directly to the consumer, allowing the company to gauge market response to possible new works.
In July , Chaosium announced it would re-release a 30th anniversary edition of the CoC 6th edition role-playing game. The interior pages are printed in black ink, on 90 gsm matte art paper. The binding is thread sewn, square backed. Chaosium offered a one-time printing of this Collector's Edition. Chaosium has licensed other publishers to create supplements using their rule system, notably including Delta Green by Pagan Publishing.
These supplements may be set in different time frames or even different game universes from the original game. Shadow of the Comet later repackaged as Call of Cthulhu: Shadow of the Comet is an adventure game developed and released by Infogrames in The game is based on H. A follow-up game, Prisoner of Ice , is not a direct sequel. It is based on H.
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In , a stand-alone version of Call of Cthulhu was released by Wizards of the Coast , for the d20 system. The d20 version of the game is no longer supported by Wizards as per their contract with Chaosium. In , Cubicle 7 published an official role-playing game , The Laundry    and a number of supplements, all based on Charles Stross 's " Laundry Files " series.
In , Metarcade produced Cthulhu Chronicles , a game for iOS with a campaign of nine mobile interactive fiction stories set in s England based on Call of Cthulhu.
Mythos was a collectible card game CCG based on the Cthulhu Mythos that Chaosium produced and marketed during the mids. While generally praised for its fast gameplay and unique mechanics, it ultimately failed to gain a very large market presence.
It bears mention because its eventual failure brought the company to hard times that affected its ability to produce material for Call of Cthulhu. The first licensed Call of Cthulhu millimetre 1. The license was later transferred to RAFM.
Both lines include investigator player character models and the iconic monsters of the Cthulhu mythos. As of July , Reaper Miniatures started its third " Bones Kickstarter ", a Kickstarter intended to help the company migrate some miniatures from metal to plastic, and introducing some new ones. It is expected for those miniatures to remain in the Reaper Miniatures catalogue after the Kickstarter project finishes.
The game features a semi-open world environment and incorporates themes of Lovecraftian and psychological horror into a story which includes elements of investigation and stealth.
It is inspired by H. Lovecraft 's short story " The Call of Cthulhu ". Several reviews of various editions appeared in White Dwarf. Several reviews of various editions and supplements also appeared in Dragon. In a reader poll by Arcane magazine to determine the 50 most popular roleplaying games of all time, Call of Cthulhu was ranked 1st.
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Editor Paul Pettengale commented: " Call of Cthulhu is fully deserved of the title as the most popular roleplaying system ever - it's a game that doesn't age, is eminently playable, and which hangs together perfectly. The system, even though it's over ten years old, it still one of the very best you'll find in any roleplaying game.
Also, there's not a referee in the land who could say they've read every Lovecraft inspired book or story going, so there's a pretty-well endless supply of scenario ideas. It's simply marvellous. The game has won several major awards: .
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