Contents.Gameplay The setting of Call of Cthulhu is a version of our world, based on H. Lovecraft's observation (from his essay, ') that 'The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.' The original game, first published in 1981, uses mechanics from, and is set in the 1920s, the setting of many of Lovecraft's stories. Additional settings were developed in the supplement, a blend of occult and mystery and mostly set in England during the 1890s, and modern/1980s conspiracy with Cthulhu Now. More recent additions include 1000 AD ( Cthulhu: Dark Ages), 23rd century ( Cthulhu Rising) and Ancient Roman times ( Cthulhu Invictus).

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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 is called the Keeper of Arcane Lore, or simply the keeper, while are called 'investigators'.CoC uses the system first developed for and used in other Chaosium games. 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.CoC uses percentile dice (with a results ranging from 1 to 100) 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, an artist may have a 75% chance of being able to draw something (represented by having 75 in Art skill), and thus rolling a number under 75 would yield a success. Rolling ​ 1⁄ 5 or less of the skill level (1-15 in the example) would be a 'special success' (or an 'impale' for combat skills) and would yield some extra bonus to be determined by the keeper.

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. 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.

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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.History The original conception of Call of Cthulhu was Dark Worlds, a game commissioned by the publisher Chaosium but never published. Contacted them regarding writing a supplement for their popular fantasy game set in Lovecraft's. He took over the writing of Call of Cthulhu, and the game was released in 1981. Editions Since Petersen's departure from Chaosium, continuing development of Call of Cthulhu passed to, credited as co-author in the fifth and sixth editions, and more recently to. The game system underwent only minor rules changes in its first six editions (between 1981 and 2011); the current seventh edition, released 2014, includes more significant rules alterations than in any previous release.

Main article:Prisoner of Ice (also Call of Cthulhu: Prisoner of Ice) is an developed and released by for the PC and computers in 1995 in America and Europe. It is based on 's, particularly, and is a follow-up to Infogrames' earlier. In 1997, the game was ported to the and exclusively in Japan.d20 Call of Cthulhu In 2001, a stand-alone version of Call of Cthulhu was released by, for the. Intended to preserve the feeling of the original game, the d20 conversion of the game rules were supposed to make the game more accessible to the large D&D player base. The d20 system also made it possible to use characters in Call of Cthulhu, as well as to introduce the Cthulhu Mythos into Dungeons & Dragons games. The d20 version of the game is no longer supported by Wizards as per their contract with Chaosium.

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Chaosium included d20 stats as an appendix in three releases (see ), but have since dropped the 'dual stat' idea.Dark Corners of the Earth. Main article:In February 2008, published Trail of Cthulhu, a stand-alone game created by using the developed.

Trail of Cthulhu 's system is more mystery oriented and focuses mostly on interpreting clues.Shadows of Cthulhu In September 2008, Reality Deviant Publications published Shadows of Cthulhu, a supplement that brings Lovecraftian gaming to 's system. Realms of Cthulhu In October 2009, Reality Blurs published Realms of Cthulhu, a supplement for 's system. The Laundry In 2010, published an official, and a number of supplements, all based on 's ' series. The Wasted Land.

Main articles: andMythos was a (CCG) based on the Cthulhu Mythos that Chaosium produced and marketed during the mid-1990s. 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.

Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game is a second collectible card game, produced by.Miniatures The first licensed Call of Cthulhu 25-millimetre (1.0-inch) gaming miniatures were sculpted by Andrew Chernack and released by Grenadier Models in boxed sets and blister packs in 1983. The license was later transferred to RAFM. As of 2011, RAFM still produce licensed C all of Cthulhu models sculpted by Bob Murch. Both lines include investigator player character models and the iconic monsters of the Cthulhu mythos.As of July 2015, Reaper Miniatures started its third ', a Kickstarter intended to help the company migrate some miniatures from metal to plastic, and introducing some new ones. Among the stretch goals was the second $50 expansion, devoted to the Mythos, with miniatures such as Cultists, Deep Ones, Mi'Go, and an extra $15 Shub-Niggurath 'miniature' (it is, at least, 6x4 squares). It is expected for those miniatures to remain in the Reaper Miniatures catalogue after the Kickstarter project finishes.The Official Video Game. Main article:Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game is a developed by and published by for,.

The game features a environment and incorporates themes of and into a story which includes elements of investigation. It is inspired by 's short story '.Reception Several reviews of various editions appeared in.

In the March 1982 edition (No. 49), William A. Barton noted that there were some shortcomings resulting from an assumption by the designers that players would have access to rules from that were not in Call of Cthulhu, but otherwise Barton called the game 'an excellent piece of work. The worlds of H.

Lovecraft are truly open for the fantasy gamer.' . In the October–November 1987 edition (No.

80), Lisa Cohen reviewed the 3rd edition, saying, 'This book can be for collectors of art, players, or anyone interested in knowledge about old time occult. It is the one reprint that is worth the money.'

Several reviews of various editions appeared in. In the August 1982 edition (Issue 32), Ian Bailey admired much about the first edition of the game; his only criticism was that the game was too 'U.S. Orientated and consequently any Keeper.

Who wants to set his game in the UK will have a lot of research to do.' Bailey gave the game an above average rating of 9 out of 10, saying, ' Call of Cthulhu is an excellent game and a welcome addition to the world of role-playing.' .

In the August 1986 edition (Issue 80), Ashley Shepherd thought the inclusion of much material in the 3rd edition that had been previously published as supplementary books 'makes the game incredibly good value.' He concluded, 'This package is going to keep Call of Cthulhu at the front of the fantasy game genre.'

Several reviews of various editions and supplements also appeared in. In the May 1982 edition (Issue 61), thought the rules were too complex for new gamers, but said, 'It is a good game for experienced role-playing gamers and ambitious judges, especially if they like Lovecraft’s type of story.' . In the August 1987 edition (Issue 124), reviewed the Terror Australis supplement for 3rd edition that introduced an Australian setting in the 1920s.

Bambra thought that 'Literate, macabre doom shambles from each page. Good reading, and a good campaign setting for COC adventures.' .

In the October 1988 edition (Issue 138), Ken Rolston gave an overview of the 3rd edition, and placed it ahead of its competitors due to superior campaign setting, tone and atmosphere, the player characters as investigators, and the use of realistic player handouts such as authentic-looking newspaper clippings. Rolston concluded, ' CoC is one of role-playing’s acknowledged classics.

Its various supplements over the years have maintained an exceptional level of quality; several, including Shadows of Yog-Sothoth and Masks of Nyarlathotep, deserve consideration among the greatest pinnacles of the fantasy role-playing game design.' . In the June 1990 edition (Issue 158), liked the updated setting of the 4th edition, placing the game firmly in Lovecraft's 1920s. He also liked the number of adventures included in the 192-page rulebook: 'The fourth edition contains enough adventures to keep any group happily entertained and sanity blasted.'

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However, while Cook questioned whether owners of the 2nd or 3rd edition would get good value for their money — 'You lack only the car-chase rules and the improved layout of the three books in one. The rest of the material has received minor editing but no substantial changes' — Cook strongly recommended the new edition to newcomers, saying, 'If you don’t already play CoC, all I can do is urge you to give it a try. Discover for yourself why it has made so many converts since its release.' . In the October 1992 edition (Issue 186), admitted that he was skeptical that the 5th edition would offer anything new, but instead found that the new edition benefited from 'fresh material, judicious editing, and thorough polishes.' He concluded, 'Few RPGs exceed the CoC game’s scope or match its skillful integration of background and game systems. And there’s no game more fun.'

In a 1996 reader poll by Arcane magazine to determine the 50 most popular roleplaying games of all time, Call of Cthulhu was ranked 1st. 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.' 'Call of Cthulhu'.


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