PakEX – Introducing The Call of Cthulhu, by Chaosium
“Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn” – unknown cultist of the Old One
Set in the Cthulhu Mythos from the epic horror and fantasy works of H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu is an epic RPG now in its 7th edition. A group of intrepid investigators will be guided by a Keeper of Arcane Knowledge (GM) as they delve deep into the shady 1920’s underworld in a desperate attempt to dismantle a cult hell bent on raising R’lyeh and awakening Cthulhu itself.
Cthulhu differs from most RPGs – there are no character levels. Your character has just as many hit points at the final encounter (should you make it) as they did at the very start of the game. Instead Cthulhu uses a skills mechanic, the more skilled a character is at something the more likely they are to succeed, and repeat use will improve their skill.
At its heart, Cthulhu is a horror game. I know of at least one Keeper who manipulates music in the background of the game to get his investigators into just the right mood for him TO SCARE THE PANTS OFF THEM, RAWWRR! The nature of this is shown in the Sanity mechanic, as your investigations lead you deeper into the depraved nature of your nemesis, the knowledge of what has occurred will slowly eat away at them. Your characters are just as likely to wind up a gibbering wreck in an asylum as they are to die in combat with an enemy.
Sound like fun? It gets better. There’s a campaign book called ‘Terror Australis’ – yep, set right here and written by local authors. You can try your hand at The Call of Cthulhu at PakEX, Saturday the 14th of March, 24 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham
[Editor’s note – be wary of calling the eye of the Old One upon you, when drafting this missive, I was half completed when Word crashed and nothing was saved. Unperturbed I started again, my fault for not saving. I completed a draft ensuring I saved regularly, when I opened the document again later to tidy it up, the page was blank – I know I saved it, because I opened it again afterwards to make sure everything was there. I’m not blaming the Ancient Ones, but there was definitely something strange going on. So I hope you enjoyed reading my third attempt at The Call of Cthulhu]