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Questions tagged [call-of-cthulhu]

For questions about Call of Cthulhu editions up through 6th Edition. (For 7th, use [call-of-cthulhu-7e] instead.)

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Skills the player has, but the character doesn’t vs. skills the character has, but the player doesn’t

This question results from a small debate I had last weekend with our gamemaster during a session on Call of Cthulhu. A player wanted to check if an NPC is alive or not. The players had put zero ...
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Does an Investigator have 1 year’s or 5 years’ income at the beginning in the ’20s?

I'm going to run a game set in the Call of Cthulhu (6th edition) on the 20 ages (I'm going to throw the players inside The Masks of Nyarlathotep). Because of this, I've acquired the Investigator's ...
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How can the Investigators banish Abhoth permanently?

In Dunwich: Return to the Forgotten Village, the God Abhoth dwells below the ground, spreading its filth and decay. Normally, Mythos Gods are associated with Call/Dismiss spells. The Call spell ...
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What do I need to start playing Call of Cthulhu 3rd edition?

I'm new to the Call of Cthulhu games and I have been recently looking at all the editions for the games. For some reason the 2nd/3rd caught my eye particularly because of the retro look of it and I ...
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Are there rules for surgical amputations in Call of Cthulhu?

I am converting a campaign from Trail of Cthulhu to Call of Cthulhu, and I need rules for deliberate surgical amputation. Specifically: Skills used, chances of success and what happens if it goes ...
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What's the differance between max sanity and start sanity?

I just started playing Call of Cthulhu, and decided to pick up the 7th Edition. When creating my character I got confused about the sanity numbers. Theres a max (99-Cthulhu Mythos), start (POW) and ...
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Dealing with too powerful forms of transport

I am preparing a game with Call of Cthulhu mechanics using S.T.A.L.K.E.R (the game based on the book Roadside Picnic) as a setting. The game's main locale is an unnatural area that is surrounded by ...
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Do you know any scenario involving Yog-Sothoth? [closed]

I am looking for a published Call of Cthulhu campaign or at least a scenario involving the Yog-Sothoth or his cult. Well known Shadows of Yog-Sothoth campaign, despite its name, resolves more around ...
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How can you increase Power stat during play?

I remember that in original Basic Roleplay you can increase your power stat through use but how does it work in Call of Cthulhu 5e? My friend mentioned having to best someone in mental combat but I ...
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Do Call of Cthulhu manuals depend on the core rulebook version?

I'm planning to buy a few manuals for Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu, but I can't find anywhere if the other manuals (say e.g. Cthulhu by gaslight) and adventures are strictly tied to an edition or if ...
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Playing a cultist [closed]

Is there any commercial setting or scenario to play a cultist in a Cthulhu related game, like Call of Cthulhu or Trail of Cthulhu? Playing the bad guys is a theme that usually come up sometime in most ...
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Which Call of Cthulhu edition should I get? [closed]

My boyfriend wants to GM a game of CoC, and for his birthday I was planning on getting him a handbook. He likes 2nd edition the best in AD&D, and I want to try to get him an edition closer to that,...
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Encouraging players to not ignore the story

I recently GM'd my first game where I ran a single session Call of Cthulhu game in which the investigators were travelling from Arkham to Boston. They encountered a few mysterious events on the road ...
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Dealing with skill spamming in Call of Cthulhu (6th/7th edition)

Right now I am GMing a Call of Cthulhu campaign for my friends. There is one thing that both me and my players do not like - skill spamming. In Call of Cthulhu to make your chars stronger/better you ...
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Help me hide/protect a location in my Call of Cthulhu game

I'm currently writing up a campaign for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition set in modern day. I've never GMed this system before or any earlier editions, and my knowledge of Cthulhu Mythos and its canon is ...
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What mechanics from other rpgs could I introduce into my Call of Cthulhu game to make it scarier? [closed]

I will use an example to illustrate my question. If I wanted to make my player`s characters more complex and support/motivate my players to actually role-play, then I would take the char belief ...
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Is there any reason not to always try to knockout rather than damage?

I was re-reading the rules of Call of Cthulhu (5th Edition) today whilst preparing an adventure and saw the knock out rules: Use this rule to render a target unconscious rather than to do physical ...
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Identify a Call of Cthulhu scenario where players start with a blank character sheet

I recall reading about a published Call of Cthulhu scenario which had the following premise: The characters started in an area where they were the only people around A dead body was in front of them ...
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Do I need to buy Call of Cthulhu 7th edition if I have the quickstart and previous editions?

I've just picked up the quickstart for Call of Cthulhu 7th edition, which I thought was great. Given that it seems to cover off most of the essential game crunch (conflict resolution, and character ...
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How do I handle group rolls?

I'm currently preparing a Call of Cthulhu (6th edition, core rulebook) adventure. After having played a practice CoC session some time ago, and studied the rules, I found myself uncertain of how to ...
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An explanation of magic in Call of Cthulhu [closed]

I've been searching for an explanation on how magic works in CoC but I haven't found a big recap on how to use it, what it is and how an investigator can use it. If someone had a link for me or an ...
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How to execute horror when there is safety in numbers

Questions such as this one and this one cover how to execute horror in a role-playing game fairly thoroughly. This process must be modified, however, when the traditional trappings of a game session ...
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How many GMs is enough to run a Mega-Game?

My two friends and I are going to spend quite a bit of time preparing a mega-game. It will be a weekend long gaming session with around 20 players, and the three of us as GMs. We are trying to figure ...
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How can I keep the Cthulhu mythos new and mysterious to experienced players?

I am currently preparing a Call of Cthulhu adventure, and I am hoping to be able to play the game on a regular basis in the future. But I am having concerns about keeping the mystery in the game from ...
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Cthulhu Campaign - How to create a more satisfying climax?

I'm in the midst of creating a campaign for my CoC group. By now, most of the material we played basically came down to these endings: a) Run away and hope whatever it was doesn't follow you anywhere....
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How to find the line between an investigation and railroading

I'm a fairly experienced GM creating and running a series of Delta Green games (a modern supplement for Call of Cthulhu). While my players and I enjoy the game, there are parts that bog down and get ...
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Making a rules-light non-combat version of Call of Cthulhu

I'm familiar with the very basics of BRP system and I have 6th edition CoC corebook, but right now my schedule doesn't allow me to even glance through it. Aside from the obviously essential skill ...
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Why wouldn’t I just run away from the eldritch horror?

I am struggling with character motivations in Call of Cthulhu or similarly investigative horror settings. For some reason I seem to have issues imagining the reasoning behind characters who really ...
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Do I need to play the original Call of Cthulhu before Achtung! Cthulhu?

Previously I've wanted to get into Call of Cthulhu, but hadn't ever gotten around to it. I found out about Achtung! Cthulhu, created by Modiphius, which can be played within the Call of Cthulhu world. ...
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What happens if my players capture a cultist at the start of Masks of Nyarlathotep?

I'm about to run Masks of Nyarlathotep for the first time. In the very first scenario, Jackson Elias is murdered by cultists, which kick starts the adventure. However, the scenario assumes that the ...
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Call of Cthulhu V6 Dice

I'm GM of a Call of Cthulhu 6th edition table and I've got a question about dice. Most of the time they're (and I'm) just using dice from my "ol collection" with pretty much every existing standard ...
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Call of Cthulhu 6th or 7th edition? [closed]

I am trying to put together a couple of Call of Cthulhu games for my local gaming group and to run some games at Mid South Con. Now I am not familiar with the system or anything, I have heard older ...
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What are the changes between editions?

What changes are there between each edition so that I can update earlier edition modules more easily? I have many modules for Call of Cthulhu that I have picked up over the years but I only own 3rd ...
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Why the bad guys don't just teleport somewhere drop a bomb and teleport back?

This question could be also How to avoid teleport/drop bomb/teleport back attacks? or How to avoid the use of Dimensional Shamblers as bomb carriers? Background Recently my group of players thought ...
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What RPG systems are Designed for a “Traditional” Call of Cthulhu Scenario

What RPG systems are there for a traditional Call of Cthulhu adventure (e.g. a basic premise of being investigators in 20th century/modern timeframe within the Lovecraft Mythos)? I know that there is ...
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Lovecraft's Deep Ones and co. in the 21st century

Are there any official (ie. published by Chaosium or its licensees) sources on what the Deep Ones (and, secondarily, similarly "human-scoped" creatures: ghouls, Mi-Go etc) of the Cthulhu Mythos are up ...
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Metafictional Lovecraft in a Call of Cthulhu campaign

Is there an official stance - expressed in the publications of Chaosium and/or its licensees - on how Lovecraft and his works are incorporated metafictionally into the universe of Call of Cthulhu, if ...
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Game in which the stars are right

I recall reading the introduction fiction to an RPG years ago, and I'd like to know its name. The game was set on a Mars colony, just barely self-sufficient or possibly slowly dying off. Shortly ...
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Is it plausible to have a Player Character play as a villain against the rest of the party?

If anyone has experience running a game like this, what are some common errors to avoid and tips you would give to a GM embarking on such a campaign? Specifically I intend to have a 3 PC party with 2 ...
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Narrative options in an antique shop, old bookstore or library [closed]

I'm currently storytelling a Delta Green chronicle and, while studying various resources and scenarios, I was extremely intrigued by a scenario called "The Bookstore". That is a great opportunity to ...
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What roll do I call for to resolve feats of strength and other physical challenges?

I'm currently running a Call of Cthulhu campaign and I'm trying to determine what to do with something along the lines of feats of strength and whatnot. I had a character try to crank-start a rundown ...
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Which technologies/commodities were available during the 30s in the USA?

I'm going to GM Trail of Cthulhu and would like to know if there is any site that aggregates this kind of information. I've already found this site http://www.paper-dragon.com/1939/; any other ...
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Chaosium BRP: What's the difference between “Magic” and “Sorcery”?

I invested in Chaosium's BRP (mostly because I love Call of Cthulu). I am stumbling over this: Mechanically, what are the differences between "Magic" and "Sorcery"? I get the conceptual ...
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How do Ghosts regenerate POW?

Ghost have rules to spend POW and what happens when their POW reaches zero but not how to regain those spend points. How can they regain POW is their instantiated state? Should it be something ...
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New GM to a Laundry RPG game [closed]

What should a new (and not so experienced) GM watch out for when starting to run a game set in Charles Stross's Laundry universe? Note that all this could be applied to a Call Of Cthulhu game as well ...
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What do I need to change about Call of Cthulhu to set it in the 60s?

I am in the process of planning a CoC game (or Trail of... I've not picked up a copy but it looks interesting) set a long time after the events of the Whisperer in the Darkness. To do so, I wanted to ...
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What scenarios came in the Fifth Edition core book for Call of Cthulhu?

I've been looking around and can't find this. I'm running a one-shot CoC 6e tonight. I was planning on running The Edge of Darkness, which is in the main rule book, but just found out some of my ...
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What are the main differences between Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu?

I know that Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu is essentially the official Cthulhu RPG, but I've also heard a lot of good things about Trail of Cthulhu (using the GUMSHOE system). They both seem to be well-...
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CoC's Sanity-like rules for the nWoD?

Is there a good adaptation of Call of Cthulhu's Sanity rules to the Storytelling system of the new World of Darkness (possibly replacing Morality)? (Edited the title to make it more precise.)
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How can I make BRP less variable?

I like the simplicity of BRP's percentile-based skill system. (Chaosium's Basic Roleplay, or BRP, is the system behind Call of Cthulhu and Runequest, among others.) It makes it trivial for new ...