This box set is an excellent starter for anybody wanting to try out call of Cthulhu. The game is a classic eldritch horror and investigation role playing game based on the Cthulhu myths of H. P. Lovecraft. It contains a basic rule set, a solo adventure in which you can create your first ‘investigator’ character and learn the rules by playing a scenario and a book of introductory adventures for a games master (‘Keeper of arcane secrets’) to run with a group. It includes character sheets with details of some pre-set starter characters and some blank character sheets as well as a set of dice. It also has some handouts of documents which players might discover during their investigations. The set contains three booklets, which are attractively produced.
The game itself was adapted from Runequest, one of the original role playing games invented shortly after the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. In addition to the usual role playing mechanics a unique feature of the game is the player’s ‘sanity’ score. Sanity is reduced by discovering or encountering horrific beings and events and as it reduces the character can be incapacitated by delusions or hallucinations until being driven completely insane (although there is some hope of recovery by psychiatric treatment or being admitted to an asylum)!
The game can be set at any time but the usual setting is in the early twentieth century (think Indiana Jones, Agatha Christie and the works of Lovecraft, himself)
Overall, this is a very well thought out and nicely produced introduction to a classic role-playing game. Even if you have never played a role playing game before, this is definitely worth trying out.
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