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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.
This completely met my expectations, came exactly as detailed in the description. The paper books included are good quality with detailed instructions of how the game mechanics work, making this a superb set up for beginners who have never played before the game before. The set comes with everything you need from character sheets, both premade and blank and a set of dice.
As well as 3 scenarios to play with your friends there’s a solo game for the keeper to play through too which was a nice addition to help me get the idea of what to expect while playing as an investigator.
The box looks amazing , I have no issue with the game itself however the books are magazine grade paper and in my opinion poorly designed. Not even a decent card cover. I believe this was a cost cutting idea and it’s a bad one. Every Role player knows their books go through hell and need to be robust . So hence the the low mark
If you're wanting to get into Call of Cthulu this is a great place to start. It gives you everything you could possibly need, it's super easy to follow and it's great value for money. The box is more sturdy than other reviews would suggest, although I will agree that the books included are magazine quality and need to be handled with care. But for the price of the set as an immediate intro to the hobby I would definitely recommend.
A wonderful introduction to the game and works of HP Love craft, not your usual run and gun RPG but a more thoughtful, tactful and dark RPG. If you are intrigued by the dark forces at play in the universe then sacrifice your sanity and grab the starter set.