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    Introduction to Call of Cthulhu RPG

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    Post by Kromel on Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:34 pm

    Introduction to Call of Cthulhu RPG Inro10

    Horror. Terror. Fear is at the core of our existence. Horror stories are a catharsis for the dread we hold in our souls on a day-to-day level. Call of Cthulhu is a game that lets you explore that fear, bringing monsters and terrors out into the daylight, and fighting against them for the sake of soul and sanity.

    If you've played other roleplaying games(RPGs) before, then you have an idea of how it works: A group of players sit around a table and describe the actions of their characters, while one player (the game master, or "keeper" as he is known in Call of Cthulhu) guides the story along. It is like an interactive novel where one person tells the story, and the players take part in the story. However, Call of Cthulhu is different from most other RPGs. In Call of Cthulhu, the players portray ordinary people cast into extraordinary circumstances. You have no magic weapons with which to assault the dark things of the world. You cannot count on the local king sending armies of minions to your aid. You simply have your wits, your courage and your skill to fight the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos. In its simplest form, Call of Cthulhu is a game about heroes. The heroes who realize that the world is crawling with alien terrors bent on the destruction of humanity, and who take that fight back to the abyss itself.

    The simplest metaphor for a game of Call of Cthulhu can be likened to the fairy tale of the Little Dutch Boy. The dam had a crack and the Little Dutch Boy had to stand there with his finger in the hole to keep the water from flooding out and destroying the nearby town. However, instead of how the original tale played out, imagine that on the other side of that dam is a bloodthirsty shark, which is gnawing away at the Dutch Boy. He loses one finger, so he must put another one in. Then he loses another finger, and another. The hole is getting bigger, and he must stick his entire arm in, and the shark keeps biting. But if he fails, if he leaves his post, the dam will collapse, and many lives will be lost. And so he stays, resolute in his convictions. He may die, but humanity will live because of him. The booklet you now hold in your hands gives you all the information you will need to create a character for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game,as well as a brief overview of how to play the game. Many of the game's details are glossed over here simply because Call of Cthulhu is a game of mystery. Often, if the players understand too much of the goings-on behind the rules, it can break the atmosphere of tension necessary for a good mystery.Once you've played a game or two, you will probably want to take a look at the full rules for Call of Cthulhu which are available from any good game store, most large bookstores, or directly from To create your character, you will only need four ordinary 6-sided dice. At least one each 4, 8, 10, 12 and 20-sided dice are needed to play the game.

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