Ask Lovecraft: Call of Cthulhu

In which we roll for sanity loss.

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  1. Moviemantweeter1999

    Hope you have good luck with capturing Cthulhu mr.lovecraft. What was in your hand though a bottle of Lysol and bleach I think not sure?

  2. I’m the prep phases of gming a call of bernard game right now, we’re actually using the ancient rome expansion, it’s gonna be fun.

  3. Three Degrees of Bacon

    This is close to a question I was about to ask. Similar enough that it feels you’ve already answered. What about genre-blending roleplaying games? I am familiar with CthulhuTech, Pokethulhu, and Monsters & Other Childish Things, which blend your style of cosmic horror with anime mecha/Guyver stuff, Pokemon, and Calvin & Hobbs/Winnie the Pooh respectively. So is your opinion much the same for these sorts of games?

    • Personally, of the three, Monsters & Other Childish Things appeals the most! I think I once did play Pokethulhu although memory may be plaguing me. CthulhuTech just looks…. busy.

      • Three Degrees of Bacon

        CthulhuTech does have its problems, but I still love it. Part of the problem is its “classes” are more akin to tiers of play. Tagers are the most popular in play, and non-Tagers stand no chance as other PCs in a Tager game. Just as an example. Also, some people are uncomfortable with the effort to delve into the psyche of human cultists. Which I still find interesting – the cultists are in a way the most terrifying things in the setting, because they are just as inhuman as their masters. Despite being fellow homo sapiens. SO to convey that, the creators just went for the most shocking stuff. Also, the rules have some problems.

        I am quite fond of Monsters & Other Childish Things. I’ve yet to actually play any of these. Ah, the flaws of having a rotating GM in your group. Love a setting? You know the rules best. Run the game. No character for you!

  4. I like idea of Cosmic horror, what I dislike are douche hipsters who claim superiority of that genre even if limiting yourself to just it is pointless, and mostly they simply don’t understand basic ideas around it. Like for example: I meet one dude who claim that Cthulhu isn’t so called “ultimate evil” of his story. Yes, he isn’t generic villain with generic goals, but still he is main antagonist in this saga and furthermore someone who don’t negotiate what meet exactly this definition.

    Moral ambivalence of eldritch creature don’t make them automatically better characters, they simply are different from you typical “bad dude”, but that itself don’t mean better. You still need use them properly to make them interesting. Slapping “amorality” template on everything for excuse to not call bad stuff as something “bad” isn’t solution. There is a reason for example why Kyobey from Madoka Magica is most hated villain (in good way) of anime.. and it is because he isn’t antagonist! That is the point! He is amoral piece of crap, but still his goals are justified in context of how they world work even if what he do definitely IS EVIL. Just he isn’t straight evil as a character, and as he himself point out in other circumstances he wouldn’t have nothing against humans.

    So if someone still didn’t get it: Cosmic horror cliche don’t make magically good stories, competent and well thought writing make good stories. That is simply a fact!

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