cptcthulhu
 member, 231 posts
 Nuke em till they glow
 Shoot them in the dark.
Wed 8 Jun 2022
at 13:43
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
The last time I played CoC, it was with a Great, White Hunter named Lord Howard Hurtz. He had excellent tracking and shotgun skills, and with the weird twists the game took, he actually discovered the great Asiatic Elephant burial grounds.....in Japan. He encountered a unicorn and his only thought was to bag it as a trophy. He was a bit deranged, but Cthulhu weirdness never fazed him.

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Loughcrew
 supporter, 233 posts
 The broken clock
 is a comfort
Wed 8 Jun 2022
at 17:49
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
I would definitely echo the desire for a Dark Ages game. The period is inherently hazardous on multiple levels even when the situation is reasonably grounded and sane, then you throw the Mythos into the mix.

Iím also genuinely curious about a game set in the American western frontier, circa the late nineteenth century. The period covered by Down Darker Trails.
Yaztromo
 supporter, 475 posts
Wed 8 Jun 2022
at 22:02
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Gaffer:
I use a somewhat-modified 7th edition, but never let mechanics interfere with narrative, thought the dice sometimes have their way with us.

I already played in some of Gaffer's Cthulhu games with pleasure and indeed the ruleset was never an hindrance to action, although the dice can occasionally be your most evil enemy on RPoL! ;P
Silverlock
 member, 144 posts
Thu 9 Jun 2022
at 00:03
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?

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tibiotarsus
 member, 259 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Thu 9 Jun 2022
at 07:25
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Loughcrew:
Iím also genuinely curious about a game set in the American western frontier, circa the late nineteenth century. The period covered by Down Darker Trails.


This also has high potential, handled well, though it does increase the chances of running into the most dangerous animal in CoC about 1000%.
jdtucker
 member, 73 posts
Thu 9 Jun 2022
at 23:03
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Currently my muse is not on speaking terms with me, but I thouht aout an 'Ars Magica' troop style game of Cthulutech.  I 3gad a lot of fun where we were competing with the Nazi's for artifacts before WW2 ala Indiana Jones, except the organization was Jewish, the Sepheroth were Elder Gods, and God was quite 'insane.'
coded steve
 member, 29 posts
Tue 14 Jun 2022
at 18:57
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Cthulhu Brittanica with healthy dose of Romans thrown in
Gaffer
 member, 1732 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Wed 15 Jun 2022
at 17:53
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Interesting responses.

I don't think I have enough background for a Hyborian/Conan/Howardesque setting (though I enjoyed the stories long ago). And Dark Ages/Invictus feels like a heavy lift in terms of set-up. Likewise, Weimar Berlin is quite appealing, especially after the fabulous Berlin Babylon series and I've considered it but feel like it requires too much backgrounding for the players (and quite a bit for me) to do it justice. Finally, what little I know about Cthulhutech I despise, sorry.

So in the end, what I really want to know is what sort of characters and story would any/all of you like to see for Cthulhu between about 1890 and 1960?
liblarva
 member, 758 posts
Wed 15 Jun 2022
at 18:32
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to Gaffer (msg # 20):

If I'm not mistaken, talking about specific characters in an interest check thread is against the site's rules.

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tibiotarsus
 member, 261 posts
Wed 15 Jun 2022
at 21:16
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?

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bigbadron
 moderator, 16109 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Thu 16 Jun 2022
at 03:16
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Please remember that, per the rules of this forum, specific characters can not be discussed or selected here.

Thank you.

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tibiotarsus
 member, 262 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Thu 16 Jun 2022
at 08:12
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?

 liblarva is extra-right! General sorts of characters aren't allowed either, in case anyone answers that question.
Alcuin
 member, 65 posts
 Retired Bureaucrat
 RPGing since 1974
Thu 16 Jun 2022
at 09:43
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to coded steve (msg # 19):

Zu Asche, zu Staub...

Weimar Germany would be awesome, it gives scope for a wide range of stories ranging from: cabaret in a haunted theatre; via life and dead struggles between Nazis and Communists on the Streets of Berlin with vile third parties arising to threaten all; to the misadventures of those who seek power through the occult.
Gaffer
 member, 1733 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Fri 17 Jun 2022
at 04:37
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to Alcuin (msg # 25):

Didn't you love the echoes of the dance hall in the cult ceremony? What a great series! The books are good too, though quite different.

I may need to do something in 1920s Berlin after all.

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Gaffer
 member, 1734 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Fri 17 Jun 2022
at 04:40
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to liblarva (msg # 21):

Was looking for something general, like "big game hunter in Africa" or "rum runner in Louisiana" or such.

That wouldn't push too far, would it, bbr?
bigbadron
 moderator, 16110 posts
 He's big, he's bad,
 but mostly he's Ron.
Fri 17 Jun 2022
at 05:19
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to Gaffer (msg # 27):

Nope, because those would be game themes, not individual characters.
Alcuin
 member, 66 posts
 Retired Bureaucrat
 RPGing since 1974
Fri 17 Jun 2022
at 11:49
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Gaffer:
In reply to Alcuin (msg # 25):

Didn't you love the echoes of the dance hall in the cult ceremony? What a great series! The books are good too, though quite different.

I may need to do something in 1920s Berlin after all.

To be honest, I have never read the Geryon Rath books.  I came to the TV series, what I could find of it (not living in Germany) via the song, which I LOVE.

That said, decades earlier, I had read Christopher Isherwood's books set in the same era - I am a Camera, Mr Norris Changes Trains and Goodbye to Berlin. And of course, there's the actual work of Weimar artists such as Brecht and Weil and Lotte Lenya.

Put it all together and it makes a marvellous sourcebook for horror in twenties Berlin.
Gaffer
 member, 1736 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Sat 18 Jun 2022
at 03:38
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
In reply to Alcuin (msg # 29):

If you want, send me an rMail so we can fanboy about Berlin Babylon and Berlin: The Wicked City.

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Gaffer
 member, 1737 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Sat 18 Jun 2022
at 03:39
Re: What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Anyone else want to toss any ideas on the table?
coded steve
 member, 30 posts
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 10:06
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
The hippie era of the 1960's. Peace and love meet Lovecraft
Siran
 member, 143 posts
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 11:17
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
Add to that: Make L R Hubbard your Call of Cthulhu nemesis: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Ron_Hubbard

A very relevant quote from his wiki page (you couldn't make this stuff up)

quote:
In August 1945, Hubbard moved into the Pasadena mansion of John "Jack" Whiteside Parsons. A leading rocket propulsion researcher at the California Institute of Technology and a founder of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Parsons led a double life as an avid occultist and Thelemite, follower of the English ceremonial magician Aleister Crowley and leader of a lodge of Crowley's magical order, Ordo Templi Orientis (OTO).[76][77] He let rooms in the house only to tenants who he specified should be "atheists and those of a Bohemian disposition".


Plus he staged the largest spy operation against the american government... ever...
quote:
Throughout this period, Hubbard was heavily involved in directing the activities of the Guardian's Office (GO), the legal bureau/intelligence agency that he had established in 1966. He believed that Scientology was being attacked by an international Nazi conspiracy, which he termed the "Tenyaka Memorial", through a network of drug companies, banks and psychiatrists in a bid to take over the world.[264] In 1973, he instigated the "Snow White Program" and directed the GO to remove negative reports about Scientology from government files and track down their sources.[265] The GO was ordered to "get all false and secret files on Scientology, LRH  ... that cannot be obtained legally, by all possible lines of approach ...


Members of the GO infiltrated and burglarized numerous government organizations, including the U.S. Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service.[267] After two GO agents were caught in the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the IRS, the FBI carried out simultaneous raids on GO offices in Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. on July 7, 1977. They retrieved wiretap equipment, burglary tools and some 90,000 pages of incriminating documents. Hubbard was not prosecuted, though he was labeled an "unindicted co-conspirator" by government prosecutors. His wife Mary Sue was indicted and subsequently convicted of conspiracy. She was sent to a federal prison along with ten other Scientologists.

He had his SeaOrg which reads like a cthulhoid cult write large

..

Plus you have flower power and 'love and peace man'.


Could be awesome
achmed_the_mad
 supporter, 75 posts
 Think Terry Pratchett
 ...and migraines!
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 12:17
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
The 1970s: political disenchantment and corruption, assorted cults (including the Jonestown Massacre), lots of terrorist/criminal gangs (especially in Europe), organized crime operating with impunity, soldiers returning from war, lots of young people seeking escape through drugs, alcohol, wild fashions, and partying. A lot like the 1920s...
Alcuin
 member, 67 posts
 Retired Bureaucrat
 RPGing since 1974
Mon 20 Jun 2022
at 14:40
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
The 1930s.

Many cults were political at the time:  Father Coughlan in Chicago; Huey 'Kingfish' Long in Louisiana; Upton Sinclair's EPIC (End Poverty in California).  The IWW were still going strong.  There were Soviet, Nazi and Japanese agents.  The Wall Street Crash had crashed the economy.

Meanwhile, WHAT did Robert Johnson meet at the crossroads, and how did Americans begin to see the victims of the dustbowl as somehow monsters coming to steel the little they had?
unnameable
 member, 3 posts
Tue 21 Jun 2022
at 21:46
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
1890s/1900s Edwardian/Belle Epoque style.

(That said, I did love the Elizabethan England in "Strange Aeons" and Anglo-Viking England of Cthulhu Dark Ages)
kark2
 member, 294 posts
Sun 26 Jun 2022
at 02:13
What would you like to play in Call of Cthulhu?
First of all... I never played Call of Cthulhu. I read the tales, however.

I always wanted to play in Argentina in early 1900s. Center and South. And make it a crossover. Crossover?
My idea:
Cthulhu=Gualichu

The Necronomicon awaits in the Library of the University of Buenos Aires.
Roca is still considered a hero for the "Campaign of the desert", a military campaign to commit genocide against numerous tribes in the center and south of the country, among them Mapuches, Tehuelches and Pampas.
The Tehuelches and Pampas feared Gualichu, an evil god. An evil god that manipulated emotions and minds. Some even said, that Gualichu itself was crazy and was now trying to recover sanity by eating it from ritualistic victims. Ranqueles, Pampas, Tehuelches and Mapuches feared Gualichu, trying to keep it at bay, both by evading the places where his presence was powerful and fighting against the individuals that worshipped him in secret.
That protection of the land ended with the Campaign of the desert. Roca assumed the presidency and some of his veteran soldiers formed... cults. In Buenos Aires. Cults that attempted to capture and kill animals from the zoo because they said that with certain rites, they could get some magical powers to control and make people kill other people at distance.
At the same time, in Rio Negro, 900 km south of Buenos Aires people went mad and killed people... and then confessed to the police that they suddenly felt the urge to kill random people. Again, 900 km in early 1900s in Argentina. No TV, No mail, no phone, no anything that could allow people to say "LOL, let's kill random people because some lunatics in Buenos Aires think they can order us to kill".
Another thing is the gift that Inacayal (Chief of Tehuelches) gave to Moreno... a book with papyrus and ebony? Where in the world would a South American chief get a book made of ebony and papyrus? The same chief that when it was a "guest/prisioner/hostage" in the Museum of La Plata, died in the morning when he was making a rite of protection against Gualichu.
The efforts of some groups trying to protect the few indigenous people after Roca's victory in his genocidical campaign, also seems to show two groups. A group that works for Gualichu and another against it.

Fun facts: In Valcheta, a town in Rio Negro, there is a zone with "wells that breathe". Holes in the ground, where it seems like the land itself breathes in and out... in turns of 36 hours. The sounds were studied, along with the pressure of the air and studies say it is the sea. Problem: The sea is kilometers to the east. So... it is either an inner and subterranearn sea with high and low tides every 36 hours or something very big is breathing under the ground.
Fun fact 2: There is a salt mine! "Gualicho's Salt mine"! It is very big and according to the legends, Gualichu is there. So... yes. The government has allowed to dig salt... that supposedly is containing Gualichu.