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[Call of Cthulhu] Resources

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Newspaper Clipping Generator Because if there is one prop you need for Call of Cthulhu it’s newspaper clippings

Speaking of which: Masthead for the Kingsport Chronicle (fillable with your heart’s content. Text, I mean tex… nevermind)

And from the same: an Art Deco character sheet for the game, fillable pdf. And some Art Noveau for Gaslight era games.

Scooby Doo for Call of Cthulhu Maybe useful as NPCs or for a 1960s one-shot

The Young Twits, Wooster and Jeeves meet Call of Cthulhu

100 pregenerated Call of Cthulhu Characters I was looking for some. The corebook only has a handful, and sometimes one just needs a few pregenned characters for those times when new players show up. Especially as the really new players never know what the hell they want to play anyway. The only thing I wonder about when reading this: why are there so many bakers in there?

Byakhee, for creating new characters, quite the nice program and easy to modify, but a bit dusty (it might be prudent to load it from Yog-Sothoth.com though, there they also have various additional files)

I, Cthulhu and A Study in Emerald, both by Neil Gaiman, because Neil Gaiman knows how to tell that old Boy Eldritch Abomination meets World-story with flair.

Tales of Terror, exactly what it says on the tin. At least if you know that a tale of terror for CoC is a scenario with multiple possible outcomes

Jazz Age Slang

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In other news: nothing is happening today

It’s my own fault. Instead of having my first Call of Cthulhu session ever today (after months of having no time for anything) I got roped into doing yet another shift at work.

Note to myself: never answer the phone when your boss is calling on your day off!

I thought I had learned that before, but obviously I didn’t.
I got talked into coming way too easy anyway. I was half-asleep when he reached me and I can’t even remember all the other things we talked about besides me taking over this shift.
It cuts into my gaming though, goddammit!

Which is especailly grating for me as I wanted to do that session of CoC since… well… forever. 
This might not really be as exaggerated as it sounds like. Call of Cthulhu was the second RPG I ever got into contact with, before even reading Lovecraft, before even knowing what RPGs are. I found articles on it in an obscure computer game magazine in 1992 and was intrigued by what was written there (it was mostly a review of the old Dunwich supplement). Especially as back then I did not have a clue how the articles related to the actual game it described. I knew the games were something similar to Das Schwarze Auge just with horror instead of fantasy. But back then I did not even know what that was about.
Funnily enough I have the rulebooks for the game, and had them for about a decade now. In multiple editions even. I just never played it.
Well, seems like I will keep on never having played it even longer.