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Call of Cthulhu: Horror Roleplaying

(Call of Cthulhu RPG)

4.45  ·  Rating details ·  7,179 ratings  ·  62 reviews
CALL OF CTHULHU is Chaosium's classic roleplaying game of Lovecraftian horror in which ordinary people are confronted by the terrifying and alien forces of the Cthulhu Mythos. CALL OF CTHULHU uses Chaosium's Basic Roleplaying System, easy to learn and quick to play. This bestseller has won dozens of game-industry awards and is a member of the Academy of Adventure Game Desi ...more
Paperback, 6th Edition, 320 pages
Published March 30th 2005 by Chaosium (first published 1981)
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May 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Call of Cthulhu has made my list of #7RPGs (which is in need of updating to include Dungeon Crawl Classics, but I digress). This 7th edition takes the previous editions and ratchets the game up a notch, not by any hugely different mechanics (you'll still find the Basic Roleplaying system at its core), but by presenting a carefully-crafted approach not only to the Call of Cthulhu game, but to roleplaying in general. In fact, I recommend any game master of any roleplaying game to read Chapter 10: "Playing the Game ...more
This is an older edition of the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. Third edition, that is.

For people like myself who are playing 7th edition this is a great historical overview as to how the game came to be over the many decades. For myself, some of the old maps and scenarios may prove useful

The CoC RPG is easily in my top three overall RPGs!

OVERALL GRADE: B plus to A minus.
Susan Bin
Aug 05, 2012 rated it liked it
um why aren't you rpging this right now
Brian Sammons
May 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the best role playing game of all time.
Jan 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rpgs
While I was aware of the existence of horror roleplaying games as a young teen - a friend had a copy of Chill, and another friend had a copy of Beyond the Supernatural - Call of Cthulhu served as my most memorable introduction to horror roleplay, as well as my introduction to Lovecraft's work. One of the striking things about the game when I started playing was that it was set in the 1920s, a period I had known little to nothing about. It has since become my favorite horror game, in part because of the simple mechanics, ...more
Jan 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: rpgs-and-hobbies
About time I put this up here. The best roleplaying game of all time to me. I have been playing this game since I was 13 and still play it today 16 years later. Of all the games I have run as GM, this is the one I have run the most, and the most successfully as well. It is probably the only rpg (along with Dying Earth) where I know the rules by heart and do not have to consistently look up reading material.

The percentage system is sublime, but most importantly, unlike most other game
Jay Little
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sandy Petersen and Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying game is one of the longest running, most enduring, and most influential RPGS of all time. Over the different editions, I believe it has been translated into more than a dozen languages. The game system is simple, but does an excellent job of evoking the otherworldly horrors and insanity-inducing encounters of Lovecrafts work. It is an important work in the RPG industry.
Dec 04, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terence by: College-era playgroup
I remember playing this a few times during my UCLA days with a group of fellow RPG enthusiasts (this was the era of 2nd Edition AD&D). The one thing I remember about the game was that the longer one's character dealt with the Elder Gods et al. the greater the chances that one would go insane.
Jean-Francois Boivin
I have these versions of the rules:

1st edition (box), 2nd printing
3rd edition (box)
3rd edition (UK hardcover)
4th edition
5th edition
5.6.1 (hardcover)
5.6.Corrected (20th Anniversary Edition)
6th edition (30th Anniversary 2011 Edition)
B.  Barron
May 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rpg
Great Game.
Oliver Eike
Most have heard the names Lovecraft or Cthulhu. Both are rather iconic in their own respect.

So you have a roleplaying game by Chaosim set in Lovecraft's mythos, where you can, if your really unlucky, meet Cthulhu, and then be devoured shortly thereafter.

You play as a investigator that look into anything from a haunted house to mysterious deaths at a nearby graveyard. Or you do battle against nerfarious cults trying to summon or advance the plots of eldritch horrors beyond human understanding.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rpgs
I love that I can now consider RPGs professional reading!

Credit to Chaosium Inc. for creating such a straight-forward, useful rulebook for Call Of Cthulhu. Chapter Ten, "Playing The Game," was particularly helpful in refreshing my memory as to how RPGs ought to be run. CoC uses a straight-forward percentile dice system that I appreciate for its simplicity. Am looking forward to running my first scenario! As a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's writing, and pulp-horror in general, this will be a go-to game
Dave Brothers
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Roleplayers and horror fans
This is a great update to an already beautiful system and only helps to streamline your inevitable descent into madness. There's more atmosphere, more horrific goodness, and fewer hurdles to slow you down.

The distillation of more stats and mechanics to run on percentages simplifies some of the bean-counting. The Keeper's guide has lots of great resources for new and experienced GMs and the Player's Handbook is brimming with Lovecraft stories, lore, and metric tons of 1920's history t
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The classic horror roleplaying game, in the bizarre horror setting of HP Lovecraft and his contemporaries (in which the earth is inhabited by aliens that madmen collude with, including ancient god like aliens around whom cults have formed). I'm owned various editions, and have just picked up the 7th, so I'm still getting to grips with it. It's a great game but the quality of the game often depends on the quality of the scenario played with, and often how disbelief the players can suspend in conf ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2005, rpgs
Basic Concept: Horror roleplaying based on the fiction of H.P. Lovecraft.

Probably my favorite RPG of all time. The roleplaying is way more important than number crunching, leveling, and min-maxing. It's very difficult not to have good stories with this game, but it's also sometimes very difficult to find a good group to play with. If you're a gamer and you haven't tried this game, you should, especially if you consider yourself more of a role-player than a gamer.
Daniel Yocom
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of Lovecraft, and like to play role-playing games, this is a must for your collection. I had the opportunity to read this for a review for Utah Geek Magazine, later posting the review on my own blog, Those in my group that joined me in playing through same Call of Cthulhu really enjoyed the setting and the build. This is not a hack and slash game, but one of thinking.
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: games
I always enjoyed the subject matter, so trying the game was a natural leap. Sat in on a session of Call of Cthulhu at a gaming con back in 94 and it was not only very imaginative, but the game mechanics were much more fluid than others I had played up to that point. It's certainly worth a look.
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay. This is certainly not for everyone. But if you're the type who enjoys role playing, you should give this a go. You'll have to roll an idea check after reading, because this corebook an *insanely* good time!
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Still one of the best RPGs of all time. The scenarios written for this game were of such high quality, they pushed gaming into new directions: The Masks of Nyarlathotep is rightly regarded as probably the best one ever written in any game setting.
Richard Do
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
the forefather of dark fantasy and the born of Lovecraft horror genre,even throughout the book we don t get any kind of ultimate chilling feeling,the mysterious of the story still managed to pull us into a deform,monstrous underground world that Lovecraft has borne
Sarah O'brien
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror, mythology, gaming
Classic horror gaming at its finest.
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only RPG system I knew was D&D. This system is way better than that. Realism is at it's best while keeping easy game play.
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror
Great RPG, played for years.
Michael Redd
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best RPG's out none.
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: h-p-lovecraft
This was my first foray into the dark realms Lovecraft's world.

Dec 20, 2014 rated it liked it
To play Call of Cthulhu, all you need is one person to act as Games-Master (who creates the story scenarios and controls the non-playable-characters) and another few people (2-6 usually works great, but you can have more or even less). You also need character sheets (found in this book) and dice (two D10s are essential, but sometimes you also need D6s etc). Then all you do is gather around a table and play out the scenario the GM has created, creating your own exciting story, using dice rolls to ...more
Julian Meynell
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, rpg
This is a review not of this edition but the current 7th edition. I haven't actually played the game yet, so it is really more of a review of the book itself than the game, for whatever that's worth. The physical presentation of the book is lovely and it has a built in book mark, which is fantastic. The are is exceptional as is the layout. The writing itself, I found to be a bit dry at times and it is hard to understand the rules of the game in comparison to other RPG products. As a result, I re ...more
Chris Van Dyke
It's begining to worry me that I am the only person to have rated any of these games on GoodReads. Am I the only user to enter any RPGs? Fly that freak-flag, I say!

I only played Cthulhu a few times in college. Of course, the premise is promising - its Cthulhu! Who hasn't wanted to do research at Miskitonic, uncover a dark and antedeluvian cult, or die gibbering and clawing at one's skin after seeing the precyclopian horror that man was not meant to know? And there-in lies the draw-back to this
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have a friend who's a long-time Call of Cthulhu GM and player. He always said that if you want to run Call of Cthulhu, reading the rulebook is a mistake. He's 100% right.

Out of this 300+ pages corebook, you need only read the first 100 (the rules themselves), or the first half of the book if you're feeling generous (pages 100-150 is some semi-useful fluff and GM advice). Do not bother with the other 150 pages, because there's almost nothing there worth reading. I skipped the Spells
I have to admit that my previous experience with CoC was with the 1st and 3rd editions, so I have no idea when the new rules/modifications were added to the game. That being said, I’m liking this newest version, although I will have to reserve final judgement until I actually run a few games using it. The 7th edition seems to have kept the stuff I liked about the earlier versions, tightened up some rules and loosened others (all to the good it appears). I’m also fascinated by the edition to the ...more
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