Friday, May 9, 2014

Call of Cthulhu prep

Well I haven't felt like blogging much of late. I'm mostly stressing about my health. I went to the rheumatologist and his bedside manner was not the greatest. Starting off by asking me why I'm there set the tone. But on a positive note he told me that not exercising was dumb and he wants to see what my blood work looks like after a few weeks of exercise. So I guess that's the silver lining.

Right! We're here about the Cthulhu!

I believe I mentioned that I was setting up a distance campaign for Call of Cthulhu 6th ed. I know 7th is around the corner but I don't seem to have access to it.

We're going to use Roll20 as the interface and I'm going to try to record it and perhaps put up the live play on my youtube account for this blog. Which reminds me, I also have meant to do some videos on my basing technique etc.

So for our first adventure we are doing "The Haunting". It comes in the free quickstart rules and in the main rule book. The quickstart version has a lot of tie ins with other printed adventures, while the main rule version has an added mythos tome. I'm trying to combine the two.

There are a ton of resources on but I have added and changed a few things. I'm going to use the awesome map of Boston c. 1888 found here and supplement it with information from the Rand McNally map of 1891 found here.

I also found some interesting fonts here, the free ones are great, but $20 for all the others doesn't sound too bad. Another font from the rule book is Leonardo Hand, which can be downloaded from Dafont here.

Once I run the adventure I'll share with you the stuff that I made or found special for my running of it. I won't post it yet just in case the players wander over here.

As for music, I haven't decided if I want to go with the embedded juke box in Roll20 or if I can just play a youtube playlist in the background. I found a cool one called Musica Cthulhiana.

Any how. No painting for me yet this week. I need to get off the stick. I was supposed to be doing Chico's weekly challenge but something tells me I'm not going to make it. I also need to get on Curt's figures and my own stinking giveaway.

Time to chain myself to the painting desk.


  1. "The Haunting " is a the classic intro scenario for investigators and can provide a suberb start to advwnturing in CoC. It's can be worthwhile putting your own spin on it but in any event your players are sure to enjoy it.

    1. Thanks Zabadak. I'm mostly just adding a few things to it to make it more specific, not necessarily better. I will reveal all when it's done. I think the touches are mostly nerdy OCD and are not necessary to run it.

  2. Like the music; very moody and atmospheric. Yet I felt it was more, Dashiell Hammett than H.P. Lovecraft. It was the saxophone sound, I think...

    1. Thanks AP. That particular playlist is an interesting point of departure. I agree that not all the songs are the exact mood I conceive of when I think Cthulhu. There is also the issue of ads on some of the videos spoiling the mood. I listened through it while working on the computer yesterday.



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