Roleplaying During the Great Purges of Stalin’s Russia
All is not well at Krasivyi Oktabyr-3, a collective farm hidden away in the wilds of central Russia. A fall-off in production has come to the attention of the Soviet authorities and communications are down. No one has a clue as to what is happening out there.
Despite the ravages of the Russian winter, someone must be sent to uncover the reasons for the slackening production and to deal with the situation. Vigilance is key, as there may be anti-Soviet agitators at work. Trust no one!
COLD HARVEST is a Call of Cthulhu scenario set at the height of Stalin’s Russia in the late 1930s. Players take on the role of NKVD agents from the People’s Commissariat For Internal Affairs, tasked with investigating strange happenings at Krasivyi Oktabyr-3.
Cold Harvest has been designed to be playable by one Keeper and one player, as well as for groups of between two to six players. Eight pre-generated investigators are included, allowing players to chose from a range of characters. Directions are also provided as to the role and duties of an NKVD officer, allowing players to quickly understand the motivations and responsibilities of their characters.
Throughout the scenario, guidance and roleplaying tips are provided for the Keeper, as well as advice for using other published Soviet-era scenarios with Cold Harvest to form a larger campaign set against the backdrop of Communist Russia.
What the Critics Say
"I really loved Cold Harvest… It’s a truly outside the box adventure that reminds the average CoC fan that not everything has to involve Arkham, ancient evil tomes or the usual Mythos antagonists."—Diehard GameFan.
"Though a Mythos threat hovers in the background throughout, the true monsters in Cold Harvest: Roleplaying during the Great Purges of Stalin’s Russia may be the player characters themselves. This is a pleasingly atmospheric affair which asks the question, ‘Can monsters make moral choices in an immoral system?’"—Reviews from R’lyeh
"…a great opportunity to step into someone else’s shoes that is completely foreign and unique to most players. It creates some very uncomfortable and morally challenging situations and makes for a great story."—Justus Productions.
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- Rule Set:
- 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu
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- Page Count:
- Black & White Softcover
- Cover Artist:
- Fifa Finsdottir
- Interior Artist:
- Fifa Finsdottir
- Stephanie McAlea
- Chad J. Bowser
It's comprehensive on the background information needed, and is a legitimate investigation rather than a violent situation that has some reading. I really like it, and it's a great foundation for a larger campaign set in 1930s Russia.