Perilous Adventures to Thwart the Dark God
At last the stars are almost right!
Soon Nyarlathotep's plans will come to fruition. Then the world will be changed irrevocably — but not quite yet. Pesky human investigators have learned much. Now they must survive long enough to make sense of what they know, and take resolute action.
Masks of Nyarlathotep is a Lovecraftian exercise in horror and mystery. This Call of Cthulhu roleplaying classic is a series of linked adventures forming one long and unforgettable campaign. Horrifying deeds and dangerous sorcery dog those who dare attempt to unravel the fate of the Carlyle Expedition.
Set in 1925, adventures begin in New York, then move overseas to England, Egypt, Kenya Colony, Shanghai, and western Australia. Such extended globetrotting requires wit and planning by the players. Their investigators must have steady finances, good language skills, and a willingness to persevere despite governmental interference and cultist harassment. Meanwhile the keeper must bring to life different exotic locales, recreate the sensibilities of other cultures, and balance non-player-character foes and friends to allow each investigator to earn his or her own destiny—ultimate triumph, perhaps, or perhaps madness and agonizing death.
What the Critics Say
1986 - Games Day Awards: Best Role Playing Adventure
1996 - Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (Origins Awards): Best Role-Playing Adventure
"...widely considered one of the best RPG adventures ever made" —Gizmodo.
...a milestone for Call of Cthulhu and for RPG campaigns. It expanded our ideas of what roleplaying game adventures could be and raised the standards for the industry and the RPG art form."—The New York Review of Science Fiction.
"...the holy grail of horror, and in my opinion the best, most frightening, atmospheric, awesomely realized campaign for any game."—Dennis Detwiller (Delta Green).
"...probably the single most celebrated campaign ever created for Chaosium’s unhallowed-groundbreaking Call of Cthulhu RPG. Recipient of a Best Roleplaying Adventure award, Masks of Nyarlathotep remains, as its credits declare, “a roleplaying classic,” over two decades after its first appearance in 1984."—The Lovecraft e-Zine.
"Hands down, the greatest RPG ever designed is Sandy Petersen’s Call of Cthulhu... and Masks of Nyarlathotep (would) have to be in anyone’s top five (scenarios)."—Ken Hite (Trail of Cthulhu, Vampire).
"Masks of Nyarlathotep is considered by a great many gamers – including the author of this review – to be the pinnacle of commercially produced adventures. It has become the yardstick by which other scenarios are often measured."—Flames Rising."If you are looking for an adventure that will keep your players (and their characters) busy for months, the opportunity to save the world while fighting off legions of cultists (in proper Call of Cthulhu fashion), or you simply want to see why so many people consider this one of, if not THE, greatest adventures for an RPG system ever written, then go purchase Masks of Nyarlathotep the second you get done reading this. This will easily be the most intense, as well as the most memorable, published adventure you’ll ever experience. Just get it. Just get it and experience it. That’s all I can really say."—DieHardGameFan.com.
Download the Handouts! Players love Handouts!
Download the Introduction and Handouts for Masks of Nyarlathotep to help set the scene for your investigators.
This download provides you with the introduction to the campaign, providing a glimpse into the various personalities and characters the investigators may encounter along the way. Also included are the handouts included at the back of the book. Some of the handouts are duplicated: those that are presented in the Introduction are also included in the Handouts section.
34 pages. Download the PDF here.