Call of Cthulhu
Interested in Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu? You're not alone! (unless a Wendigo, Flames, or the Dark are involved)
A Game with a Difference
"SINCE THE EARLY DAYS of the hobby, if you were to ask virtually any role-player what other game should be on the ideal RPG shelf (other than the ubiquitous Dungeons & Dragons), it’s likely the answer would be Call of Cthulhu."—Monte Cooke on Call of Cthulhu, in 100 Best Hobby Games.
Call of Cthulhu is a roleplaying game based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, in which the player characters are more or less normal people such as journalists, academics, dilettantes, detectives. They try to find the truth of all existence. In the course of their investigations, the players might find themselves fighting horrors from beyond space, cosmic horrors such as the Great Old Ones, and the madmen that serve them.
Call of Cthulhu is the definitive horror roleplaying game. Sandy Petersen's amazing creation introduced Cthulhu to mainstream media.
The Press Agrees - It is Amazing
Chaosium’s tabletop game is the antithesis of D&D. Heroic, sword-swinging adventures are out; eldritch horrors and insanity are in. It’s not an empowering RPG, where muscles and weapons can win the day. The players are attempting to understand and defeat an evil that can’t be harmed, solving mysteries that will surely drive them mad. Death is the least of their worries.
"No swords. No wizards. Just regular humans, in way over their heads as they work to uncover the mind-shattering horrors of the Lovecraftian mythos. That's the promise of the Call of Cthulhu RPG, and over 30 years later we're still coming back for more."
35 Years and Counting
Over 225,000 copies of Call of Cthulhu have been sold since it's release in 1981. Over 100 supplements have been printed for a total of 500,000 books sold over the last 28 years. Call of Cthulhu has won over 40 gaming awards including Best RPG of all time by readers of the Arcane magazine. In 1996, Call of Cthulhu was the second roleplaying game to be inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts and Design Hall of Fame. To this date, only two other RPG's share this honor.
Conquering the World
Call of Cthulhu has also been translated and published in Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Polish, Finnish, and Hungarian (the Russian edition is a pirate edition). Therefore an additional 300,000 non-english gamers have also answered the Call.
Call of Cthulhu is recognized as a true classic. This game continues to delight players after 35 years in a field where games generally disappear within three to five years after their release.