A Campaign Across Asia For The World’s Best Horror Game!
A mysterious telegram plunges the investigators into an epic journey of intrigue and horror.
The Children of Fear is an epic, multi-part campaign for Call of Cthulhu. The scenarios within explore myths and legends of Central Asia and Northern India.
Chaosium Unveiled: Inside The Children of Fear
A Modular Campaign
This player-led campaign allows the investigators to determine the journey they take. In addition, the plot is designed to be flexible, allowing for different scales or types of Cthulhu Mythos involvement—all the way from the Outer Gods themselves down to a more low-key, occult-focused series of adventures. Guidance is provided for the Keeper to tailor the exact nature of the threat to best suit their group’s tastes.
Explore Asia Through The Cthulhu Mythos
The Children of Fear covers in detail the sights, encounters, and dangers found in Peking, Sian, the Taklamakan, Peshawar, and Kham. Investigators will travel from China, through Northern India, and on to Tibet. With detailed appendices covering travel, non-player characters, spells, a reference bibliography, and more, the book gives you everything you need to authentically create a unique experience at your gaming table.
Maps, Handouts, and Characters
A wealth of player hand-outs and maps enhance both the player experience and immersion. The Children of Fear includes six pre-generated characters so players can jump right into the action. A host of non-player characters, all with their own agendas, accompany new Cthulhu Mythos monsters for use in any Call of Cthulhu scenario.
Pulp Cthulhu Compatible
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What The Critics Say
"Unreservedly recommended... a gem and an instant classic"
— Paul St John Mackintosh, A review of The Children of Fear.
"This is another campaign you are going to want... Loaded with hand-outs, pre-generated characters, new monsters, new spells, and a ton of resources, The Children of Fear is more evidence that Chaosium has cracked the code on how to make a massive, sprawling campaign accessible."
— Andrew Logan Montgomery, The Children of Fear: A Call of Cthulhu Campaign.
"A huge and beautiful undertaking... The Children of Fear is obviously a labor of love, and definitely promising to take a place alongside Masks of Nyarlathotep and Horror on the Orient Express as one of the greats of Call of Cthulhu."
"The Children of Fear is a fantastic campaign, full of twists and more than a few gut punches. Hardy has struck a fine balance between crafting an experience ready to play as written and allowing Keepers the chance to storycraft to their own tastes. 9/10"
— The Gaming Gang, The Kids are NOT Alright!: Call of Cthulhu – The Children of Fear Reviewed.
"Highly Recommended – The adventure delivers on all of its promises and offers the best of what Call of Cthulhu has to offer: historical accuracy, world travel, monstrous foes, cults, grounded reasons for investigators to go on supernatural adventures, and plenty of Keeper and investigator/hero support."
— Charles Dunwoody, ENWorld, Embark on a Terrifying Journey in Call of Cthulhu’s The Children of Fear.
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- 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu
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- Full Color Hardcover
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- Lynne Hardy
- Cover Artist:
- Caleb Cleveland
- Interior Artists:
- Kristina Carroll, Caleb Cleveland, Mariusz Gandzel, Doruk Golcu, Katy Grierson, Sija Hong, Victor Leza, Pat Loboyko, Magda Mieszczak, Mali Ware
- Cartography and Handouts:
- Vandel J. Arden, Matt Ryan, Olivier Sanfilippo
- Nicholas Nacario
This is a well researched campaign with lots of historical information. One earlier review has it quite right, this is not your standard Mythos campaign. It's more of a travel through Asia and experience the otherness of a strange culture. Events and side quests happen and that's what this campaign is really about. Yes, there is a lot of hand holding by NPCs, but all decisions are made by the PCs. A much different campaign than what most CoC veterans are used to. This book also makes a very good reference book for the area, though like a lot of other CoC books, information is buried under lots of text and isn't easy to find. More than once, I've said, "Oh, wait I read this somewhere, and can't find it." Also during play, I found my players googling various things through sheer curiosity. Definitely worth getting.
Not only if this a beautifully designed and printed book, the detail and depth of the adventure within is brilliant. I’m in the midst of a session zero to get this up and running. On another note I had another order that had that, due to my own foolishness at the checkout screen had a hiccup in process and the helpful and timely manner with which the good folk at Chaosium helped me is to be applauded.
I ran “The Children of Fear” in a profoundly Pulpy mode for my players, all new to CoC, and they had a blast! They did not expect four big-budget musical numbers, or the huge volume of tantric Buddhist lore I could spout at them at the slightest provocation, and by the end they were cross-checking a heap of gorgeous maps and handouts to work out what was going on before it was too late. Highly recommended. Lynne Hardy handles a vast amount of material with a deft touch, delivering a memorable globe-trotting campaign that’s unlike anything else.
An enjoyable adventure filled with tension and intrigue. This campaign is open enough to have your players explore Asia but detailed so you can have them guessing and questioning their every move and encounter with every contact. A slow burn that allows you to ratchet up the tension with every chapter. Only complaint is it can take a little bit to get going. 4 stars.
Children of Fear describes itself as a campaign where "A mysterious telegram plunges the investigators into an epic journey of intrigue and horror." This could not be further from the truth. Children of Fear is completely devoid of both intrigue and horror, and any group looking for either of these mainstays of Call of Cthulhu will be severely disappointed. Does that make Children of Fear a bad product or a lousy campaign? Not at all. CoF is extensively researched. The book provides excellent historical, cultural, and religious knowledge to prospective keepers. Each character and every area is portrayed brilliantly, and players will feel immersed in the different cultures of Central Asia. The meat of this game is in the journey between locations, and each leg of the trip is exciting. You'll negotiate prices for hiring a caravan, squabble with diplomats and archeologists over ownership of artifacts, etc. However, that's it. That's what the game is about, and it does that well. If you are looking to play a game about 1920s explorers, I can think of none finer than this. There is no mystery to solve, though. There are no clues, no paper trail, no tomes of eldritch lore to pore over, no vicious cultists serving dark gods. Okay, there are *some* cultists. Specific spoilers ahead: the titular Children of Fear are a cult pulling the strings the whole time. The first 6 chapters take the players on a journey orchestrated in secret by the cult, and chapter 6 culminates in the party doing the cultists ritual for them! What this means is that the players have no enemy for most of the campaign, and no active involvement with anything supernatural. The cult sends the party vague visions and actively helps them gather the 3 macguffins they need. What this means is that the sense of paranoia and mystery that Call of Cthulhu depends on to build tension is totally gone. The bad guys are ensuring the party's success, so they are never in any danger for the first 3/4ths of this campaign. Even the Keeper doesn't meet the cultists till 300 pages in! Sure, investigators will worry about sandstorms and asiatic black bears, and those parts are written marvelously, but they don't hit the same as someone's sanity eroding from the horror they saw in the ancient tomb. Speaking of horrors, the monsters in CoF are interesting. They're mostly based on Hindu and Buddhist lore and are, as a result, not really threats to anyone. They want to protect ancestors in tombs, be left alone, etc. Again, fascinating history but a total lack of horror. I really hate assigning a number out of 5 to this. Children of Fear is a labor of love (and the physical product is impeccable, and the art is just gorgeous) and I want to like it, but it isn't for me. It won't be for a lot of people. As a horror campaign, Children of Fear is just terrible, but as a game of historical fiction, I can think of none better. Know which one you want before you go in.