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Three Scenarios for Call of Cthulhu

A disappearance. 

A plea for help. 

The strike of sudden madness.

Fear forms where shadows begin. The Cthulhu Mythos hovers at the edges of reason and sanity. With their courage and intelligence, investigators can dare the unknown and the unknowable, and roll back a little of the darkness.

Three new mysteries lure the investigators into the penumbra of the Mythos. Each adventure is sanity- and life-threatening, but also includes much evidence-gathering and serves to promote discussion and generous teamwork. The scenarios are apt for new investigators. Each can be played through in an evening or two.

The many illustrations and maps, and their more than forty handouts make these adventures unusually accessible and easy to present.

Includes the adventures Devil's Hole, In the Shadows of Death, and Song of the Spheres by Gary Sumpter.


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oliver B January 09, 2022 8:45 am UTC
I've played CofC since 1986 and I'd say this is fairly typical of the newer stuff coming out which is more adult and sick in nature , I didn't find any of the scenarios useful and for me it is a total dud.
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Christopher D March 10, 2020 4:51 pm UTC
I am fairly sure that the book already has a warning,
but for those who have sensitive or younger players know that at least one of the adventures in here is a tad "spicy" in adult content and themes, including direct themes of Racism, the fallen south, at least one questionable sexual relationship, and a potentially very awful end for a female PC who gets under the clutches of a certain lesser outer god.

This should not discourage you from purchasing it, just wanted to get it out there so it would not come as much of a surprise to you as it did to me.
This is NOT a mark against the module by any means, as I actually appreciate a Call of Cthulhu scenario being willing to go into that kind of material as the content of a lot of modules read like something out of an especially dark YA novel, and I definitely appreciate a southern scenario setting in the ruins of an abandoned plantation, it's a large part of why I am running it for my group.

Also yes, the Scenario...See more
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Bret K December 08, 2015 2:20 pm UTC
Cthulhu Reborn has released a pay-what-you-want pack wherein the handouts are given a vastly improved (not just readable but done up like period documents) look as well as conversion notes for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition.
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Emanuel M August 07, 2014 10:40 pm UTC
Anyone else have a problem with being able to read the 'handout's since its black on grey?
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joshua O September 22, 2016 3:01 am UTC
Yeah. Chaosium in the mid 90s, sadly.
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Thomas C March 24, 2021 6:43 am UTC
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