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Call of Cthulhu Starter Set


Horror, Mystery and Investigation In A Box!

The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set contains everything you need to play the world’s best roleplaying game of horror, mystery and investigation!

Updated for the 40th Anniversary of Call of Cthulhu

What is Roleplaying?

In a roleplaying game, everyone works together in a team, each playing an investigator character. One player runs the game—the Keeper of Arcane Lore—who referees the game and presents the story and adventure plots to the other players.

Dice and the rules of the game determine the success or failure for your character’s actions—all while you are propelled into dramatic and nerve-tingling situations! The emphasis is on having fun.

Promotional image of the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set

What's Inside

The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set contains books, dice, premade character sheets, maps, and enough content to keep a group busy for several roleplaying sessions.

This updated Starter Set also includes:

  • New box art by Lin Hsiang
  • Updated interior book cover designs
  • All errata and corrections
  • 40th Anniversary Investigator Sheets

Rules & Dice


Three softcover manuals broken into rules and scenarios to guide you in playing Call of Cthulhu. The box also includes all the dice you need to play the game: a D4, D6, D8, D20, Percentile D10, and an extra D10 in a different color for use as a bonus/penalty die.

Rules Example of using luck

Solo Scenario


Learn to play in the best way possible—by playing! The special introduction “Alone Against The Flames”, a solo Call of Cthulhu scenario, teaches you the basic rules of the game and character creation as you find yourself in the rural New England town of Emberhead—but can you escape?

The end of the first entry in Alone Against the Flames


Three scenarios designed for 3, 4 and up to 5 players.

Breaking in

In Paper Chase, the search for a missing professor leads to a grizzly discovery.


Edge of Darkness sees a group of investigators fulfill the wish of a dying friend, and attempt to undo the mistakes of the past.

The Funeral Procession

Finally, in Dead Man Stomp, Harlem and jazz music serve as a backdrop to the nefarious schemes of an alien god.

Maps & Handouts

Brutal Murder

Player aids are an essential component to Call of Cthulhu gameplay. Each scenario has its own collection of maps, notes and player handouts. Each presented in full color, these play aids will enhance your gameplay, and help your players immerse themselves in each of the investigations.


What's Next?

Once you’ve devoured everything the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set has to offer, you’ll want to expand your horror experience with these! Just click on the images to get more information on each product.

Cover of the Keeper Rulebook

Keeper Rulebook: Everything you need for Call of Cthulhu at your fingertips, and will enhance all of your games.

Cover of the Investigator Handbook

Investigator Handbook: Expanded rules for creating players characters, a wealth of over 100 occupations and skill descriptions, as well as guidance on getting the most from the game.

Cover of Gateways to Terror

Gateways to Terror: Three short-play scenarios for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, ideal for beginning and experienced players and Keepers alike.

Cover of Doors to Darkness

Doors to Darkness: Five scenarios written especially for beginning Keepers and players of Call of Cthulhu.

Call of Cthulhu Logo for 7th Edition

Designed for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu. Get the rulebook here.

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Discussions (10)
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Richard B August 20, 2022 3:18 pm UTC
Does anyone know if the maps and handouts are parsed out, or part of a single PDF booklet?
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Anil D July 25, 2022 1:34 pm UTC
Where can I find the pre-generated character sheets?
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Anil D July 26, 2022 10:54 pm UTC
I found them on the Chaosium website.

here's the link:

Scroll near the bottom, and you will see the pre-generated character sheets under "Downloads for this Product".
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James L August 30, 2021 10:25 pm UTC
Does this version come with the digital maps, tokens, and/or DungeonDraft map with the visual and light layers? What PPI are the maps at? I'd trying to figure out which if any have maps at ~140-150PPI for VTT use. If those aren't available, I can scale down 300DPI print maps, but first I need to know which what is where. ;)
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Rick M September 09, 2021 2:02 pm UTC
The Starter was not specifically designed for use on VTT platforms. The PDFs are all at least 144 DPI or higher resolution. They are not layered. These PDFs are set up for reading on computers, tablets, and similar. This product does not have digital tokens.
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Michael O October 03, 2021 7:10 am UTC
While as Rick M says the PDF version of The Call of Cthulhu Starter Set was not specifically designed for VTT use, there are VTT versions of it. See the Astral link on this page, plus the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set is also available on Roll20.
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James L October 03, 2021 9:00 am UTC
Yeah.. No.. The Astral version and the Roll20 version are just links to unlock content on a webserver somewhere.

Neither one of them allows me to download content to run from home. Neither one allows to import content in to MY CHOICE of VTT platforms. I've already BOUGHT piles of Call of Cthulhu 7th Ed. content, but it's all useless to me until Chaosium releases the VTT content for the starter adventures...

My momma taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. So.. :|
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Simon G February 04, 2021 8:12 pm UTC

is there any chance of these adventures being converted for Fantasy Grounds?

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James L August 30, 2021 10:01 pm UTC
Blech! Switch to Foundry and support a community that builds features it's users NEED.

Anyway, there is a separate VTT bundle with this stuff in it. I was digging around to look for a VTT pack myself when I noticed that the author missed your question. ;)
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Rick M September 09, 2021 2:02 pm UTC
Fantasy Grounds is working on adding this product, but they have not provided us with an ETA for when they will have it ready.
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Jayme A July 29, 2020 1:33 am UTC
Can anyone tell me if this PDF is watermarked? I'd like to print out handouts and stuff but it's annoying to see my name across the bottom of handouts. :P
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Michael O December 01, 2020 2:02 am UTC
The files are not watermarked.
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William S October 12, 2019 3:16 pm UTC
Can the physical version still be bought?
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Michael O January 14, 2020 9:48 am UTC
Yes, at the Chaosium website, and in distribution elsewhere
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Dave T October 11, 2019 11:34 am UTC
Here is a video review that I made of the 7e system as a whole:
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Robert H February 18, 2019 6:55 pm UTC
My Book 4 Handouts and my Player Handouts are exactly the same except that the Player Handouts also include the pre-gen Character Sheets and the blank sheet. Is this correct? Why bother having a Book 4 Handouts file if they are all included in another download? Thanks.
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January 16, 2019 1:47 am UTC
The downloads appear to be missing the blank investigator sheets.
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