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Call of Cthulhu Starter Set

Call of Cthulhu Starter Set


All you need to enjoy Horror Roleplaying!

All the items from the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set

A World of Mystery, Horror and Adventure in a Box!

This Starter Box contains everything you need to start playing Call of Cthulhu—the tabletop roleplaying game of mystery and horror.

Players take on the role of investigators of mysteries, uncovering dark secrets, encountering strange monsters, and thwarting sinister cults. Together, you and your friends create and develop a story in which each of your characters plays a leading role, which could be foiling some dastardly plot or stopping horrors from beyond space and time!

Roleplaying gaming is a social pastime. 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. Think of it a bit like acting in a drama, but where there isn’t a script. 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.

Investigator with beast behind him

Inside This Package

  • Book 1: Introduction and Alone Against The Flames—a solo introductory adventure, teaching you the basics of Call of Cthulhu as you play through a mystery.
  • Book 2: Call of Cthulhu Starter Rules—the essential rules, everything needed for starting play.
  • Book 3: Adventures—three starter adventures for your players to explore.
  • Ready to Play Investigators—five ready to play game characters.
  • Blank Investigator Sheets—ready for creating your own investigators.
  • Player Handouts – a set of ready to use props.


This box comes packed with four classic adventures for over twenty hours of game play.

  • Alone Against The Flames
  • Paper Chase
  • Edge of Darkness
  • Dead Man Stomp

Call of Cthulhu is the definitive mystery and horror roleplaying game and has won over 40 awards, including being inducted into the Academy of Adventure Gaming Art and Design Hall of Fame. When you are ready to delve deeper into the game, expand your fun with the 7th edition Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook and Investigator Handbook.

What the Critics Say

2019 ENnie Awards - Call of Cthulhu Starter Set - Best Rules (Gold)

"The best introduction to Call of Cthulhu and best starter set for any roleplaying game currently available."— Reviews from R’lyeh.

"Chaosium have done an excellent job creating a gateway, a hell-portal if you will, into the world of Cthulhu-based RPGing at a super affordable price."— boingboing.

"The gold standard [of Starter Sets] at the moment, and for good reason."— Refereeing and Reflection.

"Everything you need to get your feet wet is in this box… a beautifully put together, carefully thought out collection that allows people to learn the game easily and relatively quickly. …If Call of Cthulhu interests you, this is currently the best investment you can make."— Never Read the Latin.

"A Slam dunk... an investment that pays off many times over. Get this if you want to start gaming with the Mythos. Everything you need to play and start checking out the rules, plus a good bit more."— Burning Luck Reviews.

"Freaking Fantastic! … this big beautiful box contains everything a new player would need to get started playing."— Seth Skorkowsky.

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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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David 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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