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Cthulhu Dark Ages is a world lit only by fire. The ancient empires collapsed centuries ago, taking their culture and learning with them. It’s a dark world and people are right to be afraid of the dark. Apart from the Viking raiders, witches, and outlaws, there are the unquiet dead, ancient horrors, and other malevolent beings stalking the countryside. Dark entities, beyond good and evil, wait hidden in the recesses of time and the angles of space. A few brave souls try their best to resist the horrors and push them back from whence they came.


Will you be one of them?

With the 3rd Edition, Cthulhu Dark Ages has been updated for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition, completely revised and includes a wealth of new setting material. Inside you will find a player’s guide to the Dark Ages, an optional Sanity mechanic for mirroring the medieval mindset, rules for the oral tradition of storytelling and mounted combat, a grimoire of Dark Age spells plus optional rules for Folk Magic, a bestiary of monsters, as well as a fully detailed setting—the Anglo-Saxon community of Totburh in England’s Severn Valley, full of interesting characters, dwelling descriptions, and a multitude of plot hooks for Keepers to use and develop.

This new 3rd edition comes in full color, with additional material concerning poetry and kennings, the written word, using the Oral Tradition in games, amulets, further use of Sanity in the setting, Paganism, and Norse Paganism.


  • Introduction and Foreword
  • Anglo-Saxon England
  • A to Z of the Dark Ages
  • Dark Age Investigators
  • Game System
  • Investigative Horror in the Dark Ages
  • The Cthulhu Mythos in the Dark Ages
  • Bestiary
  • The Community of Totburh
  • Scenarios
  • Appendices 

Three ready-to-play scenarios introduce players to the world of Cthulhu Dark Ages, building on the tensions, characters, and horrors lurking in Toburh and the lands surrounding the community.

  • The Hunt—wherein a terrifying wolf is troubling the community of Totburh and must be dealt with. This short adventure provides the perfect introduction to the Dark Ages setting.
  • The Doom That Came to Wessex—all is not well at the Monastery of S. Swithun, with an attack leaving some of the monks dead or injured. Something foul is afoot threatening the very sanctity of the monastery.
  • Eseweald—Oswyn, the thegn of Totburh, is concerned about the disappearance of his son, sent on a diplomatic mission to calm tension with a neighboring community, who seems to have vanished without a trace in the dark foreboding Eseweald forest

The book is rounded out with comprehensive appendices containing a Dark Ages Glossary of historical terms, a Timeline covering 950–1054 CE, a Who’s Who of notable historical people, kings, and popes, and a bibliography of texts and sources of inspiration. 

Throughout, advice and guidance on running adventures and presenting the world of the Dark Ages is provided.


With nothing but candle light and your wits, your journey into the Dark Ages begins...

This supplement is best used with the CALL OF CTHULHU (7th Edition) roleplaying game and optionally PULP CTHULHU, available separately.

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Ed S October 30, 2021 6:45 am UTC
aw come on... the preview is just the backside of the character sheet.
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Chris M May 10, 2022 7:07 pm UTC
Yeah that is pretty lame.
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Tibor S May 17, 2022 4:22 pm UTC
Agree, pretty lame solution :(
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Phillip G January 14, 2021 8:40 am UTC
Was looking for a 7th edition dark ages book and for some reason, this wasn't grouped with the other 7th edition book. Also, the preview only shows the second page of the character sheet.
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Donny S September 24, 2020 2:40 pm UTC
I just recently purchased a hardcover version of Dark Ages 2nd edition, then I found out about that 3rd edition is out is there much of a change from 2nd to 3rd edition?

do we have an estimated release date for the hardcover version?
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Robert L March 26, 2020 1:57 am UTC
I am very disappointed that under Chaosium's new leadership books continue to be printed with gorgeous interiors for those who can see them, but practically useless for those who cannot make out the words from the backgrounds. Why not print in high contrast, like many other companies? Why not offer .pdfs with layers that can be turned off? This book, along with many others, would be in the instabuy category for me, but for this very small (read: huge) issue.
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albert R February 25, 2020 11:24 am UTC
The preview here is only maps. Cant you show us the first few pages like in other regular previews on here?
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Rick M March 21, 2020 9:28 pm UTC
We don't have a way to tell it which file to preview so you were seeing the handouts. That has been corrected and you should see the main book as I deleted and re-uploaded the handouts. The quick preview is working. The full preview wasn't working, but maybe because I just changed the files.
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Alan H February 23, 2020 11:13 am UTC
I have the original release of Cthulhu Dark Ages and I now have the 7th Edition core rules. Is it worth the cost of upgrading to this 7th Edition of Dark Ages or is it just as easy to use the conversion rules to adapt my Dark Ages to 7th edition? I have previously downloaded 7th Edition Character Sheets for Dark Ages from Chaosium. so I am able to adapt the existing characters to 7th Edition.
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Michael O February 25, 2020 3:10 am UTC
While you can use the conversion guide to easily update the original CDA to 7th Ed, note that Cthulhu Dark Ages 3rd Edition is a substantial rewrite of the original, with a completely different setting (Anglo Saxon England) and three new scenarios.
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Brandon S March 31, 2020 9:47 pm UTC
I own the GenCon 2015 release. While the art and layout is all new, just from the preview copy I can tell you this is a must have. The amount of information on the Dark Ages in this is amazing. It covers everything you need to make your games feel like 1000 AD and not just a pseudo-medieval setting. Its focus on Anglo-Saxon England allows it to zoom in on a specific location, and comes complete with a Dark Ages version of the Severn Valley (from Ramsey Campbell's works).
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Ed S October 30, 2021 6:43 am UTC
Thanks, Brandon
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Alex T February 20, 2020 10:18 pm UTC
Is this a full game, or is CoC needed with it?
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Michael O February 22, 2020 11:30 pm UTC
This is a supplement for Call of Cthulhu 7th ed, so the rules are also needed.
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Francesco M March 16, 2020 8:07 am UTC
You need the rules but you can use the free quickstart rules
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Neil S February 18, 2020 7:49 am UTC
Will this be POD?
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Michael O February 18, 2020 12:13 pm UTC
No, hardback version will be available later in the year from Chaosium and in distribution.
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Chris M February 20, 2020 10:20 am UTC
You're better off buying the PDF directly from Chaosium as you get a voucher for the price of the pdf against the purchase of the print edition when it is published. AFAIK you don't get this with a purchase from DTRPG.
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Michael O February 22, 2020 11:28 pm UTC
That is correct - the coupon for the physical copy only applies when purchasing direct from
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