Advanced Search

APOCTHULHU Quickstart Rules
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

APOCTHULHU Quickstart Rules

Watermarked PDF
Suggested Price $4.50

Horror Roleplaying in Terrifying Realms of Lovecraftian Apocalypses.

Lovecraftian roleplaying typically sees brave Mythos investigators foiling plots to corrupt our familiar world. But what happens when the heroes DON’T save the day? When the cult’s apocalyptic schemes succeed? What comes next? That’s what APOCTHULHU is about.

APOCTHULHU is a tabletop roleplaying game from Cthulhu Reborn that lets you explore many different past or future worlds where the Mythos somehow took control. Perhaps human civilizations fell when Shub-Niggurath bestowed a terrible gift of fertility on the Earth? Or when Nyarlathotep’s words seduced superpowers into mutual annihilation? Did R’lyeh rise, waking you-know-who?

APOCTHULHU is built upon a simple yet elegant d100 system. Players take on the roles of everyday people who are Survivors in a Post-Apocalyptic world. Game mechanics emphasize the lethality of life in the fallen world, in terms of threats to health and sanity. Rules also cover scavenging equipment and resources, often the only way Survivors can obtain scarce supplies.

By investigating horrors of the Post-Apocalyptic world and defeating their schemes and agents, Survivors might just guarantee their community lives to carry on the fight. Or they might unearth secrets that can one day overthrow the Mythos overlords.

The APOCTHULHU Quickstart is a beautifully illustrated 72-page book presenting:

  • a simplified but feature-complete version of the game rules, which can have you up and running APOCTHULHU in minutes,
  • rules for generating player character Survivors,
  • six pre-made Survivor characters which can be used to pick up and play immediately,
  • an example Lovecraftian Post-Apocalypse, and
  • an introductory scenario, "Amber Waves" which puts the Survivors in the middle of a dangerous situation in the overgrown ruins of rural Kansas town.

Whether you want a ready-made one-shot, or an ongoing campaign of gritty survival horror, APOCTHULHU is your gateway to nightmarish versions of humanity’s past or future.

Do you have what it takes to be an Apocalypse Survivor?

This detailed and lavishly illustrated 72-page Quickstart presents a cut-down version of the full APOCTHULHU rules, which will be available as a separate core rulebook in future.

An APOCTHULHU resources page may be found on the Cthulhu Reborn site which offers items to supplement the Quickstart and make it easier and quicker to start playing.

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (1)
Discussions (5)
Customer avatar
Matthew R September 27, 2021 3:46 pm UTC
This is listed as 73 pages, but the POD Quickstart Rules ( are listed as 76 pages. The listed file size is the same for both products. Is there actually any difference in contents between the two? Does the POD version have extra blank pages in the PDF or something, or is one of the page counts incorrect?
Customer avatar
Dean E September 27, 2021 10:43 pm UTC
The content is the same -- because the printed version needed to have a pagecount that was a multiple of 4 we added a couple of pages of advertisements and a blank page at the end.
Customer avatar
adam B October 04, 2020 6:12 pm UTC
i can a fillable character sheet please, or a separated pdf for the character sheet as currently it's just inside the book
thank you
Customer avatar
adam B October 04, 2020 6:28 pm UTC
nvm I found them sry
Customer avatar
Dean E October 05, 2020 10:06 am UTC
No problems, Adam. Glad you found the files.

For anyone else who's in search of character sheets (including fillable form versions), there is an APOCTHULHU support page on the Cthulhu Reborn blog that collects this kind of info. You can reach it at:
Customer avatar
Gary F June 01, 2020 3:17 pm UTC
I like how this includes innovations from several different BRP derived games.
Customer avatar
May 31, 2020 12:40 pm UTC
Look very alike to last Delta Green with bonds and combat and this good. Will be waiting for full version to play in Apocalypses theme.
Customer avatar
Chad B May 31, 2020 11:57 pm UTC
You are correct. The system is the Misery Engine, which is also used by Delta Green. It's been modified in some ways to better suit the post-apocalypse world(s).
Customer avatar
derek R May 30, 2020 3:35 pm UTC
Looks great! When is the core book going to be released?
Customer avatar
Dean E May 31, 2020 12:00 am UTC
It's planned for (virtual) GenCon 2020, or sometime thereabouts.
Customer avatar
derek R May 31, 2020 3:49 am UTC
Cool will be looking forward to that!
Browse Categories
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!
 Recent History

Product Information
Silver seller
Rule System(s)
Publisher Stock #
File Size:
25.25 MB
Original electronic
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Information
Watermarked PDF
Watermarked PDF

These PDF files are digitally watermarked to signify that you are the owner. A small message is added to the bottom of each page of the PDF containing your name and the order number of your purchase.

Warning: If any files bearing your information are found being distributed illegally, then your account will be suspended and legal action may be taken against you.

Here is a sample of a page from a watermarked title:

File Last Updated:
May 29, 2020
This title was added to our catalog on May 29, 2020.