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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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: this product listing is for the softcover print version of this title. If you wish to obtain a PDF version, the same content is available Pay-What-You-Want as a separate DTRPG product listing.

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.

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Henrik E November 24, 2023 1:32 pm UTC
For some reason, I'm not allowed to post a review, so I'll place it here as a comment instead. Had great fun setting up and running a small mini-campaign using the sub-setting where the world is covered by the lush green curse of Shub-Niggurath. Really liked the setting, and my players had great fun. Would consider buying the full rules next time we come around to have Cthulhu on our to-do list.
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peter W July 31, 2020 5:54 pm UTC
£14 for a printed quick start, is a little extreme...
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Dean E July 31, 2020 11:32 pm UTC
Bear in mind it *is* a 76-page softcover book, which we admit is unusually large for an RPG Quickstart.

The full contents of the Quickstart are also available in electronic form as a PWYW title here:
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Robert P July 31, 2020 11:48 am UTC
If I purchase this quick-start pdf will I get the core rules when it's released? Or do I have to buy that one too? Because if the latter was the case, I'd just wait for the core rules to be completed. Thanks, Rob.
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Dean E July 31, 2020 12:15 pm UTC
The Quickstart and the core book are two separate titles, so purchasing the softcover printed QS won't reduce the cost of the future release.

However, if you're talking PDFs rather than print then you can get the Quickstart PDF as a PWYW title (free if you want) over here:

Of course you may already own that PDF, in which case the best answer for you might be to wait a little for the full version of the rulebook and just run with the free PDF until then.

It is worth mentioning, though, that the Quickstart has a scenario ("Amber Waves" by Chad Bowser) that is unique to that book and won't be reprinted in the core book, so if you want that in print the only option is to purchase this softcover.
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Robert P July 31, 2020 1:25 pm UTC
Thanks for the info! I think I'll wait for the full pdf release. Thanks!
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