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A scenario by Paul Fricker. Taking inspiration from Moby Dick, Full Fathom Five puts the players aboard a whaling vessel in 1847. As the ship sails across the Pacific Ocean strange and terrible events unfold.

You’ve been at sea for 13 months. There’s salt in your beard, and weevils in your biscuits!

The scenario is intended for four to six players, with advice included for running with fewer (all the way down to one Keeper and one player). The game usually runs in a single intense session of play.

Full Fathom Five is designed for use with the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, and includes:

  • Period character sheets designed specifically for this scenario;
  • Pre-generated characters for your players;
  • Black and white portraits for each of the 23 crew members;
  • Deck plans (2);
  • Crew rosters (one for the Keeper and one for the players);
  • Player handouts;
  • Advice on how to run and present the scenario;
  • A black & white version;
  • A separate file of handouts ready for you to print out at home.

Paul Fricker is co-author of the 7th edition Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook and Investigator Handbook, and has worked on many other Call of Cthulhu books including Cults of Cthulhu, Two-Headed Serpent and Masks of Nyarlathotep. Paul's other scenarios include My Little Sister Wants You to Suffer and Dockside Dogs.

"Fantastic game thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings. I felt that there was a real sense of inevitability about events but no loss of agency." - Lee Carnell, creator of

"Playing in this scenario was, no exaggeration, among the best Call of Cthulhu games I ever got to play in." - Keeper Chad of the Miskatonic University Podcast

NB Customers who have only purchased the POD version of this publication can email the author for a copy of the handouts (

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K H A September 26, 2022 3:24 pm UTC
Does the PDF come with a printer friendly version (that is, a white background version).
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Paul F September 27, 2022 8:30 am UTC
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thorsten G December 09, 2021 4:12 pm UTC
Has it come to anyone's attention yet that the picture of Obed Reed is that of Vladimir Illyitsch Uljanow ("Lenin") disguised as a train-driver when he had to flee Petrograd to Finland in 1917? :-)
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Matthew B December 02, 2022 11:20 pm UTC
For Lenin to be on whaling vessel in 1847 is just further proof that he was, in fact, a mushroom.
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Andrew C May 14, 2021 8:51 pm UTC
Hi, I bought the Softcover, but not the PDF. It fantastic and I'd really like to run it on Roll20, is there somewhere to get the file of handouts? Or is that exclusive to those who bought the PDF? Thanks, Andrew
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Paul F May 15, 2021 11:06 am UTC
Hi Andrew, thanks for your comment, in response I've added a line to the end of the product desription as follows: “NB Customers who have only purchased the POD version of this publication can email the author for a copy of the handouts (” This won't include the wonderful artwork though.
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Andrew C May 15, 2021 1:07 pm UTC
Thanks Paul, That's awesome ... it will save me having to type PC biographies into the Roll20 character sheets. All the best, Andy
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