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Cthulhu Dark is a tabletop roleplaying game of cosmic horror, in the style of H.P. Lovecraft.

It's about the things we fear, amplified until they are unbearable. It's about stories that genuinely creep you out, not well-worn tropes and creatures you've seen hundreds of times before.

And it's about bleak horror, in which humans are powerless when confronted by hyperintelligent alien horrors. You can't beat them. You can't fight them. You can only watch, run, hide and fear.

If you love Cthulhu games already, then this is Lovecraftian horror at its most intense. If you're new to them, then Cthulhu Dark is a great place to start. You'll enter a world of stories that are both terrifying and terribly human.

The rules are incredibly short: they're tightly focussed on horror and they drive the game.

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Maja K February 24, 2024 5:22 pm UTC
How can I go about publishing content for Cthulhu Dark (such as adventures, scenarios)? Is it even possible?
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Mariana B January 27, 2023 11:26 pm UTC
I’d love a hard copy does anyone know where I can find one?
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Graham W February 06, 2023 6:07 pm UTC
Hi Tomboi, I know that All Rolled Up in the UK have them. There might be individual stores in the US too.
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Mathieu B October 14, 2022 7:15 am UTC
What a wonderful game! Start a session in less than five minutes, even with RPG beginners... I love it.
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David J January 02, 2021 9:27 am UTC
A preview of only the ToC, but no rules mechanics, is 100% not helpful as a sales tool.

Please consider expanding the preview to include some rules, maybe a little character generation.

Also, the game is $2 cheaper at your direct web site.
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Graham W January 02, 2021 5:50 pm UTC
Thanks! I've expanded the preview.

And, yes, there's a small discount if people buy it direct. I think I'll keep that for the moment.
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John-Paul S January 02, 2021 4:55 am UTC
Can you give us some idea of how the mechanics work?
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Graham W January 02, 2021 5:52 pm UTC
They're really short: have a look at the original two-page version, which you can find here.

What you get in this version is lots of guidance on how to use the rules, write a mystery and so on, plus four settings and scenarios.
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Robert P January 02, 2021 12:48 am UTC
Is this a revised version?
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Graham W January 02, 2021 5:53 pm UTC
This is the full rulebook, which is nearly 200 pages, which formed part of the Kickstarter in 2017.

It's been available on other sites before, but I thought it was time to list it on DriveThruRPG.
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Robert P January 02, 2021 5:59 pm UTC
Ah I see... I backed the kickstarter. I just didn't want to miss out on anything new. Thanks for the quick reply. :)
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