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Dockside Dogs is a modern-day, one-shot scenario for Call of Cthulhu for three to six players.

This was supposed to be a simple heist.

A group of well-dressed criminals arrive at a warehouse after pulling off an extraordinary crime. They know each other only by their pseudonyms - Mister Black, Mister Red, Mister Green, Mister Purple, Mister Beige and Mister Silver.

The plan is simply to sit tight until midnight when someone will arrive to ferry them - and the loot - across the bay to make a final delivery to the boss. Sounds easy, right?

But things take a turn for the weird; strange things happen in and around the warehouse. Things which make the criminals doubt the allegiances of the compatriots, their own sanity, and ultimately the very nature of reality.

It is going to be a long wait for the ferryman.

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 Full Fathom Five and My Little Sister Wants You to Suffer.

The previous edition of this scenario was a Platinum seller on DrivethruRPG. This new, updated version has been thoroughly revised, and includes a choice appearance/gender for each investigator.

Dockside Dogs is designed for use with the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game, and includes:

  • Character sheets designed specifically for this scenario;
  • 6 pre-generated characters for play;
  • A choice of 2 Black and white portraits for each of the investigators;
  • A plan of the warehouse;
  • Advice on how to run and present the scenario;
  • A separate file of handouts ready for you to print out at home.

Comments on the earlier edition:

“Anybody who is familiar with Paul's previous published scenarios will know that his work is extremely imaginative and, dare I say it, genre-expanding (certainly mind-expanding). This scenario has all those same hallmarks.” - dce

“I was lucky enough to play this scenario at Gencon a few years ago, and really, really enjoyed it - I think it was my favourite con game ever.” - lordof1

"Arguably one of the best modern CoC one-shots. Great for introducing new people to the game with little commitment. A great surprise/twist at the end. I have run this 11 times since purchase and plan to keep doing so." - Shannon M.

"I've played this once and run it 6 more times. Quick and easy to run. Players love it. Excellent intro to Call of Cthulhu" - Christopher S.

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 May 16, 2023 10:46 pm UTC
A printer friendly version would be nice; I didn't notice that it lacked that till after purchase (Full Fathom Five does). It is a bit of a pain to read.
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