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Cthulhu Eternal - Age of Revolutions SRD

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“..a brotherhood kept alive from age to age ... as a hero an ancient Chaldean sorcerer surviving in the pristine bloom of youth to perish on the guillotine of the French Revolution.”

 

IMPORTANT NOTE: This PDF contains the text of a full set of rules for a (setting-independent) RPG which embraces Lovecraftian investigations in historical periods spanning 1750 to 1850. In OGL terms it is a “System Reference Document” (or SRD). While the rules contained in this PDF give you everything that you’d need to run a game they are not illustrated, typeset, or furnished with detailed examples as you would expect from a core RPG rulebook. Neither do they describe a particular game world, with a set of monsters, rituals, tomes and the like (although guidelines for building and encountering such elements are fully described).


Cthulhu Eternal is a multi-era, setting agnostic ruleset which aims to support inventive game designers who have original ideas for Lovecraftian roleplaying games or scenarios. It draws upon the long line of D100 games of Cthulhu-themed investigation, offering a beautifully streamlined and elegant set of mechanics to support a diverse range of gaming styles.

Different eras of human history each have their own flavor and character – due in part to the technology available, and in part due to social conventions of the day. Recognizing this, Cthulhu Eternal exists as a family of inter-related rules engines – each based on the same mechanics but tailored to the needs of a specific era.

This version of Cthulhu Eternal is specially designed to support Lovecraftian games set in the period from approximately 1750 to 1850. This was an era when the world was on fire, buring with the flames of Revolution (both literally and figuratively). It was the century which saw both the American and French Revolutions, as well as several epic, globe spanning wars (the Napoleonic Wars and the Seven Years' War/French and Indian War, just to name a couple). It is also the century in which the colonial expansion of the European powers -- and their brutal oppression of indigenous peoples across many continents -- was at its absolute peak. It's the time of the founding of the penal colonies of Australia, but also the time when the so-called Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution were placing science and engineering ahead of centuries' worth of superstition and tradition. This era also spawned the first of the bleak novels that would later be called "gothic", as well as the genteel society of the Regency period.

Regardless of whether you wish to weave your Lovecraftian tales in amongst the tumult and upheaval of war, or in quiet places where the distraction of such world re-shaping events has allowed dark things to grow unnoticed ... the Age of Revolutions offers many intriguing opportunities. If you're willing to scratch the surface of its often-brutal world ...

Other versions of Cthulhu Eternal currently available in SRD form:

More titles are planned as future releases.

Contained within the 100+ page PDF, you will find rules covering the following topics:

Part 1: Rules of the Game

  • 1.0          Core Game Concepts
  • 2.0          Creating Protagonists (the term given to player characters in Cthulhu Eternal)
  • 3.0          The Game (skills, tests, willpower)
  • 4.0          Combat
  • 5.0          Equipment
  • 6.0          Vehicles
  • 7.0          Sanity
  • 8.0          Downtime (developing protagonists between adventures)

Part 2: Game Moderator Resources

  • 9.0          Maddening Revelations
  • 10.0        Supernatural Effects

Part 3: Game Building Resources

  • 11.0       Designing New Archetypes
  • 12.0       Translating Creatures from D100 Games
  • 13.0       Gumshoe Creature Conversion

For convenience, this pack also includes two versions of the Cthulhu Eternal Age of Revolutions character sheet. One is a high-resolution non-fillable PDF, suitable for printing. The other is a fillable PDF sheet which will ONLY work with the full version of Adobe Reader – save the file to a local drive and open it using the Adobe Reader App (using it in-browser or on mobile devices won’t work).

Character Sheet Front Character Sheet Back

WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS SRD?

We are releasing this SRD to support community creators who would like to produce their own original Lovecraftian RPG creations, but who need a free and open set of rules to serve as a foundation to their own creative endeavors. As such, there are no real limitations on what you can do with this material (other than those described in the Open Game License).

Some examples of ways this SRD could be used:

  • Do you have some old Lovecraftian scenarios sitting around gathering dust for want of a free and open game system to use in their publication? Why not convert the scenario to work with Cthulhu Eternal, release them and direct readers to download this SRD to run them? Or even talk to us about bundling the SRD with the scenario PDF itself?
  • Do you have a fantastic idea for an innovative Lovecraftian game but the thought of having to re-create all the “nuts and bolts” of a game system is a distraction from your high concept? Well, you could always recycle some or all of the mechanics in this SRD to be those “nuts and bolts.” Because the material is virtually 100% open content, you can copy/paste whatever rules you want into your original creation (as long as you release under the OGL and credit us as per the requirements of the license).


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File Last Updated:
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This title was added to our catalog on August 29, 2022.