CALL OF CTHULHU

Asmodeus

Gazorpazorpdeus
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I notice we have more than a handful of Star Spawn on the site, so I thought I'd wave my plot at you and see how many tentacles wave back.


It's a story set in England in 1925, involving the Mafia, the Golden Dawn and the SS. You play as characters linked to either one of these factions or to the investigation of the death of James Kellogg, son of the US ambassador to England.


I have a vague grasp of the rules, so we could either do it with or without the system. I'll let the popular vote decide.
 

Jack Shade

Anti-Hero
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Magical, Fantasy, Supernatural, Sci Fi, Steam Punk, Noir, HORROR, and I'm willing to try Romance.

Vay

The Empress
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female
Genres
Mostly Fantasy and Sci-fi, though I’ll do anything if the plot is good.
I'd like to do it with the d100 system (I have the 5.6ed rulebook) but the d20 system is DnD compatible so would be easier for you (I have that too) Either way I'm game.
 

Childish Grumpino

"...before turning the gun on himself."
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Definitely game, but I'd suggest we either run it freeform or with a set of rules that are light and flexible enough to work over a forum.
 

Spammy

Swagolor Approved
Preferred Character Gender
Male
I've never been able to do a tabletop rules RP before(not from want of trying, though), but I'm game.
 

Asmodeus

Gazorpazorpdeus
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The system, as far as I remember, is quite simple...


You have skills with % values that you need to roll under to succeed with.

Then you have 3 core stats called KNOW (a % chance that you know something), IDEA (a % chance of getting a clue from the GM) and LUCK (a % chance of doing something lucky)

Then you have a sanity value which gets knocked around according to the horrors you experience.


Is that right, Vay?



We could just strip it down to the 3 core values: KNOW, IDEA & LUCK and run the entire game around those.
 

Vay

The Empress
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female
Genres
Mostly Fantasy and Sci-fi, though I’ll do anything if the plot is good.
Thats right, Also your maximum SAN decreases the more you learn about the true nature of the universe. And losing too much SAN too quickly leads to Fun.
 

Asmodeus

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Hmm.

So maybe just the three stats plus San damage. I can tell people when they need to roll, i.e. for plot-specific junctures, then leave the rest freeform.

*begins tinkering*
 

Vay

The Empress
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female
Genres
Mostly Fantasy and Sci-fi, though I’ll do anything if the plot is good.
You could pretty easily. Though SAN loss only happens if you PASS an IDEA roll first and fully comprehend what you're looking at, though for seriously disturbing situations failing only lessens the knock.
 
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Professor Crane

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The rules I saw, comprehending what you saw netted you 'Cthulu Mythos' points, which reduced how many San points you had the potential for getting.
While just seeing anything freaky would damage your current sanity, it also mentions that killing/defeating whatever caused the damage would restore some, and that the damage would be less severe from repeated exposure.
 

Vay

The Empress
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female
Genres
Mostly Fantasy and Sci-fi, though I’ll do anything if the plot is good.
Yeah your maximum sanity is 100 minus your mythos knowledge skill. Not that 100% knowledge means you know everything there is to know. As one guy one said: imagine the water in a glass is your sanity, they more sand you put in the less water the glass can hold. Now imagine the crushing weight of a truckload of sand.
 

Asmodeus

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Ah yes, a failed Idea roll means you bury/repress what you saw and it manifests as some other neurosis.

So sometimes it actually pays to be dumb.

In fact, ignorance is one of the best defences in this game.


Okay, I'll have the IC up shortly
 

Tegan

Hopeful Monster
Cool. *Makes the biggest, bimbo-iest, blond character she can think of.*

My hypothesis is that by the end of the game, when the rest of you are dead/crazy, she will be knocked down to somewhere around normal.
 

Vay

The Empress
Preferred Character Gender
Male, Female
Genres
Mostly Fantasy and Sci-fi, though I’ll do anything if the plot is good.
If she survives the other characters that is.....