Review on The Call of Cthulhu
The Call of Cthulhu RPG, created by the game legend Sandy Petersen, is the ultimate game in role-playing horror games that has won more than 40 awards, including participation in the Academy of Glory for Art and Adventure Design.
After thirty-four years and six editions, the Call of Cthulhu RPG remained one of the most famous, influential and imitative RPGs of all time. While other popular gaming systems experienced some dramatic transformations.
What has changed?
Call of Cthulhu RPG has always been about investigators, men and women, who are drawn into the mysteries of the myths of Cthulhu and are trying to contain, drive out or destroy their horrors. The usually chosen course of the game is to find hints and determine how to deal with the threat. This is rarely due to hostilities. Indeed, more important for a character than the Hit Points, are Sanity Points, a score rated on a scale of 0 to 100, with a higher level being better. When you encounter the horrors of Mythos, you run the risk of losing Sanity. Suffer enough, you go temporarily insane. Lose it all and your character is insane forever.
The system works like this: your investigator has nine characteristics; each of them is determined by the wheel of 3d6 roll or some variant. They also define “Hit Points” and “Magic Points”, as well as “Anger”. These are your innate attributes. In addition to them, you learn new skills, calculated on scales from 0 to 100%. To use these skills, you deploy against them on d00. The result of 96-00 is Fumble, a catastrophic failure. A failure above your skill level is a regular failure. A roll below your percentage is successful, and a roll of 01-05 is a critical success. Sometimes, rolling down below 1/5, your percentage also has a significant success.
So, what to do with the 7th edition? The bottom line is that there is nothing here that could persuade the fans of the 6th edition to bargain, but nothing hindered them. Changes in the rules, in fact, at the level of home rules, which can be easily implemented in previous releases. Similarly, there is nothing here that could convince Trail of Cthulhu or the Kingdom of Cthulhu fans to return. In the end, the big, fresh, Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition on Kickstarter is just the previous game with a fresh layer of paint, like any other previous release. The only difference this time is that the shade is slightly different.