Crypt of Cthulhu

crypt of cthulhu cover

Compared to most games, Trail of Cthulhu is hardly complex mechanically, but for the past 10 years I’ve increasingly preferred simpler games.

(There’s a limit though. Completely freeform, stat-free games can be fun as one-shots, but they leave me hungry for something, anything, to study and ponder at the table.)

This is Crypt of Cthulhu, a hack of Trail that takes some inspiration from Cthulhu Dark and Barbarians of Lemuria, but also standardises some of the traits in Trail. I think it works surprisingly well.


Cthulhu Dawn – Proto Edition


Cthulhu Dawn - Proto Edition

As much as I love extremely grim and gritty games, I can also be extremely silly. That’s why I seem to be one of the only people who thought it was a natural fit to mash together Cthulhu Dark, the bleak and unforgiving game of cosmic horror with Og, the cavefolk game of slapstick hilarity.

So, here it is in all it’s glory: Cthulhu Dawn – Proto Edition.

I’ve pitched to run it many times, but only managed to persuade two small groups to play it. If you ever do, let me know how it goes!