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Chaosium is reprinting their second edition Call of Cthulhu boxset from 1981, both as a 1" box and a 2" box (as well as digital PDFs). All the content is the same, but they've reformatted them and cleaned things up, changed errata, etc, etc. It looks pretty sweet, if you ask me.

 

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https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaosium/call-of-cthulhu-classic

I have played CoC once or twice, but I don't own any of the content - I'm curious for anyone who has played multiple editions. Is this a good set to get as a beginner?

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1 hour ago, PhantomAsh said:

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/chaosium/call-of-cthulhu-classic

I have played CoC once or twice, but I don't own any of the content - I'm curious for anyone who has played multiple editions. Is this a good set to get as a beginner?

 

It's a good complete set for a beginner.  It's the classic 1920's era setting and they've included a good deal of extras to keep you going through a couple campaigns. 

 

However it's 2nd ed rules.  On the plus side you can get lots of 2nd ed stuff used or in pdf form.   On the negative side, the current rules are 7th ed  and stat conversions and character sheet adjustments may be necessary if you want to move to using more recently published material.   You will have to deal with changes anyway if you want to run the Gaslight setting, or Pulp Cthulhu, or others.  But CoC isn't a hard numbers game, it's more about atmosphere and role playing, IMO. 

 

If you're going to start a group with this, you might be able to pick up extra rulebooks on ebay and get free character sheets off the web.  The books are still around but I believe everything currently being published is in 7th ed. 

 

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Aaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhh. Okay. I'm in. Never played CoC, and this seems like a cool place to start.

 

I mean, who doesn't love an old-school 80s box set. 🥴

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2 hours ago, Inarah said:

It's a good complete set for a beginner.  It's the classic 1920's era setting and they've included a good deal of extras to keep you going through a couple campaigns. 

 

However it's 2nd ed rules.  On the plus side you can get lots of 2nd ed stuff used or in pdf form.   On the negative side, the current rules are 7th ed  and stat conversions and character sheet adjustments may be necessary if you want to move to using more recently published material.   You will have to deal with changes anyway if you want to run the Gaslight setting, or Pulp Cthulhu, or others.  But CoC isn't a hard numbers game, it's more about atmosphere and role playing, IMO. 

 

If you're going to start a group with this, you might be able to pick up extra rulebooks on ebay and get free character sheets off the web.  The books are still around but I believe everything currently being published is in 7th ed. 

 

 

I mean, if it's set in the 1920s, wouldn't playing with old rules be part of the charm? ::D: but yes, this is what most people said in response to my question in the kickstarter comments. I just packed a small amount at the moment and I'm sitting on it for the moment; the fact that it's a complete set with all the extra stuff is what makes it tempting; I understand there is a 7th ed starter set, but imo, those don't get you very far, and source books add up fast. I still don't own any of the current adventure books for DnD because those things run $65+ here in Canada. I've just been buying the rule books and supplemental rules to get those. This overall works out to be much, much better of a deal, for the price, to get into a new system.

 

Though it's possible CoC overall has a lower cost barrier - I haven't looked into it.

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I don't think much of CoC's %-based system, anyway. CoC originated with RuneQuest's "simulationist" rules, but, IMO, CoC should be a "narrative" game. That's why several more cinematic Cthulhu game systems (eg. Gumshoe) were developed. I even made a rules-light Cthulhu ruleset that uses just a d12 and some tokens, with the results oriented towards moving the plot forward, not skill checks.

 

That said, Chaosium's scenarios and supplements are some of the best-written RPG adventures out there. Or, at least, they're certainly not generic! I usually only pick up PDFs of scenarios nowadays because of their one-use nature (and the pictures make great handouts sometimes), and don't use supplements because my game preference is to focus on the plot and action.

 

That also said 🙂 I think it's great the Chaosium releases this set for those who have grown up with CoC. Do the usual due diligence, or just pick up PDFs from the Chaosium store or DriveThruRPG.

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I think this is a good way to get into the game....whether it's 2nd edition or not. It does state in the FAQ that there is a conversion document to go from other editions to 7th. Even if you get just the 1" box (basic rules, etc. but no supplements), it's worth the price. I'm in for the 2" box, as I don't have all the supplements offered.

Hopefully, if they have a pledge manager, other options will become available (adding pdf's, or others nice candy)


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BTW, CoC may still have its free Quickstart on the Chaosium website, or DriveThruRPG.

 

If you don't have a gaming group, they have a solo "Alone Against" series of adventures, that you don't need the rules for. 

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I see it! ::o:

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I want it! :wub:

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But I won't get it. ::(:

 

I already have too many unplayed games that are still in the original boxes and gathering dust (Feng Shui; Savage Worlds; Paranoia). Nostalgia can only go so far.

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5 hours ago, Cranky Dog said:

I see it! ::o:

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I want it! :wub:

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But I won't get it. ::(:

 

I already have too many unplayed games that are still in the original boxes and gathering dust (Feng Shui; Savage Worlds; Paranoia). Nostalgia can only go so far.

I have my 4th edition book. My 6e basic rules and 7e CoC. I'm good.

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2 hours ago, Olaf the Stout said:

I thought about it, but I have my 7E set plus HotOE and hope to buy MoN, so this would just be a bit of a vanity purchase.

I never even read or played both of those adventures, but they are such well known classics that I instantly recognized the names.

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5 hours ago, Cranky Dog said:

I never even read or played both of those adventures, but they are such well known classics that I instantly recognized the names.

Yeah, I figured I could just use the acronyms for them on this thread. They, along with BtMoM are probably the 3 classic CoC campaigns.

 

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I deeply dislike the 7th edition rules - they changed things without actually improving anything.

 

Plus, I have my double stitched 5th edition book, which can double as a bomb shelter.

 

2nd edition is pretty good, backwards and forwards compatible up to 6th edition, with minor tweaking. (I started with 1st edition. I'm old.)

 

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