Category Archives: Trail of Cthulhu

The Mystery & The Problem

In most mysteries, the investigator’s discovery of the crime restores the world to rights. The detective figures out that the butler did it, and the police arrest the murderer. The crime and its cover-up are an aberration, and uncovering them means the laws and morality of wider society can reassert themselves. The Cthulhu Mythos doesn’t […]

A Reappraisal of Th’rygh

For the last, er, twenty-five years or so, I’ve run a Cthulhu game every year at Warpcon. In recent years, they’ve been playtests or first drafts of material intended for publication – scenarios like A Cigarette, a Blindfold and You or, for that matter, Cthulhu City began life as con scenarios. But the early scenarios […]

My Sanity Is False! Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Cthulhu

by Tony Williams (you can download a crib sheet here for this variant rule). Here is a suggested rule variant for Trail of Cthulhu to make the dance towards insanity more peripatetic. I wanted to bring the sense of teetering over the abyss of insanity more to the fore. One false step and your investigator would […]

Restorers of Pnakotus

An alien being for Trail of Cthulhu In the impossibly ancient past, mental energy beings known as the Yithians held dominion over the world, occupying the bodies of cone-shaped non-humanoids native to the earth. To manage their authoritarian regime, they engineered a number of sapient servitor species. Many eventually rebelled against their creators, but one […]

Qotha-Nhur’rin

  In Episode 480 of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, we used the essential elements of Mythos deities to create a new dread entity, Qotha-Nhur’rin, the Destruction at the Heart of Creation. Here she is, in Trail of Cthulhu Mythos god format. “Everything was horribly damp and bedewed, and I thought I saw an […]

Ken and Robin’s Essential Elements of a Mythos God

In Episode 478 of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, we laid out the common elements of Cthulhu Mythos deities. For posterity and ease of searching, here’s the list of necessary ingredients we arrived at. Cosmic Scale: The entity’s existence is not localized to a single culture or for that matter to one planet. Instead […]

Call of Chicago: The Dream-Quest of Gertrude Abercrombie

“Surrealism is meant for me, because I am a pretty realistic person but don’t like all I see. So I dream that it is changed. Then I change it to the way I want it. It is almost always pretty real. Only mystery and fantasy have been added. All foolishness has been taken out. It […]

Variant Uses For Sense Trouble

Sense Trouble’s an unusual General Ability – it’s called for by the Keeper, not the players, and it gives information instead of accomplishing a task (even if the only information it gives is “Agh! Run away!”,  which, to be fair, is highly useful in a Cthulhu game). It’s hard to know how much Sense Trouble […]

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