Tag: The Cthulhu Hack

May 18, 2016

Adopt, Adapt and Overcome

While clearly named The Cthulhu Hack, in honour of the dread Old One, the nature of the Hack means you can handle any investigation using the system’s associated mechanics. Both Smokes and Flashlights serve as a medium for a little luck, a bit of insight and a knack for finding the half-hidden or forgotten. Like the investigators in a US procedural or a British Christie-style […]

May 17, 2016

A Call from the Trail

In completing playtesting for The Cthulhu Hack, I made a point of using adventures from other varieties of Cthulhu. Both Chaosium and Pelgrane do Cthulhu rather well. The Cthulhu Hack looks to run Cthulhu, too; it just looks to do them simpler. Both Call and Trail of Cthulhu look to recreate a sense of Lovecraftian horror. Investigators from fairly common occupations get mixed up in […]

May 16, 2016

The Save

You might not appreciate the real difference between a Save and any other non-equipment roll you make in a game of The Cthulhu Hack. They’re quite different. (Actually, the current version of the rules references Tests rather a lot and these will be switched to Saves in the next revision for absolute clarity!) Saves handle risk and danger. If your character faces the prospect of damage, […]

May 13, 2016

More Cthulhu, More Cake

I have a birthday weekend ahead of me, so unlikely to spend much time actually creating any new content or materials. However, that’s not to say that I haven’t been at work on some level or another. I have ordered proof copies of a couple of format styles for The Cthulhu Hack book with the aim of having these available at UK Games Expo. While I […]

May 12, 2016

The Hacked Haunting

In running one of my playtest sessions for The Cthulhu Hack, I decided to use an old Call of Cthulhu classic – The Haunting – to see if I could handle a conversion. You can get hold of the original for free as part of the Quick Start for 7th Edition or earlier editions. I remember playing The Haunted House (as it was called) back in […]

May 11, 2016

The Cthulhu Hack on RPGNow

I’m really pleased to announce the official Version 1 release of The Cthulhu Hack through OneBookShelf websites. After a crash course in hacking, drafting, writing and playtests, the 42-page hack of The Black Hack takes the fast playing OSR system into the world of H P Lovecraft. Battle cultists and the servitors of the Mythos, while the Old Ones slumber, undulate or cavort at the heart […]