Monday, 1 January Achtung! Cthulhu line, but the artwork made me think that it was a pulp game of fighting the Cthulhu Mythos during WW2 in the spirit of Hellboy. So when the Fate book was recently on sale, I picked it up as Fate or at least Fate Accelerated is currently my system of choice. So these are my thoughts on Achtung!
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Monday, 1 January Achtung! Cthulhu line, but the artwork made me think that it was a pulp game of fighting the Cthulhu Mythos during WW2 in the spirit of Hellboy.
So when the Fate book was recently on sale, I picked it up as Fate or at least Fate Accelerated is currently my system of choice. So these are my thoughts on Achtung! C:FGSW from now on.
TL;DR: Too much background, not enough game. It turns out that A! There are, for example, four pages describing the German military organisation, and another four pages detailing the different German units.
And similar detail covering Allied units. There are pages and pages of detail about the different weapons and vehicles used in WW2.
C: FGSW also contains a wealth of information about life on the home front. And there are four different timelines. And I have to be honest, none of this was very useful for me. Cthulhu to be played. All we have are some evocative captions to some of the pictures, and seven pages of very brief scenario seeds.
Now I know I created Tales of Terror , but they were always meant to supplement the existing game materials, and not be the only inspiration. The scenario seeds are fine, but I would also have liked to see two or three fully fleshed out scenarios as well.
Physically, what do you get? Physically, A! C: FGSW is a page softback book. The cover is colour, but the interiors are all black and white although the pdf is full colour throughout. The font, however, is tiny; for my eyes, I need to read it in good light. This is a colour photo - honest! The internal design is okay. Most modern RPGs are over-designed to my eyes, but this is relatively subdued with good contrast between font and background if only the font were bigger!
The tables, illustrations and illustrations are held in place with tape or paperclips, giving it the feel of a briefing dossier, which I Iike. C: FGSW is split into two books. C: FGSW feels intimidating to me. The mythos and the war Achtung! Cthulhu, in an essay by Ken Hite, cautions against using the Cthulhu Mythos to excuse the Nazi atrocities. These are presented in the same detail as the rest of the history, including their founding and the different personalities with statistics involved.
Unfortunately this turns a creature of the Cthulhu Mythos into being horrific into just being a tool. C: FGSW also includes 22 pages of mythos creatures, all with Fate statistics, stunts and other abilities. And what about the Fate stuff? C: FGSW contains good rules for kicking off an adventure, including advice on modes as mentioned above and character creation.
As an aside, I have never been a fan of the sanity system - to me it always felt like another set of hit points to keep track of. There are some new crunchy rules to reflect the nature of warfare in WW2. The most interesting of these is Scale - which one side gets when it has an overwhelming advantage say a tank against an infantryman. There are also rules for armour, artillery and other crunchy stuff that I will probably forget for the reasons mentioned above.
There is also the obligatory list of tomes and spells 17 pages of spells! So who is Achtung! Cthulhu for? As far as I can tell, the best use for Achtung! Cthulhu would be a great reference if you wanted to run a Call of Cthulhu game during WW2.
Cthulhu to do that. You could just use Call of Cthulhu and a couple of history books of your choice. So who is A! C: FGSW for? I have no idea. I do wonder if part of the problem is that A! Cthulhu Kickstarter. It was therefore always an add on. Which is a bit of a shame, as clearly so much effort has gone into it. Posted by.
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