A video guide to the Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start rules in five parts

Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start rules: Part 1 Character Creation

Creating an investigator from scratch, using the quick-fire method. Also touches on how to create backstory, possessions and weapons.

Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start rules: Part 2 Game System

Skill rolls, difficulty levels, characteristic rolls, when to roll and when not to, levels of success, pushed rolls, consequences, opposed skill rolls, bonus and penalty dice, ticking skills and skill improvement.

Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start Rules: Part 3 Sanity Rules

Zero sanity, starting sanity, sanity rolls, sanity loss, involuntary actions, temporary insanity, idea roll, bouts of madness, delusions, reality check rolls, sanity rewards.

Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start Rules: Part 4 Combat

Combat rounds, DEX order, combat skills, brawling, dodging, fighting back, levels of success, opposed roll, breaking a draw, damage rolls, no pushed rolls, firearms specialisms, damage bonus, readied firearms, multiple gun shots, extreme success, impales, outnumbered, armour, diving for cover, fighting manoeuvres.

Call of Cthulhu Quick-Start Rules: Part 5 Wounds and Healing

Hit point track, major wounds, CON rolls, killing blow, zero HP, unconsciousness, dying, healing, weekly healing rolls, first aid, medicine, stabilisation, other forms of damage table.

Videos explaining the full Call of Cthulhu 7th edition rules (in progress)

Call of Cthulhu 7th edition explained: part 1 Creating an Investigator

Full investigator creation, spelt out step-by-step.

Call of Cthulhu 7th edition explained: part 2 Creating an Investigator (optional extras)

Optional methods of investigator creation, including quick-fire generation and point-buy.

Call of Cthulhu 7th edition explained: part 3 Skill Rolls

Choosing the right skill or characteristic, setting difficulty levels and pushing the roll.

The three of us have recorded several episodes of the podcast which explain new Call of Cthulhu 7th edition mechanics. These go into various aspects in much more detail than the videos. Be warned that these are early episodes, released before we got a handle on sound quality, editing, preparation and not saying “um” every other word.

We have also recorded an overview of what is new in 7th edition.

6 Responses to Videos

  1. Michael R Wild says:

    This was very good. Been playing 7th for some time and still was useful. Please continue.

  2. Thomas Nicol says:

    These are great; thanks for making them! I’d definitely watch more.

  3. Brilliant! Concise, fun, fast, genius. Now I Know Cthulhu…well not personally. Thanks!

  4. Brilliant stuff Paul! You manage to be very concise with complex issues, and the humorous tone is spot on. Please make a complete 7th ed series! 🙂

  5. Anonymous says:

    New to the game. I absolutely loved your videos! Very clear and helpfull! Thanks a lot and I hope you keep up the good work for the complete 7th edition! Cheers!

  6. Rik Johnson says:

    I love your tutorial videos. I’m just recently exploring Call of Cthulhu 7ed. So I can’t wait to watch more of your videos and explore content on your blog.

    I saw the first edition Call of Cthulhu box set in the early 80’s and was intrigued, but didn’t know what it was about, or anyone playing it. Then in the late 80’s a girlfriend was interested in it, but I moved out of state. I didn’t know anything about H.P. Lovecraft and never heard of Cthulhu. Through the late 90’s / early 2000’s I started reading his short stories and loved them.

    I got a gift card for DriveThruRPG this last Christmas (2017), and – after days of debating what to buy – I saw the 7thEd Call of Cthulhu bundle and bought it. I loved what I read (content and mechanics), so I bought the hardback Keeper’s book. I went searching for Cthulhu based podcasts and listened to the first one I found. I heard Scott as Keeper in ‘How We Roll: Blackwater Creek’ the scenario he authored, and I loved it, so I thought I would check out the website he was plugging at the end of each episode, and here I am.

    Thanks again – to all of you – for your quality and passion. I hope to run a game of Call of Cthulhu very soon here in Northern Colorado.

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