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Main Topic: Injury and Disease in Call of Cthulhu

This episode, we’re looking at how injury, disease, poisons, and other physical hazards work in Call of Cthulhu.

Being an investigator is fraught with hazards. While we’ve discussed sanity a few times, we’ve never really got into more corporeal damage before. We discuss how the game mechanics handle physical harm, some options for portraying it narratively, and some of the different ways in which an investigator can get hurt in the first place. As ever, we throw in a few ideas about how we handle these things in our own games, and what plot hooks dealing with serious physical harm might present.

Things we mention in this episode include:


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One comment on “Injury and Disease in Call of Cthulhu

  1. Benjamin May 27, 2024

    On diseases, I would add that they can manifest as dependencies. A character with a life-threatening heart condition, for instance, might be practically unhindered, until he loses ready access to his medicine and the clock starts ticking. This works well in isolated or apocalyptic situations where resources are scarce. I guess it condenses the disease into short bursts of intense drama. It also implies a clear, actionable resolution, something diseases typically lack. The problem can be dealt with, or the character can perish, before the disease starts boring the players. When it is under control, the condition can mostly be ignored, except it presents a clear point of weakness that can be threatened.

    Good episode, lads.

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