Atomic-Age Cthulhu (Supplement)

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Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 23122

Publishing Year: 2013

Pages: 224

Cover Price: $31.95

Author(s): Matt Sanborn, Christopher Smith Adair, Brian Courtemanche, Michael Dziesinski, Tom Lynch, Oscar Rios, Brian M. Sammons

Artist(s): Paul Carrick, others

Setting(s): 1950s

Format(s): Softcover and PDF

ISBN: 1-56882-366-5


It’s the 1950s in America and life is good. The most destructive war in human history is over and the good ol’ U S of A is starting to flex her muscles as a global superpower. The GIs have all come home to new cars, houses in the suburbs, and the high-tech wonders of jets, television, and rockets blasting into space. The future is very bright indeed. At least, that’s how it looks on the surface.

Peel away the thin, sunny veneer of everything is A-OK and you find the rot of fear and paranoia. The nuclear genie has been let out of the bottle, and for the first time ever, mankind has the ability to actually murder the entire world. The creeping Red Menace is everywhere. They’ve cut Europe in half, taken over China, invaded some unknown country called Korea, and even conquered outer space with their Sputnik. Worst yet, the godless Commies are already here! Don’t trust your movie stars, authors, news reporters, or even your neighbors. They could all be one of them. Then there is the slow, steady corruption of the youth through promiscuous, unwholesome rock n’ roll and shocking comic books full of gruesomeness like Tales From the Crypt. Never before has our way of life had so many threats to it.

It’s the 1950s in America, and everything looks rosy and perfect on the outside, but beneath the skin fear is rampant. In short, it’s the perfect setting for some Call of Cthulhu action.

In Atomic Age Cthulhu you will find info on how to run games of cosmic horror in the Leave it to Beaver world of the 50s. Background information, new professions, new skills, and adventure ideas tailor made for the 1950s can be found here, along with seven scenarios designed to get you rocking n’ rolling in no time.

This is Atomic Age Cthulhu, remember to duck and cover.

Scenarios: This Village Was Made for Us, TV Casualties, The Return of Old Reliable, Forgotten Wars, High Octane, L.A. Diabolical, Destroying Paradise, Hawai'ian Style.

Additional: Introduction, Player Handouts

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Mythos Horror in the 1950s

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NEVER BEFORE has the world faced a threat as potentially devastating as the A-bomb—and even more lethal H-bomb that follows. Educational films show how to "survive" a nuclear blast by crawling under a desk, as if a few inches of wood make any difference. In movie theaters, classic monsters of the '30s and '40s are replaced by atom-spawned horrors. Unseen enemies are everywhere: from devilish rock-and-roll music to morally-corrupt books such as Lolita and Catcher in the Rye. Comic-books corrupt the minds of our youths, and godless Communists constitute a red menace to be stopped using any means necessary.

ATOMIC-AGE CTHULHU brings Lovecraftian horror roleplaying into the post-war golden age. Here you find background and history that led to the development of the 1950s world, along with new skills and professions for you investigators. A number of Sinister Seeds are included to help you grow your own '50s horrors, but seven complete adventures are ready for you to spring on your unsuspecting players.

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