Eldritch, Cyclopean Horror

Last night, as a special Halloween one-shot, my gaming group played Call of Cthulhu instead of Eberron. I had never played CoC before and wasn’t sure what to expect, and found it pretty interesting.

Later, TJ was talking about a super-mega-huge Call of Cthulhu adventure called “Beyond the Mountains of Madness” that he’s never played all the way through.

For those not familiar with this, Call of Cthulhu is based on the horror writings of H. P. Lovecraft, who instead of writing about ghouls and ghosts and vampires instead wrote about humans’ encounters with godlike, alien beings whose very existence drove people mad. In one story, “At the Mountains of Madness,” an expedition to Antarctica encounters traces of such a being and the results are tragic and horrendous. The adventure, “Beyond the Mountains…,” apparently concerns a group of people returning to the site to try and find out what happened to the original team.

TJ said he was now considering starting that after finishing our Eberron run. Grant mentioned that TJ has said something about doing “pirates” next, which was new to me, so I have no idea what game that would be. 7th sea, maybe?

I suggested we combine them. Pirate ship gets blown off course in freak storm, ends up in Antarctica. A quote from the game: “YARR! I be feelin’ me sanity slipping away at the sight of these eldritch cyclopean ruins, says I!”

The game would be called, of course, Keelhaul of Cthulhu.

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