|Call of Cthulhu:|
The Wasted Land
by Red Wasp Design
(Chaosium link here)
Ye Gods! :o Now I just want to play some happy 1920's jazz... It's Sunday. Talking about the monstrous grimness of the Fields of Flanders seems to come easy on a Sunday, whilst I wait for the pounding guns of Monday work to start. Anyhow, I think it would be a good idea to set Cthulhu somewhere around 1914-18. In a role-playing context the players could be in the 20's but they have to role-play flashbacks to hideous encounters they'd actually blacked out from memory. Shell-shock may not have just come from shells. ;) Of course, it might be a less than the sedate style of CoC game where dissembling cultists and dusty libraries preside; and more the shotgun-blam-blam flavour of game where the corpses of dead soldiers becoming zombies, controlled by other beings, feeding on the horror that's already in the trenches. So think tentacles, mud, gas and rifles that jam.
|Captain Hill faces off against the |
Naturally, it would not be Lovecraftian gaming unless fear itself was a applicable factor for characters. It's relief to read it's not just a straightforward shooter: "As the characters fight these legions of horror they will have their sanity eroded away"
Death or Madness?! Which will prevail first? Mwhahaha.
|A Dark Young, twisted offspring |
of the deity Shub-Niggurath
“Lovecraft and his peers created really iconic monsters that tap into our deepest fears. As huge fans of his stories, we've worked really hard to transfer the essence of these alien horrors into a game form. We're blending the core ideas of the classic role-playing game along with our experience of gameplay design all wrapped in our new 3D engine to craft what we hope is a gaming experience of malignant evil!”
- Tomas Rawlings, game designer, Red Wasp Design
|The investigators are surrounded by |
cultists and the undead
If you're a fan of the new Pelgrane Press Trail of Cthulhu, or own the Chaosium editions of the RPG, this game may make a welcome distraction for those commuter blues -as get off the train and turn up to work with a long stare, muttering about the "dreaded corpses of the Bosh" and how you're nearly insane from blasting the fearsome "Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath". I'm guessing no-one will offer to make you a coffee for a while.
|A weapon information screen|
I see you in that pen-n-paper games library you've built, next to the forbidden secret tomes you found in that strange shop which went out of business straight after you bought them, .... I know you're curious!
Curiousity is good, right? What harm can befall a person who merely seeks to expand their knowledge and experience? Surely sanity is not such a high price to pay...
More Screenshots - (click on thumbnails)
|An animated corpse, undead creatures made from a 'Reanimation' serum|
(they probably just want a hug to stave off war-provoked existialism)