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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

A Very Scary Groundhog Day

by Ken Newquist / December 26, 2007

 Trail of Cthulhu PreviewTrail of Cthulhu, a new horror role-playing game that promises to take the drugery out of investigating mind-blowing Mythos monstrocities, is scheduled to be released February 1, 2008 by Indie Press Revolution. The company is is accepting pre-orders for the game now.

The game uses the GUMSHOE system developed by Robin Laws for Esoterrorists, a mythos-like game itself in which modern-day investigators attempt to take down occult terrorists. The book itself is written by Ken Hite; developer Pelgrane Press has an interview where he explains the new game.

This game has risen to the top of my RPG wish list; my gaming group likes Call of Cthulhu, but it's been ages since we've played Delta Green or CoC (though there have been a few run-ins with agents of the King in Yellow in our Mutants & Masterminds game). I like this game's focus on adventure creation and providing a mechanic for helping stuck characters get over the investigative hump.

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Yep, I think this one will be on my bookshelf shortly after launch - looks very interesting. Not sure if BRP needs rescuing, but given all the innovative new systems that have cropped up over the last year, I'm keeping an open mind.

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I'm interested to see how it shakes out, particularly the bits relating to investigation. From what I've read, this should avoid some of the problems that standard Cthulhu investigations run into (you miss a clue, the world ends). If nothing else, it's something new to try! :)