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First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« on: April 16, 2009, 05:04:34 PM »
I'm gearing up for my first Call of Cthulhu game and I'm working on a bit of a problem.

Most of my players have no idea about any of the Mythos details. One players knows quite a bit but only about the higher beings, the various gods, rather than the smaller creatures.

I need to pick a good, lower on the totem creature for the characters to encounter towards the climax and I'm not sure what would be a good one for first timers.

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2009, 05:14:17 PM »
Ghouls?

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2009, 05:17:40 PM »
Serpent person. a mastermind and dangerous, but still a piker in terms of the mythos.

Byakhee. Check out this scenario to see how a single byakhee can be used for maximum effect.

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2009, 05:32:42 PM »
Speaking of which, I wish Pagan would put out 'Dig to Victory!' already. Shit was hot.

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2009, 05:40:55 PM »
Not for awhile yet. The comment says 2010.

I like the idea of starting with a Byakhee because it would make for a good way to build into something involving Hastur later on, if the players want to continue.

Is there a good story where they are used that I could read to get to know their place and function alittle better?

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2009, 11:47:05 AM »
I'm gearing up for my first Call of Cthulhu game and I'm working on a bit of a problem.

Most of my players have no idea about any of the Mythos details. One players knows quite a bit but only about the higher beings, the various gods, rather than the smaller creatures.

I need to pick a good, lower on the totem creature for the characters to encounter towards the climax and I'm not sure what would be a good one for first timers.

I think not knowing about the mythos actually enhances the game. Every round is a sort of "what the hell are we doing?" situation.
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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2009, 04:19:34 PM »
Oh I know. I'm glad most of them have no clue about the game. And the player who does only knows the gods and some about Deep Ones. Other than that he doesn't know a formless spawn from a dhole.

The idea is to try and keep it that way, to prevent the players from learning "the rules" by avoiding having rules for the monsters, especially the higher ups.

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2009, 05:02:39 PM »
I'm gearing up for my first Call of Cthulhu game and I'm working on a bit of a problem.

Most of my players have no idea about any of the Mythos details. One players knows quite a bit but only about the higher beings, the various gods, rather than the smaller creatures.

I need to pick a good, lower on the totem creature for the characters to encounter towards the climax and I'm not sure what would be a good one for first timers.

I think not knowing about the mythos actually enhances the game. Every round is a sort of "what the hell are we doing?" situation.

That was my experience the first time playing CoC.

Ross: You're playing the leader of a Soviet exploratory team.

Me: Great.

Karee: I think we are fighting something supernatural. Maybe even a ghost.

Me: THERE ARE NO GHOSTS IN MOTHER RUSSIA!

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2009, 05:11:29 PM »
Sounds like a Russian leader to me.

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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009, 05:16:49 PM »
Sounds like a Russian leader to me.

Oh yeah, I also horded all of the evidence in my command HQ, which put the party 2 hours game time behind and commanded the NPCs to actually perform the maintenance mission we were sent to do. I also contemplated shooting one of the other PCs for insubordination.

EDIT: Oh yeah, I forgot something else. I requested that we play the scenario again with a different group of players so that I could play the character the exact same way and see how the other group reacted. Ross gave me the finger.
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Re: First Time Call of Cthulhu players
« Reply #10 on: April 17, 2009, 05:31:19 PM »
That's the kind of character I except to show up as an NPC later on.