Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The dread curse of cthulhu

Very recently I got my copy of Horror on the Orient Express in the mail, after finding a complete copy on . This is the first time I've spent a three digit sum on a game. Am I crazy? I call this the Dread Curse of Cthulhu.

CoC was for a long time my favourite rpg. Now, I had never played it outside of a convention context, and had never played in any of the well regarded campaigns from Chaosium. The only thing I'd played were the "let's do something special since it is a convention"-scenarios. It's surely more fun to do something different than the regular kind of play, but I had never tried that "regular play". I still have very little experience.

Now when I have some money and are entrenched in not only the playing, but also collecting part of the hobby, I have been focusing on buying some of those great and well regarded campaigns. The bizarre thing is, that I have bought them with the express purpose of not reading them! I would love to have played in a regular, long term, Call of Cthulhu campaign. Instead I buy some of the best, and expensive stuff there is because I have the money, but not the group to play! That is the Dread Curse.

I'm very thankful to have gotten the opportunity to play in the Beyond the Mountains of Madness campaign last year. Without that I would feel very odd today, looking at yet another procurement. One of my goals for this year is to maybe finally play some CoC, but I have realized it's time to bite the bullet. I will take my place behind the screen, as the Keeper of Arcane Lore.

Maybe that will beat the Curse. Maybe.


  1. heh ... I've been under that curse for 25 years now. I've not played since my early college days, yet I've gathered and keep buying new stuff for it.

    It's an addiction.

  2. I know that curse well, and it extends beyond CoC, sadly. Still, you make your own luck. I've been able to suggest and then play some pretty fun stuff off the beaten path. My players are pretty open.

    The curse remains though... usually because we don't have enough time to run a very long campaign, or perhaps the innate personalities and skills required to play certain things aren't on hand.

  3. I know that my collecting is something of an addiction, but with Cthulhu it reaches another level completely.

    I buy CoC not to read it, everything else I at least plan to read - and play.

  4. The curse of cthulhu has fallen on me as well. I currently own at least 5 campaigns I love dearly, but I can't see myself running or playing in the foreseeable future.


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