Whilst the new edition of Call of Cthulhu has enjoyed some big, thick adventure releases – the Cyclopeanly chonky slipcase edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep perhaps being the most attention-grabbing example of this – the new regime at Chaosium do seem to understand that there’s also a place for slimmer, cheaper volumes of adventure material.
I’m going to cover two recent releases of products in just this category in this article, but before I go into it I do want to highlight one interesting thing: both the collections I am going to review include in their back cover blurb a statement that they can be played using either the rules in the Keeper Handbook (in other words, the full-fat 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu rules) or can be played with the information in the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set.
This is an excellent idea. Too many games don’t provide materials which can be used to continue playing with just their starter sets; in fact, the only game I can think of which has done this previously is Dungeons & Dragons, where in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was an entire run of adventures designed to be playable just with whichever Basic Set (Holmes, Moldvay, or Mentzer) was current. We’re not talking patronising shovelware either, here – revered modules like Keep On the Borderlands were part of that line.