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December 9, 2009 / jadettman

Call of Cthulhu / Delta Green

I haven’t played much Call of Cthulhu or Delta Green. In Ithaca, Ben Fierce ran a brief DG game for us during an Amber hiatus and that was a good time. More recently, I ran a three or four session game of Nemesis¹ with a DG spin for Britt and James. Overall, I think fondly of the investigator-into-weirdness type of roleplaying game so it should come as no surprise that I occasionally think about running a game like that.

I think that the attraction, for me, is the feel: claustrophobic, tense, and just weird. It helps that the concept works well with a wide range of group sizes, too. If I were to run another game like this in the future, I could see myself using Nemesis again or, possibly, a modified version of FATE (which I’ve been unsurprisingly fascinated² with lately).

If I went with FATE, and I were running this hypothetical game tomorrow, I would use Spirit of the Century as the basis. I would probably shave back the number of Aspects the characters got, give them fewer Fate Points, and no more than two or three Stunts. Given more time, I’d lean toward tweaking Diaspora, the latest FATE iteration game. As I’m still internalizing Diaspora, and haven’t had a chance to play it, I can’t say whether I’d change much mechanics-wise but, from my reading, it strikes me as a better fit.


¹ That link will take you to the free and legal download of Nemesis. It uses ORE, as seen in Godlike, Wild Talents, and Reign but, you know, free.

² Yes, I do have a serious “new, shiny” problem, especially when it comes to games.



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  1. Britt / Dec 9 2009 6:53 pm

    SotC would be a nice engine for a weird game. You could do some fun stuff with thematically-appropriate Aspects, and possibly some neat stunts, too.

  2. Dan / Dec 23 2009 10:15 am

    I’ve had a lot of very good experiences playing CoC, particularly for Con games. I think that SotC would make for a good vehicle for this. Or maybe the Dresden Files version? I need to actually buy some of these games so I can make use of them. But I’m still trying to clear out old games for now.

  3. J.A. Dettman / Jan 3 2010 6:10 am

    Yeah, you should definitely check out one of the Fate iterations, Dan. I’m certainly enjoying them.

    Clear out old games? You don’t mean that you’re getting rid of them, do you?!?

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