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Wee Ivor’s Gamer Blog Ep.4: Taking Cthulhu to the cleaners

May 8th, 2012 by Wee Ivor Comments

There are things out there, in the weirder reaches of space-time where reality is an optional extra. Horrible things, usually with tentacles.

Al-Hazred glimpsed them, John Dee summoned them, HP Lovecraft wrote about them, and Alan Turing mapped the paths from our universe to theirs. The right calculation can call up entities from other, older universes, or invoke their powers.

Invisibility? Easy!

Animating the dead? Trivial!

Binding lesser demons to your will? Easily doable!

Opening up the way for the Great Old Ones to come through and eat our brains? Unfortunately, far too easy.

That’s where the Laundry comes in.  Based on the Laundry Files novels by Charles Stross, the Laundry RPG gives players the chance to take part in Stross’s Lovecraftian inspired setting as a member of the Launbdry, a branch of the British secret service tasked to prevent hideous alien gods from wiping out all life on Earth (and more particularly, the UK).

The system will be wonderfully familiar to those who have roleplayed Call of Cthulhu from Chaosium, as it is the same BRPG (Basic Roleplay Game) system.  The blurb says it all,

You work for the Laundry. The hours are long, the pay is sub-par, the co-workers are… interesting (in the Chinese curse sense of the word), and the bureaucracy is stifling – but you do get to wave basilisk guns and bullet wards around, and to go on challenging and exciting missions to exotic locations like quaint, legend-haunted Wigan, cursed Slough and Wolverhampton where the walls are thin.

You may even get to save the world.

Just make sure you get a receipt.

This is a good roleplaying book with enough support for you to get your teeth (or tentacles) into and scare the bejeebus out of your players in a quirky modern setting.  Its so good we even did a video review (which Cubicle 7 have linked to – I so nerded out when they got in touch).

The roleplaying book did such a good job of being, well, just pure class, my wife even went out and bought Charles Stross books just to read more of the setting.

You even get to use a Necronomiphone.  What other roleplaying game can say it delivers that?

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