There was a strong and positive response to my idea of doing a general catalog/overview of pulp roleplaying – so positive in fact that a fan decided to help, by giving me as a present a nice selection of Achtung!Cthulhu handbooks (thanks, Alex!)
The result of a spectacularly successful Kickstarter campaign, the Achtung!Cthulhu line is a set of handbooks designed to allow for playing scenarios against the Lovecraftian horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos during the late 1930s and early 1940s – in other words, during the Second World War.
I have so far only skimmed the surface, but the books look like a million dollars, and are dual-statted, allowing play with both the standard Call of Cthulhu/Basic Role Playing rules and the Savage Worlds rules.
And really, as far as generic systems go, both BRP and Savage Worlds do pulp extremely well.
I think I’ll start reading from the Guide to North Africa, because, reasons…
But the whole thing really looks good.
Mixing horror and warfare can be a tricky thing, but it’s the sort of combination that could on one hand satisfy the players’ craving for heavy ordnance (a classic in CoC campaigns) and on the other allow for a nice change of pace.
The adoption of the Savage Worlds rules allows the keeper to interface Achtung!Cthulhu” with the old **Weird War II, a beautiful campaign setting from the older days of the SW catalog, and with the old Realms of Cthulhu.
And yes, the feel and the time frame are very Indiana-Jones-y, and make for a nice pulp feel.
And you can feed Nazis to the shoggoths – that are not as cool as dinosaurs, but certainly work as a viable substitute.
So, the collection grows, and the project of a dedicated page for pulp roleplaying is becoming likelier with each passing day.