Never trust the locals…

Child of the 80s or 90s?

Read a lot of books?

Really got into those adventure gamebooks or choose your own adventure books?

Have a particular penchant for nameless and unknown horror?

If you answered yes to any of these, then you have at least one thing in common with me, and you may just love what I am writing this article about.

I received another email today from Chaosium telling me of another PDF of an item from Kickstarter, with a code so I could get it for free. It wasn’t much, a front and rear illustration for an evidence file and five Lovecraftian book plates. While I was looking through my order history, I saw a PDF called ‘Alone Against the Flames’. “What is this?” I thought to myself. I downloaded it and had a look. It turned out to be a solo adventure for the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition rules, utilising the C0C 7e Quickstart PDF.

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Great! Something to whittle away the slow hours at work. Then I was called away from my desk to go faff about with a car on the other side of the city…

But once I got home, I loaded it up on my tablet, took my blank character sheet, some dice and a pencil and sat down for a good read. Three hours later I had managed to finish it without dying or going insane. And I know there is significantly more in there than I read. The adventure is a total of 64 A4 pages long, with 61 pages of that being filled with the adventure text and a liberal sprinkling of illustrations.

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This solitaire adventure is very much like the adventure gamebooks of 20 or 30 years ago, but more complicated than the basic ‘Choose your own Adventure’ in that you have to make a character and roll dice and such. Some people may remember Fighting Fantasy or Lone Wolf, but for me it was the Fabled Lands books that I liked. Those books are one of the reasons I got into RPGs in the first place.

But nostalgia can only carry so far. Good writing and a decent story need to hold up as well, and this adventure had it in spades. As I mentioned, there was significantly more content than I read, but I did catch snippets and certain words as I flicked through, and the rest of the story that I didn’t see looked very interesting indeed. I will be playing it again, and going with different options this time. I won’t tell you any of the story, that is something you will have to discover yourself, for good or bad.

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I know what you’re thinking right now…’Where do I get this piece of awesome? I want to play it right now!’ Well, first, calm down, it isn’t going anywhere and second, look at the links below.

Alone Against the Flames – PDF from Chaosium

Call of Cthulhu 7e Quickstart rules – PDF from Chaosium

C0C 7e 1920s Character Sheet Auto-Calc – PDF from Chaosium

(This is an auto-calculating fillable PDF of the Character Sheet. Only works in Adobe Reader for Windows, Mac and Linux. Does not work in Adobe Reader for Android, I tested it.)

 

Then, after you have had a go, come back here and tell me, and everyone else, what you thought about it.

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