Cryptids and Coffee Beans

Finally got to play Call of Cthulhu as an investigator!

The module we played was Amidst the Ancient Trees. I am going to be a little vague when talking about plot points to prevent spoilers. All you need to know is that this investigation took place in 1920’s Vermont.

I decided to bring back one of my favourite one-shot characters, Matilda Jefferson. Last time I played as her was in Kids on Bikes, so I needed to change a few things. Overall, she was a bit toned down but still an odd character, even before the insanity started.

Moodboard I made for Matilda

She was a 24-year-old Biology Student at Vermont University. With deep dark bags under her eyes and shockingly grey hair tied in a messy bun. She was paler than the lab coat she always wore with a nine-millimetre handgun on her hip.

Oh, and she was obsessed with aliens. She took part in the adventure for monetary reasons, to fund her “special research” into aliens. She was constantly eating raw coffee beans to stay caffeinated. 

The title makes sense now, doesn’t it?

I may or may not have had a bit too much fun weirding out the others with her. I don’t regret it though. Again, this is the toned-down version. She was downright psychopathic the first time around. I hope I can play her again someday.

We got really lucky and ended up surviving. Well, most of us. Unfortunately, Øystein’s character ended up losing his dog. Poor Bessie, you were the best girl.

Call of Cthulhu is like D&D in reverse. You aren’t mighty heroes saving the world, you are regular folks trying to survive with your mind (mostly) intact.

This module was mostly action compared to the one I ran a while ago. I did enjoy it but was hoping for a bit more mystery. 

After the game, I like to think the reason Matilda passed most of her sanity checks was due to her already being a bit nutty. She was probably thinking the monsters were aliens so was happy she had “proof”.

I had a blast! It creeped me out in the best way and it was not only a nice change of pace from D&D but also a short break from my DM duties. I am not sure if the others enjoyed it as much though. 

I am hoping to play again sometime, but it doesn’t seem like that will happen any time soon. I guess the video game adaptation will just have to do in the meantime. More on that on Sunday.

If you do get the chance to play Call of Cthulhu I highly recommend that you do so. The gameplay is a lot simpler than it first appears and it is a creepy good time. 

Good luck with your investigation, try not to go mad!

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