I’ve been playing Call of Cthulhu since the original box set come out. While I enjoy the game immensely, it has always been a challenge to find players because of the setting.
Fewer and fewer people are interested in, or even know about, the history and culture of the 1920s. This has come to an extreme in recent years with players who not only don’t know about the 1920s, but who have no interest in history at all.
Personally, I have no interest in playing modern day games. And while there are other historical settings, finding players for Roman, Middle Ages or Victorian settings is even more challenging.
Into this vacuum came a new sub-genre, World War II Cthulhu. It combines the mystery of Call of Cthulhu with the historical accessibility of World War II. Add the Indiana Jonesian “beat the Nazis to the it” paradigm, and you find a Call of Cthulhu game people are willing to play.
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