Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Cthonian Stars, Lovecraft meets Traveller

Coming this summer, from the guys that produce CthulhuTech, Cthonian Stars is Lovecraftian sci-fi using the Traveller game system. This could be interesting, although I confess I find the Traveller system a little bland, with its emphasis on combat avoidance. It may be realistic, but not especially heroic or exciting. Of course, until CthulhuTech came along, rpgs that revolved around the Cthulhu Mythos tended to have a similar emphasis. I suppose my interest in Cthonian Stars will depend largely on how the guys at Wildfire chose to present it. I'm also somewhat hesitant to buy a product published by Mongoose. My first copy of the CthulhuTech core rulebook, an original Mongoose edition, fell to pieces in a matter of hours. I had never seen such a poorly-bound book before. I have heard they have improved their quality since then, but once bitten, twice shy.


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Trey said...

Did you ever see Dark Space from Rolemaster? It was sort of Lovecraftian Fading Suns.

Rognar said...

No, I'm not aware of that game, although I must admit, I was never a fan of the Rolemaster rules. I tried MERP back in the 90s which, as I understand it, used a streamlined version of Arms Law. I found it rather challenging, shall we say.