Main Game Thread
This is the out of character thread. If you aren't in the game and want to comment, go ahead and do it here. All are welcome! Just don't meta-game too much or try to ruin the experience.
The world has fallen into an age of tension and sordid little conflicts. The reelected President Reagan has brought about an era of huge profits, and conspicuous consumption has grown into a brightly colored culture of flash and materialism. Behind the decadent facade racial tensions simmer, and the country suffers from the epidemics of homelessness, crack cocaine, AIDS, and New Coke. The once fearsome Soviet Union has come under the control of General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev, who has promised to reinvigorate the stagnant economy. Soviet forces continue to fight a bloody war in Afghanistan against Islamic guerrillas and CIA weapons. South Africa seems primed to explode, as racial conflict over the policy of apartheid causes riots all across the country. Ethiopia is in the midst of a brutal famine and the Sudan has plunged into a second civil war. Terrorist factions from Ireland, Lebanon, Spain, Palestine, Germany, Libya and Iran have left Israel and Europe until a constant state of alert. Iran and Iraq remain locked in a costly war of attrition that bleeds both nations while the rest of the world looks away. South America is trapped between US backed dictators and drug cartels, as rebel guerrillas and covert American forces produce constant outbreaks of violence. Out of all of this blood and unrest, the EON Corporation has posted the highest earnings in company history.
Helmed by CEO Peter S. Elwyn Jr., EON is a defense contractor and policy think tank that offers "Aggressive solutions and peace of mind." The company is the modern iteration of the Elwyn Trust, founded by Peter's great-great-Grandfather Harold Elwyn, who built it up from a West Virginia mining monopoly into a national conglomerate with interests in weapons manufacturing, machine parts, banking and power plants. Trust busters forced the fragmentation of the company in the 1930s, but the Elwyn clan maintained control of the weapons production and continued to prosper throughout the 2nd World War and ensuing arms race. Rebranded as EON when Peter assumed controlled in 1975, the company has maintained a close relationship with the US Government, further helped by its consultant and lobbying subsidiaries. This relationship has earned EON a blind eye towards a number of instances of corporate espionage, war profiteering, and destabilizing political assassinations in the third world. Publicly, however, EON is seen as a pillar of the American business community, similar to competitors like General Electric or Boeing.
Officially, you are senior consultants for Axiom Associates, an EON subsidiary. Unofficially, you are a team of internal "problem solvers" employed by EON and answering directly to Mr. Elwyn and his Executive Vice President of Internal Governance, Benjamin Jurgen. Drawn from a stringent selection process from within the company, the military, academia and government service, you are expected to quietly resolve any issues which might tarnish the reputation of the EON brand. As "problems" covers a broad range of circumstances for a company like EON, your team is expected to possess a wide range of skills and exercise creativity and discretion.
Yesterday you were all contacted by Mr. Jurgen, who cut short your month of vacation and called you to the company headquarters in Arlington, VA.
Please link to rolls as you make them. Personally, I use Invisible Castle
, but if you have some other site you prefer, that's fine.
Be sure to run your character concept by me either in the thread or by PM. If you'd like to use a custom occupation template, we can work it out by PM. In addition to the base occupations in the core rulebook, Delta Green has templates for characters from a bafflingly large number of agencies.
If you would like to transfer points from one skill to another, you may move 3 points at a time, up to 3 times. If your stats end up being especially horrible, contact me and we'll work out something. It's no fun playing a dead weight character.
Roll 1d10, it'll represent your wealth. Could count for your income, your inheritance, a salary reflecting years at the company, investments, whatever. If it's wildly short or above your occupation and background, we'll work something else. It may not really matter, but it's good to have in case it comes up.
Assume you have 5 times that much in assets (house, car, big item personal effect). One tenth of your assets is cash in the bank, another tenth is in stocks and bonds. Your character will have a bit less than a month's income as cash in your pocket and in a checking account for quick access.
New skills for your Investigators:
Signals (05%): covers everything from morse code and semaphore to satellite coms and radio protocol.
Survival (10%): Locating food, building shelter etc. in a given environment.
Architecture (01%): Knowledge of architecture styles and designs, as well as some aspects of engineering.
Botany (01%): Identifying and using plants.
Carpentry/Woodcraft (10%): Fashioning and repairing wood objects with simple tools.
Cryptography (01%): Cracking and using codes.
Demolitions (01%): Knowledge of explosives, their uses, and how to defuse them.
Disguise (05%): Fashioning and using convincing disguises.
Forensics (01%): Knowledge of and ability to interpret evidence at a crime scene.
Forgery (01%): Spotting and creating convincing forgeries.
Mathematics (10%): Ability to perform complex calculations.
Military Science (15%): Knowledge of military tactics, equipment, and operations. Characters with military backgrounds may start at 34%.
Parachuting (01%): How to jump out of a plane without dying, and how to land where you want to, when you want to.
Scuba (01%): Proper operation of diving gear.
Zoology (01%): Knowledge of animals and their behavior, habitat, etc.
Some useful resources:
Call of Cthulhu Quickstart Rules - All of the basics you need to make a character and start playing, though slightly out of date
Byakhee - Character Generator, not perfect, but definitely useful
Yog-Sothoth - General Call of Cthulhu site
The Keep - Online character sheets
How to Survive a Call of Cthulhu Adventure
Call of Cthulhu - A cool silent movie based on the story
Let's Play Call of Cthulhu DCotE - Helloween's Let's Play in G&T. The game had a lot of flaws, but it handled the Lovecraftian tone pretty perfectly.