Modifications to my CoC/BRP game

So my in person games are going pretty well, people keep asking me when the next session is going to be which I take to be a sign everyone is enjoying themselves. However I’m a bit tired of it. I don’t know why, and this might get better when I get the books I left in Montreal back, since they update things in ways that I like and have adventures I can hopefully use. [Update since this was written: I’m intrested in the game again, see next post]

Anyway I’m looking for ways to keep the game fresh: One player has also expressed interest in actually using mythos spells & I am going to be introducing more spells into the game  to increase the temptation (Hand picked to give one character more of the voodoo powers his character wants to make it harder to resist)

I think it might be I’m just not a great horror DM. I’ve now run about 10 short adventures for a variety of players and so far I have killed 0
characters. In Call of Cthuhlhu. My players just have too much fun with complex plans, and gripping onto the side of racing cars and such, and well they have fun, and I have fun so why stop? [See next post]

The rules system is also working pretty well: Character generation is fast, though not as fast as pure CoC since we have to look up a couple
of things, and since we have new characters regularly (new players joining or existing players playing in 2 adventures at the same time)
and the rules are light enough a lot of non-geeks (or mild geeks) I know are willing to play.

I’m thinking of changing things to match the two-fisted style though as I know at least one player has complained about it being too lethal (He seems to think characters should never die though, whereas I like how lethal it is as a change from D&D).

I’m thinking of using the optional rule that PC’s get Con+Size HP instead of the average of Con+Size. This should make characters a bit more durable, but it might make them a bit TOO durable, so I think I will leave it for now. If we start having complaints about it I can add this in latter right?

I was also thinking of giving each character +1HP after each adventure so that experienced characters have a slightly better chance of surviving then newer characters. The most experienced character is on it’s 4th adventure, but in this system +4 HP is a pretty decent amount.

Also so that characters grow & change a bit more I’m going to use the BRP advancement rules (Your int gives you a bonus to raise a skill and you add +1d6 vs +1d10, so more skills will go up but they will each go up less. It is also easier to grow new skills)

I’m also going to make skills up to 50% cost one point, up to 75% cost 2 points/% and over 75% is 3 points/% instead of the normal flat 1 point per %. This should encourage more diverse characters. Existing characters will be grandfathered in due to the work and time of redoing every character (and it doesn’t change total number of points, just distribution)

So: Proposed rules changes:

+1HP for each adventure survived

BRP skill advancement (Really just part of moving to the BRP system)

Keep Sanity & Education

Added costs for new character boosting skills above professional level (To discourage characters starting with 99% in one skill as I’ve had a
couple of times)

Personal goals:
Give out more magic! I’m going to go and add more spells to adventures to increase the temptation to use them. I’m also going to drop more hints about what they do: I wanted it to be scary & evil so I labeled “Summon/Bind Dimensional Shambler” as “Summon/Bind Dark Angel of Glory” or some such.

Well that is my slightly rambly State of the Game post. The day after I wrote it I was struck with inspiration (Ok, so I read a book that filled me with ideas) so keep an eye out for the sequel to this post. Bonus point to anyone who can guess what author the book I read was by. Hint: The author was a contemporary to Lovecraft, had the Necronomicon in it.I don’t have any prizes, but consider it a challenge.

Until next time, Stay Geeky

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  1. Augmented Reality seems to be a game changer, indeed. I wonder if some day people will be able to point their mobile device towards just about anyone or anything anywhere, and it will recognize that person or thing and provide any desired information about it.

    • I’m not sure what this has to do with what I posted, but thank you? I couldn’t find anything spammy with this comment but if you could return & explain what the link to my post is I’d appreciate it…

  2. Hi
    I know this is a veeeerrryyyy late coment, but since it still possible and you seem to still going strong i figured I can try.

    I’m new to CoC but have played some Arkham Horror. I like the humbler touch to the characters but is afraid of them going to die too easily. Insted of me as a keeper letting things slide, or send them “help from above” I thougt that maybe they should be a tad stronger from the beging.
    In that way the probably care more for their investigators as well. If the you have to make a new character for each adventure you eventually don’t care for it…

    I like the idea of more Hit Point but agree that Con + Size i too much, but maybe Con + Size /1,5 (or 1,75)?
    And/or letting players do experience checks if they get a good beating but survives. 1d20 should be enough (or the d100 divided in 4 or so)
    and +1 if a success. Though I’m also thinking that a experienced character shopuld be mote likely to survive because she is more carefull and probably better at fighting and/or running(hiding).

    I do like the skill being more expensive after 50%, should motivate the player to not put al his eggs in one basket.

    Also I’m thinking about each character excel in some aspect. Like one is extremly strong +18 (but not more then 20), and another have got some insights in magic and yet Another are stong minded and loose sanity at a slower rate the diceroll -1 etc, etc. This should of course be justified in the background story and yes it is inspired from Arkham :)

    If your still at it an answer would be awesome.
    Best regards!

    • I’ve mostly moved over to GURPS, which is a bit more sturdy, but if I started DMing again, Call of Cthulhu is a good choice. All of those ideas sound viable to me, CoC is a hard system to break. At worst, you take an extra hit to go down, so nothing there sound to crazy. I’d take those and try them in play, and let me know what happens.

      Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

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