A while back I had posted that I would add additional Pulp Cthulhu “peeks” each month. A number of recent emails reminded me that I need to do that.
For those who are not familiar with Pulp Cthulhu, it is a roleplaying game set in the 1930s, focused upon the Call of Cthulhu background and system. When I was devising the pulp design, I decided to make the system malleable, allowing players to use any time period or level of pulp play. Three basic degrees are stipulated in the present Pulp rules: Low, Medium, and High (pulp). But, these are just guidelines. Any level can be produced by simply increasing or decreasing the number of Traits in the game. The system is also backward compatible for those players who want to use existing CoC material.
Many people have asked for more information about Supernatural Skills and Traits. Think of a Trait as a characteristic, an attribute, a “trait” of a particular pulp hero or villain from fiction. Conceptually, that is a Trait. Because the RPG has not yet been released, I’ll not delve into the mechanics. But, Traits are things that add to roleplay and allow investigators in Pulp Cthulhu to expand a character mentally, physically, supernaturally, or in background, abilities, and even “weird” abilities.
Supernatural Skills are additional skill sets that are not normally associated with the mundane world. An investigator with Supernatural Skills is likely to have a Trait that allows for these skills. They range from elements of the Mythos to the paranormal.
Below is another basic investigator template – the paranormal detective, or occult detective (I’ll include the “Reanimator template the next time). This template includes a new supernatural skill, and a few other Traits.
(c)Content copyrighted by Chaosium and William JonesSUPERNATURAL DETECTIVECity Lore, Disguise, First Aid, Fast Talk, Hide, History, Law, Occult, Sneak, Spot Hidden, Sensitive (supernatural skill), any one other skill as a personal or specialty.
Traits: Addiction, Haunted, Mentalist.
It is possible to see the other Pulp Cthulhu posts by selecting the label: pulp cthulhu