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Pulp Cthulhu (7th edition Call of Cthulhu)


Calling All Heroes! It’s Time To Take The Fight to Cthulhu!

Pulp Cthulhu is a game of two-fisted adventure, weird science, dark deeds, and brave heroes. With this book, some roleplaying dice, and the 7th edition Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook, you have everything you need to adventure and explore games set in the pulp genre.
Tired of your investigators dying in quick succession when jaunting around the world in a desperate bid to save humanity? Wishing that sometimes your investigator could make a stand instead of hiding and waiting for the eldritch horror to pass? Pulp Cthulhu ups the ante and provides you with tougher, more capable heroes—ready to take on the villainous machinations of the Cthulhu Mythos!

Here you will find an adapted character generation system, rules for psychic powers, sanity, augmented skills, and weird science, as well as tips for Keepers on developing and running pulp-style games. Also, you will find information on “the Pulps” themselves and the 1930s era when America was in the grip of the Great Depression and on the road to World War II. A collection of pulp villains and monsters, and a range of pulp organizations provide the Keeper with a firm basis for running pulp style scenarios and campaigns. Four action-packed scenarios round out the book, getting your Pulp Cthulhu games started with a bang.

The guidance in this book means that you can apply the Pulp Cthulhu rules to any setting and time period, enabling Keepers to bring the flavor and action of pulp to the classic 1920s or modern-day eras, as well as anywhere else they see fit.

A Time For Heroes And A Time For Adventure!

What the Critics Say

"Pulp Cthulhu turns up the action and the threat to turn Lovecraftian investigative horror into Lovecraftian heroic horror."—Reviews from Rl’yeh.

"If you play Call of Cthulhu, do you need this supplement? ...if you want to play with a rule set deliberately intended to help your characters kick some ass, you'll probably have a lot of fun with Pulp Cthulhu."—H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society.

"Pulp Cthulhu is one of those products that could very easily have been done wrong. It’s a genre full of easy cop-outs and shortcuts, but Chaosium stuck to their guns and delivered on all fronts… You might be able to confront the creatures of the mythos to some extent, but Pulp Cthulhu only promises that you can go down swinging rather than screaming and that’s not a bad thing."—Jay Anyong, The Philippine Gamer

"I love the classic, cerebral, investigative feeling of Call of Cthulhu. I have to admit however that many times I wanted my Investigators to, basically, kick some serious ass... Pulp Cthulhu is here for that ass-kicking!"—Antonios S. Review, RPGNet.

"It’s a beautiful book, brimming with content and ideas.  A worthy purchase for any Keeper, even if Pulp isn't to your taste. "—Total Party Kill.

"I love the Pulp Cthulhu idea. Having pulp heroes fight evil cult organizations can be tons of fun… The production quality deserve(s) praise. The binding, illustrations, artwork, handouts are exceptional. The books are super-high quality and even come with a red ribbon bookmark bound into the text. Chaosium did not skimp on any aspect of production..."—GrogHeads.

2016 Golden Geek Awards - Runner-up, Best Artwork and Presentation

2017 ENnie Awards - Best Supplement (Gold)

2017 Dragon Con Awards - Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures/Collectible Card/Role Playing Game

This is a game supplement for the 7th edition Call of Cthulhu RPG.


Designed for 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu. Get the rulebook here. See all 7th Edition products.

A Pulp Cthulhu compatible product.

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Brent C October 29, 2020 10:21 pm UTC
How does it compare to Astounding Adventures? They must be fairly easily inter-compatible, no?
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Ed S September 17, 2020 1:40 am UTC
I appreciate the updated pdf, but could you mention what has actually been changed?
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Dan H September 25, 2020 6:02 pm UTC
I did a text diff of the files and it looks like some very minor typo and textsetting edits were made. There may be some picture differences that would have missed but I think it's all very minor stuff. E.g.: the 12 gauge pump shotgun had a malfunction of 0 before and is now 100. They also removed the song lyrics at the start of Slow Boat to China. (copywrite issue?) Anyhow, that's all that I could find. Probably not worth re-downloading if you have the previous copy.
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Ed S October 04, 2020 9:23 pm UTC
Thanks Dan! What are you using to do the text difference on files? I'd love to buy that.
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Michael D December 19, 2016 5:55 am UTC
This is the product every CoC player has been waiting for... Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Phantom... take on the Mythos. If you liked the BRP Pulp supplement, you'll like this one. 3 Levels of Pulp, from gritty to full on pulpy. You need a copy of the new Keeper's guide to use this. Definitely worth the price.
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graham W December 15, 2016 4:46 am UTC
I assume this uses BRP, but the sample shows nothing useful to help me make a decision. Ideally, the description AND the sample would provide enough info!
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Michael D December 18, 2016 4:51 am UTC
Pulp Cthulhu uses 7th Edition rules.
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