I’ve played Call of the Cthulhu RPG three times before. Each were a one-shot or a short campaign. Characters died or went insane. A long while back I purchased the Cthulhu: Dark Ages book for a campaign which fell apart after the third session.
There was never a desire or need to purchase anything Call of Cthulhu. Its a game I didn’t run, and if somebody else ran it, it would be a one-shot, so I never bothered get the rulebook (in whatever edition it was at the time).
Yet about a year ago I started watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix, was completely hooked the moment singer Severija Janušauskaitė sang Zu Ashe, Zu Staub in the second episode, and binge-watched first two seasons so fast I thought it was a single season initially. Now I can’t wait until Season 3.
In the meantime, Chaosium published Berlin: The Wicked City. And I had to have it. They released the pdf version awhile back, but there’s nothing like the smell of a freshly opened new RPG book! So I ordered it last week and got the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu Keeper Rulebook, too.
The plan: to write up a one-shot scenario blending aspects of Babylon Berlin with Call of Cthulhu. Seeing that Berlin: The Wicked City, has already done much of the work for me (without explicitly mentioning Babylon Berlin except as a source of inspiration in the back, but I think the folks at Chaosium knew they were marketing to gamers who’d seen the series).
Then comes a playtest around Halloween for friends, before a late-night run for the 18-and-over crowd at Atlanta’s CONjuration in November.
But first: the joys and perils of reading the books and doing research…
One last thing: While I’m sure the American voice actors are talented for the dubbing, there something not quite right about American dialects coming out of a native German speaker’s mouth. Thus, if you watch Babylon Berlin and don’t understand German, use the English subtitles.