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Cthulhu Mythos 5e Review

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Cthulhu Mythos 5e - Petersen Games $59.95
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Game title: Cthulhu Mythos 5e

Game description: Sandy Petersen’s Cthulhu Mythos is the most comprehensive guide to including Lovecraftian elements in your Roleplaying game, written by the author of the groundbreaking Call of Cthulhu role-playing game, and developed primarily by James Jacobs (creative director of Paizo) and David N. Ross. This massive tome contains over 100 monster stat blocks, dozens of which are Cthulhu Mythos monsters that have never been described for Dungeons and Dragons 5e – including new rules for interacting with 25 different Great Old Ones and Outer Gods (they are much more than a simple encounter!). This is much more than a mere bestiary, however. Inside you will find new rules for Insanity and Dreams; 40 new spells and 30 Rituals – a new magic ruleset; dozens of mythos items and artifacts; dozens of Mythos cults detailed; and four new player races from Lovecraft’s universe – Dreamlands Cats, Mythos Ghouls, Gnorri, and Zoogs – as well as new character options, professions, feats, and race options for them.

Overall
4.5
  • Play (Mechanics)
  • Presentation (Art/Quality)
  • Plan (Rules)

Summary

Already known for their work with the Cthulhu Mythos, Petersen Games moves into the realm of D&D 5th Edition with their Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook. Recently funded on Kickstarter, the PDF is currently available, with the hardcover coming in June. With over 400 pages, the book is crammed full of lore, monsters, classes, spells, and more.

Pros

Rich, detailed art and lore

Horrifying new creatures

New, eldritch magics

Sanity mechanics

Cons

Expensive, as much larger supplements are

Full Cthulhu Mythos 5e Review

Already known for their work with the Cthulhu Mythos, Petersen Games moves into the realm of D&D 5th Edition with their Cthulhu Mythos sourcebook. Recently funded on Kickstarter, the PDF is currently available, with the hardcover coming in June. Based on the Pathfinder sourcebook of the same name, this extended book contains over 400 pages and is crammed full of lore, monsters, classes, spells, and more. Many of these have never been seen before.

Let me start off by saying that this book is massive. 400+ pages is quite a lot. The 5th Edition Player’s Handbook is 316 pages. The Cthulhu Mythos book gives you over 100 more pages, clocking in at a whopping 426. Inside you’ll find a treasure trove of information that’s just as entertaining to read as it is informational. All of this information is accompanied by some amazing illustrations. Over 250 of them.

Cthulhu Mythos 5e Review - Great Cthulhu
What’s the Mythos without Great Cthulhu?

So what’s exactly included in the text? There’s over 100 horrible monster blocks, 26 Great Old Ones, and Outer Gods, four new playable races, rules for Insanity, Dread, and Dreaming, information on dozens of cults, new magic items and Mythos artifacts, 40+ new spells as well at 30 Rituals (a new type of magic,) and a slew of new player professions, backgrounds, and race options.

There’s so much in there that it’s hard to touch upon all of it, so I’ll just mention my favorites. The first thing is that one of the new playable races is a cat. Not like a Tabaxi, but an actual cat. Granted these cats have some twisted powers, but that doesn’t dimish the fact that they’re still cats. Another awesome part of this book? The Great Old Ones and Outer Gods aren’t just monster blocks. They’re entire encounters, hell, even entire adventures within themselves. It wouldn’t be hard to design a campaign around just 1 of these awesome entities.

As far a new mechanics go, the Insanity, Dread, and Dreaming rules bring a sense of eldritch fear to Dungeons & Dragons, while Ritual magic brings a bit of complexity and horror to traditional spell casting. Even non-spellcasters can get in the magic mix with Forumla spells. Toss in some of the Mythos artifacts that many Lovecraft fans are familiar with and you’ve got an eerily good time ahead of you.

Cthulhu Mythos 5e Review - Playable Races
Playable Cats, Ghouls, Gnorri, and Zoog.

I will say there may not be much in here for those who aren’t a fan of Lovecraft’s works or the expanded Mythos. Those who aren’t fans of horror, suspense, and the occult should probably also pass this by. Really though, those who are looking into the Cthulhu Mythos 5e supplement know exactly what they’re getting into, and are in for a real treat. As soon as I had my copy I read through it barely putting it down.

The PDF of the Cthulhu Mythos is currently available from Petersen Games, with the hardcover coming out in June of 2019. In my opinions it’s a sure buy. The only real drawback is that it’s expensive. If you weren’t a KS backer you’ll be paying $60 for the hardcover. The PDF is a bit more palatable at $19, but this is one product I’m itching to have a physical copy of.

A PDF of the Cthulhu Mythos 5e sourcebook was provided free for review by Petersen Games

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