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Cthulhu by Gaslight: Horror Roleplaying in 1890s England (Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying) [Paperback]

William A. Barton , Kevin Ross

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Cthulhu by Gaslight Victorian England. The era of Sherlock Holmes and Dracula, and a horrific real-life mystery in the form of Jack the Ripper. Thousands of books, films, and stories have featured these characters over the past 120+ years -- Holmes and Dracula have become the most commonly-used fictional characters of all time. Little wonder then that this era, with its foggy atmosphere, gross social and economic ine... Full description

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but underwhelming for how anticipated its release was. 27 Sep 2012
By chaosdiener - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been playing in and running Gaslight setting for the past four years. When this book was originally announced, I got extremely excited hoping that Chaosium would bring to the table a book of quality to equal the 1920s Sourcebook. Well, we didn't quite get that.

Pros.
+Interesting new traits system that can randomly blight or boon your investigators (or just be funny).
+Great information source on the time period is more flushed out than previous edition.
+Illustrations and photos throughout add to the feel of the setting.
+A "bestiary" of famous fictional/historical figures of the period is included, though while not very useful is humorous.
+The book's historical information is of course very useful. Concise and fun to read as well as giving the keeper the basics of what they need to know. The map is especially useful.

Cons.
-Same old occupations. Really? I was very hopeful for a volume of occupations similar to the 1920s Sourcebook, but instead we're left with the same dozen and a half or so occupations. They even actually removed the Street Arab occupation from the book.
-No extensive equipment or weapons list. I didn't expect there to be a list nearly as extensive as the monograph on the subject (Gaslight Equipment Catalogue, Monograph #0319) but I was expecting a little more than what is given.
-Another Sherlock Holmes campaign. I didn't read through it as at the time of this book release I was already in the middle of an epic two year long campaign (switching over to this edition of Gaslight about halfway through). I find the idea overplayed though.

Overall this is a good book, great for bringing a new generation of Gaslight gamers around. However, if you have an older edition already I don't feel like you're missing anything by not buying this. Just a side note, this book was released at least six months after its original announced release period. After making me wait half a year past when I was expecting it the book fell short of my excitement.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Update 28 Jun 2013
By John - Published on Amazon.com
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Cthulhu by Gaslight is excellent. This new edition is a real winner. The folks at Chaosium have not dropped the ball on this product. The book at first may seem light but I assure you that it is packed full of information.

It follows the same formula of the majority of CoC games except thy added a small and nifty system of character advantages. These I find are a nice addition to the game. They remind me of the old career boons in the Investigators Handbook.

The content of the book is where it really shines. The section on day to day life in London is on par with answering the many questions one may have about roleplaying in the Victorian age. The dress, equipment, daily life, and weapons are all laid out for you. The only flaw, and this is tiny, is that some of weapon details are left out and you are told to refer to the core rulebook. Which isn't bad since you'll most likely have one anyway!

What is really cool was the stat blocks for historical and fictitious literary characters from the time period. I highly recommend this book if you are into this time period. It gives you a wealth of material to use and craft good mythos campaigns from. To use with this, I also recommend the Parapsychologist's Handbook and Gaslight Equipment Guide monographs from Chaosium. With those, you'll have everything you can dream of for a Gaslight game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sourcebook 28 July 2012
By Michael Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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This supplement provides a wealth of information about the Victorian period and a wonderful overview of Great Britain in the 1890's. The authors give a plethora of fact/details which will allow Keepers to set up a flavorful milieu. For example:
1) Details of Victorian clothing
2) Details on the criminal Underworld and Underworld slang
3) A description of different societal classes
4) Types of horse drawn carriages
5) A detailed description of London (including such information as a floor map of the British Museum)
6) Mythos/Supernatural locations all over Great Britain

There are many other examples I could have written. I disagree with a previous reviewer in that I'm unaware of any other single Victorian-era book which would give such diverse information in such a clear, concise and compact manner.

The two adventures toward the back are also excellent(full of mood and atmosphere) scenarios.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect atmos-fear. 10 Mar 2014
By Mr. N. A. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This setting i think is even better than the original 20s setting. The foggy streets of London or the windswept mores of the heath-land's are perfect for Cthulhu adventures. Dark gas-lit streets and the oppressive and secretive hippocracy of Victorian society suits the mood spectacularly. Hunt down jack the ripper and find out what he really was perhaps. I mix a little Vernian steam punk into the mix as mythos magic just to liven things up.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Cthulhu supplement. 3 July 2012
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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Cthulhu By Gaslight: Horror Roleplaying in 1890s England (Call of Cthulhu roleplaying)
I found this book to be an excellent read. It has a lot of information that will allow a Game Master to set a wonderful game in the 1890s. A must have for any Cthulhu fan or anyone interested in Victorian England.
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