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Personal logo D6 Junkie Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

Hey Guys my wife wants to run a Cthulhu game but needs a nice pack of investigators and msybe a nice town layout in color.
Any suggestions.

Oberlindes Sol LIC20 Mar 2017 11:24 a.m. PST

If the setting is modern times, she could do worse than printing out a Google map of Amherst or Fall River.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:04 p.m. PST


Check out Mansions Of madness board game for investigators and some monsters. For Monster Rapier Miniatures is doing a KS. Also the Cthulhu war board game and expansion have all the monsters.

I'am working on a 3-d version of the classic Arkham Horror game right now. I'am using o scale Plasticville RR building for the town.


Legbiter Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:11 p.m. PST

These are good, but quite old school, and unpainted link
More expensive and repainted versions are available in plastic.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:25 p.m. PST

Set up my own Cthulu set up, lots of maps on the internet easily adapted.



GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 12:29 p.m. PST

Incidentally, I mostly use the MDF buildings unpainted (or just some spot colour) – the unpainted ones have a sepia look that seems to go really well with Cthulu.

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 2:44 p.m. PST

If you google arkham map, HPL did a street map of Arkham which might be a decent starting point.

Or there are maps of St Mary Meade, and you could use Miss Marple as an investigator.

Investigators. Well, the usual academic, of course. The relative of someone recently deceased who has inherited an artifact (usually a book) and/or an odd appearance, and the Karl Kolchak type who thinks this story is his ticket to New York. There's the Great Explorer or Great white Hunter who's found--or heard--something. I think there's something to be said for a person accustomed to reason and violence--perhaps a policeman, a spy or a private detective. Philo Vance and Lord Peter Wimsey spoke and read multiple obscure languages and collected rare books.

But background and overall abilities must be determined by the person running the campaign.

Oberlindes Sol LIC20 Mar 2017 3:14 p.m. PST

@GarrisonMiniatures: I'm not sure that Massachusetts towns, at least coastal towns, are allowed to have straight streets on a rectangular grid (Boston's Back Bay being something of an exception, although it's just a neighborhood in a large city).

Traditionally, they just paved the cow paths and deer trails.

GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 4:48 p.m. PST

Actually most of the Arkham/Innsmouth maps are grid system:



The one I actually based Newhaven on was


Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP20 Mar 2017 5:27 p.m. PST

I don't have a map, but I about fell out of my chair laughing at the title of your thread.

miniMo Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Chaosium's RPG has a couple of maps available:

The Angry Piper Supporting Member of TMP21 Mar 2017 10:07 a.m. PST

If the setting is modern times, she could do worse than printing out a Google map of Amherst or Fall River

As a guy who lives within spitting distance of Fall River, allow me to inform you that present-day Fall River has very little of Lovecraft Country to it.

Far better to print out a map of New Bedford, a much bigger coastal city with many captain's mansions and a rich nautical and whaling history that continues to this day (no whaling, but NB is still the biggest commercial fishing port in the US, as far as I know).

Modern New Bedford boasts several museums (including the famous whaling museum…what manner of batrachian artifacts may lurk within?), a historical district, tons of old cemeteries and a fairly high crime rate (opioid addiction and overdose is a crisis).

I set a 1920's Call of Cthulhu campaign in and around New Bedford, but even in modern times, it wouldn't be too difficult to imagine Deep One hybrids squatting in the basements of some of the tenement houses in the South end or even along Acushnet Avenue (the longest street in the city).

Oberlindes Sol LIC21 Mar 2017 2:42 p.m. PST

Actually, I concur with The Angry Piper about New Bedford. Save Fall River -- dirty, polluted, economically collapsed, generally ignored -- as a place mentioned only in terrified whispers, the lair of the campaign's boss.

The street plans of New Bedford and Fall River are more regular grids than I remembered, too.

ced110621 Mar 2017 3:23 p.m. PST

RAFM has various metal Call of Cthulhu investigators, in true 25mm and heroic 28mm. Reaper Miniatures will release them after they fulfill their Bones III KS, in a few weeks. Cthulhu Wars has some of the best Cthulhu monsters at good prices, but no investigators.

Mansions of Madness has some very nice sturdy indoor and outdoor tiles, and good investigator models. The game itself is coop and uses an app. Monster miniatures are feh, though. Cards can be used as equipment props.

If you like boardgames, Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu has some goodish investigator miniatures. The cards make nice Cthulhu artifact props, and the boardgame, while not really a map, makes a good locations aid for CoC roleplaying.

Also ask on the Lead Adventures Cthulhu forum. Great resource for miniatures and building your own buildings!

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