Are you tired of games like D&D? If you want to indulge in the strange and horrific these are two game systems that won’t steer you wrong. In Call of Cthulhu Players investigate and are driven insane by monsters, and in World of Darkness Players play as one of the monsters!
HORROR & GOTHIC
CALL OF CTHULHU
Genre: Cosmic Horror Learning Curve: Moderate
Call of Cthulhu takes ordinary people and puts them in extraordinary situations, situations that change them forever. Some stones are better left unturned, but there are those who must know. Call of Cthulhu is a game of investigation into cosmic truths that ought not be known.
Players take the role of investigators with fragile mortal minds and even more fragile bodies. Combat hurts! Taking a few hits can end your investigative career permanently, and being exposed to monsters and forbidden knowledge can drive your character insane. It’s a lot of fun!
Call of Cthulhu is the best tabletop RPG for investigative gameplay and insanity mechanics in the Horror / Gothic genre.
WORLD OF DARKNESS
Genre: Gothic Horror Learning Curve: Moderate
World of Darkness settings range from modern to historic, but all are set in a dark version of the world where the stories about monsters are true. And you play as one of them. World of Darkness has as much gritty noir and suspense as it does actual horror. Player characters are flawed creatures of the night who inhabit a shadowy version of the real world, rife with faction conflicts and politics. This is a game system more focused on drama and storytelling than on action and rule technicalities. If a rule gets in the way, the GM can just change it!
World of Darkness comes in different versions, such as Vampire the Masquerade, Werewolf the Apocalypse and many more. You can even play as a mummy.
World of Darkness is the best tabletop RPG for playing as an anti-hero “monster” in the Horror / Gothic genre.