Those who have been following Chaosium’s website press-releases or the Yog-Sothoth forums will know that a few days ago, Chaosium released a book called Atomic Age Cthulhu which brings Call of Cthulhu roleplaying into a brand new era … the 1950s. I’ve had a quick chance to skim through the PDF version of the book … and I’d have to say that it looks brimming with potential (I can’t wait to get my hands on a print version to read through properly).
People that have been following the State of the Tentacle interview series here on Cthulhu Reborn will probably remember that Atomic Age Cthulhu is one of several projects shepherded into this world by the necromantic hand of Brian Sammons. You can read our interview with Brian, where he talks about this book and many others, over on this blog post.
Long-time readers of Cthulhu Reborn may remember that waaaay back in June 2011, we released a design for a 1950s “Atomic Age” character sheet for Call of Cthulhu. While I was hoping that this sheet may have made it into the Chaosium book, it seems to have missed out on inclusion …. I’m guessing for space reasons (since it’s already a pretty hefty book, weighting in at 228 pages).
Anyway, far be it from me to deny the world the chance to use this character sheet design … so below there’s a link to an updated version of the original PDF that includes a couple of new skills found in some of the Atomic Age Cthulhu book. I’ve even updated it to be a fillable PDF sheet. Download it. Use it in your games. Share it with your friends. Print out a double-sided copy and staple it into the back of your copy of Atomic Age Cthulhu. Go crazy, Daddy-O.
Pictures of the Sheet
Just so you know what you’ll be getting if you download the 1950s PDF character sheet … here are pictures of both the front and back (click for larger versions of the images).
There are two versions, one which includes a small amount of autocalculation of fields (Idea, Luck, Know, 99-Cthulhu) and another which has no autocalculation:
- two-sided Chaosium Atomic Age (1950s) character sheet with autocalc, for Letter
- two-sided Chaosium Atomic Age (1950s) character sheet no autocalc, for Letter
Both files are 6.7MB in size, and have been granted the right holy Adobe incantations to allow you to fill them in and save the form complete with input (kinda useful for a char sheet).
These files are copyright to Cthulhu Reborn but released for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License. That means, you can do pretty much whatever you like with them … except make money.
Duck and Cover
I hope folks get some use out of these (semi-official) sheets for Chaosium’s “Atomic Age” setting for Call of Cthulhu. If you use them for anything truly epic … feel free to let us know and we’ll share your magnificence with the world 🙂