Secrets of New York

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Secrets of New York

Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 23103

Publishing Year: 2005

Pages: 180

Cover Price: $23.95

Author(s): William Jones

Artist(s): Steven Gilberts (cover & interior), David Conyers (maps), Kathy Ferrell, Chris Hill, Kathy Hill, Deborah Jones, William Jones (maps), Bryan Reagan

Setting(s): 1920s

Format(s): Softcover

ISBN: 1-56882-180-8


This book describes New York City as a setting for 1920s Call of Cthulhu adventuring.

The book is divided into sections as follows:

  • Introduction,
  • Feasters of the Dark,
  • A History of New York,
  • Manhattan: Uptown,
  • Manhattan: Midtown,
  • Manhattan: Downtown,
  • The Outer Boroughs,
  • Adventure: The Half Moon,
  • Adventure: Transgression,
  • Appendix

Scenarios: The Half Moon, Transgression

Front Cover Text


Back Cover Text

Secrets of New York

A Mythos Guide to the City that Never Sleeps

IT IS THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. During the day ships, barges, tugs, and pleasure boats ply New York's bay and rivers, dashing beneath bridges and disgorging thousands of people upon the city's shores. Each brings hope and dreams of a new life. At night the city blazes with myriad lights, diamonds dazzling in buildings that scrape the sky. Music, food, dance, dark rituals, and clandestine cults flourish beneath Since that first landing of Henry Hudson's ship Hal the mantle of New York City.

Since that first landing of Henry Hudson's ship Half Moon to the Declaration of Independence, dark things have suckled on New York's underbelly; the city's boroughs have always hidden secrets countless, sinister, and horrifying. From the savage massacre at Throg's Neck to the things beneath the earth on Barren Island, New York City has always been protective of its mysteries - now all come to light in one book.

SECRETS OF NEW YORK is a compendium of one of the oldest and most popular cities in the new world, and is a supplement for the Call of Cfholhu roleplaying game. This volume explores the strange events above and below the streets and avenues that crisscross the world's financial capital during the 1920's. With a plethora of characters to bring the city to life, and a detailed history to build scenarios upon, Secrets of New York is an indispensable tool for keepers and players setting adventures in the Big Apple. Included are maps and historical documents and photographs of 1920's New York City, as well as several scenarios that explore the most popular and less savory locales of this grand metropolis.

<also includes an advertisement for Chaosium's lines of Call of Cthulhu roleplaying supplements and fiction>


First Call of Cthulhu supplement to feature Professor Rudolph Pearson, an ongoing character appearing in several of William Jones short works of fiction. A mythos tome by Professor Pearson also appears in The Stars Are Right! Second Edition.

Playtesters: Eric Bauer, Ryan Blackstock, Martin L. Caldwell, Michael Carlson, Darren Chapman, David L. Gregoroff, Deborah Jones, Jason Lindsey, Jackie Lindsey, Dave McCown, Patty McCown, Leo Morang, Karen Morang, Kevin Music, Doug Seipel, Jim Sobota, Shannon Sobota, Adam Stein, Dameon Wolford, Emily Wolford


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.

Source Material References

References to Mythos creatures, tomes, artifacts, and Lovecraftian locations that appear within this book's scenarios are described in the pages detailing these scenarios. There are, however, numerous such references made in the source sections (and thus not associated with a specific scenario). These references are detailed below.




Tomes and Artifacts:

Sourcebook New Rules

New Spells:

New Skills:

New Creatures:

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