In the Grip of Madness

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Pages: 8

Author(s): Joachim A. Hagen, Samar Ertsey, Alexandra Velten(translator)

Artist(s): Artists listed with credits for magazine issue.

Setting: any

Appears in: Worlds of Cthulhu, Issue 02.



This article presents practical hints on playing characters who have a range of different mental disorders. For each mental illness discussed, a section is provided giving some helpful advice to Keepers on how to describe the distorted reality the character perceives, and a separate section offers advice to players on how to run characters with that disorder.

The following conditions are described:

  • Schizophrena (sub-divided into a range of different symptoms: Distortions of the Ego, Hallucinations, Mania, Distorted Thinking Processes, Mood Disorders and Movement Disorders)
  • Phobias
  • Paranoia
  • Dissocial Disorders
  • Permanent Post-Traumatic Personality Changes
  • Multiple Personalities


The article provides the following links to online sources of further information

The article also recommends Chaosium's Taint of Madness.