1990's Handbook

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Front Cover

Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 2355

Publishing Year: 1995

Pages: 74

Cover Price: $12.95

Author(s): Gregory Rucka, Sandy Petersen, Peter Corless, Mark Beardsley, Sam Shirley, Jay J. Wiseman, Benjamin Wright

Artist(s): Eric Vogt (cover), Earl Geier, Drashi Khendup, Ron Leming, Kirk Wescom

Setting(s): 1990s

Format(s): Softcover and scanned/OCR PDF

ISBN: 1-56882-048-8


This book updates the modern-day source material provided as part of the Cthulhu Now setting to take into account the social and technological setting of mid-1990s America.

This book is divided into sections as follows:

  • Introduction
  • New Equipment
    • bulletproof vests
    • modern surveillance
    • computers
    • helicopters
    • medical emergency equipment
    • scuba gear and accessories
  • Weapons
    • non-lethal weapons
    • firearms
    • nuclear weapons
    • obtaining fully automatic weapons
    • concealed weapons
    • breaking the law
  • Government and You
    • federal bureau of investigation
    • bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms
    • drug enforcement agency
    • internal revenue service
    • national security agency
    • central intelligence agency
    • secret service
    • marshals service
  • The Armed Forces
    • corrupt militaries
    • military service in the U.S.
    • investigators with military backgrounds
    • generating military characters
    • the reserves and national guard
  • The Police
    • what the police can and can't do
    • modern forensics
  • Criminals and Crime
    • organized crime
    • urban gangs
    • pornography and drugs
    • serial crime
  • Hit Locations: An Option
    • what is a hit location?
    • effects of damage
    • hit locations for monsters
  • Story Seeds
    • the invisible pattern
    • death and taxes
    • better living through technology
    • the Yithian candidate
    • but is it art?
    • cult of the new millenium
    • church of the glorious return
    • down the mean streets
    • Cthulhu ex machina
    • next step, the world! (maps of Mythos-significant locations around the globe)
      • Africa & the Arabian Peninsula
      • Asia
      • Australia & Oceania
      • Europe
      • North America
      • South America & Central America
  • Bibliography
  • Index

Front Cover Text

Modern Background for Call of Cthulhu

Back Cover Text

1990s Handbook

The horrors lurking in the modern world are often a synthesis of the mundane and the monstrous. For example, the concept of snuff movies is monstrous, but with such a strong foundation of mundane movies full of graphic sex and violence, we can easily believe in their existence even if we have not seen them ourselves. Susan Smith was to all appearances a loving mother, yet she sent the car with her two young sons in it into a lake and let them drown. If these are part of our world, what other, less understandable, horrors must be waiting for us?

The ideas presented in this book attempt to be both mundane and fantastic at the same time &endash; plausibility is the key. It is in the details that the horror lies, because it is in the credibility of the details that the fantastic can rise and stand.

This, then, is a book of details, most mundane, some fantastic. They have but one purpose – that of bringing Lovecraft’s horror home to us here and now. THE 1990’S HANDBOOK is a revision of Cthulhu Now, and brings CALL OF CTHULHU into the mid-1990’s. New equipment details includes surveillance paraphernalia, computers, and lethal and non-lethal weapons. The roles of the government, the military, the police, the crime in the modern world are discussed. An optional hit location system is presented. Several scenario storylines are given.

Comments / Trivia

Many items from this book were subsequently subsumed into the 5.5th Edition (and later) versions of the Call of Cthulhu rules.

Page numbering in the table of contents of this book is broken.


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