Masks of Nyarlathotep

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1st Edition
2nd Edition
3rd Edition
4th Edition
4th Edition Limited Hardcover

Publisher: Chaosium

1st Edition (Boxed)

Product Code: 2307-X

Publishing Year: 1984

Cover Price:

Written by: Larry DiTillio with Lynn Willis

Larry DiTillio -- conception, plan, and first draft of Masks of Nyarlathotep

Lynn Willis -- expansion of first draft; new materia; general editing; campaign booklets layout.

Sandy Petersen -- new material; additions to statistics, spells, monster, and gods.

Sherman Kahn -- box layout; handouts design and layour; excellent advice.

Yurek Chodak -- final editing and proofreading; perceptive observations; building and cultists' lair plans.

Theresa Griffin -- typesetting; proofreading; useful comments.

Tom Sullivan -- box cover painting; most interior illustrations.

Mike Blum -- New York, London, Cairo, Kenya Route, and Shanghai maps; additional material.

Ian Starcher -- elbow grease.

Format: Boxed

2nd Edition

Product Code: 3304

Publishing Year: 1989

Format: Softcover

ISBN: 0-933635-60-5

3rd Edition (= "The Complete Masks of Nyarlathotep")

Product Code: 2361

Publishing Year: 1996

Format: Softcover

ISBN: xxx

4th Edition

Product Code: 23118

Publishing Year: 2010

Format: Softcover, Hardcover

ISBN: xxx

5th Edition (=Masks of Nyarlathotep: Dark Schemes Herald the End of the World)

Product Code: 23153

Publishing Year: 2018

Format: Slipcase with two hardback, colour-interior, volumes

ISBN: xxx

Setting: 1920s


Campaigns: Masks of Nyarlathotep

Additional: What's in this Box?, Introduction, Player Handouts, Player Aids

1st Edition Front Cover Text

Perilous Adventures to Thwart the Dark God

1st Edition Back Cover Text

Perilous Adventures to Thwart the Dark God

"Then came too late the warning of the evil one, the sardonic caution of the daemon legate who had bidden the seeker beware the madness of that song. Only to taunt had Nyarlathotep marked out the way to safety and the marbellous sunset city; only to mock had that black messenger revealed the secret of these truant godss whose steps he could so easily lead back at will. For madness and the void's wild vengeance are Nyarlathotep's only gifts to the presumptuous...

"...go out among men and find the ways thereof, that He in the Gulf may know. To Nyarlathotep, Mighty Messenger, must all things be told. And he shall put on the semblance of me, the waxen mask and the robe that hides, and come down from the world of seven suns to mock...

"Nyarlathotep, Great Messenger, bringer of strange joy to Yuggoth through the void, Father of the Million Favored Ones...."

-- H. P. Lovecraft

A Campaign for Call of Cthulhu

When playboy Roger Carlyle met the African Woman, he took a turn for the worse. Every morning he related strange recurring dreams full of Egyptian symbols and mystic beckonings. Though never before interested in Egypt's history or archaeology, Carlyle suddenly organized an archaeological expedition to that ancient land. His friends were puzzled, and the newspaper gossip columns were fascinated. No one ever imagined that the expedition would meet such a terrible fate a few months later....

Settings include New York, London, Cairo, Nairobi, and Shanghai; puzzling clues are discovered in each locale, but can the hapless investigators survive long enough to make sense of them? Background notes and a variety of play aids help keep players and investigators on their toes during dozens of discrete adventures. Horrifying schemes, deadly adversaries, and sanity-threatening events challenge the coolest investigator as the team attempts to unravel the fate of the Carlyle Expedition.

Masks of Nyarlathotep includes more than 140 pages of role-playing information.

  • New York Book
  • London Book
  • Egypt Book
  • Kenya Book
  • Shanghai Book
  • Extensive Play Aids

2nd Edition Front Cover Text

Adventures to Thwart the Dark God

2nd Edition Back Cover Text

List all the text on the back cover.

3rd Edition Front Cover Text

The Classic Adventure, Complete For The First Time, with the Lost Australian Chapter and Four New Encounters

3rd Edition Back Cover Text

List all the text on the back cover.

4th Edition Front Cover Text

Perilous Adventures to Thwart the Dark God

4th Edition Back Cover Text

At last the stars are almost right. Soon Nyarlathotep's plans will come to fruition. Then the world will be changed irrevocably—but not quite yet. Pesky human investigators have learned much. Now they must survive long enough to make sense of what they know, and take resolute action.

This roleplaying classic is a series of linked adventures forming one long and unforgettable campaign. Horrifying deeds and dangerous sorcery dog those who dare attempt to unravel the fate of the Carlyle Expedition. The non-linear narrative keeps players baffled and on their toes. Action is the byword as the player-characters evade or combat cultists, magic, mad men, and the dread powers of the Outer Gods.


Comments / Trivia

A section in Australia was submitted at the same time as the rest of this campaign, but not included in the first two editions (due cost/space constraints). It appeared individually in Terror Australis as the adventure City Beneath the Sands. It was later re-incorporated into the 3rd and 4th editions.

Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.