ACHTUNG! CTHULHU – GUIDE TO THE EASTERN FRONT by Dave Blewer, Chad Bowser, Lynne Hardy & Ilya Sadchikov, Modiphius Entertainment, Pdf & p/b, 120pp, £17.99. www.modiphius.com
Reviewed by Steve Dean
For those of you unfamiliar with the whole Achtung! Cthulhu thing, this is an expansion that goes with the Keeper’s (GM’s) and Investigator’s (players’) Guides of the same name. The material within is compatible with both Call of Cthulhu 6th edition and Savage Worlds rules. Don’t worry if you don’t know your Eastern Front from your back side, chapter one gives you a full chronological run down of the salient points in quite some detail.
Chapter two gives more detailed overviews of what it was like on the ground, with accounts of some of the more infamous battles, like Stalingrad and Warsaw, again, in some detail.
Chapter three lists the structure and ranking systems of the Red Army and Navy.
Chapter four gives some ideas on creating a Russian character, names, backgrounds, etc. and provides some new military and civil occupations, a new skill and some new hindrances and edges.
Chapters five and six list all the hardware: guns and tanks and all the big metal explodey stuff some of you like.
Chapter seven lists some of the weird cults around, and Chapter eight describes some artefacts, tomes and spells which players might encounter.
Chapter nine lists all the beasts and monsters the players might get ripped to bits by.
Chapter ten is a list of the big shots who were around at the time, both Russian and German.
Chapter eleven gives Keeper’s some adventure seeds to get started, and chapter twelve has suggestions for further reading and study, should this already detailed volume whet your appetite for more.
This short review can’t hope to cover the mass of material in this book, suffice it to say, there’s a shed load. The presentation is well done, the artwork is perfect for the material, and overall it’s a fine addition to the canon, and almost a ‘must buy’ if this is what you’re into. A double thumbs-up from the English judge.