ACHTUNG! CTHULHU – GUIDE TO NORTH AFRICA by Chris Birch, Dave Blewer, Alex Bund, Adam Crossingham, Lynne Hardy & Glyn White, Modiphius Entertainment, Pdf & p/b, 137pp, £17.99. www.modiphius.com
Reviewed by Steve Dean
This volume is an expansion to the Achtung! Cthulhu mythos, and goes with the Keeper’s (GM’s) and Investigator’s (players’) Guides of the same name. The material is compatible with both Call of Cthulhu 6th edition and Savage Worlds rules. This is not, as the name might suggest, a tourist guide to the northern part of the African continent, but a guide to those playing characters in that area during WWII.
For those unfamiliar with the history of those events chapter one gives a full chronological count down of the period and the years before.
Chapter two provides a welcome reminder of the geography of the area, including the main cities, as far as East Africa.
Chapter three gives an insight into the intelligence services of Britain, Germany and the US.
Chapter four contains information on possible characters, with new military and civilian occupations, new knowledge skills and some Perks and Privileges.
Chapters five and six list the hardware, including guns, tanks and aeroplanes, the stuff that will kill your character without making them crazy first.
Chapter seven gives some insight into the natural conditions and hazards specific to the area, like drought, sunstroke, dehydration etc, and how to deal with them.
Chapter eight is where all the weird stuff is kept, all the cults, crazy people and dodgy places to avoid.
Chapter nine lists spells, spell books and artefacts, and chapter ten provides descriptions of the nasty creatures that want to suck out the characters’ eyeballs.
Chapter ten lists some of the big wigs and important people around at the time, British, French, German, etc.
Chapter twelve gives the Keeper some adventure seeds to get their teeth into, and chapter thirteen gives suggestions for further reading should it be needed.
This expansion is easily up to the high standard set by previous material, the amount of detail is immense, much more than can be covered in this humble review. The artwork and presentation are excellent, and overall I can recommend it without hesitation.