Harlem Unbound is an award-winning RPG that looks at Cthulhu in the time of Prohibition, specifically in Harlem. Now it’s got a 2nd Edition.
Harlem Unbound is an RPG that understands what it is to create atmosphere. This game is set in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos, but more explicitly, it’s set during the Harlem Renaissance. This is a time when African-Americans are moving north to escape oppression, when Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes fill the city with music.
But it’s also a part of the city rife with tension enough on its own. Classes and cultures brush up against each other in a melting pot on its boiling point–and then layer the eldritch horror of the Mythos underneath all of that, and you have a recipe for a game that’s rich and wonderful.
There’s a reason Harlem Unbound won multiple awards when it was released. Now it has a 2nd Edition from Chaosium, check it out today. This one’s worth adding to your collection.
New York City.
Prohibition is in full swing and bootleggers are living high. African-Americans flee the oppressive South for greener pastures, creating a new culture in Harlem. The music of Fats Waller and Duke Ellington pours out of the city’s windows, while women in stylish skirts and silk stockings, and men in white gloves and Chesterfield coats crowd the sidewalks. There’s a feeling of possibility in the air, like never before.
But, even in this land of promise, Harlem is a powder keg, ready to explode. While classes and cultures collide, the horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos lurk beneath the streets, creeping through dark alleys and hidden doorways to infect the hopes and aspirations of the unwary.
Can you hold it together and keep the terrors at bay for one more song?
Harlem Unbound 2nd Edition is expanded and improved from the first edition. New areas are shown below:
- Seven scenarios (four new to 2nd Edition).
- Unique occupations tailored to Harlem.
- New Mythos monsters to terrify your players.
- Ready-to-play investigators.
- Random plot generator.
- Crash course on addressing race in gaming.
This PDF package includes the following:
- Harlem Unbound – 2nd Edition – PDF
- Handouts and pre-generated characters – PDF
- Harlem Unbound Investigator Sheet – PDF
- Map of Harlem with and without scenario locations – PDF
- Two Scenario Maps – PDF