D&D: Summon the Eldritch Gods With These Cthulhu Accessories
Whether you’re playing D&D, Call of Cthulhu, or something else entirely, there’s always a little room for the great old ones at the table.
The Halloween season may almost be over, but there’s never a bad reason to draw your closest friends into a game of eldritch horror and spookiness. Whether you’re looking for a creepy one-shot for tomorrow or a fun way to add tentacles to your ongoing campaign, there are lots of ways to have a little more Cthulhu at the table.
1. Call of Cthulhu Starter Set
This is usually a pretty D&D-centric post, but if you’re looking to play a Cthulhu (or general Lovecraftian feel) themed game, it probably isn’t the best system for you. That’s not to say that you can’t use D&D; I had a DM run an Arkham-based, Lovecraft-inspired game with GURPS because it’s what they were most familiar with. But if that’s the game you want, there are systems designed especially for that game.
And the first that comes to mind is, of course, Call of Cthulhu. This starter set has everything you need to get your game going with intro adventures, starter rules, ready-to-play characters, blank sheets, dice, and handouts and props to use at the table.
2. Fate of Cthulhu
The other system that I’d recommend for the Eldritch game of your dreams is the slightly newer and easier, Fate of Cthulhu. Using the Fate roleplay system, your team works together to prevent an apocalypse of a Lovecraftian nature. If you’re interested but want to know more about this system, I highlighted it back when it came out. But if you’re looking for a more modern take on Cthulhu with a pretty simple ruleset, Fate of Cthulhu is your game.
3. Cthulhu Dice
Say, however, that you really, really want to play D&D. Even if it’s not the right system for an Eldritch game or you’re planning on just playing something completely different. That’s cool, there are still loads of ways to add this tentacle-covered face to your next session.
For example, this set of hollow, metal dice with a little Cthulhu on every dice face is just the right mix of thematically appropriate and useful. You probably don’t need more dice, but you’re going to add four more sets to your collection soon anyway so why not Cthulhu?
4. Dice Tray
This dice would be perfect for a session of Call of Cthulhu, but it would be just as helpful for any other tabletop RPG where you want to roll dice without worrying about losing one to the floor.
There are designs both on the cover and inside, so you don’t even need to choose between function and fashion, and the circumference has a perfect little river for holding the dice you’re not rolling at that time so they won’t get in the way. It’s very clearly Cthulhu, but any game would be a little more stylish (and organized) with this dice tray involved.
5. Cthulhu Notebook
When it comes to D&D you’re either a player who takes meticulous notes or no notes at all. There isn’t an in-between with the exception of session one where a few no-notes people will briefly convince themselves that they’ll be notes people before inevitably giving it up just in time for session two.
That last one is always me. But maybe this next game really is our time, maybe we’ll finally become notes people. With this very cool Cthulhu notebook with 192 blank pages ready for all of your adventures, we have a shot!
Do you have any Cthulhu-inspired D&D accessories? Did any of our picks make it onto your wish list? What’s your favorite system to play an Eldritch Horror game in? Let us know in the comments!