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Terror Australis
Publisher: Chaosium
by Jeffrey V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/10/2010 14:35:25

This is another publication that I originally picked up as a hardcopy when it first came out back in 1987 -- and just in the nick of time too, since it included a "missing" chapter from the "Masks of Nyarlathotep" Campaign I was running at the time! (Masks of Nyarlathotep plays just fine without the missing chapter, by the way, but having it is nice since it provides yet another place for your globe-trotting investigators to have to explore.) I was very pleased to see that DriveThruRPG had this one for sale again -- and for just about 2/3rds of the price I paid for it back in the day!

This supplement provides the Keeper with a great deal of information regarding Australia (especially the Melbourne area) in the 1920s, as well as providing sections on ghostly events and the "dream time" of the native population. In fact, the authors have provided a role-playing setting in the form of "Alcheringa," the Aboriginal version of Lovecraft's "Dream World" for use in Call of Cthulhu. Additionally, they have provided a lengthy section on Aboriginal beliefs and weapons and ways they can be used to affect teh investigators. For those materials alone, the book is worth purchasing, however the three provided scenarios (which can be played as a mini-campaign, in addition to the one serving as a bridge to the MoN campaign) are the usual excellent quality products we've come to expect from Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu product series.

This PDF easily earns a five for the quality of the reproduction and the ease with which materials may be copied or printed by the Keeper for use with the game. DriveThruRPG hit another home run with this one. I strongly encourage anyone interested in the CoC system to purchase this item!

This is another one I had trouble downloading thanks to my Internet Service Provider, but the superb Customer Service team at DriveThruRPG helped me get my materials pretty quickly and turned what could have been a really bad experience into one that was so positive, I'm very willing to continue purchasing materials from DriveThru. Fantastic job!

[5 of 5 Stars!]
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