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The Gaslight Equipment Catalogue $10.95
Publisher: Chaosium
by Michael T. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 07/09/2010 06:12:24

Call of Cthulhu is as much about horror as it is about history. Keepers and players everywhere enjoy the handouts, the props, and the attention to detail of the era. Although the Victorian era (known colloquially as "Gaslight" in Call of Cthulhu terms) has never been as mainstream at the 1920s setting it's just as creepy. This straightforward catalog rounds out the setting by providing equipment lists drawn from real mail-order catalogs.

The Gaslight Equipment Catalogue includes everything from currency to camping gear, toiletries to transportation. Throughout are sprinkled helpful facts about different pieces of equipment: the importance of hats, timelines of technological development, how cameras worked, and so on. With the exception of the weapons sections, there are surprisingly few rules for Call of Cthulhu. This is a good thing, as much of the equipment doesn't affect the game either way but merely provides color to an existing campaign.

The entire PDF seems to have been formatted in an older version of Microsoft Word; I recognize the table format. It's a little rough, with clipart pictures of varying clarity sprinkled throughout. But that's also part of the Catalogue's charm – it feels like a real Victorian catalogue. It's an excellent supplement for any game master looking to run a Victorian-era game.

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