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Achtung! Cthulhu: Three Kings - Savage Worlds $14.99 $9.99
Publisher: Modiphius
by Billiam B. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 06/15/2012 09:52:35
The only good zombie is a dead NAZI zombie. I'm not really into the whole zombie thing, but I enjoy the shear audacity of writers who mix-up bad guys in order to create the "ultimate" adversaries. I reckon that shooting sluggish undead neighbours with a farmyard shotgun doesn't quite have the same thrill as sten-gunning Doktor Kammerstein's experimental Ungeziefer Zombies. And that's just a very small part of Achtung! Cthulhu -Zero Point - 1: Three Kings.

Just reading the title makes me grin from ear to ear. ACHTUNG!! The setting is tense, cinematic and perhaps intentded to be played straight (almost), but I can imagine that role-playing the PCs (pre-gens included!) and NPCs could also be enjoyed as period-parody. I'm reminded of Castle Wolfenstein, the Colditz boardgame, the beginning of Hellboy, and the occult-curious Nazis in Raiders of the Lost Ark -not to mention films and comic strips depicting derring-do raids on enemy bases in World War II.

It's the sort of PDF that I wouldn't mind owning a book (printed) copy of. Even the "printer friendly" (white background) copy is lushly presented.

I've been reading the Savage Worlds ("Realm of Cthulhu") edition, and I was going to post that it probably wouldn't be too hard to adapt to Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu mechanics, but the nice people at Modiphius have already provided a separate edition with CoC stats and rules.

This product tends towards the more pulp style of play where players may encounter fearsome horrors directly and have access to wartime hardware and weaponry, but there's still enough conspiracy, back-story and a special forbidden tome (books, there's always a book!) to place this scenario firmly in the spirit of Lovecraftian gaming. Pockets of horror and terror overlap with, and are contextualised by, real historical events in central Europe, meaning that material is very accessible, whilst being broad enough to allow for flexibility in campaign planning by the Referee. 'Three Kings can be played as a standalone adventure or as the first part of what may become a really fabulous series.

Mein Gott in Himmel ... Shoggoths fur das Furhrer!
... and so on. ;)

-Billiam Babble.
(Adventures in Shopping http://bit.ly/rpgblog )

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