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Stargazer Leave a comment Wow! That was actually the first word I said after laying my eyes upon this fine book. Chthonian Stars totally took my surprise and I mean this in a good way. Wildfire is actually the same company that was responsible for the award-winning CthulhuTech. As you all well know I am a huge fan of everything remotely Lovecraft-related and I love SF and space opera games. The Chthonian Stars campaign is set into a near future where humanity has started to colonize the solar system.
The closer this Chthonian Star gets the more unspeakable horrors start to awake. Formerly dead moons develop alien ecosystems, people go missing all over the solar systems, terrifying things stir in the dark void of space. The players are Wardens, sent out by the Unified World Council, to learn everything about this new threat to humanity and fight it where ever possible.
But as in any good Lovecraftian campaign things are looking not good for humanity… The setting is described in a lot of detail and the great artwork help you to get a feel for what life in is like. The book also contains a couple of short stories set into the Chthonian Stars universe. If you intend to run a game using this setting you definitely should not miss them. Every planet of the solar system is explained in all details and should give players and the GM a good overview of what the solar system is like in Chthonian Stars.
But of course, the book is not all fluff. Chapter 3 details the character creation method which is a slightly modified version of Travellers point allocation method. There are also new Advantages and Disadvantages that help to flesh out the characters. Chthonian Stars contains new rules for Horror Checks and Madness, since we all know that no game inspired by H.
Lovecrafts works could exist without them. There are also additional rules for exotic environments and tips on making combats a bit less deadly. Traveller is already pretty deadly as it is, and the designers of Chthonian Stars obviously thought it might be a bit too lethal when you add Mythos creatures to the mix.
And the book actually contains quite a few of those. The chapter about spaceships is quite extensive and not only contains rules on how to create spaceships suited for the setting but also a couple of pre-built ships. Each ship comes with some background information, full stats and of course a Traveller-style deck plan. As I said before, you just have to love this book.
The referee chapter contains a lot of helpful tips on how to run a game using the setting and explains some of the tropes of the genre. In a lot of ways, Chthonian Stars reminds me of CthulhuTech, which is actually a good thing. The production quality of the book is great and the Traveller rules are a good fit for the setting. But if you are into space opera with a good dose of Lovecraftian horror, you should definitely check out Chthonian Stars. Share this:.
First Look: Chthonian Stars
The new Traveller is being published by Mongoose Publishing , of all people. So, Chthonian Stars. The game line has been mentioned a few times in the past years, and finally released this spring in. As the Mongoose Traveller edition was mostly complete, they put it on the market in. And now, the game itself. The game is set sometime in the near future, the year , after man has developed space travel and is beginning to colonize the galaxy.