Imagine a near-future world, one with the appearance of the very best cyberpunk anime... Where mankind is warring with Cthulhu mythos beasts both openly, in giant mecha, and in the shadows of the arcology streets they hide within...Cthulhutech
is a near future anime-inspired mash-up of Cthulhu and biopunk, a setting where the world is at war with the alien Migou and cults are running rampant, both across the battlefields and within the arcology cities that mankind is trying to protect... It's a setting where in the shadows, one of the biggest corporations is headed by the god of atrophy itself, Nyarlathotep.
In this Shadow War
, his corporation is kept at bay by a small secret society that have gained a secret, special rite to create warriors infused by eldritch symbiotes that can fight on even terms the monsters that are growing in our very midst.Version 2 of the Shadow War
Cthulhutech has had a bit of a tumultuous history before now, though now the developers at Wildfire have opened playtesting to version 2 of Cthulhutech... This time the game is streamlined, user friendly and controversial elements have been left at the door. The V2 book atm is a slim take on the Shadow War, a war played out in secret in arcology streets... A shadow war between Nyarlathotep's Chrysalis Corporation and those who have chosen to bond to symbionts, known as 'Tagers' (see above for the four types available to play so far) for those who have defected from Nyarlathotep, a group known as the Eldritch Society.
There is a rather large feel of the classic anime/manga 'Guyver
' to the game, with 'Tagers' (Guyvers) being people bonded to a symbiote that gives them powers... Chrysalis in Cthulhutech is very similar to Guyver
's antagonistic company, Chronos; Chrysalis makes Dhoahanoids, Chronos makes Zoanoids.
In the game itself the players will be playing a team of Tagers out to battle Chrysalis and work against the plans of Nyarlathotep to bring the Great Old Ones back to Earth. It is a game about being an occult superhero, fighting evil monsters and trying to hold off the end days planned by the Big Bad, one plan at a time.
The Cthulhutech V2 beta playtest can be found over at drivethrurpg for free
... I'm looking for some others to make a group to play these rules with and a GM to pull a story together. I could GM, though I get flaky, I'd much prefer to make a character for this and play what story someone else makes.
Also if anyone has the beta playtest pdf already, I'm open to discussion on thoughts about it. Thanks for reading, if any of this sounds interesting to yourself, please let me know below!