Carcosa – Warning: For Adults Only! Contains explicit DriveThruRPG: Your One -Stop Shop for the Best in RPG PDF Files! The Largest RPG. In addition to making Carcosa look like a grimoire (but not in the gaudy way many RPG books have attempted this in the past), I also found. Ok, fuck it. Let’s do this thing. This is a review of Geoffrey McKinney’s Carcosa, a setting and heavily-modified OSR game published by LotFP.

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Then I understood how it could be so gonzo without being cartoonish. Statistically, none of these races are any different from the other; nor is any information provided as to any cultural differences with the sole exception that Bone Men are particularly shunned by other races and Jale Men are said to be more adept at sorcery than the others though again, neither of these statements are in any way matched with any mechanical basis.

The printed book is one of the most beautiful and usefully cross-referenced RPG books I own. Don’t forget tell us if a single-page format PDF is in fact possible.

epg The end result is that “by the book”, the races all just blend together without anything to really make them special except maybe the Bone Men ; of course, a GM might go to the trouble of trying to create cultural differences for himself, but as I’ve noted before this strikes me less like some kind of great stand for homeruling and more like laziness on the part of the writer.

In what is perhaps mankind’s only stroke of good luck on Carcosa, the Space Alien armada that made a hard landing on Carcosa had a lot of powerful high-tech stuff that humans can easily use and steal.

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No, it’s formatted to maximize its utility as a PDF on large wide-screen monitorswhich is a very different thing.

So societies with non-written languages or no art are not vulnerable to it or as much unless it is translated into the new communication form allowing a vector jump.


Some of them like the magic system are at least justified by the setting itself to some extent. I think I’m going to buy this product on the strength of these descriptors alone. Why review it or talk about it? There’s a fairly-decent set of psionic rules again, with a bit too much randomness: It is surely food for the imagination though. They’re just choosing to play it in a way that we find really boring. Ed Dove February 22, at 7: I agree with your overall assessment as well, but find myself drawn to the world of Carcosa.

GROGNARDIA: REVIEW: Carcosa (LotFP Edition)

It’s formatted to maximize its utility as a book. That’s about as much as I can remember. It reminds me of all those would-be comic-book artists who read Watchmen and entirely missed the point, thinking that what made Watchmen great was its “dark” style and superficial violence. I just received this email from LotFP: I like the idea of Carcosa as an entity.

Jale, Dolm, and Ulfire rpf three colours that don’t exist on earth. So again, and very much unlike “Isle of the Unknown”, epg certainly things I think are usable and redeemable about Carcosa.

Carcosa (RPG setting)

Lawful In need of help ; Neutral Rationally motivated ; Chaotic insane. And the page numbers are synched properly so using it on a PC is cumbersome, too. Fuzzy on the details, but basically: I can’t imagine playing Call of Cthulhu and having it turn out anything like my Carcosa campaign. Sounds disgusting and juvenile. Tekumel is a classic of Old-School setting; and just like McKinney’s claims that “Isle” is in the style of the Wilderlands of Rpt Fantasy, the suggestion that his Carcosa is like Barker’s Tekumel pretty much falls flat.

Want to add to the discussion? The Grumpy Celt February 20, at 3: Cqrcosa the only reason why I’ve put forth so much effort trying to dispel some of the untruths perpetrated against and perpetuated about Carcosa. Except it’s not very useful as a PDF, either.

The only other compliant I have with it is that the PDF is, as a practical matter, utterly unprintable. I do especially like the alignments turned into motives: Above all, enjoy yourself.


This is a really big deal to me, it’s frustrating to have rpy product that, were it to conform rpv standards would be wonderful. From conversations I have had with Geoffrey in the past about rp the original Holmes rulebook into a campaign in itself i.

I think later this spring the books will be available through US distributors.

Is there a reason to not give people both? Resources Find the right game for you! I’ve never liked what happens to players if they figure out how to operate the telescope.

I’ve always enjoyed the King in Yellow as the actual Eldritch Entity like a meme or mental virus that spreads insanity and replicates itself and is particular cacosa civilizations. I’ve been wondering how reasonable people do anything with LotFP stuff. I think it deserves a better score in the utility department. Standard weapons also do “1 die” of damage, meaning that you never know until a battle begins whether your trusty longsword or bow, or dagger will do 1d4 or 1d12 damage.


Now their galaxy-wide empire is getting a kick in the teeth from a bunch of stick-wielding neanderthals who are spreading like a virus amongst the stars. This throws you clear to the other side of the map, to the massive city of the Bonemen. LevyK 1 June at Changed the city of Carvosa itself to be a sentient construct that can summon a duplicate of any person, living or dead, if any members of the party wish it.

Groovy, I like a lot of LotFP stuff and use it so I’m well versed in making those adjustments in material if needed for the table.

CoC certainly does not have a monopoly on Lovecraft. In other words, it has all the potential ingredients for a great gonzo setting, carcoosa charm.

I love the idea of Cthulhu cycle ideas, monsters, and gods in a science fantasy setting.