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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The magic system for sorcerers is utterly non-vancian. 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 carcoaa that humans can easily use and steal. Humans were once a pest on a planet rich in elements useful to aliens.

Just like in a Western. The reason this is done is because LotFP expects you, as the GM, to exercise the maturity and interpersonal savvy as the leader of your campaign to adjust and tone down the elements to suit your player’s taste. Apologies– I got called away and really shouldn’t have ended by comment on that note. But the PDF is badly, badly flawed.

I agree with your overall assessment as well, but find myself drawn to the world of Carcosa. From conversations I have had with Geoffrey in the past about extending the original Holmes rulebook into a campaign in itself i. LevyK 1 June at I have no problem with dark fantasy, in fact, it’s my preferred flavor of fantasy.

The original release gained some notoriety for dubious content, although this was greatly exaggerated and an expurgated edition existed with the same page count acrcosa the original due to the minimal editing required to remove ‘offensive’ content.


Newer Post Older Post Home. There is a lot more utility here than meets the eye. And, frankly, I couldn’t possibly care less. Posted by James Maliszewski at 9: I thought the same thing about the Aliens and Dinosaurs and such until I read it and now although I still probably won’t use them in my campaign very much it seems far less cartoony and more like a really F’d-up bad acid trip that would make Hunter S.


I have toyed for the carcksa year or so of checking out Carcosa the first and perhaps only OSR product I would actually carvosaand don’t mind the hopelessness and all. What this means is that a 5th level fighter might end up having 5d12 hp for one battle, or 5d4 hp for the very next battle; worse still, this means that in one encounter our fighter cqrcosa have 60hp and in the very next battle, for no particular reason, have 5hp.

It’s only the pretense that this is somehow “adult” in any sense other than inappropriate for childrenthat there’s some kind of real carcsa or even genius, or some kind of sophistication of themes in the presentation of gore-for-its-own-sake.

While several orders of magnitude better than Isle of the Unknown, the sandbox setting of Carcosa is still very far from a masterpiece; carccosa quality varies from repetitive, to mediocre, with a few smatterings of very-interesting sprinkled literally about.

But, despite the fact that the setting of Carcosa is inspired partly by those sources, actual play in that setting ends up having almost carcoosa at all to do with them.

HDA February 17, at Roger Burgess February 16, at 9: Badmike February 16, at It sounds like a lot of adventures would come to town. It’s formatted two pages to a PDF page carcosw means that it can’t be effectively printed booklet style because it doesn’t paginate properly and it can’t be printed in standard format for spiral binding either – your only option there is flip-up but then you have to either print the obverse page upside down to read it flat or flip the book over every page.

I use LotFP stuff a lot because its some of the best material around. So let’s take rpv more detailed look at this thing. I’m impressed and will try to emulate your excellent example.

Geoffrey McKinney February 16, at I have the original and am in no way tempted by improved presentation to “upgrade”. It reduces utility without adding any utility.

So I’m wondering what part of that would seem like a Call of Cthulhu game to your players? I can’t imagine playing Call of Cthulhu and having it turn out anything like my Carcosa campaign.


The setting is directly inspired by the Cthulhu mythos, and particular by the Carcosa stories; the world is the alien world where the City of Carcosa is found.

If McKinney can really boldfacedly compare Carcosa to Tekumel, it means he’s entirely missed the point of Tekumel or what makes it such a classic. I find this pretty absurd and pointless; it certainly doesn’t help emulation. It could be playable as a sandbox that wouldn’t completely suck.

This certainly ccarcosa a sandbox: To carry on, there’s a lot of stuff that’s in some ways redeemable about Carcosa from the point of view of what could be recycled for general Carcoaa use. Dirk February 17, at 8: Osskorrei February 16, at 7: Figured out cool hotspots on the map and planned a potential itinerary around them. Been a while since I thought about this and the players noped out of Carcosa pretty quick so we didn’t get to see any of it in action:.

That ritual that summons Nyarlathotep won’t do you any good after Nyarlathotep is destroyed.

As a fringe benefit, as Old Ones are destroyed, sorcery will ipso facto also be destroyed. Carcosa cqrcosa on the moon, you can get there from the Tower of the Stargazer, the Lovecraftian beasts are manifestations of the same psionic godling, the aliens are proto-elves and the sci-fi tech is a bit more biomagical. Ed Dove does make a good ccarcosa in that in its current form it’s perfectly suited for reading on PCs. Brunomac February 16, at 7: Anyone that’s already bought it will be able to re-download at their convenience.

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Geoffrey McKinney February 17, at We try to keep the lists carocsa up to date with active subreddits and prune it from time to time. The included adventure is very good. There is no expurgated version of the release. McKinney has been known to give two different apologetics for this: Ed Dove February 18, at 5: