Cohors Cthulhu tabletop RPG brings cosmic horror to the edge of the Roman Empire

British publisher Modiphius Entertainment expands the universe of its flagship tabletop role-playing game Achtung! cthulhu bringing the Lovecraftian mythos from the battlefields of World War II to the height of the Roman Empire. The publisher plans to launch Cohors Cthulhu in early 2023, providing rules for Roman legions and Germanic tribes to clash – and with horrors from beyond the stars.

“I’ve loved films about the Roman era since I was a child, from classic Spartacus to the most recent Gladiator, Barbarians on Netflix, and Centurionssaid Chris Birch, founder and CEO of Modiphius. “I think Rome is in our blood if you grew up in Europe. You look around and a lot of our daily life is based on ancient Rome, and there’s something appealing about the last days of the empire.

The first one Cohors Cthulhu The post will be set in the Roman border town of Laurium, a fortified fort in northern Europe near dense forests. Wanderers gather in its smoky taverns to share tales of haunted forests, terrifying creatures and eerie ruins. The game will be split into an RPG using the same 2d20 system as Achtung! cthulhu and a narrative wargame that can be played solo or cooperatively, with players battling terrifying Lovecraftian forces.

“The war game itself is set during a massive conflagration, as myth-backed forces wreak havoc along the Roman frontier in a plot to destroy the empire,” Birch said. “The RPG is set several months before that, as dark clouds gather over the empire, so you’ll see a mix of action, adventure, subterfuge, and social encounters. We envision some bands playing out the stories of brave Roman legions fighting on the frontiers, others pursuing devious cults in the back streets of the city, balancing the political ideals and needs of your people with nobles or simple dungeon explorations in ancient ruins.

Modiphius will support the release with a full line of miniatures, 3D printable miniature designs, a Cohors Cthulhu novel and an anthology of short stories featuring iconic gaming characters. The publisher is also exploring video game and television licensing deals.

The main plot of the Cohors games involves the myths of Atlantis and Hyperborea, following a priestess who wandered the universe for millions of years, influencing the development of various human civilizations in her quest to destroy the outer gods. This arch will connect Cohors Cthulhu for Achtung! cthulhuwhich set a precedent for time-jumping heroes with the Shadows of Atlantis campaign.

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“It is quite possible that your [Achtung! Cthulhu] heroes could end up facing the Roman Empire, or vice versa, your Cohors Cthulhu heroes could be dropped into the chaos of World War II,” Birch said. “We have always imagined Achtung! cthulhu as part of a larger storyline where heroes throughout the ages wage a secret war against the eldritch forces of the Old Gods. Cohors Cthulhu is the next step in bringing this universe to life and opening up more possibilities for players to create and play in amazing stories that span human history.

A sin Achtung! cthulhu, Cohors Cthulhu characters will be built using archetypes such as Mystic, Villain, or Warrior, paired with backgrounds such as Merchant, Politician, or Nomad. Players can create characters that are part of an ancient Atlantean bloodline or have closer ties to the Cthulhu mythos, but you won’t actually be able to play on the side of the Outer Gods.

“I love insignificant heroes rising above the storm and taking on larger-than-life entities,” Birch said. “It’s something you see time and time again in the real world, from wars to legal battles against big business. We’ve taken the best bits of the Cthulhu mythos and adapted them to our universe. It’s not just a world where all hope is useless and you’re doomed to die, but where small actions can have consequences across the cosmos. Where a group of heroes can threaten the very existence of age-old beings. They have yet to fight and sacrifice, but hope is inextricably woven into our history, and your sacrifice is on your terms.

Birch said he put the first Cohors Cthulhu set in Germania to evoke the feel of a classic fantasy story – the characters are based in a small town in the middle of nowhere and must get out and explore. But he plans to expand the game (set around 160-180 AD during the time of Marcus Aurelius) to other sections of the Roman Empire, including Egypt, Britain and the Eternal City of Rome. herself. Each area will also see the influence of the Outer Gods, and the heroes will have to fight them with powerful magic, lost ancient technology, and eldritch powers.

Modiphius is looking to hire a diverse group of writers to help bring the many cultures of the Roman world to life, so he is issuing an open call for writers. Anyone familiar with Roman times and a specific culture is welcome to send their role-playing game writing CV to support@modiphius.com to apply to join the creative team.

“Rome can be seen through rose-tinted glasses,” Birch said. “They treated a lot of people terribly, so it was important to make sure players could play with different cultures. of the ancient world.


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British publisher Modiphius Entertainment is expanding the world of its flagship tabletop role-playing game Achtung! Cthulhu by bringing the Lovecraftian mythos from the battlefields of World War II to the height of the Roman Empire. The publisher plans to launch Cohors Cthulhu in early 2023, providing rules for Roman legions and Germanic tribes to clash with each other — and with horrors from beyond the stars.
“I’ve loved movies about Roman times since I was a kid, from the classic Spartacus to the more recent Gladiator, Barbarians on Netflix, and Centurion,” said Modiphius founder and CEO Chris Birch. “I think Rome is in our blood if you grew up in Europe. You look around and really so much of our everyday life is based on ancient Rome, and there’s something that appeals about the final days of the empire.”

The first Cohors Cthulhu publication will be set in the Roman frontier town of Laurium, a walled fort in Northern Europe near dense woodlands. Vagabonds gather in its smoky taverns to share stories about haunted forests, terrifying creatures, and strange ruins. The game will be divided into a RPG using the same 2d20 system as Achtung! Cthulhu and a narrative wargame that can be played solo or cooperatively, with players going up against terrifying Lovecraftian forces.
“The wargame itself is set during a huge conflagration, as mythos-backed forces wreak havoc along the Roman border in a plot to destroy the empire,” Birch said. “The RPG is set several months before this, as dark clouds gather over the empire, and so you’ll be seeing a mix of action, adventure, subterfuge, and social encounters. We envisage some groups playing out the stories of brave Roman legions fighting on the frontiers, others pursuing devious cults in the backstreets of town, balancing political ideals and the needs of your people with nobles or simple dungeon crawls in ancient ruins.”

Modiphius will be supporting the release with a complete miniatures line, 3D printable miniature designs, a Cohors Cthulhu novel, and an anthology of short stories featuring signature characters from the game. The publisher is also looking into video game and television licensing deals.
The primary plot of the Cohors games involves the myths of Atlantis and Hyperborea, following a priestess who has roamed the universe for millions of years influencing the development of various human civilizations in her quest to destroy the Outer Gods. That arc will link Cohors Cthulhu to Achtung! Cthulhu, which established a precedent for heroes jumping through time with the Shadows of Atlantis campaign.
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“It’s quite possible your [Achtung! Cthulhu] heroes might find themselves facing the Roman Empire, or vice versa, your Cohors Cthulhu heroes could be dropped into the chaos of World War II,” Birch said. “We always envisioned Achtung! Cthulhu as part of a larger storyline where heroes across the ages fight a secret war against the eldritch forces of the old gods. Cohors Cthulhu is the next step in bringing that universe to life and opening up more possibilities for players to create and play in amazing stories that span human history.”
As in Achtung! Cthulhu, Cohors Cthulhu characters will be built using archetypes like mystic, scoundrel, or warrior, paired with backgrounds such as merchant, politician, or nomad. Players can build characters who are part of an ancient Atlantean bloodline or have closer ties to the Cthulhu mythos, but you won’t actually be able to play on the side of the Outer Gods.
“It’s not just a world where all hope is pointless and you’re destined to die, but where tiny actions can have consequences across the cosmos.”“I like insignificant heroes rising above the storm and taking on larger-than-life entities,” Birch said. “It’s something you see time and again in the real world, from wars to legal battles against big business. We’ve taken the best bits of the Cthulhu mythos to fit our universe. It’s not just a world where all hope is pointless and you’re destined to die, but where tiny actions can have consequences across the cosmos. Where a group of heroes can threaten the very existence of age-old beings. They must still fight and sacrifice, but hope is inextricably mixed in with our story, and your sacrifice is on your terms.”
Birch said he set the first Cohors Cthulhu game in Germania to evoke the feel of a classic fantasy story — characters are based in a small town in the middle of nowhere and must go out and explore. But he plans to expand the game (which is set around A.D. 160-180 during the age of Marcus Aurelius) to other sections of the Roman Empire, including Egypt, Britannia, and the Eternal City of Rome itself. Every area will also see the influence of the Outer Gods, and heroes will need to fight them with powerful magic, ancient lost technology, and eldritch powers.

Modiphius is looking to hire a diverse group of writers to help bring the Roman world’s numerous cultures to life, so it’s making an open call for writers. Anyone with knowledge of the Roman era and a specific culture are invited to send their role-playing writing resume to support@modiphius.com to apply to join the creative team.
“Rome can be seen through rose-tinted glasses,” Birch said. “They treated many people terribly, so it was important to ensure players could play as different cultures. Sworn enemies today will have to unite once faced with the cosmic horror being unleashed on the peoples of the ancient world.”

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