Creating Investigators

Creating your own investigator from scratch is great fun. The rules detail rolling your investigator’s statistics, choosing an occupation and skills, and developing a personal history. When beginning a game of Call of Cthulhu, it is recommended that all the players ‘roll-up’ their investigators together in the company of the person who will be taking on the role of Keeper — this ensures that everyone helps to ‘form’ the group, with each investigator taking an agreed role, ensuring that a balance of skills and occupations is found.

In Call of Cthulhu, each player takes the role of an investigator, someone whose mission is to unearth hidden secrets, discover forgotten places and, armed with knowledge which man was not meant to know, stand against the bloodcurdling horrors of the Cthulhu Mythos. Working as a team, investigators can come from disparate backgrounds and be of varied occupations — each bringing certain expertise to the group. Together, joined in comradeship and common purpose, you will stand steadfast against the coming darkness…

This chapter provides the rules for creating investigator player characters. At the end of this chapter you’ll also find some alternative methods for creating investigators, as well as a two-page spread that provides a handy summary for quick reference.

Creating Your Investigator

There is more than one approach to creating an investigator. Some people prefer to have an idea about the type of investigator they wish to create before rolling any dice, whilst others prefer to let the dice rolls guide their choices. What follows are the standard rules for creating investigators, with further options at the end of this chapter. More guidance is provided in Playing the Game.

The Steps