Intro to Call of Cthulhu: Dead Boarder

Call of Cthulhu on Discord, Roll20

Call of Cthulhu



About the adventure

A locked room. A dead resident. A mystery to be solved. In this introduction to the Call of Cthulhu 7e system, you are residents of Ma Shanks' Boarding House in Providence, Rhode Island. It is 1931, and times are tough. Another of your fellow residents, a Mr. James Gardiner, has not been seen or heard from in two days. It is up to you to determine the nature of his silence, and uncover the secrets of his life. [CW for this scenario include but may not be limited to: death, homicide, descriptions of violence and blood, sacrifice, suicide, body horror, loss of control] [It is the player's responsibility to cancel via the dashboard if they are unable to make the session. A guide is here:]

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Jillian Zaski (@theplottingdm)


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Additional Details

How to prepare

You will need the Discord software (either on mobile or a computer), a Roll20 account, and a working microphone. You do not need any experience with the Call of Cthulhu system, and some experience with Roll20 is welcome but not needed! You also do not need to bring your own dice, as we will be using Roll20 for rolls.

What I provide

I will bring my knowledge of the Call of Cthulhu system and my experience with Roll20. As this is a digital game, there will be no physical mementos.

Gameplay details

This game has an open-door policy: Players are free to leave without question if they decide the game is not for them. We will also be using X-cards via the Roll20 deck feature so that players can alert if the content is veering into uncomfortable descriptions or events. CW for this scenario include but may not be limited to: death, homicide, descriptions of violence and blood, sacrifice, suicide, body horror, loss of control

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How will character creation work

Quick-start characters will be provided to the players, who will be given the option to define gender, personality, and other aspects of the character prior to the game start. Each character includes a pre-defined connection to the mystery at the heart of the scenario.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Medium
  • Roleplay: Medium
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: None

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Price per player-session
You will be charged when a session starts


  • Duration: 1 to 2.5 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: None
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