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The Dead Boarder. A short, fast paced introductory scenario for Call of Cthulhu |Learn to play!

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The Dead Boarder. A short, fast paced introductory scenario for Call of Cthulhu |Learn to play!

Call of Cthulhu on Discord, Roll20

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  • Duration: 1 to 2 hours

  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players

  • Experience required: Open to all

Price per player-session

About the adventure

Everyone of you play as a neignbor of Mr. James Gardiner, and you all live on Ma Shanks' Boarding House in Providence, Rhode Island. The year is 1931 and times are tough. Mr. Gardiner has not been seen or heard of in two days and each one of you have good reason to see if he is in his room. The Landlady has agreed to open the door to his apartment to let you check on's time for you to solve the mystery of The Dead Boarder. This is a very fast paced and short Call of Cthulhu scenario, taking about an hour and in any case longer than two. It's perfect to introduce new players or veterans looking for something new, short and fun.

Professional Game Master

Leopoldo "Leovor" Rueda


31 Reviews

Published Writer

23 years as a TTRPG player

23 years as a Game Master

154 games hosted

Brings Pretty much everything official Call of Cthulhu, plus various community and 3rd party. Request any Call of Cthulhu campaign or adventure. I also run Old School Essentials, Dungeon Crawl Classics and Cyberpunk RED. I use a combination of Fantasy Grounds Unity Ultimate License, Syrinscape subscription, My discord audio bot and Voicemod Pro to bring to the table all the best tools to enhance the experience to the table

Leopoldo "Leovor" Rueda profile

Additional Details

How to prepare

Computer and Internet required. High speed internet will make for a more enjoyable experience. Mic and headphones required (speakers cause echo). Set up free accounts on Roll20 and Discord. Recommend Chrome or Firefox browser. Install Discord app on computer. Join Leovor's Keep server (link on your dashboard here after you join the game).

What I provide

I will bring my 20+ years of experience running Call of Cthulhu games for different kinds of people, old or young, new or experienced; friends, strangers and strangers who then became friends by playing together. The dice are rolled on Roll20 VTT, characters sheets, portraits, handouts with clues found during play and some illustration. Background music played through the Roll20 web VTT.

Gameplay details

It's a very simple and fun scenario that is short and intense, it all happens in a single location. Perfect for beginners and veterans alike. Since it's a super short one shot, we will take the first 20 min or so to do a mini session zero, to select characters and talk about the game and expectations.

Content warnings


Safety tools used
  • Breaks
  • Debriefing
  • Session 0
How will character creation work

Pregenerated characters only. These Investigators will not have any previous experience with the Cthulhu Mythos, just regular people living on 1931 at a boarding house.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Medium
  • Experience Level: Open to all

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