The SOE Handbook Cover Declassified

SOE Handbook Cover 550

Last week we released our new green dice for The One Ring in US gaming stores, showcased the mechanics for The Lone Wolf Adventure Game and popped up a full-colour Keltia map for you to download.

This week we’ve got all sorts in store, from our Victoriana Bundle (less than 4 hours to go, and now including both Darwin's Catalogue - The Outsiders and The Devil in the Dark too), to a look at the true heroes of Lone Wolf – the Kai Lords themselves – to a sneak peek of a forthcoming supplement.

One thing we did showcase on Friday was the cover for our next World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour supplement, The SOE Handbook. Unfortunately, we put the wrong version of the cover up by mistake – we blame enemy agents (whether Axis or Mythos, we’ll let you decide) – so in today’s post we’ve got the correct cover for you!

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SOE Handbook Cover 550

The Special Operations Executive were tasked with some of the most daring and dangerous covert actions of the Second World War, from sabotaging power plants to establishing resistance cells in occupied Europe. Yet for the agents of Network N, fighting the Nazis is just one part of their war, for they have the agents of the Mythos to deal with too.

Drawing from real Special Operations Executive training materials and catalogues, The SOE Handbook presents players and Keepers with a wealth of information about combat techniques, tradecraft, the ungentlemanly art of sabotage and the sometimes bizarre weapons and equipment developed for Britain’s secret war. Plentiful sidebars translate these techniques and items into Call of Cthulhu game mechanics. The book is also peppered with notes from the mysterious N, steering members of his network through the added complications of applying this knowledge to battles with more eldritch foes.

The SOE Handbook also presents details of a selection of SOE training facilities and the sometimes eccentric personalities who may be encountered there, from initial training at Wanborough Manor, to the SOE’s ‘finishing school’ at Beaulieu. This allows the Keeper to include mission-specific training, along with the occasional side mission on home soil, as part of their campaign.

So, if you ever wanted to know how to knock out a cultist with nothing more than a matchbox, how to resist interrogation at the hands of the Gestapo or how best to use an exploding rat, then The SOE Handbook is for you!

The pre-order for The SOE Handbook is coming soon – keep an eye on the website for more information!

About World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour


Like Call of Cthulhu itself, World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour is rooted firmly in the real world of the 20th century, but one in which another, more secret war runs in parallel to the Second World War we all know. The Mythos is a threat to all humanity, regardless of which side of the conflict they are on, and you won’t find any Nazi sorcerers commanding undead minions or military alliances with deep ones here; the Axis have as much to lose as the Allies when they encounter eldritch forces.

The scenarios themselves are usually grim, desperate and bloody missions, inspired by the missions of the real Special Operations Executive. In this version of history, a secret network exists within the British establishment, under the leadership of the shadowy spymaster N, using SOE resources to combat the Mythos alongside military missions. N’s agents will often find themselves behind enemy lines, hunting cultists and alien entities, while in turn being hunted by the Gestapo or collaborators. While N’s agents are cunning, well-equipped and trained in the techniques of sabotage, infiltration and assassination, the dangers they face mean any victories will be hard-won indeed.

World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour is a setting book for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game - you will need a copy of Call of Cthulhu to use it.


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World War Cthulhu: The Darkest Hour in PDF
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