We’re pleased to announce that Europe Ablaze, our adventure anthology for World War Cthulhu, is available to pre-order now. All pre-orders on our webstore come with a complementary PDF, expected this week. The PDF is also available to buy separately.
On the 16th July, 1940, Winston Churchill told Hugh Dalton, the newly appointed head of the Special Operations Executive, to “set Europe ablaze”. With this simple instruction Churchill set in motion some of the most dangerous and brilliant actions of the Second World War. The men and women of SOE performed acts of sabotage, subversion and espionage so extraordinary that if they were portrayed as fiction, they would beggar belief. These agents pushed bravery and human endurance past limits that most of us can only imagine.
Europe Ablaze presents six missions demanding such resourcefulness and determination, all set in the European theatre of operations. Some are inspired by SOE missions or historical events, while others take a more imaginative view of the conflict, but all are rooted in the all-too-real horrors that the Second World War brought about. All of them also add that special twist that being part of N’s network demands, and the dangers of the Mythos will prove at least as deadly as a bullet from the Gestapo.
We asked World War Cthulhu line developer, Scott Dorward, to give us an insight into what you can expect from the scenarios:
“One of our main goals with Europe Ablaze was to provide plenty of variety. Each scenario is set in a different country (or, in one case, on a ship in the Mediterranean), with missions of sabotage, assassination, diplomacy and containment complicated by varied Mythos threats. The tones differ sharply as well, from desperate and bloody action, through grim nihilism and on to the near-surreal.
“A group that plays through all of the scenarios will be kept on their toes throughout; no mission will adequately prepare them for the others. Both war and horror involve constantly improvising and adapting in the face of danger, and Europe Ablaze will demand that of even the sharpest group.”
Europe Ablaze is an anthology of six Call of Cthulhu scenarios set in the Second World War. Softcover, 144 pages, written by Walt Ciechanowski, Scott Dorward, Paul Fricker, Andy Nicholson, Nick Robinson and Matt Sanderson. Cover by Jon Hodgson, interior art by Scott Purdy, design by Paul Bourne.
About World War Cthulhu
Like Call of Cthulhu itself, World War Cthulhu 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 is a setting book for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game - you will need a copy of Call of Cthulhu to use it.