Cthulhu Live

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Cthulhu Live

Cthulhu Live, 3rd Edition.jpg
Robert McLaughlin
Skirmisher Publishing
1997, 1999, 2006
ISBN 0-9777211-0-8

Cthulhu Live is a set of theatre-style larp rules for telling tales of the Cthulhu Mythos. It is based heavily on the Call of Cthulhu tabletop rpg.


The first edition of Cthulhu Live was published by Chaosium in 1997. A second edition from Fantasy Flight Games followed in 1999, and this was supported with four supplements:

The current 3rd edition was released in 2006 by Skirmisher Publishing. It has been supported with a companion CD and a range of one-shot scenarios:


The rules are heavily based on the Call of Cthulhu tabletop rpg. Characters are generated by purchasing statistics, advantages and disadvantages, and skills. Cthulhu Live is unusual in that there is no random element to resolution. Skill tests are resolved with an absolute test of stat x skill against a hidden difficulty number. Sanity tests are resolved by comparing the character's sanity level to the threat, and dropping them a level if required. Combat is resolved abstractly, and automatically inflicts damage unless countered by an appropriate skill.

There is a simple experience system for campaign play.

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