Review of Actung! Cthulhu’s role-playing game newest short adventure!, Under the gun, take us to the White Cliffs of Dover in a short but interesting adventure.
Achtung! Cthulhu is a very fun role-playing game that allows us to punch Nazi faces and fight the dark forces coming from beyond the stars, all this under a convenient 2d20 System adaptation, with all which that implies.
The 2d20 system is well known among our regular readers in spanish because we have talked about some of Modiphius games using it, so if you don’t know the system but can read in spanish I invite you to read the reviews of Mutant Chronicles and Star Trek , as well as Lifepath‘s review in Mutant Chronicles series, which is a great character creation used in the rest of 2d20 games like Conan, Dune and Fallout, each with common elements but adapted to its setting and stories.
Adventure Under the Gun for Achtung! Cthulhu RPG
Under the gun is a short adventure that can be played in about two to four hours and can be easily inserted into pre-existing Achtung! Cthulhu RPG campaigns.
The adventure is set in Dover, June 1940, the threatening German forces are just 20 miles away, on the other side of the English Channel, so the British forces rush to send artillery to the area and dig to build bunkers and shelters in the white limestone of the area.
While excavating the famous Cliffs of Dover, which have seen the landing of Romans, Normans, Saxons and many other invaders, they find a strange and ancient structure within the limestone, a silent witness that has survived the invaders of other times and today it re-emerges as a former champion to encourage the troops in the face of a new invader, or so the newspapers presented the news to the public. But after the University of Cambridge sent a team of archaeologists to study the ruins, the topic disappeared completely…
The point is that the findings could not be revealed to the public, as is to be expected in a setting based on Lovecraft’s Mythos. In one hand, the design of the building did not correspond to any construction made by known human cultures, with a very strange appearance, its angles and surfaces make people feel nauseous and disoriented. In the other hand, everything indicates that the building was not dug out in the stone but that the limestone was deposited around and on the building when it was on the seabed millions of years ago!
In Under the Gun your Achtung! Cthulhu players must go to investigate this temple of the Deep ones in the Cliffs of Dover, the adventure is divided into three acts.
Act One: Agents will travel to Dover to find out what’s going on.
Act Two: They will explore the ancient ruins on their own, collecting information.
Act three: ends in a climax with three forces.
Each act has its respective maps, as well as other resources like telegrams and letters, plus the NPCs are well described and the story is well developed, in short, it brings everything necessary to run the adventure with little effort.
Modiphius offers us an adventure that we can add without major problem to our current campaign, with an interesting development and outcome, in which the characters can learn some things about these ancient alien creatures that will help them in later sessions.
The adventure, as expected, has the necessary maps, well-described and well-defined non-player characters, documents such as letters or telegrams, in short, everything you need to play it .
Some actions in the adventure will take place independently of the players, so they will be playing against the clock, which can be use it by the GM to help make the adventure setting more perilous and exciting.
In my opinion, if you want to take a break from your own material for Achtung! Cthulhu, if you forgot to prepare the next session throughout the week and even if you want to take a break, Under the Gun can save the weekly game with a funny episode.