I’ve been thinking of running Masks of Nyarlathotep for my gaming group after I’m done with my current Mage: the Awakening campaign. However, one of the possibilities that has been recently opened to me is the idea of running the campaign using the highly praised Trail of Cthulhu by Pelgrane Press.
It’s an interesting possibility, as it’ll give me a chance to both run an old favorite campaign that I’ve been itching to run for a while now, and playtest the GUMSHOE system that I’ve been meaning to study for a while now. Still, I’m worried about being too ambitious about trying both at the same time.
As such I turn to you guys. Call of Cthulhu is no slouch, it’s been around forever, and it works great as a game that enforces the kind of horror play that has made it a timeless classic. Trail of Cthulhu on the other hand is getting rave reviews and a lot of praise, while opening the possibilities of playing other GUMSHOE titles down the line, such as Mutant City Blues or even Esoterrorists and Ashen Stars.
I’m curious to hear from both sides, and from those who’ve run or played the games before. I’d like to read about your experiences with the systems and why you feel that I should run with one or the other.