The Investigator’s Guide wraps up with a handy guide to the various tools, weapons and equipment that you can expect to run into in a game set in World War 2.
I felt that this was a great addition to the game, as each item has a fairly detailed description and any differences between similar items between countries is given attention to as well.
Again from the point of view of a GM, it’s an opportunity to convey the flavor of the setting. From the differences of the Entrenching Tools to the military rations of the time, it’s a good way to immerse players in the game.
Of course, aside from the descriptions, there’s also the mechanical side of things. Each system has their own sets of tables detailing the various weapons, from Rifles and Shotguns all the way to heavier weapons and grenades.
Other equipment are mentioned here as well, including a small section on Covert Equipment, with interesting gear like a key copying kit and sub-miniature cameras that will certainly be of use in more espionage-oriented adventures.
The book ends with a quick-play guide for the different systems and sums up with a list of media and research sources for inspirations to players.
Overall the Investigator’s Guide is a solid piece of work. Easy to read layout and evocative art is found throughout the book, and there’s just enough information to get the players into the setting without spoiling anything else.
I like how the book really helps set things up for a campaign, giving players the kind of support they need to make a character and jump into a WW2 campaign with the necessary background knowledge to operate under the setting without feeling lost.
Next week I turn my attentions towards the Keeper’s Guide, the other half of Achtung! Cthulhu, and discover what the authors have in mind in how to run this game.
For those interested and would like to follow along, you can get a copy of the Achtung! Cthulhu Books in PDF format from DriveThruRPG
- Investigator’s Guide (Savage Worlds and Call of Cthulhu version) $14.99
- Keeper’s Guide (Savage Worlds and Call of Cthulhu version) $22.99
- Investigator’s Guide (Fate Core version) $14.99
- Keeper’s Guide (Fate Core version) $22.99
- Achtung! Cthulhu Guide to the Pacific Front (Savage Worlds and Call of Cthulhu version) $14.99