That is not dead which can eternal lie,
and with strange aeons even death may die!
To bring down our masters on an icy night,
And to claim the power when the stars are right . . .
Team Eibon! Stand fast to resist our rage . . .
Or flee to the safety of a new dark age!
Simply put, Pokethulhu is one of the most amusing RPG system ever invented. Lovecraft Mythos already got some RPG System, like the official Call of Chtulhu RPG (which is kinda different compared to other RPG system. Because, well, if you make a character for that game, there is 90% chance that your character will either be dead or insane as bat at the end of the session. But that’s the fun of it), and the Delta Green spin off where we fight ancient evil using the power of modern technology. There’s also the
Cthulhu-tech RPG system, where we give the elder evils some taste of giant robot’s fist. Yes, fighting ancient evil with giant mechs.
But nothing beat Pokethulhu.
If you think about it, pokemon setting is already a horrifying realm. Imagine , it’s a place where monsters roam the wilderness, and kids as young as 10 were forced to the wild to fend themself as some sort of growing up ritual. Not helping that some of the monsters are really nightmare fuel by itself.
Now, combine it with Call of Cthulhu, and hillarity ensues.
This game is supposed to be an adaptation of a non-existant animated series, where Randy Carter (yes, that randy carter) is a boy who travel with his monstrous abomination, pikathulhu, on the monster infested realm.
It’s kinda hard to explain, so I’ll just post an excerpt from the Pokenomicon.
Lllidorino (1st-Place Winner!)
Power: 8 Speed: 4 Hit Points: 8
Aspects: Squamous, Non-Euclidean
Injure: 2 dice (Gaping Nameless Orifice, Squamous)
Dodge: 2 dice (Leathery Wings Utterly Unlike Those of a Bat, Squamous)
Trap: 2 dice (Chrono-Spatial Paradox, Non-Euclidean)
Frighten: 3 dice (Baleful, Slitted Eye Utterly Unlike That of a Snake, Squamous)
Pokénomicon Excerpt: The mysterious Lllidorino seem to be extra-temporal pseudo-draconian nether-beings — but, on any close examination, they display features utterly unlike that of any ordinary extra-temporal pseudo-draconian nether-beings. They inhabit both the dark future and the dim mists of the past; their unfathomable intelligences (utterly unlike any other unfathomable intelligences) conspire to unknown ends.
Randy Carter ran into the Lllidorino when Team Ebion attempted to use them to in an ophidiomantic ritual to temporarily transform all of the pokethulhu into serpentine monstrosities (as seen in Episode #94: In The Future Everyone Will Be Squamous For Fifteen Minutes). Fortunately, little Pikathulhu broke free from the sunken city of gyrating stone that Ftaghn had lured him to, just in time to help Randy foil the evil plan!
Lllidorino are dangerous and difficult to summon, and nobody has ever managed to capture one. Team Ebion used a combination of ultraterrestrial sorcery and a chocolate milkshake to invoke them, and even then, it seemed that the eerie entities (utterly unlike any other eerie entities) were more than willing to be conjured. Maybe the just really liked the milkshake. Who knows?
You could get the 3rd edition rulebook from here.
**Pokethulhu 3rd Edition**
Houserule Site and More Thulhu
Additional Pokethulhu (mostly repeats from the first link, I believe)
And if you want to, you could watch the game in action in this link.
Follow the adventure of Howard Poe the eccentric dreamer with his friends, Parish White, a kid prodigy obsessed with ultimate arcane power, and the gothic Hazi Heartkraft, in the half-mass-exodus-half-field-trip-full-time-troublemaking inside the Local Thulhu Super Collider Facility.
The chalkboard’s voices rings in through a loudspeaker. “Your location is the jungle habitat, welcome… Processing. Experiment 5: We call it, them, Iron Slayers.Though such nicknames are against protocol. A type of thulhu beetle scientifically classified as sabbata halen metallica. Flesh eating bugs, you could say. Though, they do have a particular taste for metal. It is a good thing you are not made of either. Oh… Hmm, nevermind then.”
“Don’t we supposed to wait the verification that my plan really fail before bringing another dead pentacruel to the scene? Cause, you know. It might work.” Howard mumbles as he look at his own feet.