And finally, wrapping up this week's trio of terrifying treats, here's a character sheet for another of my favorite horror role-playing games: Kult.
As much as I love classic/gothic and pulp horror, I also love contemporary dark fantasy/horror. I find myself inspired to new heights of imagination by such sources as the stories/novels/movies of Clive Barker, the stories/novels/comics of Neil Gaiman, and other sundry sources, such as DC's "Hellblazer" comic. (NOT the movie! Keanu Reeves as John Constantine? WTF?!) It's only natural, therefore, that a game like Kult should be attractive to me.
I've never had the chance to play a PC in Kult, but I did run an abortive campaign a few years ago. Unfortunately, one of my players found the game to be "too nihilistic," so the campaign ground to an early halt. More's the shame, because I had some great things in store for future games - and a plethora of dysfunctional NPC's: I had waaay too much fun making one "broken" character after another with whom the PC's could interact. (I also made the players' characters for them; the best of the bunch was the PC of the player who shut down the game: Bernie Dexter, a petty thief who suffered from a severe case of eisoptrophobia (fear of mirrors) - mainly because when he looked into a mirror or other reflective surface, he had a good chance of "piercing the veil." What a waste of a cool character...)
As with the other systems I've mentioned in the last two posts, Kult is not a perfect system. In fact, I preferred to use the system from R. Talsorian's Cyberpunk when I ran the game. More on this later. (If there's a perfect system in my world, it's Cyberpunk (2013-version) - with Chaosium's basic role-playing system running a close second. [Edit: An honorable mention should go here to Eden Studios' Unisystem - another solid game system that powers a bunch of really great games and comes close to being my Perfect Game System.] The core system is simple enough to make character creation a breeze, yet complex enough to cover most character actions smoothly. And I can't possibly say enough good things about "Friday Night Firefight.")
So, to satisfy your nihilistic contemporary horror role-playing cravings, here's a character sheet for (the now-defunct) Metropolis' Kult:
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