Along with some version of D&D (lately Pathfinder) and Star Wars (Saga edition), Call of Cthulhu is always one of the top three games I’d like to run, if only I could make the time. Usually my decision depends on available miniatures, the time of year, and whether I’ve seen a terrific fantasy, space opera, or horror film recently. Picking the right game is only half of the battle. You also need to pick the right players.
Is it better for Call of Cthulhu players to be well-versed in the Mythos? Or is it better for them to be ignorant of the familiar tropes? There is of course a middle ground, say those who’ve played the Arkham Horror board game but aren’t otherwise steeped in lore.
Me, I love the idea of players who know a little about the 20s (my preferred CoC era) and are keen on mysteries and the possibility of the supernatural, but who haven’t read much Mythos literature. The idea that they don’t know what to expect appeals to me so much that I’d certainly throw in some non-supernatural mysteries to keep them guessing.
What’s your preference?