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This subject is written on a topic in the real world and reflects factual information. This subject contains information from the Expanded Cthulhu Mythos, and not based on H.P. Lovecraft's works directly. Scritch Scratch is a stand-alone scenario for the Call of Cthulhu horror roleplaying game. Written by Lynne Hardy, it was published as a free digital download by Chaosium in 2018; a black-and-white softcover edition was also made available to purchase through print-on-demand manufacturer Lulu.

Overview[]

What terror lurks within the gloomy woodlands surrounding a sleepy English Village?

For two to six players, Scritch Scratch and can be played in one or two sessions. Set in the modern-day, in a quiet valley somewhere in the north of England, this adventure concerns the demise of an age-old tradition in the quaint village of Muscoby—and the consequences of forgetting the Old Ways.

Muscoby has never not had a rat catcher. Old Gurteen has been carrying on the tradition in the village, but recently he was involved in an accident and is now hospitalized. With Old Gurteen away, who will ensure the rat population is kept in check?

Six pre-generated investigators are provided for use with this scenario, which is a great introduction to Call of Cthulhu while also being a suitably mysterious and horrific evening of fun for more experienced players.
~ Back cover text



The storyline involves an aging rat-catcher, a man named Old Gurteen, who has recently been hospitalised. The last in a long line of rat-catchers in the sleepy rural town of Muscoby, without his presence, old rituals to appease a manifestation of Nyarlathotep have been neglected, and the investigators must discover what is animating the local flora before the Green Man itself visits its displeasure on the locals.

Genesis[]

In the foreword to Scritch Scratch, author Lynne Hardy describes how the scenario came about:

The basis for this scenario came about as the result of a bit of an emergency. I was just about to set off to the airport for a convention when I received a message from the organizer— one of their guests was no longer able to attend, but was supposed to be running a tailor-made Call of Cthulhu scenario for a Kickstarter backer. Could I step into the breach?

So, on the plane, I got my head together with my husband, Richard, and, after batting a few ideas around, decided to base it on a short story I’d written for the
Cthulhu Lives anthology, published by Ghostwoods Books. Not exactly the same—that wouldn’t work—but looking at the events from a different viewpoint. Following its successful premiere at OrcaCon, the scenario has been run at a number of conventions with the pre-generated investigators provided. [1]



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  1. Scritch Scratch, p3 Foreword, Chaosium (2018)
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