All these things are, in their superior forms, simply by-products of
excess intellectuality – which I haven’t the honour to possess. In their
inferior forms they are of course simply avenues of escape for persons
with too poorly proportioned and correlated a perspective to distinguish
betwixt the frivolous and the relevant...
H.P. Lovecraft to James F. Morton, February 3, 1932
...I feel quite justified in believing that games and sports ought not
be ranked among the major phenomena of life.
H.P. Lovecraft to Robert E. Howard, October 3-5-7, 1932
There are a fair number of Lovecraftian games in several different
- Role-playing Games
- The primary role-playing game set in Lovecraft’s world is Chaosium’s
award-winning “Call of Cthulhu,” although a few other role-playing systems
have borrowed his creations.
- Board and Card Games
- Soon after the success of the “Call of Cthulhu” role-playing game,
board and card games followed.
- Computer and Platform Games
- Once it became practical (and profitable) to do so, Lovecraft inspired
computer and platform games also came on the scene.