I admit that’s it been a long time since I really looked at anything by Venger Satanis. I admit that I really liked the early stuff like Liberation of the Demon Slayer, Revelry in Torth, Three Swordsmen, and The Baleful Sorcerer of Tsathag’kha. I was luke warm on The Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence and Alpha Blue just wasn’t my thing. And I pretty much didn’t pay attention after that but I kept hearing interesting things about Cha’alt over on Swords & Stitchery so I figured, what the heck? Why not? I need something weird and different.
How can one describe Cha’alt? Well, it’s a gonzo, science fantasy, post apocalyptic and just plain weird. It’s all over the place. There’s weird eldritch things all over. There’s pop culture references here and there. And it’s easy to the influences of earlier works especially he Islands of Purple-Haunted Putrescence and Alpha Blue. Most importantly its an alien world and not your standard stock medieval fantasy land. Now there are places where it does overboard like with the pizza delivery guy. I like injecting humor into my games but maybe it’s just the way my brain works. I want to interject my jokes or one’s that fit whatever is happening at the game table.
There a couple things I really like. First, there’s more Character Options and more option is always useful. There’s Mutations (but then careful what you ask for since this could be bad), there’s a simple cybernetics system (if the PC’s get the money), and most importantly interesting Elves. There’s six kinds of elves who are native to Cha’alt and that’s a breath of fresh air.
Another great thing is that there’s a ton of new monsters, wasteland gangs, and just plain weird encounters and NPC’s. Once again, something cool that I can use no matter what setting I’m running at the time. And if you’ve followed the blog for any length of time then you’d know that I’m a big Swords & Wizardry fan. The stat blocks are very similar to those of Swords & Wizardry. And even more bonus, they are presented in a very clear, efficient, and easy to read manner.
Final Thoughts: At the very least, it’s inspirational. I’ve had the idea to do another home brew campaign world that’s more weird than Zoong. Something that’s got more a more weird fantasy vibe with a little bit science fantasy mixed in for good measure.
You can grab up Cha’alt over on Drivethrurpg.