CoC-CharGen is a Call of Cthulhu character generator, both for PCs (player characters) and NPCs (non-player characters), supporting all three main eras of CoC.
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CoC-CharGen is a character generator for Call of Cthulhu (CoC) for both PCs (player characters) and NPCs (non-player characters). It supports 1890's, 1920's, and 1990's versions of the game. It's goal is to be:

  • Universal - it's coded in good ol' PHP!
  • Easy to use - just click a button!
  • Expandable - a MySQL backend allows adding more names, places, colleges, and other information.
  • Up-to-date - other generators haven't been updated in years!
  • Complete - CoC-CharGen will create everything for you, including your backstory, appearance, address, and more.

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  • General
    • Complete stats generation
    • Automatic calculation of IDEA, LUK, KNOW, hit points, and sanity points.
    • Option to disable mythos points allocation
    • Fully randomized country creation
    • Home town and name generated based on the home country to match region and ethnic background (% chance to be a non-native name based on era)
    • Education location (ie. what university) based on income level
    • Weighted randomization algorithm for occupation based on education
    • Appearance generates randomly based on size, strength, appearance.
    • Backstory randomly generates from lists of hundreds of different combinations of options.
  • Real content and data
    • Over 200 real, accredited universities and colleges, all historically accurate, with minimum required income levels.
    • Over 100,000 first and last names, pulled from actual census data from the CoC eras.
    • Thousands of street names and suffixes, allowing in virtually millions of different street names.
    • Randomized chance of having a pre-existing mental disorder based on documented rates in CoC eras.


Unpack the src/ directory into your public_html/ (or equivalent) directory of your choice, and go to the /install/ page. Follow the steps!


  • TODO


If you love Call of Cthulhu half as much as we do, buy some stuff from to support the game. Without them, we wouldn't need this tool!

CoC-CharGen is supported by:

Support them by listening to the podcast or tossing them a couple bucks for a beer. Beer has been known to fuel programming productivity!


Call of Cthulhu Character Generator
Copyright (C) 2011-2014 Brian Turchyn
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This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
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