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Reviewish: The Derelict

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, scenario 27 November 2016 · 979 views

This is a first impression of The Derelict based on reading the scenario and listening to the YSDC Actual Play. I should highlight right now that it is chocker with spoilers for absolutely everything in the scenario.  Secondly, I should emphasise as always that this is very much a personal take on the scenario, given my own tastes and Keeping incli...


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Reviewish: Grave Secrets

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 12 July 2016 · 568 views
Review
This is a spoileriffic review of Grave Secrets, by Brian Courtemanche. 
Grave Secrets falls into an common spot for me, but for uncommon reasons. That spot is "scenarios that seems intriguing but I'd find very difficult to actually use". The reasons are that there's an interesting premise with a whole bunch of stuff I don't like behind it. 
Th...


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Thoughts on "Black Wings"

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Uncategorized 22 March 2015 · 1,058 views

Recently, I finally reached the end of the hefty Black Wings , “Twenty-One Tales of Lovecraftian Horror” edited by S.T. Joshi. I picked it up a while ago in a burst of enthusiasm after it was discussed on the HP Lovecraft Literary Podcast, but hadn’t got round to finishing it. Last year was dedicated to a focused reading project, in an attempt to cut down...


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Actual Play: Rigid Air

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu, Keeping, actual play, scenario 12 February 2015 · 613 views

This is a review of Rigid Air from Fearful Passages .

Regular readers (as if!) might be puzzled to see this title, because I reviewed Rigid Air some time ago: http://www.yog-sotho...wish-rigid-air/

I gave a fairly favourable review based on my reading, and decided to put it on my Keeping pile in the hope of running it even...


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Reviewish: The Menace from Sumatra

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 03 June 2014 · 142,163 views

or, The Adventure of the Explorers‘ Return, wherein investigators are drawn into deadly battle in the by-ways and fogs of metropolitan London, seat of empire .

This is a spoileriffic review of The Menace from Sumata , by Kevin W Jacklin and L.N. Isinwyll (Lynn Willis), from Dark Designs .

The scenario is described as suitable for beginners, but also dea...


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Reviewish: Eyes for the Blind

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 12 February 2014 · 774 views

This is a spoileriffic review of Eyes for the Blind , by David Hallett and L.N. Isinwyll (Lynn Willis), from Dark Designs .

Eyes For The Blind: or, The Adventure of the Iron Knives, wherein the investigators confront villainy of the most monstrous kind, and find that good men and bad men alike can overreach themselves.

The scenario begins with “scen...


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Reviewish: Dark Carnival

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 04 December 2013 · 3,205 views
Jazz Age, Spoilers, Review
(I am shamed into resuming these reviews by my shout-out on the latest MUP, where Keeper Chad referred to me as a "profilic poster". I haven't written here in ages through a mixture of work and personal stuff, but let's get back on that horse.)

This is a spoileriffic review of Dark Carnival , by David A. Hargrave, from Curse of the Cthonians .

It’s the...


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Reviewish: Sleigh Ride, part 2

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 18 June 2013 · 861 views
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This is the second half of a spoileriffic review of Sleigh Ride , by Steve Kluskens & Liam Routt, from Fearful Passages . Part one is here .

Overall notes

Editingwise, there are a couple of missing lines where an NPC is introduced, which a Keeper will have to improvise around. This one also makes the common mistake of cramming a wodge of general n...


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Reviewish: Sleigh Ride, part 1

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu 18 June 2013 · 618 views
Review
This is the first half of a spoileriffic review of Sleigh Ride , by Steve Kluskens & Liam Routt, from Fearful Passages .

This is the longest scenario in the books (hovering on the border of mini-campaign), and as such different portions of it have different traits. Sleighing is prominent in the scenario, though it’s a method of transport rather than...


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Reviewish: Along the Indus

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 22 May 2013 · 652 views
Review, Spoilers
In this scenario, the Investigators are summoned by an army commandant in a remote part of India, seeking their help with some local problems. The letter is cryptic and uninformative, but displays a sense of urgency – as it should when asking a group of complete strangers to travel for a full day to a remote part of India. On arrival, they find that a mys...


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Reviewish: Armored Angels

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in Call of Cthulhu, review 20 April 2013 · 622 views
Review, Spoilers
This is a spoileriffic review of Armored Angels , by Gustaf Bjørksten, from Fearful Passages .

Like Crash Dive, I found this scenario quite difficult to evaluate. Armored Angels is definitely an actual scenario, but it’s a very straightforward one. In terms of the collection’s transport theme, armoured cars are important tools in the scenario, but not ce...


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Reviewish: Slow Boat, part 2

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, scenario 12 March 2013 · 463 views

This is part two of a spoileriffic review of Slow Boat , by Peter F. Jeffrey and Mark Morrison, from Fearful Passages .

Nitpicking

You have to be handwave their freedom of movement: murder suspect Raven's allowed to roam around free, even revisiting a possible crime scene, while the tunnels themselves are still open to the public, even though a woman...


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Reviewish: Slow Boat, part 1

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, scenario 12 March 2013 · 533 views

This is a spoileriffic review of Slow Boat , by Peter F. Jeffrey and Mark Morrison, from Fearful Passages .

On the whole, I found it a promising scenario with at least one intriguing NPC and potential for running an unusual campaign, though with a few backplot holes and a structure built around strong events that might be tricky to use effectively.

The...


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Reviewish: Crash Dive

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, scenario 06 March 2013 · 383 views

This is a spoileriffic review of Crash Dive by Steve Hatherley, from Fearful Passages.

This is a pretty hard one to evaluate because it's not exactly a scenario: it's somewhere between a training montage, a plot seed and a prologue. Crash Dive has the Investigators following up news of a valuable occult artefact, which proves to be somewhere in the wr...


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Reviewish: Rigid Air

Posted by Shimmin Beg , in review, Call of Cthulhu, Keeping, scenario 04 March 2013 · 503 views

This is a spoileriffic review of Rigid Air by Marion and Phil Anderson, from Fearful Passages.

This is a fairly straightforward, punchy adventure that I found pretty impressive. It seems quite flexible in playstyle, and I can imagine playing it both as a nerve-wracking horror game and a pulpy monster-hunt. It also strikes me as suitable for various siz...