Bouts of Madness Deck Review – Call of Cthulhu

Review of the Call of Cthulhu supplemental Bouts of Madness Deck by Aaron Sinner and Todd Walden of Ruined Relic Games. In-Short: By far my most used supplement for Call of Cthulhu (despite fierce competition), enhancing the core mechanic of the game – insanity and madness. Spoiler-lite for Players and Keepers: Ruined Relic’s Bouts of Madness Deck is exactly what it says it is –…

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Servants of the Lake Review – Call of Cthulhu (Doors to Darkness)

Review of the Call of Cthulhu scenario Servants of the Lake, written by Glynn Owen Barrass, from Chaoisum’s scenario anthology, Doors to Darkness. In Short: A sleek little investigative/survival horror scenario that could benefit from a bit more fat cutting to bring it to a light 2-ish hour play time, or to give more time for a longer, player-led conclusion. Spoiler-lite for Players Servants of…

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Cartoon Reanimation Review – Call of Cthulhu (Bibliothek 13)

Review of the Japanese Call of Cthulhu scenario Cartoon Reanimation, written by Nanamine Kizashi, from the scenario anthology Bibliothek 13. In-Short: A lovely and bizarre mashup of cartoony slapstick, noir, and a classic CoC investigation structure that’s equal parts silly and grotesque. Spoiler-lite for Players and Keepers Cartoon Reanimation is the last scenario in Bibliothek 13, and the only one not set in modern day…

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Flash Cthulhu Season 1 Overview – 4 one-hour Call of Cthulhu scenarios

Since January I have been releasing one short, single hour scenario per month, under the series title Flash Cthulhu. I’ve collected the first four into a ‘Season 1’ bundle, and as I’ve only done a write up for the first Flash scenario, Cafe au Morte, I’ll do a little overview of each here. As they are super short, I’ll start by just giving the logline…

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The Phthonus Cabinet Review – Call of Cthulhu

Review of the Call of Cthulhu Gaslight scenario The Phthonus Cabinet, written by John Crowdis. In-Short: An investigation-heavy scenario romping through the 1890s London dockyards with a novel Mythos threat. Spoilers-lite for Players and Keepers The Phthonus Cabinet is John Crowdis’ second scenario, following up Al-Azif Unearthed: The Unraveling (they are unrelated, separate stories). While the scenario has a similar feel to its predecessor, with…

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Black Eyeball Review – Call of Cthulhu (Cthulhu 2020)

Review of the Japanese Call of Cthulhu scenario Black Eyeball (黒い目玉), written by Uchiyama Yasujirou, from the modern-day sourcebook and scenario collection Cthulhu 2020 (クトゥルフ2020). In Short: A unique introductory scenario in the vein of the Gateways to Terror scenarios, or A Cup of Horror by the same author, but with much less emphasis on combat and more on puzzle-solving. Spoiler-lite for Players and Keepers:…

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The Hoodlums Review – Call of Cthulhu (Grindhouse)

Review of the Call of Cthulhu scenario The Hoodlums, written by Alex Guillotte and Ian Christiansen, the seventh and final scenario in the Grindhouse Ultimate Collection. In Short: A short and spooky dungeon crawl-esque scenario with a fun cast of characters, both the pregenerated investigators and the NPCs, human or otherwise. Spoiler-lite for Players and Keepers: The Hoodlums is the seventh and final scenario in…

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Chaosium Con 2024

Finally made it out to Chaosium Con (third one, I think?) this year, my first ever gaming convention. Here is a very brief overview of what I ran, what I played, and what events I snuck into, as well as some general thoughts and lamentations. I’ll eventually do full reviews for at least the new games I ran. For more detailed writeups of the Con…

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Orpheus Station Review – Dark Space

Review of Orpheus Station, the first scenario in Dark Space, a system-neutral collection of Lovecraftian SF horror published by Kabuki Kaiser. In-Short: An appropriately spooky romp through an abandoned space station with enough changes of pace, twists, and decisions to make for a well-paced 3–4 hour session. Spoiler-lite for Players and GMs: Dark Space is a system-agnostic scenario collection, though it works best with systems…

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Flash Cthulhu: Café au Morte Overview (Call of Cthulhu)

This an overview of my Call of Cthulhu scenario, Café au Morte. In Short: An interpersonal skill-heavy, ultra short, one location scenario. No spoilers for Players and Keepers: Café au Morte is the first scenario in a planned series I’m calling Flash Cthulhu, with the aim to release one of these a month. They are mini-scenarios meant to be run in one hour, and after…

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