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    Fear's Sharp Little Needles - 26 Modern Day Call of Cthulhu Scenarios $19.95
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    Fear's Sharp Little Needles - 26 Modern Day Call of Cthulhu Scenarios
    Publisher: Stygian Fox
    by Ryan S. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 08/11/2019 00:54:19

    This is a really great collection of scenarios for Call of Cthulhu. It has a lot of scenarios in it, and they are really short and to the point compared to a lot of scenarios I have seen for the system. I say this as a pro, not a con. There is little wasted text and I am hard pressed to think of anything they talk about that is not directly useful for running or planning the scenario out.

    Almost all scenarios are well thought out, and when I ran them they took about 2-3 sessions per scenario. I found all scenarios require about an hour's prep on average, but individual experiance might vary in that area. It still requires the keeper to read through them once or twice and think them through to keep fit them into a campaign clearly without problems, but it is easily done in my oppinion.

    Odviously, this is a product for Keepers, not players.

    The art was sparce, but I am not that big of a fan of RPG art books. I do not consider this a detraction as it is extreemly readable. It does have maps that are great for player handouts.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Creator Reply:
    Ryan, thanks for the review! And that's exactly what we were aiming for - minimal Keeper prep-time required yet plenty of Modern-Day material for your Call of Cthulhu games - so I'm glad to see we pulled it off well for you.
    Fear's Sharp Little Needles - 26 Modern Day Call of Cthulhu Scenarios
    Publisher: Stygian Fox
    by Louis C. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 11/11/2018 06:46:15

    This is a great collection of modern day one shot scenarios that covers a really wide range of different styles. All of these are short enough (4-6 pages) to read and probably run on the same day, certainly required prep time is absolutely minimal. Themes are definitely mature and I wouldn't run some of these for all of my players but when I want something that will truly horrify a group this is my first call.

    My personal favourite is Walter's Final Wish which puts the characters in a bizarre situation and slowly reveals to them that not all is as it seems. I've run it several times for different groups, always with dramatically different approaches from the players and always with great results. Several of my players were genuinely freaked out at the end of what seemed early on to be a fairly light hearted game. At the time of typing I'm preparing Dissociation which is another brilliant adventure that one of my friends playtested at Dragonmeet last year and raved about.

    Some of the scenarios are absolutely not to my personal taste (The Great and Terrible Awto for example leaves me completely cold) but even then these are far from bad, just not what lights my fire for Call of Cthulhu and will still give me ideas for scenarios of my own. Call of Cthulhu having such a wide spectrum of play styles I view this as a strength of the collection and I'd expect almost everyone to find something in here that they really enjoy. This is definitely a fitting successor to the excellent The Things We Leave Behind and thoroughly recommended.

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Fear's Sharp Little Needles - 26 Modern Day Call of Cthulhu Scenarios
    Publisher: Stygian Fox
    by Tracy W. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 09/23/2018 09:35:31

    This is a great collection of scenarios, with something for everyone. A Ouiji board, cultists, a body in a trunk, marine biology...and more! Short scenarios for a taste of horror and a full-length scenario for a full meal. Can't wait to run these - and just in time for Halloween!

    [5 of 5 Stars!]
    Fear's Sharp Little Needles - 26 Modern Day Call of Cthulhu Scenarios
    Publisher: Stygian Fox
    by Mattias G. [Verified Purchaser]
    Date Added: 09/16/2018 13:53:58

    High quality production but rather short and not particularly frightening scenarios The artwork/ design/ lay-out is very good. My problem is the content. Of the 26 modern day scenarios, the only one that is scary would be "Bone Deep" (in which a serial killer makes off with the victims' bodies, onto whose bones esoteric secrets are etched).

    The other 25 scenarios suffer from a "curse of Cthulhu"; you're already acquainted to the concisive Mythos cosmology so no cryptic mysteries remains to be sprung upon the PC:s. This exhaustive canon inevitably tilts the board towards pulp rather than horror; you'll end up with too many iterations of medical experiments conducted upon shoggoths and deep one hybrids in military labs. Which calls for a boring SWAT team mission to wipe out an al too familiar foe rather than investigative horror against an Unknown assailant. Sure, it may well be exciting, but certainly not frightening, and the intellectual level drops from psychological suspense to barbed tentacles, gore and entrails. Cue lame attempts to isolate the Investigators, and instead of the Exorcist you end up with the Thing. And when one of the scenarios throws a huge killer whale in the path of the Investigators, you almost expect Godzilla to show up in the next; when employees at a fast food joint kill off their customers in one scenario you almost expect the next scenario to feature brain-starved zombies.

    I love horror as a genre, but this collection of adventures illustrates how the heritage of Call of Cthulhu has become a burden in terms of expectations. In order to experience the world of Lovecraft, I appreciate that 1920's Cthulhu still has a place in the RPG world. But for contemporary horror, there are so many other systems today that frees the imagination of the author and are more conduicive of modern investigative methods. As such, I would recommend a GM to try out a different system to escape the body horrors, the latin chant rituals and the Elder Signs epidemics of Cthulhu. And to create a horror experience more in line with the truly horrifying flicks of today.

    [3 of 5 Stars!]
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