Since I’m also a big fan of Call of Cthulhu, I’ve long been interested in getting my hands on a copy of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, an adventure which tends to. The importance of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth cannot be overstated. The first campaign for Call of Cthulhu, it paved the way for many classics to. Aglaranna. Digitally signed by. Aglaranna. DN: cn=Aglaranna, c=GB. Date: Z. Signature. Not Verified.

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The importance of Shadows of Yog-Sothoth cannot be overstated.

The first campaign for Call of Cthulhuit paved the way for many classics to come and it introduced the concept of the onionskin campaign. In Shadows of Yog-Sothoth, that cult is the Masters of the Silver Twilight, an international organization dedicated to a single aim. Even though the stars are not quite right, the cult believes it can force the premature rise of the city and release the Great old One.

The campaign against the cult is broken into seven parts, taking the investigators from Boston to New York, then Scotland, California, Maine, and finally Easter Island and the South Pacific. When the characters are promoted above the publicly known ranks, cthulu Order reveals the truth, that it worships no earthly god and is awaiting the time when the stars come right and alien deities can reclaim what once was theirs.


The items suggest that time travel works; but why does everyone seem so tired? A second letter asks them to look into the disappearance of a noted American big game hunter and archaeologist from his village home of Cannich in Scotland.

There the characters must contend with suspicious locals as well as strange foreigners working at a loch-side dig. There is also a lack of urgency to the adventure, despite the events it suggests, and the Keeper is very much left to cope on his own.

Shadows of Yog-Sothoth – The Unspeakable Oath

Back in the U. Set in the Mojave Desert, this has a pleasing sense of isolation as the investigators are menaced by forgotten links to a lost Indian tribe. Originally published inand reprinted in xhadows part of Cthulhu Classics, this campaign has long been regarded as a flawed classic with numerous problems.

Its setup is weak and it is difficult to get investigators involved. The links between the chapters are flimsy and awkward, and the constant use of the letter as a plot device is wearisome.

The campaign lacks Keeper advice. Having been written by different hands, it has a rough, incohesive feel.

Chaosium has attempted to address some of these problems with these reprints. Every NPC is illustrated; each chapter lists selected links between it and the other parts; and there is a little—often too little—Keeper advice for each chapter, though calll for the campaign as a whole. Running it is a daunting prospect for any but the most experienced Vall. Individually, some of its scenarios are creepy little affairs and it gives a genuine reason for the investigators to face Great Cthulhu himself, but until it receives a rewrite, Shadows of Yog-Sothoth does not quite live up to its ambitions.


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