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Trail of Cthulhu: Shadows Over Filmland $16.95 $11.70
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Jeffrey V. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/02/2010 19:57:52

I actually started out prepared to dislike this one. However of all of the scenario packs I've read so far for Trail of Cthulhu, I actually found this one the most interesting to date. Megan Robertson, as usual, has done an excellent job of describing the contents, so consider everything she said about it as a given, and, as usual, I'll simply add a couple of observations.

The scenarios, as befitting the theme of the book, are very much in the cinematic theme, yet somehow it feels less forced in this volume than it does in several others. Perhaps because the scenarios are more in the pulpish tradition that tended to be somewhat prevalent in 1930's cinema. Backlot Gothic was both amusing and enlightening, and should provide the clever Keeper with many ideas and useful tidbits of information that can be easily transported into his own mysterious village. Admittedly, it would make more sense to use the material therein in an adventure set in the 1890's as opposed to the 1930's, but then, that isn't impossible to organize in Trail of Cthulhu either.

I enjoyed every single one of the adventures outlined in the book -- they all had elements that the older among us will remember from the Sunday afternoon movies that used to show when we were kids, and the younger among us, if they spend any time watching Turner Classic Movies, will have also run across many of them. The cinematic touches go a long way to creating the proper atmosphere and provide excellent "schooling" in a technique that most Keepers can profitably use in their normal scenarios. Frankly, whether any of these scenarios ever see the light of day in my campaign or not, there will be many little touches and tid-bits that will be used to help set the mood.

DriveThru, as usual, did an excellent job of reproducing the book, and everything was both legible and printable if needed. I think this one most assuredly earns a "5."



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