Issue 18 marks the revitalization of The Unspeakable Oath, originally published by Pagan Publishing throughout the 1990′s. It is a magazine dedicated to role-playing in the world of the Cthulhu Mythos with a primary concentration on the tried and true Call of Cthulhu. Issue 18 is a mixture of scenarios, scenario seeds, and source material with a focus on using it in your scenarios. This magazine is awesome, and after reading one issue, you will probably be hooked for future issues.
The Unspeakable Oath is a HUGE value for what you pay. For only $9.99 print or $5.24 PDF, you get two fully-developed scenarios (one is an actual scenario while the other is a developed cult with scenario basics), two fully-developed scenario frameworks, and a host of quick presentations that provide scenario hooks and potential plot points. Not only do you get a lot of Call of Cthulhu content for such a great price, but you get a real variety of content that can be used in a number of ways. This is a truly excellent way to support a game system, providing the players and Keepers with hours and hours of horror investigation.
Publication Quality: 9 out of 10
The Unspeakable Oath is a wonderfully put-together magazine with a great layout and format, albeit with a lot of spacing between paragraphs. There are lots of great illustrations and I even enjoy seeing the advertisements. Understanding that some people are annoyed by advertisement, I find them very helpful to see what products are out there and who publishes them. This is backed-up by the contained reviews as well.
Storyline: 10 out of 10
All four feature articles contain some type of storyline, especially the scenario. Each storyline is extremely well-developed for use within an investigation-styled game considering its presentation and development. These feature articles are augmented by a host of smaller pieces that can be added to many games’ storyline, offering alternate avenues for the investigators to explore; possibly taking the scenario in a different direction.
Desire to Play/Use: 10 out of 10
Considering the number of possible scenarios that can be created with the various pieces in addition to the fully-developed scenario, Keepers should be able to find at least one if not a handful of things to throw at their players. The content is developed in a way that makes it a very valuable product in terms of usability and desirability. And even if the included scenario is not used, one could easily combine various bits-and-pieces from the magazine to construct their own scenario.
Overall: 10 out of 10
Any lover of Call of Cthulhu should consider The Unspeakable Oath (issue 18 and others), especially Keepers. There is so much inside these pages that you can’t help but find something very useful, and at such a great price. After reading one issue, there’s a chance you’ll get completely hooked on it and want more.
[5 of 5 Stars!]