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Bayt al Azif #1: A magazine for Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying games
by eric v. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 01/13/2019 11:37:31

A new and promising Cthulhu-RPG (primarily Call of Cthulhu and Trail of Cthulhu) fanzine chock full of interesting scenarios, interviews, reviews, and articles pertaining to gaming Yog-Sothothery. The Keeper will find scenarios with settings near and far, in eras ranging from the 8th Century to the modern day; the grognard will find several short but charming essays on vintage RPG products; and players and Keepers alike will find several pieces on how to improve play. As if that wasn't enough of a satisfying buffet, those interested in peeking behind curtains will find interviews with industry contributors and authors. Illustrations and layout are lovely and easy on the eyes, and the PDF edition is generously bookmarked, making it easy to quickly find not just the article one was looking for, but to quickly access relevant pages within each scenario.

One wonders how the editors and publisher can possibly follow up such a nearly-perfect production, at the same time eagerly awaiting issue #2. Mostly the latter.



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Bayt al Azif #1: A magazine for Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying games
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Bayt al Azif #1: A magazine for Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying games
by Michael F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 12/25/2018 13:29:34

This mag is chocked full of great content covering a wide breadth of Mythos gaming. The interviews are interesting, timely, and engage with important issues. A Dark Ages, Modern, Solo and Vietnam War scenario? Wow. My favorite part is letters to the editor with responses. This has fallen away from modern periodicals and it is nice to see this "delayed" dialogue back in an era of instant communication. I swear there is as much content in this issue as in some supplements with double the page content. This is a great value and the best new fan-created product of 2018 for me.



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Bayt al Azif #1: A magazine for Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying games
by Marco M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/15/2018 14:26:30

I usually don't leave reviews but... holy hell, this zine is good. For modern (and non modern) horror games is probably the best I've read so far. I would said that the overall quality is better than Unspeakable Oath (that I love) and probably Black Seals (the PISCES centered zine). Please support it cause I want to read more ;)

  • The scenarios are well formatted with summary san loss table at the end and a schematic highlight of the investigation (they took the best design practices from the GUMSHOE scenario and imported it to CoC)
  • It has everything from 8th century to modern era
  • It has rules for GUMSHOW and CoC (and it's dead easy to convert to DG and FoDG, in particular the Vietnam scenario)
  • The reviews are comprehensive and amazing
  • The new tables and rules for on food chases... I personally didn't like the chase system when I first saw on CoC7th, but after Seth Skorkowsky review of the system and analysis with exemples I got hooked, and I've imported it to all my DG and FoDG game. This article gives you an amazing toolbox to improve the chase system or create one on the flight. I.LOVE.IT


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Bayt al Azif #1: A magazine for Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying games
by William F. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/10/2018 13:52:05

I really enjoyed the magazine; from the art, articles, and the scenarios all of it is really good. While I haven't had a chance to run any of the scenarios so far the Conspiracy in Damascus is one I hope to run soon. The break down of the Cthulhu content of the year along with kickstarters was a really nice feature I'd like to see again and the article on 'Rebooting Campaigns with Modern Sensibilites" was a thought provoking one on things that should be considered when you adjust campaign to your group or adding your own context to improve it. The history articles were fun and the interviews were fun. That comic on character creation is one I'm thinking of showing players who may want to set up some effects in a campaign for their roleplaying.

Overall its really good buy and looks great for a collection. I Hope to see another issue!



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