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Echoes in the Mist: A Regency Cthulhu Story Guide $6.99
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Echoes in the Mist: A Regency Cthulhu Story Guide
Publisher: Chaosium
by Matt [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/13/2024 12:03:49

This is a unique approach to Regency Cthulhu and horror in general. Instead of providing a set of railroad tracks for players to go with, this creates a sort of "story sandbox". More bones than a standard setting guide, but more freedom than a typical scenario.

And that's where this story guide shines.

The entire experience is written to become deeply personal to the players, creating relationships, bonds to be broken, playing on their fears, and instead of having a giant finale where you fight a giant mythos entity in a guns-blazing, smoke-filled room, the players have ultimate agency in their fates. It feels incredibly Lovecraftian that things are happening without the requirement of staring some eldritch horror in the face.

This not only has the power to be a new way of writing settings/historical backdrop pieces, but will excite your table with strong character interactions instead of forced railroads and required scenes. Let the world fall as it may.

All hail the Silent Shouter.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Echoes in the Mist: A Regency Cthulhu Story Guide
Publisher: Chaosium
by Chris [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 05/26/2024 14:27:29

Brilliant New Concept for Background Material - The Story Guide

Really love this idea of a Story Guide rather than a fixed scenario, as it means games keepers like me can feel less guilty about running the scenario my own way. Part way between a full heavy weight sourcebook and a scenario with a fixed arc this gives a lot of material but no fixed track to use it.

For improvised keepers like me this becomes much more friendly and usable and at the same time i can feel less guilty at taking only what i want to use and ignoring parts as they won't be useful or needed. This is refreshing for me as i often struggle to find scenario's that keep me fully engaged and even those written by great writers i want to change and adapt.

The sheer amount of material here does make up massively for no single tale or structured path being offered. This is truly a mini sourcebook as it gives plenty of background, locations and characters but is not a full sourcebook either and so does not overwhelm with the level of detail.

Its like a very well formed sketch book - like a Da Vinci notebook page - crammed with ideas to spark your imagination but not so bare as to leave you wanting.

I would like to see ,ore in this format and may even try to write in this style myself. I think the format has legs and will be a useful intermediary between the sourcebooks of the publisher and the single tales of many writers.

Overall a 4 out of 5 because i feel that the layout does flit back and forth a little and seems to me that it needed a tad more structure in order of the info presented, but in the whole this is superb and great value for money.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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