In the Shadows

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Front Cover

Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 2357

Publishing Year: 1995

Pages: 56

Cover Price: $11.95

Author(s): Gary Sumpter

Artist(s): Eric Vogt, Dave Carson, Earl Geier, Drashi Khendup

Setting(s): 1920s

Format(s): Softcover and scanned/OCR PDF


Scenarios: Devil's Hole, In the Shadows of Death, Song of the Spheres

Additional: Introduction, Player Handouts

Front Cover Text

Three Scenarios for Call of Cthulhu

Back Cover Text

"It is absolutely necessary, for the pece and safety of mankind, that some of earth's dark, dead cornders and unplumbed depths be let alone; lest sleeping abnormalities wake to resurgent life, and blasphemously surviving nightmares squirm and splash out of their black lairs to newer and wider conquests."
-- H.P. Lovecraft, "At the Mountains of Madness"

A disappearance.

A plea for help.

The strike of sudden madness.

Fear forms where shadows begin. The Cthulhu Mythos hovers at the edges of reason and sanity. With their courage and intelligence, investigators can dare the unknown and the unknowable, and roll back a little of the darkness.

Three new mysteries lure the investigators into the penumbra of the Mythos. Each adventure is sanity- and life-threatening, but also includes much evidence-gathering and serves to promote discussion and generous teamwork. The scenarios are apt for new investigators. Each can be played through in an evening or two.

The many illustrations and maps, and their more than forty handouts make these adventures unusually accessible and easy to present.

Comments / Trivia

Dedication: "This book is dedicated to the memory of my grandfather, Ernest Warden -- whose tall tales inspired me to make some of my own."

These scenarios were originally run at conventions, UBCon and MAGIC

Both the printed and PDF versions of this book suffer from production flaws that make it hard to read the many scenario handouts. In December 2015, Cthulhu Reborn published a "Scenario Upgrade Pack" for In The Shadows which includes new renditions of these handouts and also conversion notes for running the scenarios with 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu.



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