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Dead Light and Other Dark Turns

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Two unsettling encounters on the road

With the rise of the automobile in the 1920s, people were no longer tied to the railways as a means of getting to distant locations. For those who could afford the relative luxury of a car, the expanding United States’ highway network brought with it the opportunity to travel and see new places, as well as visit those that the railways didn’t reach—and all at your own pace, too.

But the new road network also meant that strangers began making their way into once isolated and secluded locations. Places where they may not be welcome, and where old secrets have been hidden for generations. Who knows what lurks behind the lace curtains of the houses you drive past? What dangers lie in wait for the unwary along the out of the way highways and byways?

Dead Light and Other Dark Turns contains two scenarios for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition dealing with the theme of roadside adventure, along with six story seeds for the Keeper to expand and develop. In the classic Dead Light scenario, now revised, a chance encounter with a distressed young woman leads the investigators into the hideous aftermath of a crime gone terribly wrong. While in the brand-new Saturnine Chalice scenario, seeking help from a nearby homeowner after their vehicle runs out of gas traps the investigators in a house where nothing is quite what it seems.

Both scenarios can be used as standalone adventures suitable for one to two sessions’ worth of play, or they can be slotted into an ongoing campaign as the investigators journey between locations, and come with six ready-to-play investigators. Suitable for use with either the Call of Cthulhu: Keeper Rulebook or the Call of Cthulhu Starter Set.

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What's New in this Version of Dead Light?

This new edition of Dead Light features new art throughout by Magda Meiszczak, Doruk Golcu, and Caleb Cleveland, with the scenario revised and reorganized to address a few minor issues in the original (such as the reference to an NPC, Walter the Pump Jockey, who does not actually appear in the scenario). We have included five player handouts providing further insight into the plot and agendas of the characters concerned.

In addition, the book includes a new scenario, Saturnine Chalice, by Matthew Sanderson, which also takes place during a roadside stop that leads to danger and mystery. Carrying on the roadside theme of both Dead Light and Saturnine Chalice are six new adventure seeds, each with ideas for encounters on the road that Keepers can use as inspiration for short sidetracks, one night games, or to develop into full-blown scenarios.

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What the Critics Say

"A strong, lean collection that provides a lot of high-quality playtime... a definite recommendation for keepers and players across the spectrum of experience."—Never Read the Latin.

"STYLE 5, SUBSTANCE 5 - Saturnine Chalice… is one of the best adventures of this length ever written for Call of Cthulhu, and a new favourite to pull on unsuspecting players, especially new ones… The plot will make jaws drop. It is sinister, it is devious, it is complex, it is evil. Dead Light is better than the first time, the six adventure hooks offer interesting ideas, both formulaic and exotic, and... what more does an adventure collection need to do anyway?"—Antonios S. RPGNet.

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Publisher:
Chaosium
Year Released:
2020
Rule Set:
7th Edition Call of Cthulhu
Format:
Black & White Softcover
Page Count:
88
ISBN:
9-1-56882-499-4
Authors:
Alan Bligh, Matt Sanderson, Lynne Hardy, Mike Mason
Cover Artist:
Wayne Miller
Interior Artists:
Magda Meiszczak, Doruk Golcu, Caleb Cleveland, David Oliver
Cartography:
Stephanie McAlea, Miska Fredman
Handouts:
Nicholas Nacario, Miska Fredman
Layout:
Nicholas Nacario
  • 5
    Perfect for a 1 on 1 game or short session

    Posted by D. Gutierrez on 19th May 2020

    I bought this the moment it was released because i had loved the original Dead Light scenario and wanted to see more "encounters on the road" type scenarios.

    Saturnine Chalice is a good short-ish scenario which i recommend for experienced players due to the difficulty of some of the puzzles involved.

    This also includes a bunch of scenario seeds which could be fun for a rainy day or in between big game sessions.

  • 5
    Intriguing Interlude to a Campaign

    Posted by Matthew A. on 18th May 2020

    I had my investigators run the short (4 hour) scenario Dead Light while driving back from Dunwich in late November as part of our ongoing campaign. The elements battered their auto, and they had to stop once a young woman ran out into the road. All was not what it seemed...

    I plan on running the new scenario "Saturnine Chalice" after awhile, once some time has passed and the investigators are on the road in Lovecraft Country once again. Both scenarios are great and well worth the purchase price.

  • 5
    Saturnine Chalice

    Posted by Unknown on 28th Feb 2020

    The new scenario included with Dead Light is a lot of fun. They really did their research with this one.