The Miskatonic University Library Association brand is no more, alas, but what we have in its stead is the Miskatonic Depository, based on the same format as the DM’s Guild for Dungeons & Dragons. It is thus, “...a new way for creators to publish and distribute their own original Call of Cthulhu content including scenarios, settings, spells and more…” To support the endeavours of their creators, Chaosium has provided templates and art packs, both free to use, so that the resulting releases can look and feel as professional as possible. To support the efforts of these contributors, Miskatonic Monday is an occasional series of reviews which will in turn examine an item drawn from the depths of the Miskatonic Depository.
Name: A Light in Darkness
Publisher: Chaosium, Inc.
Author: Matthew Puccio
Setting: World War II Pacific Theatre
What You Get: 4.45 MB, 39-page colour PDF
Elevator Pitch: Sound and fire, box and bell in the Pacific.
Plot Hook: ‘Can do’ Seabees must protect a mysterious box from Japanese counterattack and survive DAYBREAK.
Plot Development: Exhaustion and shellshock, madness and mushrooms, a race to find safety as the last men standing.
Plot Support: Linear plot, five maps, three handouts, weapon handouts, shellshock and insanity rules, and eight pre-generated Naval engineers.
Production Values: Decent beyond a slight edit.
# One-session scenario
# Needs little preparation
# Desperate survival horror
# Convention scenario
# Suitable photo illustrations
# Works with Achtung! Cthulhu: Guide to the Pacific Front
# Linear plot
# No female characters
# Murky maps
# No Engineering skill
# Good convention scenario
# Solid survival horror