Friday, 11 March 2022

FREE CAMPAIGN - SONS OF THE NEW MOON

 A new thrilling campaign is available for free for Fear of the Dark.


Jerry tugged several times on the axe handle unable to get it to release from where it was stuck, after trying in vain to pull the blade of the axe out he decided to rest his foot on the poor man´s back.

 Pushing hard with his foot and pulling energetically on the axe handle, he managed to force the blade out of the back, exposing a large wound from which blood was flowing. 

Looking down at the stranger's immobile body, he tilted his head to one side and crouched beside him.

 Bringing his lips close to his victim's ear Jerry asked him in a low voice: 

 "Do you still hear the violins playing?"



Sons of the New Moon is a campaign that will take your investigators to their limits: a writer is missing while he was making a research for a new book, a horror novel about a long time disappeared esoteric cult. everything seems like he has discovered something... something wicked.

Will they dicover the writer´s whereabout?

Will they make it alive?

Will they find what happened with the Sons of the New Moon?


This is the introduction for this campaign, to get it for free just log in your wargamevault profile and look in the Fear of the Dark folder, you may download and enjoy it.


and as always...


THANKS FOR SUPPORTING THIS PROJECT!

Saturday, 15 January 2022

FEAR OF THE DARK EN CASTELLANO

Quizás muchos hayais visto que el juego Fear of the Dark ha desaparecido en castellano.
Tanto el archivo para su compra en Wargamevault como la versión de demostración gratuíta.
Todo tiene una explicación...

Hace poco se llegó al acuerdo con la compañía editorial Shadowlands para su edición de modo profesional tanto en formato físico como digital.




Shadowlands es una editorial seria y con mucha fuerza especializada en los juegos de rol de ambientación de terror, y quien haya visto algunos de sus trabajos no podrá mas que concluir que se trata de la mejor editorial que se podría encargar de lanzar este proyecto de modo profesional.

Así que durante unos meses Fear of the Dark no estará disponible en castellano, pero en breve podreis disfrutar de una versión realmente profesional que seguro que no os va a dejar indiferentes.

¿Que pasará con aquellos que ya adquirieron el juego a través de Wargamevault?

Aún no hay nada asentado, pero se planteó darles algún tipo de beneficio a los que ya habían comprado el juego si adquirían el libro una vez sea publicado por Shadowlands.

Aunque ese beneficio aún está por decidirse en firme, tened por seguro que aquellos que confiaron en este proyecto desde el principio no van a caer en el olvido, gracias a vosotros es posible este juego y tanto a la editorial como a mi nos parece algo digno de premiar.

Aún nos quedan unos meses para poder ver Fear of the Dark editado de manera profesional, pero os puedo asegurar que la espera habrá merecido la pena...

Mientras tanto permaneced juntos...

No os separeis...

Y sobre todo, temed a la oscuridad...

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Many of you may have noticed that the game Fear of the Dark has disappeared in Spanish.
Both the file in Wargamevault and the free demo version.
Everything has an explanation...

Recently an agreement was reached with the Shadowlands publishing company for its professional edition in both physical and digital format.





Shadowlands is a serious and strong publishing company specialized in horror role-playing games, and anyone who has seen anyof their work can only conclude that this is the best publisher that could be responsible for launching this project in a professional way.

So for a few months Fear of the Dark will not be available in Spanish, but soon you will be able to enjoy a really professional version that will surprise you.

What will happen to those who already purchased the game through Wargamevault?

Nothing is set in stone yet, but it has been considered to give some kind of benefit to those who have already bought the game if they purchase the book once it is published by Shadowlands.

Although that benefit is yet to be decided, be sure that those who trusted in this project from the very beginning are not going to be forgotten, thanks to you this game is possible and both the publishing company and I think it's something worth rewarding.

We still have a few months to see Fear of the Dark edited in a professional way, but be sure that the wait will be worth it...

In the meantime stay close...

Stay together...

And above all, have fear of the dark...



Tuesday, 21 December 2021

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2020 was a complicated year, and 2021 has been quite hard, but I want to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year... 


2022 is going to be better, my Friends!


MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 



(I found this picture on the internet long time ago, so I can't acknowledge the author, but for me is the best way to wish a merry Christmas for my wargamers friends) 

Sunday, 12 December 2021

OKUMARTS PAPER MINIATURES

Many times people say that they don't find proper miniatures to play Fear of the Dark, but sometimes the answer is easier than we think.


Okumarts games makes high quality paper miniatures  with many different characters and ranges (pulp investigators, innsmouth denizens, gangsters...) that fit perfect the Fear of the Dark setting.




This is the link to their website, with links to their different online stores, their patreon,  information on all the different ranges they have made and new projects:

http://www.okumarts.com/


And these are a few pictures that show what this paper miniatures may offer to Fear of the Dark players...

It seems that you are running out of excuses to play Fear of the Dark...











And these are some of the ranges they made at Okumarts games, but there are A LOT so I encourage you to visit their website to enjoy watching what they offer:








Thursday, 9 December 2021

A WW2 BATTLE REPORT - PLAYTESTING RULES

I want to share with you a new playtesting scenario of the ww2 (and weird ww2) game that I'm working on.




I like Fear of the Dark, but I love playing ww2 and I hope someday I finish this game.

The game will be set in Europe during ww2, and will have two versions: a historical ww2 one and a weird ww2 one.

The historical version would be closer to action films than to historical events, but will take place in "reality", while the weird ww2 versión will face our heroes against supernatural and unknown forces.

This time is a historical ww2 mission in which my group of airborne soldiers are ordered to sneak themselves in a town occupied by the enemy, blow up a nazi warehouse and get away alive.




I start with a group of 5 men: the officer, a sniper and three soldiers, two of them carrying explosive devices to blow up the warehouse.

The orders are to make a stealth approach, set the explosive devices (at least one of them) in the warehouse and go away with it.

The warehouse is in a corner of a 90x90 cms table, and I may deploy in any point of the two opposite sides of that corner.

There are two nazi guards, one on the door of the complex and another in the door of the warehouse.

If the guarding nazis see the allied soldiers or see/hear anything suspicious, they may raise the alarm.





I deploy my officer and two soldiers in one side, and the sniper and another soldier deploy in the other side. Each of the groups have an explosive devices each.





It takes the sniper two turns to get to the top of the building, while his mate takes a safe position in a corner of the alley.





The other three advance towards the street, but they find another guard that stands there unaware of what is happening.




One of the soldiers advances hidden in the shadows til he gets to the nazi guard. After a bad die roll he finally kills the guard cutting his throat with his combate knife.







The officer and the other soldier carrying the explosive device make it to the wall around the complex checking how to jump over it.




Up to this moment everything was working fine, but suddenly my sniper, who is in the top of a building, sees something moving in another rooftop...

...a f*****g nazi sniper is in the roof of a building!!






The nazi sniper has just appeared on the table at the begining of the turn and still hasn't seen anybody: this turn he appears but he won't actívate, but next turn he will shoot anybody that is in his line of sight.

This event makes everything go faster, as I have three soldiers in the middle of the street, and my sniper is just a few meters away from the nazi sniper.

All my stealth plans are ruined, and I have to run and blow up everything as fast as possible, as the very next turn the nazi sniper is going to start shooting my men down raising the alarm.

I decide that my sniper has to kill the enemy sniper, while his mate runs towards the guard that is in the door and shoots him down. The other three soldiers will try to jump over the wall to enter the complex and set the explosive devices.

Step by step, my sniper kills the nazi sniper




His mate runs to the gates and shoots down the guard.






One of the other soldiers jumps the wall, but the other two don't make it, failing their die rolls.




Once the shooting starts two more nazis come out from the warehouse. The soldiers dive for cover, and the blood starts to fall on the ground.








The officer jumps the wall just in time to see one of his soldiers fall to the ground.




From now on, the nazis kill the allied soldier that was on top of a car shooting over the wall, and as two more nazi soldiers appear, I decide that the enemy has too much advantage and the only way to make it alive is to withdraw.

There is no point in going on as I have one soldier still outside the wall (failed his die rolls two turns in a row... Two actions pero turn...), the officer is alone inside the complex facing all the nazis and the sniper is doing his best to shoot down enemies (but not being really succesful achieving his goal).






The nazis won today but the war is not over, and we will fight them on every street, on every road, on every house... 

'Til we kill them all....

The rules work fine and the solo system is quite realistic (on how a real opponent would play). The events included to make the game unpredictable are really funny and turn everything upside down in a second.

Friday, 12 November 2021

MOVIES INSPIRED IN H.P. LOVECRAFT WORKS

As a Fear of the Dark player I love horror movies...

That feeling when you turn off the light and seat in the couch waiting for the film to begin is something I love...

We love to be scared by horror films, to suffer with the characters as they walk towards death... We like fear itself.



There are a lot of horror movies inspired in H.P. Lovecraft´s works, some of them not clearly, other are obviously based on them. Lovecraft works didn´t go unnoticed to film directors and producers, and many of them have been adaptated or were the basis for films.

Today I want to make a list of the movies I believe that are based on his works or that they deserve to be seen as a Fear of the Dark player or a Call of Cthulhu GM.

The films are not in any particular order, I just offer a selection of films that you may like (related to mythos in one or other way).

So, make sure the doors are locked, turn off the light and sit in the couch... 




THE MIST (2007)



David Drayton and his young son Billy are among a large group of terrified townspeople trapped in a local grocery store by a strange, otherworldly mist. David is the first to realize that there are “things” lurking in the mist…deadly, horrifying things…creatures not of this world. 


Survival depends on everybody in the store pulling together…but is that possible, given human nature? As reason crumbles in the face of fear and panic, David begins to wonder what terrifies him more: the monsters in the mist—or the ones “inside” the store, the human kind, the people that until now had been his friends and neighbors?







RE-ANIMATOR (1985)


A medical student and his girlfriend become involved in a bizarre experiment into reanimating the dead conducted by the student's incorrigible housemate in this campy sendup of an H.P. Lovecraft story. The emphasis is on humour but once the dead walk, there is gore aplenty.








THE THING (1982)




In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a norwegian helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast, from unknown origin, can assume the shape of its victims.





THE CALL OF CTHULHU (2005)


The Call of Cthulhu is a silent movie adaptation of the H. P. Lovecraft short story of the same name, produced by Sean Branney and Andrew Leman and distributed by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. It is the first film adaptation of the famous Lovecraft story, and uses Mythoscope, a blend of vintage and modern filming techniques intended to produce the look of a 1920s-era film.


The film adheres very closely to Lovecraft's story, but there are a few changes. The sailors aboard the Emma first encounter the Alert abandoned at sea, rather than crewed by Cthulhu cultists as in the original story. Additionally, the film depicts the narrator present at the time of his great-uncle's death, who dies peacefully in his sleep, rather than being summoned upon the mysterious death of his great-uncle, who was presumably killed by Cthulhu cultists in the original short story. The narrator (Matt Foyer) notes as well that Inspector Legrasse, who had directed the raid on cultists in backwoods Louisiana, had died before the narrator's investigation began.







DAGON (2001)


A couple is traveling on a yacht off the coast of Spain, when a sudden storm smashes their boat on a reef.  They swim to the nearest town looking for help.  The decrepit fishing village of Imboca at first seems to be deserted. The strange inhabitants offer little help to the stranded couple. By nightfall they find themselves pursued by the entire town… but a town of what?






THE ENDLESS (2017)


As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began. Soon they realize that the cult was more than right on their beliefs.






THE RESURRECTED (1992)


Charles Dexter Ward's wife enlists the help of a private detective to find out what her husband is up to in a remote cabin owned by his family for centuries. The husband is a chemical engineer, and the smells from his experiments (and the delivery of what appear to be human remains at all hours) are beginning to arouse the attention of neighbors and local law enforcement officials. When the detective and wife find a diary of the husband's ancestor from 1771, and reports of gruesome murders in the area begin to surface, they begin to suspect that some very unnatural experiments are being conducted in the old house.






THE VOID (2016)


In the middle of a routine patrol, officer Daniel Carter happens upon a blood-soaked figure limping down a deserted stretch of road. He rushes the young man to a nearby rural hospital staffed by a skeleton crew, only to discover that patients and personnel are transforming into something inhuman. As the horror intensifies, Carter leads the other survivors on a hellish voyage into the subterranean depths of the hospital in a desperate bid to end the nightmare before it's too late.





FROM BEYOND (1986)


Dr. Pretorius and his colleagues are working on a sensational experiment: by means of stimulation of the pineal gland, they want to open the human mind to higher dimensions. When the experiment succeeds, however, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms, which apparently are floating around us all the time. When Dr. Pretorius is killed by one of them, Dr. Tillinghast is under suspect and thrown into the psycho ward due to his stories. Only the ambitious psychologist Dr. McMichaels believes him and wants to continue the experiment.





CLOVERFIELD (2008)



A group of friends gather in downtown Manhattan to hold a surprise party for Rob Hawkins who is departing to take up a vice presidency in Japan. Hud is given the job of recording everything on a camcorder. But as gossip spreads around the room that Rob and Beth McIntyre were sleeping together, there suddenly comes news that a tanker has overturned in the harbour. 

As they rush onto the roof to see, there is a massive explosion. Out on the street, the head of the Statue of Liberty comes crashing past and then a vast monster is seen smashing buildings aside. Rob and a handful of others try to survive amidst the mass devastation as the military cordon the area off, evacuate people and try to fight back against the monster. Rob takes the others on a dangerous journey across town to rescue Beth from where she is trapped injured inside her apartment building.







COLOUR OUT OF SPACE (2019)




A town is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic. A really good adaptation of the original story.
Nicolas Cage and an H.P. Lovecraft story... what else do you need?











IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS (1994)



When horror novelist Sutter Cane goes missing, insurance investigator John Trent scrutinizes the claim made by his publisher, Jackson Harglow, and endeavors to retrieve a yet-to-be-released manuscript and ascertain the writer's whereabouts, discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

This film is an excepcional Lovecratian story (I have to confess that I turned this film into a Call of Cthulhu RPG scenario that I played to friends and It was an awesome scenario... And we watched the film after the game)




This is It... Did you enjoy?

You may think that many mythos related films were not listed, well you may leave a comment with your chosen films that weren't listed or anything you want to add.

Next film I'm going to see is The Ring 3D edition... They say that images seem to come out of the screen...