Cthulhu Mythos in Laos

Whilst you are waiting for the fabled Vietnam issue, I'd like to point you in the direction of this great little Kickstarter:

DEMONSTRA: Lao American Art & Poetry

Although Laotian-focussed it overlaps with Cthulhu by Arclight. Looking through the creatures some are similar to Vietnamese creatures, and some are brand new.

Well worth a look for inspiration, especially the ghost noodle seller looking for her killer.


Cthulhu by Arclight status update

We've been playing around with layout, realising that we haven't edited the articles we have enough before layout, and are still having ongoing discussions between us about missing articles and how to fill them, whilst others are trying to finish off articles long promised.

The project is moving forward, albeit slowly.


The Pool of Mr Binh – now in PDF

Bret Kramer's "The Pool of Mr. Binh" is now available in PDF, and shows the design and layout of the forthcoming Cthulhu by Arclight special issue of the Black Seal.

The hard working layout moonbeasts have just started the mammoth task of laying out over 100,000 words of 'Nam flavoured horror.

Here you can download The_Pool_of_Mr_Binh.


Recommended Vietnam Movies Pt 3.

The Low Budget

Not quite so famous, and perhaps not quite so accurate, these movies are still valuable to the keeper, both for good the odd gem to steal, and for cliches to avoid...


The Pool of Mr Binh – A short scenario

A short scenario by Brett Kramer intended as an interlude in an ongoing Cthulhu by ARCLIGHT game and focussing on a non-Mythos threat. It is suitable for a single player or small group, and can be used as a ZULU event, leading the players to Delta Green clearance.

Players and Keepers with low SAN should probably stop reading now.


A soundtrack for War

Getting the right feel for your game is important, anything that draws the players into your story, and makes them forget they're sat round a table covered in Dorito's has to be good.

A proper soundtrack is a good start, but lets face it, not many battles are fought with Jimi Hendrix blaring over the battlefield, for those grunts who aren't in the thick of it, their soundtrack is radio chatter.


Recommended Vietnam Movies Pt. 2

The Second Wave

The Vicar has been to the movies and provided a couple more reviews and uses for some slightly less famous Vietnam movies, pass the popcorn!

The Green Berets (1968)

John Wayne plays Colonel Mike Kirby fighting the dastardly Viet Cong in (what looks like) the early days of American involvement in Vietnam. David "The Fugitive" Janssen’s reporter is the eyes and ears of the audience in Wayne's roller-coaster support of US intervention. Mistimed in its year of release (the year that the US turned its back on involvement in Vietnam) and critically derided in the years since, *The Green Berets* is probably the closest anyone has got to a 'Delta Green in Vietnam' story line with a non-typical rollicking storyline that’s more Western than War movie.


Recommended Vietnam Movies

Here at the Black Seal's Cyclopean towers, we've been thinking about movie inspiration for your Arclight games, we've come up with a list of some of our favourite Vietnam movies, you'll have heard of some of them, but hopefully not all. Of course, if you're feeling generous, we've added some Amazon affiliate links, any pennies will end up in the Black Seal coffers and fund printing this monster!


Murder on the Rue Catinat.

A handout for a scenario in the upcoming Cthulhu by Arclight.

PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION: The body was found in a room at the Hotel Rose on Rue Catinat at 030022MAY1967. The body was tied to the bed with cords of braided grass. The cords were cinched around the victim's wrists and ankles and tied using a clove hitch knot to the legs of the bed. Medical staff verified the victim had no signs of life including respiration and heartbeat and pronounced the victim deceased at 0330 22MAY1967.


Deus Ex – Artillery, and why you shouldn’t use this table.

Several years ago (seven to be exact) the members of the The Black Seal Writers forum were discussing how to handle some of the bigger bangs which players might run into in Wartime Vietnam specifically artillery. This is a product of the discussion which I thought I'd share.

There is an old adage: "A bullet has your name on it, but a grenade is addressed to whom it may concern", which can be equally applied to a fire mission from a battery of 155mm howitzers as to a flight of B52's flying an Arclight mission - although rules for surviving an attack involving the latter would be largely pointless considering its nickname was the grid square removal service. Read on to see what can happen when your bored and have a free lunchbreak.