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The Dark Times 4 13 February 2019

The Dark Times, edited by Lee Williams, is a fanzine that follows on from Demonground and Protodimension in dealing with "the horror-conspiracy-weirdness gaming genres", beginning with Dark Conspiracy and drifting into nearby areas.

This one's shorter than previous issues at a total of 30 PDF pages, and the article titles on the contents page don't always exactly match those on the articles themselves.

Enter Vault 576 (Tad Kelson) is a review of the Fallout Shelter game for Android. Sounds like the standard free to play, pay to get to the next interesting bit, model.

Precursor and Exomorph Generator (Joe Klemann) is actually ten bits of Weird Alien Tech and a series of lists which can be mixed and matched to produce player-character-eating monsters. If I ever return to This Dim Spot and UNECRO, I'll certainly use this.

Argus II, (Bradley K. McDevitt), well, all right, I couldn't draw it, but it doesn't do anything for me.

Sunflower Masquerade Act 1 (Joe Klemann) continues this Lovecraftian adventure. (Technically for Trail of Cthulhu but it really doesn't matter.) A new theatre is being built in Arkham, and a drama student dies in an apparent suicide. (Though technically if it's on the neck it's probably not a defensive wound. Yes, I know too much about forensic medicine.) It's fine as far as it goes, but it's still not a complete adventure.

From The Editor's Attic (Lee Williams) mentions that the issue was put together in haste.

There are only really two usable articles here, but I'm indeed likely to use one of them; the other is incomplete so far. The Dark Times #4 is freely available from its web site.

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