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The Journal of Neve Selcibuc (2015)

The second handout book for Curse of Nineveh is The Journal of Neve Selcibuc, whose name I still don’t know how to pronounce.

As a (rather overpriced) campaign handout, this one is less spectacular than Thompson’s journal. Most of the story is actually a red herring, with only some events at the very end being relevant to the campaign. The red herring itself is also very interesting and could serve as a great adventure seed (the book itself suggests this, using the Scotland sourcebook), which is fine, but introduces the problem of potential campaign derailment.

Like the Thompson journal, the pages are thick and unpleasant to handle. It is also largely illustrated with repurposed period illustrations, which I enjoy. In fact, as a story, I think this one stands better on its own than Thompson’s – dear Neve, who is an NPC in Curse of Nineveh, has quite the adventure, involving mysterious deaths and spontaneous combustion. The supernatural darkness creeps into the narrative slowly, which makes for an effective horror story.

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