As mentioned here previously, one of the most awesome things to happen this year was when our humble Dateline: Lovecraft newspaper prop/gaming-aide got picked up by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society to sell via their online store.
Recentlyone of the purchasers took the time to post a review on the HPLHS product page. Here it is in full (both praise and criticism):
This prop comes in the form of a broadsheet newspaper (dated Monday, 15th October, 1928) called the Arkham Advertiser, accompanied by a 98 page guidebook and all safely contained in a secure, zip-lock folder.
The broadsheet contains 12 pages (with 8 columns per page) of dense material. This includes standard newspaper reports, adverts, announcements, weather forecast – all the things you’d expect to get in a real newspaper. The layout, fonts, masthead, illustrations are of the highest quality and the creators have demonstrated a similar attention to detail with the content of the articles.
The guidebook explains how to use the broadsheet. There is a simple Clipping ID system to help you find relevant material, a useful set of indices and some excellent suggestions for how to incorporate the broadsheet/clippings into your game. The description of the Arkham Advertiser business is a nice touch. The three adventures included in the booklet make great use of the broadsheet clippings and are well considered, well presented scenarios. The electronic newspaper is a fine resource and a great option if you don’t want to cut up your physical prop.
The artwork is excellent but spartan and oft repeated. There are a few typos (see rear cover) that I found annoying and the 12 page breakdown of the broadsheet by ID is wholly unnecessary, but these are minor grumbles.
Clear Credit have produced an excellent resource and I highly recommend it as a game prop or tool for all GMs.