So... I finally have read this purist scenario. It is really nice. It has space for investigation, for roleplaying and some tough choices. It is creepy and disturbing in some places.
And it has a BIG NASTY FAIL right from the start. =(
What I mean is the whole adventure hook.
The PCs don't know each other but they all arrive at the same time in the same town. Ok. Maybe it is not a coincidence but a call of blood, fate or fatum. Let it be.
And then they see a photo of themselves aged 2-5. And from this they get an idea that they are connected.
How can a person totally not remember himself at such an age?? I don't remember my childhood day by day, but hey! I'm pretty aware of where I was and what people were around me.
I could understand if the person don't remember himself at the age of 1 month, 10 months, 1 year - that's pretty ok. But in this case I don't think the players can recognise themselves at the photo at all!
And this little fact ruins can ruin the whole scenario if played as written!
So, has anybodye made any twists or changes to this scenario to void this fail?
I think about a letter from a dying priest who summons all the PCs to a town. By the time the PCs arrive the priest is dead, of course, but they can investigate and find his notes about church records and birth/death book, and after they look at these books - they find their names and dates of birth and have a vague idea that they are connected. And investigating deeper - they find out that at the age of 0,5-1 year they were all given away to other families.
And then the scenario goes on...