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#21 Brother12

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 01:26 AM

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"In Soviet Russia, Sanity lose you!!"


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#22 swj719

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Posted 05 December 2006 - 05:27 AM

If Neil is any indication, they all have HORRIBLE accents.... :)

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 10:43 AM

Is the author of The Terror, Troy C. Wilhelmson, a member of this site or does anyone have his contact details?

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 10:47 AM

I ran a campaign set in the the russian civil war 1920-1921. involved the czech legion, american soldiers, hidden castles, missing commisars, snipers in ekaterinburg who wont stay dead and ithaqua. Just didnt write any of it down. never do.

If anyone wants a soviet/cthulhu sheet I could e-mail them my soviet charcater sheet pdf.

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Posted 01 June 2007 - 11:07 AM

Steve Jackson Games once published a book about medieval Russia (plainly called GURPS Russia). There is a bit about Russian mythology in that book. Perhaps some of it could be mythosized by a keeper. I can recommend the book even if I haven't used it in any RPG sessions I have run (my GURPS library is rather extensive, most of the books I have not opened since I read them through the first time).

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 12:48 PM

It might be a bit left field, but for some bizarre-but-true little snippets of information and truly strange personalities that would make wonderful NPCs, I'd highly recommend 'The Orientalist' by Tom Reiss. Only parts of it take place in Russia (during the period of the Revolution), but it is a wonderfully odd read, following the life of Lev Nussimbaum, an Azeri Jew who invented a new life for himself as Mohammedan writer Esad Bey, a bold son of the Caucasus!

Well worth reading.

I'll also add my vote for Kharkov 37, definitely worth getting your hands on.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 04:55 PM

First as an aside Ayn Ryand can go to the deepest darkest pit in the tartrus, really I hate her beyond reason, her and Steve Jobs are historys greatest monsters.

After saying that I loved MTSK-37 I have been menaing to run it since I first got it, I really need to reread it before I try running it again, but it was a great concept. Also I read throught Terror is was good there were some minior errors but it was still really good, with well I thoguht it was a great way to end it
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Posted 16 June 2007 - 01:42 AM

I always fancied doing a tale of the Red Army entering the Hungary/Romanian border and encountering something not of this world in one of the castles of the region. I got inspired by the tacky TSR book, Vampire in Moscow, but, to take a Mythos turn would allow me to do the romp over a much longer period of time. A sort of version of The Keep then fast forwarding to a special research institute in the 1960s that could do a Quartermass type thing and if anyone has read Professor Dowell's Head, I would charge the Howard Philips character with a measure of plagiarism...

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 09:26 AM

I always fancied doing a tale of the Red Army entering the Hungary/Romanian border and encountering something not of this world in one of the castles of the region. I got inspired by the tacky TSR book, Vampire in Moscow, but, to take a Mythos turn would allow me to do the romp over a much longer period of time. A sort of version of The Keep then fast forwarding to a special research institute in the 1960s that could do a Quartermass type thing and if anyone has read Professor Dowell's Head, I would charge the Howard Philips character with a measure of plagiarism...

 
Ever read the 2000AD story Fiends of the Eastern Front? Romanian Vampires during WW2.
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Posted 16 June 2007 - 02:54 PM

Nope, but as I said, I want to keep it far from simple. Ultramodern values colliding with traditional peasant beliefs, taking my cue from Twilight 2000 with the Red Army unit cut off, forced to take refuge in a village where they don't speak the language, their political officer who speaks a smattering of German learns of the Keep and a charm (elder sign) that is supposed to keep the evil spirits away is unconsecrated then in the night, the political officer suddenly disappears, the villages relate that he has been taken to the Keep. There an ancient evil has awoken. On the face of the villagers want to enlist the soldiers to finally rid their village of the evil but at night they form unwitting allies, save the pretty Jewish girl who was part of the resistance. Being conscripts of the Russian army they will have the whole host of superstitions of their own to contend with.

#31 DrJest

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Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:46 PM

For a harsh but funny look at post-Soviet Russia, I highly recommend "Let's Put the Future Behind Us" by Jack Womack. Although Womack normally writes science-fiction, this book is just regular fiction, though very smart and cynical. The socialist realism-style cover alone is worth the price:

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#32 Mysterioso

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:12 PM

I ran a campaign set in the the russian civil war 1920-1921. involved the czech legion, american soldiers, hidden castles, missing commisars, snipers in ekaterinburg who wont stay dead and ithaqua. Just didnt write any of it down. never do.

 

If anyone wants a soviet/cthulhu sheet I could e-mail them my soviet charcater sheet pdf.

 

Many years later but I'd be quite happy to get a copy of this character sheet.



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 05:40 PM

I have always wanted to run a campaign around the 1908 Tungaska Event. A 70's Soviet Motor Rifle Platoon sent in to investigate why contact had been lost in the region. Obviously whatever caused, or is a legacy of, the Event is stirring! Another MRP have already gone in and vanished so giving the opportunity to encounter the remains (and some freaked out or just plain freaky survivors). Other than probably using the All Flesh Must be Eaten rules etc (for easy to run but pretty good modern combat and vehicle rules) I have never got any further but one day maybe!

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Posted 21 December 2016 - 06:11 PM

My god. ))))

 

All sources of "Russian" or pseudo-Russian things I met, starting from Ravenloft and on to GURPS: Russia are so full of CRANBERRY that it ackes.

They are full of really stupid cliches and stereotypes, stupid and silly. The only thing they create in russian-speaking people is a double-triple facepalms, believe me. =)

 

However, the same may be with russians, describing american life. =)

 

And to get a real feeling of 1920s Russia - read Michail Bulgakov's "Heart of a dog" and Alexey Tolstoy's "Ordeal".

 

Sadly, in 1930s Russian literature turned to social realism - so most works were about industrialisation like "And quiet flows the Don"  by Sholokhov, they are idealistic and describe simple lifes of simple people.

 

If you want NKVD horrors and Stalin's terror - I even don't know what to offer. Nearly all books about this period were written after 1950s and I don't think they were widly translated in English.

 

Well, of course this all will help if you want a bit of REALISTIC Russia. =)

 

If you are OK with cliches and NKVD comissars around every corner - so be it, anyway the point is that you and your players have fun. =)



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Posted 21 December 2016 - 07:03 PM

The most interesting thing about Russia is the sheer size of it's geographic area. Countless ruins and lost civilizations or alien sites could be littered around, as yet undiscovered...........


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 01:33 PM

All sources of "Russian" or pseudo-Russian things I met, starting from Ravenloft and on to GURPS: Russia are so full of CRANBERRY that it ackes.
They are full of really stupid cliches and stereotypes, stupid and silly. The only thing they create in russian-speaking people is a double-triple facepalms, believe me. =)


Mark Galeotti wrote a supplement for HeroQuest that covers much of the same ground as GURPS Russia. He's done his homework.
 

Sadly, in 1930s Russian literature turned to social realism - so most works were about industrialisation like "And quiet flows the Don by Sholokhov, they are idealistic and describe simple lifes of simple people.


I look to Rybakov's trilogy for the 1930s feel, even though it was written a half-century later.


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 02:27 PM

Shurely Ravenloft would by Romanian, or indeed Transylvanian, which isn't actually Russian at all. :oops:


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 08:39 PM

So "full of cranberry" is a Russian idiom?


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Posted 22 December 2016 - 08:54 PM

The Telegraph travel section for today (22 December 2016) has a selection of 1930's Soviet tourist promotion posters.  These seem to focus on the theme of going to some exotic spot or other, seeing attractive young ladies and helping with the harvest, or possibly gazing with enchantment at the oil well, in the case of Baku.   Still, would be good as a set of handouts, I think, to help establish atmosphere.

 

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Posted 23 December 2016 - 03:49 AM

I'm very late for the party but there's the newer Cold Harvest (for 7th Ed, I believe) that takes place in Soviet Russia.

 

I wrote and ran a WWII scenario in February called "The Sosnovka Raid" wherein a squadron of Night Witches (588th Night Bomber Squadron composed of all women pilots and navigators) bomb a tiny village in the Caucasus but things go wrong.  There is a journal entry in my blog here.