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#121 Max_Writer

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Posted 14 March 2016 - 08:36 PM

Your either very organized or absolutely insane to keep track of all the detail! Reading your posts is more like reading a novelization or screenplay, do you simply record every session? How do you do so well with narrative and plot and mood, while still taking detailed notes? Just crystal clear memory?


Yes, I both audio and video record every game session (barring incident). After, I listen and then transcribe those notes into the rpg journals as stories. Sometimes I move a few things around to improve the flow of the narrative (generally when groups are separated or during combat) and I sometimes summarize dull dialogue (though probably not enough) but otherwise I try to convey, as well as I can, exactly what happened.

Incidently, both the video and audio are uploaded - the video to YouTube (the channel is maxwriter) and the audio to the Role Playing Public Radio Community Actual Play website.


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Posted 27 March 2016 - 01:39 AM

It's been some months since the terrible ordeal in Wisconsin, but then artist Julian Bernard is contacted by a young legal clerk who wants his help in finding out why children are disappearing and then reappearing some days later in Aylesbury, Massachusetts. He and several others set forth in late April, 1927, to find out what's going on.

The role playing journals of the first session of Let the Children Come to Me can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...ssing-children/
http://www.yog-sotho...-massachusetts/
http://www.yog-sotho...t-3-the-nipmuc/

Additionally, a playlist of eight videos (and a highlights video) of the game session can be found here:

https://www.youtube....AT5ok5Cc9xnGWEY

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Thomas Adler (psychologist)
Kyle Matheson as William Avery Rockefeller (dilettante)
Daniel Houchins as Raymond Sayers (police detective)
James Brown as William Schmidt aka Robert Ingerton (con man)
Katelyn Hogan as Abigail Daughton (nurse)
Hannah Gambino as Julian Bernard (artist)

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Posted 09 April 2016 - 05:25 PM

With the children back but the mystery of their disappearance not yet solved, the investigators continue seeking the truth in the woods near Aylesbury. What terrible things will they find?

The role playing journals of the first session of Let the Children Come to Me can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...-lost-children/
http://www.yog-sotho...r-in-the-woods/

Additionally a playlist of nine videos (and a highlights video) of the game session are here:

https://www.youtube....qs-qvbTFZooZjPU

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Thomas Adler (psychologist)
Kyle Matheson as William Avery Rockefeller (dilettante)
Daniel Houchins as Jack O'Mally (boxer)
James Brown as William Schmidt aka Robert Ingerton (con man)
Katelyn Hogan as Abigail Daughton (nurse)
Hannah Gambino as Julian Bernard (artist)
With the children back but the mystery of their disappearance not yet solved, the investigators continue seeking the truth in the woods near Aylesbury. What terrible things will they find?

The role playing journals of the first session of Let the Children Come to Me can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...-lost-children/
http://www.yog-sotho...r-in-the-woods/

Additionally a playlist of nine videos (and a highlights video) of the game session are here:

https://www.youtube....qs-qvbTFZooZjPU

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Thomas Adler (psychologist)
Kyle Matheson as William Avery Rockefeller (dilettante)
Daniel Houchins as Jack O'Mally (boxer)
James Brown as William Schmidt aka Robert Ingerton (con man)
Katelyn Hogan as Abigail Daughton (nurse)
Hannah Gambino as Julian Bernard (artist)

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 07:55 PM

Only a few weeks after the madness of the missing children in Aylesbury, our intrepid investigators get into a car accident with a local dilettante who has a job for them: find his brother. What strangeness will they find on the way?

The role-playing journals of the last session of Call of Cthulhu for the semester, the scenario Furious Driving, can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...utneys-problem/
http://www.yog-sotho...t-and-new-york/
http://www.yog-sotho...three-the-show/

Additionally, a playlist of six videos of the game session and a highlights video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....No2DLiKv_91GyHk

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Thomas Adler (psychologist)
Daniel Houchins as Raymond Sayers (police detective)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (photojournalist)
Katelyn Hogan as Abigail Daughton (nurse)

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 03:31 AM

I ran a Call of Cthulhu Game at NerdCon 2016 at Appalachian State University. "Terror Over Tokyo 2: The Fog Village" took place during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942. The B-25 Bomber that is part of the raid crashes in China after the bombing of Nagoya and are found by Chinese pygmies who are much worse than they originally seem.

The role playing journal of the game session can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...doolittle-raid/
http://www.yog-sotho...-part-2-escape/

Additionally, a playlist of six videos of the game session and a highlights video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....QGSyI3t04aoq6Ml

Players were:

Bret Hammitt as 1st Lt. Bryson Theard (Bombardier)
Michael Beal as Sgt. Hunter Underwood (Flight Engineer)
Z. Logan Berg as 1st Lt. Stephen Atkinson (Co-Pilot)
Alex Bernard as Captain James Elloitt (Pilot)
Ebenezer McKnell as 2nd Lt. Kaden Young (Navigator)

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 01:43 AM

In January, 1603, London is in the grip of a bitterly cold winter. The air is crisp with a heavy frost that is slow to thaw. Rumors abound that the plague is once more abroad in the city. Numerous houses have already been boarded up and people have again taken to the slaughter of stray dogs, wearing too-strong perfume, and applying arsenic under their armpits. The Pest House is filling and deaths are on the rise. Queen Elizabeth is unwell and wil probably die before the spring. Everyone is wary of others and foreigners certainly are carriers. Stranger events are also on the rise. Can the investigators deal with a possible grave threat to London and the British crown?

On May 22, I started the Elizabethan scenario "The King of Shreds and Patches" with my regular group. We didn't finish and should have a second session soon.

The roleplaying journal for the game is here:

http://www.yog-sotho...nd-strangeness/
http://www.yog-sotho...-london-bridge/
http://www.yog-sotho...am-shakespeare/

Additionally, a playlist of eight videos and a highlight video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....JijP8lvkSZwC9ML

Players were:

Kyle Matheson as Vincent Hawksworth (actor/censor)
Katie Gallant as Octavian Skern (printer)
James Brown as Reginald Selwyn (thief/locksmith)
Ashton LeBlanc as Dr. Everett Whitewood (physician)
Collin Townsend as Peter Godfrey (banker)

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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:59 AM


Great write-ups Max,

I must say I'm really intrigued by this particular scenario!

Edited by Friedland, 29 May 2016 - 12:03 PM.


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Posted 29 May 2016 - 12:53 PM

Thanks! It's a rather complex scenario and easy to miss clues, but played-through more easily than I thought (I even stressed note-taking for this one as my players are sometimes a little slack about following up on clues). I think it's an excellent scenario so far. There are still a few clues and unanswered questions but I think we'll be able to wrap it up next session.

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 07:21 PM

January 1603. Still investigating the seemingly unconnected deaths of playwright John Croft and a young girl visiting London from Amsterdam, the investigators have uncovered clues leading to a plot to murder William Shakespeare as well as connections between the two earlier deaths. Can they protect Shakespeare? How are the deaths connected with the fragments of a play by Christopher Marlowe called "The King in Yellowe" and Hastur? What is Dr. John Dee's connection? Who is Joseph Barker?

On June 5, I ran the conclusion of the scenario "The King of Shreds and Patches" with my group.

The roleplaying journal for the session is here:

http://www.yog-sotho...ng-shakespeare/
http://www.yog-sotho...-housebreaking/
http://www.yog-sotho...-and-charybdis/

Additionally, a playlist of nine videos and a highlight video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....DKilef38OZDpKXo

Players were:

Kyle Matheson as Vincent Hawksworth (actor/censor)
Katie Gallant as Octavian Skern (printer)
James Brown as Reginald Selwyn (thief/locksmith)
Collin Townsend as Peter Godfrey (banker)

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 09:01 PM

In April 1667, the pirate frigate Sweet Vengeance set sail in search of a supposed Spanish treasure ship leaving Porto Bello. What they found instead was a lost island and a terrible ruined city. Would the officers and crew of the ship survive seeking Forbidden Cargo?

On July 10, I ran an original pirate scenario Forbidden Cargo.

The role playing journals of the game session are here:

http://www.yog-sotho...-treasure-ship/
http://www.yog-sotho...land-of-terror/

Additionally, the nine videos of the game session can be found here:

https://www.youtube....08b0ZlmtaUtt-63

Players were:

Ashton LeBlanc as Cameron Whitewall (Captain)
Collin Townsend as "Red" Robert Burrows (Quartermaster)

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Posted 26 August 2016 - 07:33 PM

With the start of a new semester, we return to the 1920s Call of Cthulhu campaign, this time with The Strange Case of the Brown Mountain Lights from the monograph The Phantom of Wilson Creek by yours truly. A visit to Brown Mountain Beach in the mountains of North Carolina sees a child missing. Can our intrepid investigators help find the child? What else will they find on Brown Mountain?

Role-playing journals of the session are here:

http://www.yog-sotho...-business-trip/
http://www.yog-sotho...-missing-child/
http://www.yog-sotho...trange-tunnels/

Additionally, a playlist of nine videos of the game session (and soon-to-come highlights video) can be found here:

https://www.youtube....QTeAHtDu2-NoSiX

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Nigel Bricker (Mechanic)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (Photojournalist)
Katie Gallant as Darla Greene (Alienist)
Kyle Matheson as William Avery Rockefeller (Dilettante)
Hannah Gambino as Alexe Hernandez (Boxer)
Katelyn Hogan as Suzanna Edington (Dilettante)

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Posted 05 September 2016 - 03:57 AM

As the intrepid investigators explore the strange, almost otherworldly tunnels beneath Brown Mountain, they run into more than they expect in the second and final session of The Strange Case of the Brown Mountain Lights from the monograph The Phantom of Wilson Creek by myself.

Role-playing journals of the session are here:

http://www.yog-sotho...trange-tunnels/
http://www.yog-sotho...-part-2-aliens/
http://www.yog-sotho...tion-breakdown/

Additionally, a playlist of eight videos of the game session (and soon-to-come hightlights video) can be found here:

https://www.youtube....NbH6lFdHrgditz3

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Nigel Bricker (Mechanic)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (Photojournalist)
Kyle Matheson as William Avery Rockefeller (Dilettante)
Katelyn Hogan as Suzanna Edington (Dilettante)

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 06:05 PM

Having gotten an inheritance of a house in a village in Florida, Nigel Bricker contacts some friends to travel to the place from Providence. He is not pleased with what he finds.

On September 18, I continued the Call of Cthulhu game I've been running with Rise of the Sleeper. The role-playing journals of the game session can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...da-inheritance/
http://www.yog-sotho...ng-in-the-pool/

Additionally, a playlist of eight videos (and a soon-to-be-added highlights video) can be found here:

https://www.youtube....AHUh5ULy9t_CHLA

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Nigel Bricker (Mechanic)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (Photojournalist)
Katelyn Hogan as Suzanna Edington (Dilettante)

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Posted 28 September 2016 - 07:46 PM

The strangeness continues at Harlow House in New Dunwich, Florida. Will our intrepid investigators learn what is going on in the Everglades, or die trying?

On September 25, I ran the second session of the Call of Cthulhu scenario Rise of the Sleeper. The role-playing journals of the game session can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...-and-hauntings/
http://www.yog-sotho...ronting-slater/

Additionally, a playlist of nine videos and a highlights video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....1Aazm10OdaeFtnC

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Nigel Bricker (Mechanic)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (Photojournalist)
Katelyn Hogan as Suzanna Edington (Dilettante)

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Posted 07 October 2016 - 02:20 AM

Ready to leave the horrible village of New Dunwich, the investigators must wait until their boat returns several days hence. Will they survive that long?

On October 2, I ran the third and final session of the Call of Cthulhu scenario Rise of the Sleeper. The role-playing journals of the game session can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...trap-is-sprung/
http://www.yog-sotho...2-an-end-to-it/

Additionally, a playlist of 10 videos (and soon a highlights video) can be found here:

https://www.youtube....XLZDyXbRQ1qDswY

Players were:

Collin Townsend as Nigel Bricker (Mechanic)
Ashton LeBlanc as Evelyn Fairfield (Photojournalist)
Katelyn Hogan as Suzanna Edington (Dilettante)

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Posted 09 October 2016 - 05:04 PM

I'm actually quite curious, is the dialouge taken from your actual players? If so, my hats off to them for truly grasping not only the flavor or the mythos, but the essense of playing a role. Your write ups are always of the highest quality. ^^


Edited by Aklo, 09 October 2016 - 05:05 PM.

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Posted 10 October 2016 - 01:26 AM

Yes, the dialogue and action are taken directly from the game. I audio and video record my games (the audio eventually goes up at archive.org here at https://archive.org/...ils/@max_writer though some of it is in the RPPR Community Actual play archive location at https://archive.org/...ity-AP-Archive. I also upload the video to YouTube within 24 hours usually and it can be found at my YouTube channel (maxwriter - which uses the same avatar I use here.

I usually try to make it as true to the game session as I possibly can though I sometimes move around a few things slightly to aid the flow of reading it. I also take out all of the silliness and out-of-character talk. My players are students at Appalachian State University and usually do a good job of role-playing. We all have fun.

Thanks so much, Aklo! I get very little feedbacks on the write-ups and I really appreciate your commenting here. It's time consuming but I enjoy writing them and sometimes I've gone back and read them again. We even did a few read-throughs of old rpg journals and enjoyed it very much. There are more at pen&papergames.com as well. Those are other games than Call of Cthulhu but include a BRP game I run off and on dealing with a zombie apocalypse.

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Posted 11 October 2016 - 01:16 PM

Well, I hope you keep it up! I don't have a formal blog here yet, but you have inspired me on many a slow inspiration week, and I've become quite a bit more organized a Keeper thanks to seeing how you organize your work here.


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Posted 11 October 2016 - 03:00 PM

I plan on it! Let me know when you start blogging and I'll definitely subscribe to it and read it. I'm glad I was able to help you with your own keepering too.

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Posted 14 October 2016 - 02:35 PM

I ran a Call of Cthulhu Game at the Appalachian State University Game Club Gamefest. "Terror Over Tokyo 3: That Which Survives" took place during the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April 1942. The B-25 Bomber that is part of the raid crashes in China after the bombing of Nagoya and find a village being harassed by ... something.

The role playing journal of the game session can be found here:

http://www.yog-sotho...doolittle-raid/
http://www.yog-sotho...-2-the-village/
http://www.yog-sotho...art-3-jiangshi/

Additionally, a playlist of 10 videos of the game session and a highlights video can be found here:

https://www.youtube....Ziz9Q1bLeROoSh2

Players were:

Alex Holler as 1st Lt. Isaiah Bean (Pilot)
Mike Miller as 2nd Lt. Thomas Van Loan (Co-Pilot)
Jonathan Griffith as 2nd Lt. Bryan Johnson (Navigator)
Collin Townsend as 1st Lt. Michael Ulrich (Bombardier)
Ashton LeBlanc as Staff Sgt. Daniel Emerson (Flight Engineer)
Alex as Dr. Wu Yong (Chinese Physician)





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