Dark Designs

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Front Cover

Publisher: Chaosium

Product Code: 2332

Publishing Year: 1991

Pages: 128

Cover Price: $18.95

Author(s): David Hallett, Kevin W. Jacklin, L.N. Isinwyll

Artist(s): Lee Gibbons, Earl Geier Carol Triplett-Smith

Setting(s): 1890s

Format(s): Softcover


Campaigns: A mini-campaign can be run by staging Eyes For The Blind followed by Lord of the Dance

Scenarios: Eyes For The Blind, Menace From Sumatra, Lord of the Dance

Additional: Introduction, Player Handouts, Abbreviated rules for creating Gaslight-era characters

Front Cover Text

Occult Terrors in 1890s England

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Guide to Creating 1890s Investigators, Fold-Out Map of Central London, Railway Map, Three Independent Adventures

"Straight lines and right angles are simply straight lines and right angles the world over, but the delicate and particular curves of a town slowly reared on a certain spot have a priceless wealth of suggestion pertaining to place and people; a suggestion which makes every narrow, devious hillside lane, rich with its mellow limning of antique, characteristick doorways and windows and chimneys and gables, a veritable gateway of memory and mystery.... London! Majestick, ineffable, and immemorial!" -- H.P. Lovecraft

The Horned Man Will Live

A gentle breeze wafts across Platform Five of Twyford Station. You wait for the ten o'clock train for Henley-on-Thames, for soon the Henley Royal Regatta begins. Attending the regatta is in high fashion, and patronized by royalty. Not only tremendously entertaining, the regatta is an important meeting-place of contacts, both business and casual.

The train arrives bearing a single first-class car, as usual for runs during the regatta. Everyone files aboard, takng their seats, and the journey begins. Clacking rails pass below. A tunnel approaches, quiet darkness falls, and two men die.

Dark Designs contains three adventures for the Call of Cthulhu roleplaying game. All are set in southern England, and involve occult practices in the 1890s. Two of the adventures can be linked to form a mini-campaign, the third is suitable for new investigators and beginning players. Background information about the 1890s, including a character generation synopsis and investigator sheet, is included in this book. Enterprising keepers might refer to Chaosium's Cthulhu By Gaslight supplement, containing extensive information about this period. You do not need Cthulhu By Gaslight to fully enjoy Dark Designs.

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