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The Vengeance of Jack Parker

Sunday, December 2, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign original scenario “The Vengeance of Jack Parker” Saturday from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. with Ashton LeBlanc, Kyle Matheson, John Leppard, Yorie Latimer, and Ben Abbot.)   Eva Weisswald woke up in a barn loft, not far from Ophelia.  The last thing she remembered was being in Jacali’s village in 1855 and then falling through nothingness, briefly seeing the strange city of sto

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Max_Writer

Episode 06 (New York) - Blood and Ice

Episode 06 (New York) - Blood and Ice

In which the players respond to a request for help from their good friend.   Reminder: My players don't entirely know they are playing through Masks of Nyarlathotep. As far as they know, this is a 1920s Pulp themed Fate Core game. This article does contain spoilers for the new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep.   Cast of Player Characters This Episode Lin Ru-Shi - A Hong Kong street urchin that grew up to be a thief. Lord Declan MacManus - A minor Irish Lord and

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HidingFromMyPlayers

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Descendant

Another fragmentary tale, this is somewhat of a disappointment after the previous two.   Refreshingly it is set in London, captured moderately well, though some of the names jar rather. The vision of a man and his cat howling at the sound of church bells is a strong one, but a rare highlight in the story.   The way another character gets hold of a copy of the Necronomicon stretches belief almost to breaking point. Nor is the book really that essential to what follows, and I'm

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yock's Lovecraftathon: Azathoth

This is incredibly short, but I rather like it. It's the tale of someone living in the grimness of the modern world, who looks up to the stars, and dreams of other places. And his wish comes true. It's rather a lovely combination of a grim, real life introduction crossed with the interstellar sci-fi of Lovecraft and the feeling of his Dreamlands stories. Really rather nice, and an extremely quick read. It also feels very close to Lovecraft's own situation.   Checking Wikipedia I see th

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yock's Lovecraftathon: Ibid

I considered skipping this, because it's not a conventional story, and I am already skipping the poems (sorry poetry lovers!) But it's so very short, that I thought I'll give it a go. It's also, of course, reminiscent of Lovecraft's other piece about the Necronomicon.   I'm pleased that I did, because it's very, very funny. A spoof biography of a Roman author, riffing off lots of linguistic jokes and also nicely inventing a Roman history. To a modern reader who's not so familiar with t

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yockenthwaite

 

Update from China

Hello there! I noticed that some folks have been kind enough to wonder where I've evaporated to, and worry about me (sorry). I'm okay, just snowed under.   I moved to China in August, and have been teaching several courses at a university here. This also involves writing those courses, and as I wasn't given any information about the requirements beforehand, I had almost nothing planned until I started here. So basically my time is spent either teaching, marking, or preparing my ne

Shimmin Beg

Shimmin Beg

Converting New York to Fate

Converting New York to Fate

Later this week I will be running the sixth session/episode of my "secret" Pulp-Fate conversion of the new 7th edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep. That means that just as I did for the Peru chapter, I need to convert the content of the chapter to Fate rules, however I've tweaked some concept about how I'm doing things, particularly cults, since then.   Location Aspects and Language Like any primary location in Masks, New York will get its own set of aspects on the expedition sheet:

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HidingFromMyPlayers

 

Fear Jet '73

Tuesday, November 20, 2018   (After playing the original Call of Cthulhu scenario “Fear Jet ‘73” Sunday at the App State Gaming Club Gamefest from 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Ashlyn, John Leppard, Curt, Chandler, and Carl Cordini.)   On the evening of Thursday, October 25, 1973, the Learjet waited at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois, for its next passengers.   “Lady and the Scamp” was what Sharon Best and Danny Trent were billed as, and had been since

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Episode 05 (Peru) - The Thing In The Pyramid

Episode 05 (Peru) - The Thing In The Pyramid

In which the players take Larkin to the Pyramid.   Reminder: My players don't entirely know they are playing through Masks of Nyarlathotep. As far as they know, this is a 1920s Pulp themed Fate Core game. This article does contain spoilers for the new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep.   Cast of Player Characters This Episode Lin Ru-Shi - A Hong Kong street urchin that grew up to be a thief. Lord Declan MacManus - A minor Irish Lord and Great War pilot turned sm

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HidingFromMyPlayers

 

The Spiral Crypt

Sunday, November 11, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign (Runequest) scenario “The Spiral Crypts” by Clint Staples (online) today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with John Leppard, Yorie Latimer, and Ben Abbot.  This game session was also in honor of Greg Stafford - Feb. 9, 1948 ─ October 11, 2018.  #WeAreAllUs)   The morning of Tuesday, November 9, 1875, was cold but sunny.  Lambert Otto had finished burying the two men they had fou

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Max_Writer

 

Through the Night

Sunday, October 28, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign scenario “Through the Night” by Leonard Wilson from Dungeon Adventures #29 today from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. with Kyle Matheson, Yorie Latimer, Ben Abbot, John Leppard, and Whitney Ward.)   The only ones at the campsite that morning were Jacali, Professor Brandon Stalloid, Marshal Clayton Pierce, and Lydia Fitzsimmons.  Marshal Pierce woke in a cold sweat.  The others who ha

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Max_Writer

Episode 04 (Peru) - Warm Welcome in Puno

Episode 04 (Peru) - Warm Welcome in Puno

In which the players become the first aircraft to visit Puno, and meet with an expert in local folk lore.   Reminder: My players don't entirely know they are playing through Masks of Nyarlathotep. As far as they know, this is a 1920s Pulp themed Fate Core game. This article does contain spoilers for the new edition of Masks of Nyarlathotep.   Cast of Player Characters This Episode Lin Ru-Shi - A Hong Kong street urchin that grew up to be a thief. Lord Declan Ma

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HidingFromMyPlayers

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Challenge from Beyond

This is a curious piece, a round robin story, written by all of C.L. Moore, A. Merritt, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, and Frank Belknap Long, taking turns to write sections following on from each other. For more background discussion of this collaborative story see here.   Lovecraft's middle section is clearly an expansion of some of his sci-fi ideas in The Shadow Out of Time, and the concept of an alien race from afar switching bodies with humans. Interestingly both pieces by Love

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Game Features So Far

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, in the past couple of years I have played two Call of Cthulhu scenarios with my family. The first game, The Haunting, did not go as well as I wanted. The second game, the Peru Prologue to Masks of Nyarlathotep, went far better. I learned a lot from both sessions, and studying those experiences can point to what worked well and what didn’t – pointing to a preliminary list of features for my game. I’ve also played a fair bit of both Mansions of Madness and Arkham

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Natai

Choosing a System - Part 3

Choosing a System - Part 3

In Part 2 I looked at some of the big name mythos roleplaying games out there and briefly discussed a few reasons I’m not just playing them. Of course, those are not the only mythos RPGs available – it’s actually a very good time to be alive if you’re into mythos gaming. However, most smaller or indie roleplaying games these days tend to focus on minimal rules and/or a very shared authorship/narrativist style of game. That’s not what I’m after. It’s quite possible there’s a mythos RPG out there

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Natai

Choosing a System - Part 2

Choosing a System - Part 2

This series of posts discusses some of the existing games set in the Cthulhu Mythos that are currently popular and why I’m not just playing one of these games.   In Part 1, I looked at two major board/card games, Mansions of Madness and Arkham Horror: The Card Game. Both of these games place a large emphasis on meta gaming over making story- or character-based decisions. Both also suffer from a lack of player options due to the lack of a GM. There’s a lot to learn from these games, but

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Natai

Choosing a System - Part 1

Choosing a System - Part 1

This series of posts is going to discuss some of the existing games set in the Cthulhu Mythos that are currently popular and why I’m not just playing one of these games. To be fair, I actually am playing some of them and have great opinion of the others, but they just don’t fit what I want to play with my family – at least not on their own. Beware that this point could conceivably contain some minor spoilers related to some of these games.   Of course, there are numerous mythos-themed

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Natai

Gaming (Differently) in the Mythos

Gaming (Differently) in the Mythos

Having recently decided to shelve a pen & paper RPG I'd been working on for more than 15 years, I'm getting back another idea I came up with earlier this year.   This project embraces two of my big interests, combining elements of different styles of tabletop gaming in new and interesting ways with the Cthulhu Mythos.   The basic concept is this: Combine the investigative horror gameplay prominently featured in games like Call of Cthulhu with elements derived from board a

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Natai

Session 5 - Lake's Camp

Session 5 - Lake's Camp

SESSION 5 PCs: Lewis, Hawk, Wilson, Smith   NOV 23-26 -Thanksgiving, preparing for the trip to Lake’s Camp and the setting up of a new Camp. Starkweather travels to Beardmore Glacier, taking Sorensen and a sled-dog team.   NOV 27 -Flight to Lake’s Camp, Hawk piloting. Smith is the only one to look at the Mountains with binoculars and could swear she sees some cylindrical and cuboid formations in the upper ladders of the higher mountains of the foothills. H

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Semsu

A Few Occult Tome Booklets

A Few Occult Tome Booklets

As I mentioned in a previous post, my pulp Fate Core version of Masks of Nyarlathotep includes special handout/extras to represent occult tomes. I thought it might be helpful to give a few examples. PDF versions of the tomes should be attached.   Book - Starting - Burned Dee Necronomicon.pdf The burned John Dee translation of the the Necronomicon is the starting book for one of my players. If you recall, my players don't know they are in a CoC inspired game, so it was very amusing

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HidingFromMyPlayers

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 4: Cults!

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 4: Cults!

This is Part 4 in a series of posts discussing the rules I'm using to run Masks of Nyarlathotep as a Fate Pulp game (without telling my players they are in a CoC scenario.) Part 1 covered the basics. Part 2 covered the Expedition Sheet. Part 3 was about the magic, monsters, and sanity rules. Today I'm talking about cults. Before I go any further, I want to point out that this an a somewhat experimental section of my Fate conversion of Masks. I'm still working on it, trying it, and have only impl

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HidingFromMyPlayers

Session 4 - Into the Ice

Session 4 - Into the Ice

-SESSION 4 PCs: Lewis, Hawk, Wilson, Smith.   OCT 2 The group is called to a meeting with Starkweather, Moore, Turlow and Captain Vredenburgh, with Starkie doing most of the talking, and they are congratulated for catching Henning before he could do more damage and they're informed that he´ll be kept locked up in the brig until they reach Port Phillip, where he will be turned over to the authorities. The Captain scolds them lightly for showing a bit too much initiative a

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Semsu

Session 3

Session 3

-SESSION 3 PCs: Lewis, Hawk, García, Wilson, Smith.   New Players: -James Wilson, 35, Biologist, Boston, MA. Working class background, his family made many sacrifices to be able to pay for his studies and he avoids and resents elitist cliques.   -Susan Smith, 33, Biochemist, Toronto, Canada. Single, no living family.   SEPT  8 - Around 5:00PM After leaving Roerich, García, Lewis and Hawk take a step back to review what they learned so far an

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