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Session 2

-SESSION 2 PCs: Lewis, Hawk, García.   NEW ADDITION: -Mariano García, 34, Anthropologist, Argentina. He doesn’t speak English perfectly and sometimes gets frustrated when he can’t find the correct words, but is usually able to communicate well. Colorful personal background, he was part of a travelling circus as a teenager when he ran off from home, and in those years he learned acrobatics and some martial arts. When he left the circus to study and settle somewhere,

Semsu

Semsu

Prologue + Session 1

Prologue + Session 1

-PROLOGUE + SESSION 1 PCs: Lewis, Cesaroni, Hawk.   -Stefano Cesaroni, 52, Milano, Italy. Journalist that specializes in paranormal matters. AKA The friend with a lot of experience playing CoC and with a lot of infectious enthusiasm to spread around.   -Jenna Lewis, 42, Charlotte, NC. M.D. AKA The wife, having survived a few easy one shots and thinking that this Cthulhu guy probably isn’t so tough as they say. She is acquainted with Cesaroni, although they haven't s

Semsu

Semsu

 

The Causal Enigma or Strange Times in Gravity Falls

Monday, October 1, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign original scenario “The Causal Enigma or Strange Times in Gravity Falls” Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with Ashton LeBlanc, Kyle Matheson, Yorie Latimer, Ben Abbot, John Leppard, Whitney Ward, and James Brown.)   Dr. Eva Weisswald had last seen her friends on August 21, 1875, when Matilda Terwilliger had come to Devil’s Gulch to beg for help. Lambert Otto had gone with th

Max_Writer

Max_Writer

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Quest of Iranon

This story starts off much better than the previous one, written directly, and to the point, with plot and movement. It's clearly set in a similar quasi Dream Cycle world. And the description is rich and imaginative.   The idea of a singer recounting his memories in song greatly appeals to me, even if the first audience in the story is less enraptured. It also gives Lovecraft another opportunity to describe in words a magical Dreamlands type world, filling the reader's mind with images

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Other Gods

Back now to some of Lovecraft's own stories, not revisions / collaborations. And first up is The Other Gods.   This one seems very like a Dream Cycle story, with Kadath and Ulthar etc. though it is based on Earth. I'm also minded of the Greek gods as I read, remembering how many stories Lovecraft wrote with Greek mythological elements.   The writing is often clumsy, though. For example Lovecraft repeats "they are grown stern" within quick succession. And other things are repe

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

Episode 03 (Peru) - 24 Hours in Lima

Episode 03 (Peru) - 24 Hours in Lima

In which the players start to figure out what's going on, and generally dislike what they learn.   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 -

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 3: Magic, Monsters, and Madness

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 3: Magic, Monsters, and Madness

Part 3 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. This post is about the magic, monsters, and sanity rules.  Let me warn you up front that these are not intended to be a direct port of Call of Cthulhu's magic, sanity, or monsters. This is a Fate game based The Mummy and Indiana Jones. The PCs are active, competent, extr

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 2: The Expedition Sheet

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 2: The Expedition Sheet

Part 2 in a series of posts discussing the rules I'm using to run Masks of Nyarlathotep as a Fate Pulp game. Part 1: Basics covered the objective of the rules, which variation of Fate is involved, character creation, and languages.  In particular I pointed out that with the exception of the Occult skill, character creation was essentially Fate Core rules.  There are, however, some game rules in place that do effect characters. Most of those exist on what I have named the Expedition Sheet.  

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 1: Basics

Pulpcraft Rules - Part 1: Basics

I got a request to go into some extra details on how I'm running this version of Masks of Nyarlathotep in Fate, so I figured I try to write up a multi-part set of posts on the topic. This first post will cover some basics, and then I can go into greater detail in the next few parts.   What I'm calling Pulpcraft on in these blog posts I'm calling Tales of Adventure and Mystery to my players. As far as they are aware this is a Fate Core game set in a pulpy low-magic version of the 1920s.

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Trap

Moving on to this one, another collaboration, this time with Henry S. Whitehead.   The start with a mysterious antiquarian mirror, which is the engine behind the plot, feels almost MR James like, as do some other aspects of the story.   Lovecraft seems to have left little sign of his hand in any revisions he did in the story. I'm assuming that it is almost entirely Whitehead's work. The narrative is somewhat clumsy, and needed tightening in many places. The dialogue though, w

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

 

The Beast Under the Bed

Sunday, September 16, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign scenario “The Beast Under the Bed” adapted from the scenario by Michael C. LaBossiere from Challenge Magazine #77 today from 12:40 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with Yorie Latimer, Ben Abbot, John Leppard, and James Brown.)   Brandon Stalloid had left the others when they reached Denver, Colorado, back on August 16, 1875, making arrangements to have the huge dinosaur skull, whic

Max_Writer

Max_Writer

Episode 02 (Peru) - Peruvian Expedition

Episode 02 (Peru) - Peruvian Expedition

In which an old friend from Episode 1 invites the player characters to help him with his current project.   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.   At the end of last session, one of my players thought the name "Jackson Elias" sounded familiar. At the start of this session he announ

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Converting Peru to Fate

Converting Peru to Fate

Later this week I will be running the second session/episode of my "secret" Pulp-Fate Conversion of Masks of Nyarlathotep. This session will be the first to use content from the (new) MoN Book, which means converting existing content instead of inventing new.  Mostly I'm using basic Fate Core rules, with some ideas from the Fate Adversary and Fate Horror Toolkits.  I'm not going to go into too much detail, but here are some broad concepts that other might find interesting or helpful:   Co

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Episode 01 (Iceland) - Escape from Dragon Island

Episode 01 (Iceland) - Escape from Dragon Island

In which the player character come together to overcome adversity and in the most pulp into adventure I could come up.   Reminder: I've told my players we are running a 1920s pulp game using Fate Core rules with some fairly subtle magic. They don't yet know this is the start of Mask of Nyarlathotep or even a CoC inspired setting.   This is a recap of the first episode I ran for them last Thursday.  My previous post talked about the characters they created using the Fate Core

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

 

The Scorched Secret

Monday, September 3, 2018   (After playing the Call of Cthulhu Down Darker Trails Catastrophe Engine Campaign original scenario “The Scorched Secret” Sunday, September 2, 2018, from 1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with John Leppard, James Brown, Amy Rooks, Haylee Bryce Nicol, and Kyle Matheson.)   When Matilda Terwilliger showed up at Devil’s Gulch on Saturday, August 21, 1875 on the 3:00 train, she found the investigators and told them her father had been kidnapped.  She didn’t know muc

Max_Writer

Max_Writer

 

The Dinner Party

Before him was an incredibly long mahogany table. Twelve matching chairs, upholstered with fine dark green fabric, were lined up on either side, with one more at each head of the table. The table itself had a fine bone china place setting at each seat, complete with crystal goblets to drink from and genuine silverware. There were three silver candelabras, dull from not being polished, spread evenly across the length of the table. Judging by the piles of dried wax built up on the table, they had

ACallBeyond

ACallBeyond

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Electric Executioner

Pushing ahead with this, I wasn't relishing it, because it's another collaboration with Adolphe de Castro. It was published in Weird Tales in 1930, and I'm assuming that Lovecraft revised it, and it's essentially de Castro's work. And from Wikipedia I see that's it a revamped version of a much earlier story by de Castro first published in the 1890s. So I'm not holding up much hope, after the last story by him I read. But here goes ...   The story starts as a hunt for a missing man and

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

Character Creation

Character Creation

Most of my players took part in character creation last night, so I now have some idea what this game is going to look like. They have put together a team that should do very well, and in a few cases are oddly well aligned with the setting.  One actually chose to do a Lovecraftian Scholar From Arkham which I tried not to look too thrilled about. The player has unwittingly given me cover to make all kinds of CoC references!  Oh, and other is an actual mummy but we are keeping that secret from the

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

Pulpcraft - Fate Core Rules For a Secretly Lovecraftian Pulp Game

Pulpcraft - Fate Core Rules For a Secretly Lovecraftian Pulp Game

As I have noted, I'm essentially running a pulpy version of the new Masks of Nyarlathotep, but without warning my players they are even in a CoC scenario first. To both conceal the truth and because both me and my group is comfortable with the rules, I will be running the game in Fate Core.   Mostly Fate Core Rules For the most part I will be running the game using Fate Core rules, especially when it comes to things on the players' side of the screen.  Five aspects, three Refresh,

HidingFromMyPlayers

HidingFromMyPlayers

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: The Last Test

Another collaboration, and I gather in this case that this was another story that Lovecraft revised, for Adolphe de Castro, before it was published in Weird Tales in 1928.   The writing is often strange, with an odd grammar throughout. This doesn't feel as though it's been revised as much by Lovecraft as I might expect. Perhaps he was reluctant to change too much. But it reads oddly.   And, more worryingly for me, it is grossly over long. Not because it has a lot of plot to t

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

Experiences in Peru - MoN 2018

Experiences in Peru - MoN 2018

Migrated this play report from the forums as suggested by PoC (thanks!). Discussion is located in this thread. Just finished running the Peru prologue for Masks with my family this weekend.  Went pretty well and we had a good time.  I haven’t come across any posts from others that have already run Peru, so I thought I’d share how our game went, see if others can give me some feedback, and maybe provide some tips for others that may be getting ready to venture into Peru as well.  

Natai

Natai

 

yock's Lovecraftathon: Two Black Bottles

Another collaboration, this time with Wilfred Blanch Talman. The story follows the narrator investigating the death of his uncle, the clergyman of a remote country church.   It's a curious opening, feeling very direct, and to the point. Not very Lovecraftian at all. I'm also intrigued by some of the language used. In Scotland in the past a "Dominie" would usually be the schoolmaster. Here it seems to apply to the clergyman too. But doing a quick bit of digging online I see it's a term

yockenthwaite

yockenthwaite

 

Wikiblog 1 - Mythological Monsters

Resuming the blog, abandoned previously when I found that the writing style I was trying to develop didn't suit me - I'll try shorter, less formal subjects and see if that works better!   Some thoughts on Mythological Monsters:  It occurred to me while creating Wiki entries for mythological monsters, like "Trolls", that I actually prefer writing about those sorts of creatures to the weirder Mythos monsters.  It seemed counter-intuitive.    Thinking about it again, I realize t

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