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Horror on the Orient Express

The Innsmouth House Players play through Chaosium's classic 1991 edition of Horror on the Orient Express campaign. These are the recordings.

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  1. Horror on the Orient Express 00: Character Creation

    Creation of the Horror on the Orient Express characters used in play.
    See also Chaosium's Horror on the Orient Express (2nd edition) campaign.



  2. Horror on the Orient Express 05a: The Doom Train

    London, 1925.

    A missing railway buff, a toy train set and the lingering smell of smoke in a small bedsit. There's something rum going on and the investigators will follow it through to the end of the line.

    Full steam ahead!

    [This was an additional recording originally made in 2012 as part of The Express Diaries fundraiser.]



  3. HotOE Milan Newspaper Article 2

    Milanese newspaper article from session 25 of YSDC's version of the Horror on the Orient Express campaign.



  4. HotOE Milan Newspaper Article 1

    Milanese newspaper article as used in session 22 of YSDC's version of the Horror on the Orient Express campaign.



  5. Horror on the Orient Express Characters

    Investigators from YSDC's version of the Horror on the Orient Express campaign.



  6. Horror on the Orient Express 09: Lausanne

    In the evening to Le Chat Noir for an auction for the scroll, however neither the Duc nor Mr Wellington appears, leaving the party in the tedious company of one Maximillian von Wurtheim – Grace is impressed.
    Worried the party head to investigate the shop, where they find the bodies of William Wellington partly flayed on the floor and Edgar dead of a drug overdose in his bed.
    Later during a trip to the Library, Grace stumbles upon a rare German text with extremely disturbing illustrations. She is struck by a sudden realisation that her friends are controlling her every move and whim and are not to be trusted. She heads to the hotel, gives Violet the slip and meets with Max von Wurtheim once more. Under his guidance she returns to the hotel to secure the funds they require to start the new life she craves together in the Exotic East, and a scuffle ensues with the cat-like Mrs. Sunderland. Grace flees once more empty handed and gives the Colonel and Violet the slip.



  7. Horror on the Orient Express 02: The Auction

    The Langorous, restrained bidding goes normally...
    Moretti instructs the ladies on proper auction etiquette and techniques. They practice bidding on cakes. Moretti meets with the deputy head of acquisitions at the British Museum to conduct further research. In the evening the party attends the auction at the House of Ausperg. There they meet several society types including Professor Julius Smith and his manservant. We also learn how much of a polyglot Professor Moretti truly is. During the auction there is a theft and a horrible murder!



  8. Horror on the Orient Express: Players

    Another photograph of the Innsmouth House Players who went through Horror on the Orient Express. Clockwise from the left: Neil, Val, Fin, Helen and Claire.



  9. Horror on the Orient Express 33: Constantinople

    Darkest before the Dawn
    Our heroes, minus one member, accompany Aktar on a stealthy trip into the Shunned Mosque. Aktar has time to regret his choice of companions on a short trip in a rowing boat.
    Within the bowels of the Mosque, Mary further hones her skills with a sub-machine gun, whilst the Colonel displays the somewhat surprising ninja prowess of a one-eyed geriatric with a gammy leg. After a brief perusal of mysterious potions, the group are soon cunningly disguised amongst many cultists, and are once more betrayed and captured.
    Our heroes witness the return of Makryat and the loss of the Simulacrum before they are re-united with a more-or-less complete old friend, and a much-less-complete even older one.
    Despite Max's best efforts, our heroes are subjected to a long monologue as Makryat gloats at them in their cell, and they learn something of the dreadful fate that awaits them.
    Events prove that it is always darkest before the dawn, however, and soon the party is once more contemplating a journey across Europe...
    We also learn something of the Professor's taste in women (blue veined, mature, with a waxy coating).



  10. Horror on the Orient Express 06: Paris

    To dine, perchance to shop...
    Taking the train from London, the investigators cross the channel to Calais and board the Orient Express rail coaches for Paris, and a research trip to the Bibliotheque National.
    Staying at the Moulin Noir, the ladies embark on an epic shopping foray and visit the Eiffel Tower and other iconic places of interest. Meanwhile Mrs. Sunderland and the Colonel are ably assisted in the Library by some hired help. They and the Professor make a series of discoveries regarding a corrupt noble, the Comte Fenalik, who resided at Poissy and was seized by the Kings Guard on the eve of the French Revolution and incarcerated in Charenton. Rumour of despicable activities in the cellars of the house are discovered.
    By train to Poissy. Violet, ever the thespian, performs a fan dance in the local town hall and makes a splash with the locals. Obtaining the address of the old estate of the Comte Fenalik they take a taxi to the house of the town Doctor, Christian Lorien and engage in dinner, wound a small child and stay the night. Scratching at the window and a hellish visage haunt the young girl’s dreams...



  11. Horror on the Orient Express: Player - Fin

    Fin from the Innsmouth House Players' game of Horror on the Orient Express.



  12. Horror on the Orient Express 16: Venice

    A grave situation
    Venice, 1925. Day dawns over the city of Venice and an awful stench pervades the air. After sampling the delights of Parma Kippers, the party attends the funeral of Maria Stagliani's father. During the ceremony, they hear scratching noises from within the bow-festooned coffin and many professional opinions are given as to the amount of air present in the heavy stone tomb in which the coffin is incarcerated. The party leaves the funeral by gondola but a fight breaks out with their treacherous gondolier and (following a botched roll) Violet falls in the stinking, greasy water of the Venetian canals. The party reaches the Gremanci Doll Works and the old storeroom packed with dolls. Mrs. Sunderland deftly unlocks the door to the accounts store and the Colonel and Violet search for clues.



  13. Horror on the Orient Express: Milan Newspaper 2

    Second Milan newspaper handout for the Innsmouth House Players' game of Horror on the Orient Express.



  14. Horror on the Orient Express 15: Venice

    Bedhops & lockpicks
    The party decide to head to the graveyard island in Venice, where they encounter an intermittently-accented gravedigger and uncover the headstone of Alvise Gremanci.
    Mrs. Sunderland takes solace from her grief in alcohol, aided by Dr. Winstanley (apparently sponsored by the Pimm's corporation).
    Led by clues from Alvise's gravestone, the group head to the famous Gremanci doll's house, where after some bartering with the aged Mr. Gremanci and a peculiar request from the Colonel, the party are invited to dinner by the slightly younger Sebastiano Gremanci.
    At the dinner party, our heroes learn more about the history of the sorcerous Alvise, but are too distracted with their own social scheming to pay much attention. Grace gets Dr. Winstanley drunk for her own nefarious purposes, whilst Mrs. Sunderland manages to get drunk all by herself (despite Violet's best efforts).
    An eventful dinner party leads to an eventful night, and there are some awkward silences over breakfast the following morning.



  15. Horror on the Orient Express: Player - Val

    Val from the Innsmouth House Players' game of Horror on the Orient Express.



  16. Horror on the Orient Express 29: Train

    Mary reveals her secret to Milos, who secures her new official papers with some well-judged words, and lots of money. Violet goes shopping for drugs.
    The party discusses what to do with the portions of the simulacrum, and a decision is reached. Re-boarding the Orient Express, the group head towards their final destination: Constantinople.
    They are not fated to reach it without incident, however. Whilst renewing their acquaintance with the good Dr. Gaspari over an evening meal, tragedy strikes. A terrible battle follows leading to an unskilled but effective use of a machine gun. Mrs. Sunderland is forced to perform an unpleasant task.
    The party barricade themselves within Mrs. Sunderland's cabin, unfortunately leaving some passengers to meet their end at the hands of their frightful nemesis. Mrs. Sunderland reveals some of her recent activities, and calls on the help of a powerful ally, to no avail. An idea by the Colonel and herbal delivery lead to a sanity-shaking melee in the corridor.



  17. Horror on the Orient Express: Audio Update

    A note from the Keeper of Horror on the Orient Express about the last episode of the campaign.



  18. Horror on the Orient Express 34: Return

    A Fourgon Conclusion
    The players choose jelly baby homunculi in preparation for the final, dramatic episode of Horror on the Orient Express.
    Mrs. Sunderland and Mary visit a certain Mr. Shakti who helps them out with their... problems, whilst the Colonel and Amelia say goodbye to old friends. Max goes shopping.
    The party board a plane piloted by the dashing Max Von Richthofen, and renew an old (and unpleasant) acquaintance. Mrs. Sunderland makes good use of the on-board drinks cabinet. Surprised by a fowl attack at several thousand feet, the plane is forced to make an unusual manoeuvre, and the group soon find themselves once more upon the Orient Express.
    Peculiar goings-on and a surprise appearance lead to an audience with the Jigsaw Prince. Mrs. Sunderland dabbles in arcane mysteries and our heroes have a final confrontation with two powerful enemies.
    As the train and the drama hurtle towards their final, desperate conclusion, will the party be in time to save themselves and the world from the darkness and corruption of the terrible Sedefkar Simulacrum?



  19. Horror on the Orient Express 05: London

    The Beginning
    The start of the campaign, proper. We learn about Dr. Smith's specialties and habits. The party attends Dr. Smith's presentation at the Challenger Trust Banquet Lecture. Smith's London house burns down and he and his manservant go missing. In a London hotel a man is murdered three times.
    The party investigates the disappearances of Professor Smith by visiting his estate, the neighbouring town and grocer. They receive an urgent message summoning them to a secret meeting with Smith where they learn of the Sedefkar Simulacrum. They then begin preparations for their journey on the Simplon Orient Express. A terrible sight awaits them at the British Museum.



  20. Horror on the Orient Express 19: Trieste

    Hotel California
    Trieste, 1925. Our brave group visits the local branch of the House of Ausperg in order to track down Dr. Winckelmann's collection of medallions, pausing en route only to note the passing of a tall, thin man whose hair is a shock of red with a single lock of black. Herr Ausperg reports that his famous auction house was indeed involved in the sale of Winckelmann's diary, to a member of the Termona family. The party visits Antoni Termona, who lends them the diary. After careful study, they manage to translate some of the diary's Greek text but there is one passage that, while apparently significant, still eludes them and yet seems strangely familiar to Grace Murphy...
    That evening, while the Colonel stays in his room, the rest of the party enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the hotel restaurant. While they are eating, the hotel lights go out and the party in the restaurant are assailed by mysterious events. Dr. Winstanley, in a fit of pique, argues with the restaurant staff and the Colonel demonstrates his prowess with a pistol.



  21. Horror on the Orient Express Campaign Box Contents

    Contents of the Horror on the Orient Express campaign box from Chaosium.



  22. Horror on the Orient Express: Panzer Luft

    Advertisement for Panzer Luft Airways as used in the Innsmouth House Players' game of Horror on the Orient Express.



  23. Horror on the Orient Express 30: Constantinople

    Keeping it in the Family
    The remaining party members further discuss Mrs. Sunderland's recent alliances. Col. Goodenough is less than happy. The Orient Express pulls in to Constantinople, and the group experiences grevious trouble at the station, further confirming the Colonel's opinion of foreigners.
    Two old friends await them in Constantinople – Amelia Scott, cousin of Violet's husband and (much to Col. Goodenough's displeasure) a modern woman, and Dr. Maximillian Calibré, fedora-wearing American archaeologist (whose resemblance to any person living or dead is entirely coincidental).
    We get to know our new party members as the group checks into the Moulin d'Orange Grand. With their missing property returned, the party is now in possession of the complete Sedefkar Simulacrum.
    Our heroes decide to drown their recent sorrows in copious amounts of alcohol, and old "hollow-legs" Calibré finds his fabled drinking skills desert him when he needs them most.
    The next morning in the market, the party acquire a new ally, Feyar, thanks to the Colonel's stick, and head to the University library. Research there leads them to the famous Topkapi palace museum, where Amelia's silver tongue gains them access to the Sedefkar Scrolls, and a surprise that no one sees coming...



  24. Horror on the Orient Express: Jim and Fin with Poster

    Jim and Fin show the framed Horror on the Orient Express poster.



  25. Horror on the Orient Express 10: Lausanne

    Grace Under Pressure
    Penniless, Grace goes to ground in a nearby hotel. Meanwhile the Professor and Mrs. Sunderland decide to attempt to recover the scroll alleged in the diary to be stored safely in Dream Lausanne, using the preparation recovered from Edgar's room.



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