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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 01: The Auction

    A favour to a friend
    We meet the characters get a sense of their personalities and backgrounds. George Walker contacts Col. Neville "Never" Goodenough requesting help bidding on some items at the House of Ausperg auction house. The characters make an appearance at the House of Ausperg before the auction. There is also a visit (against Violet's wishes) to the British Museum, to research the items up for auction.
    The Auction scenario was originally from The Asylum and is used here as a segue to the main campaign.



  2. 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.



  3. 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!



  4. 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...



  5. HotOE Milan Newspaper Article 2

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



  6. Horror on the Orient Express 03: The Auction

    Shaven white zombie apes, you say...
    The investigators look into the horrible murder at the House of Ausperg as the police arrive. The party discovers a collapsed wall in the vault of the auction house and find that the bronze head is missing.



  7. 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.]



  8. 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.



  9. Horror on the Orient Express 08: Lausanne

    Stuff this?
    Boarding the Orient Express proper for the first time, the party settle into their cabins and make their way to the saloon car for pink gin and nibbles. The Professor is introduced to Ms. Cavollaro who sings a fabulous aria for the car.
    Disembarking in Lausanne they check in to the Moulin Vert and seek out the Wellington Brothers, taxidermists of note, who are in possession of an ancient scroll. Here they meet the Duc des Esseintes who has also expressed an interest in the scroll.
    Mrs. Sunderland rents a boy, and takes a boat trip on Lake Geneva, while the group take a very long and tiring tour of Lausanne, before the Duc makes his excuses and leaves. Later the urchin reports the Duc was seen exiting the Taxidermie alone.



  10. Horror on the Orient Express 04: The Auction

    At the sign of the three balls
    After breakfast and a discussion of Austria, the land of famous pizzas, the party visits The Gate Cemetery in search of evidence of "body snatchers and great hairless apes". They decide it would be more useful to investigate Herr Hunderprest's residence and gain entrance thanks to Mrs. Sunderland's skill with "unlocked" doors. Meanwhile, Professor Moretti inquires at a local pawn shop and gets in a fight at a nearby pub. Once reunited, the party finds something very unusual in the cellar. After returning to their hotel they receive an invitation to a lecture by Professor Smith.



  11. 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.



  12. Horror on the Orient Express 11: Milan

    Smoked Herring
    The party spend the night in Montreaux, and in the morning load their luggage and an unconscious Grace onto the Orient Express once more, heading for Milan. Violet and the Colonel are joined at breakfast by one Col. Herring and his ineffectual wife. The two Colonels get on like a house on fire, but a luncheon with them and Mrs. Sunderland does not go well when the Duc des Esseintes arrives demanding the scroll.
    The singed party arrives in Milan, to find the mood in the Professor's home town strangely subdued. Unfortunately the Professor is too badly injured to enjoy his homecoming.
    As Violet and Mrs. Sunderland explore the shops of Milan, Grace finally awakens, remembering "nothing".



  13. 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.



  14. Horror on the Orient Express 07: Paris

    Chez Lorien
    The Investigators excavate the entrance to the Comte de Fenalik's ruined cellars in the garden of the Doctor's house, and find many terrible things and horrific sights.
    After not too thorough an investigation a piece of the fabled Sedefkar Simulacrum is recovered and transported to Paris by train.
    Back at the Moulin Noir, recuperation and bathing follows and the travellers determine to embark on the Orient Express, after a traditional French poodle magic show and night at the opera to see the Italian diva Caterina Cavollaro.



  15. 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...



  16. 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.



  17. 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.



  18. 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.



  19. 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).



  20. Horror on the Orient Express: Trailer

    Original trailer for the Horror on the Orient Express game by the Innsmouth House Players. Recorded in 2007.



  21. Horror on the Orient Express Characters

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



  22. Horror on the Orient Express 14: Venice

    Ahhh... Venice!
    The party board the uncharacteristically late Orient Express once more, bound for Venice. On the train they encounter the recently bereaved and rather upset Maria Stagliani and her maid. Upon their arrival at Venice, Maria is set upon by an unpleasant fascist gentleman, and the party come to her aid.
    Staying at the Gritti Palace, the group enjoy a night in Venice and listen to the songs from the canals. In the morning, the Colonel tucks into a delicious plate of Parma kippers, before our heroes head to the hall of records in search of the mysterious Alvise Gremanci, who brought one of the pieces of the simulacrum to Venice.
    An afternoon’s searching (whilst Violet stares longingly at the nearby shops) proves fruitless, and our heroes pay a visit to Maria, only to be refused entry by her loyal maid. A meeting with her paramour Georgio later in the day reveals her tale of woe, and we learn of the fiery passion that burns within the heart of young Italian men (and exactly what the Colonel thinks of such matters).
    An evening at the hotel is marred by a scream in the night and death on the canal.



  23. 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.



  24. Horror on the Orient Express 23: Belgrade

    Mrs. Sunderland's Boys

    Belgrade, 1925. Before the action starts, The Bradford Players take pains to make it quite clear that this episode is performed entirely clothed (but, of course, we only have their word for it).

    Upon arriving at Belgrade, Mrs. Sunderland heads out to do some research, and sends a telegram informing the family of the victim on the train of her and her cats' fate. She makes the mistake of feeding the urchins, and (despite Neil advocating killing all of them) Mrs. Sunderland hires a large boy to protect her on the way back to the hotel.

    The party (after arguing over the appropriate course of action and Mrs. Sunderland's Duc obsession) heads out to the museum to discuss with Dr. Milovan Todorovic about the statuary from whence he gets his pieces.
    Dr. Todorovic, feeling uneasy about giving away his source, demands a permit first. Some quick thinking and quicker cash smoothes out the process, and permit in hand they return to Dr. Todorovic who directs them to Oraszac and the priest, Father Filopovic.

    Information in hand, the groups attention turns once more to shopping, where they get new sticks, have their fortunes told with eggs, and haggle for a statue's arm. At the last minute the arm is stolen by a suspicious fez-wearing individual. A chase ensues. Body surfing is invented by Mrs. Sunderland, and the arm is retrieved, although it is not a piece of the simulacrum.



  25. Horror on the Orient Express: Player - Val

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



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