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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 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".



  2. Horror on the Orient Express 18: Trieste

    Where the wind blows
    Venice, 1925. After a short trip on the Orient Express, our band of travellers arrives in the windy city of Trieste. They take a taxi to the Moulin d'Or Hotel, where the Colonel, Grace and Violet are blown down the street by the violent wind, only narrowly missing the doors of the nearby Hotel Stupido. The following morning, they make for a local art history museum. Dr. Winstanley finds the tomb of Dr. Johann (Joachim) Winckelmann in a faux-classical temple in the museum garden. Dr. Winstanley fends off a Dido and Aeneas moment with Grace in the temple and instead returns with some curious rubbings.



  3. Horror on the Orient Express: Venice Page

    A page of the Horror on the Orient Express campaign for Call of Cthulhu. Venice chapter.



  4. 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.



  5. 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.



  6. Horror on the Orient Express 26: Sofia

    An Eye for an Eye
    Serbia, 1925. The Orient Express is delayed by snow en route to Sofia. Our heroes, by now desperate for medical attention, find an ally in Dr. Gaspari, a fellow passenger. His skill in medicine (and his readiness to use large doses of morphine) has people feeling better in record time, and soon the group settle down to play a few hands of bridge with their new companion.
    Unbeknownst to most of the rest of the party, Mrs. Sunderland takes the opportunity to contact an old adversary once more, but his response is less...visceral than previously. After winning handily at bridge, the Colonel is accosted by a supposed member of the otherwise impeccable Orient Express staff. A brief scuffle ensues, after which the Colonel finds that he finally has something in common with Milos (although he probably wishes that he didn’t).
    Violet discovers an important clue to the Simulacrum in a local newspaper, whilst the Colonel experiences some unsettling visions as the Orient Express continues on its journey to Sofia.
    Upon arrival, Mrs. Sunderland checks into the Moulin de Violet, whilst the rest of the party check into the local hospital.
    We also learn something of the joys of combining cheese and cake.



  7. Horror on the Orient Express: Players

    The players of Horror on the Orient Express and their character names.



  8. Horror on the Orient Express: Player Cards

    Examples of cards given to players for reference during the HotOE campaign.



  9. Horror on the Orient Express: Sunderland Letter

    Mrs. Sunderland's (Val's) original letter from Horror on the Orient Express.



  10. 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.



  11. Horror on the Orient Express: NYMR Engine Cab

    North Yorkshire Moors Railway (steam) engine cab.



  12. Horror on the Orient Express 22: Train

    More than one way to skin a cat
    Trieste, 1925. Travelling to Belgrade the investigators meet the Lady Margaret Bramwell, who bears an uncanny resemblance for Mrs. Sunderland. After dinner, chit chat, and pinked Gin the ladies retire but the Colonel, Grace and Milos stay in the bar and restaurant area. Mrs. Sunderland discovers someone somehow has placed a packet on her bed and finds a letter from the Duc des Esseintes and a ritual explaining how to contact him via candle magick.
    The Duc and Mrs. Sunderland have an extensive private conversation where he explains they are in grave danger from many interested parties and offers to help by taking possession of the simulacrum and destroying it.
    Following this interlude the night is rent by a horrifying scream, and it is discovered that the doppelganger of Mrs. Sunderland has had her neck snapped and her skin flayed off. Could this ritual murder be a case of mistaken identity?



  13. Horror on the Orient Express: Cards used in The Auction

    Cards created for use in The Auction (eps. 1-4).



  14. Horror on the Orient Express 20: Trieste

    The longest day
    Trieste, 1925. While Mrs. Sunderland and the Colonel bicker about the Duc des Esseintes and the fate of the Simulacrum, the Colonel is pushed bodily down the hotel corridor by an invisible assailant and he bursts into the door of an adjacent room. The door is opened by an incredibly ugly man: none other than Margrave Milos Vilinchek, a travelling gun salesman who quickly seizes a business opportunity by offering his new companions one of his array of fine weapons. That night, as Grace pores over the pages of the Winckelmann diary, a series of fantastic events take place: Grace's candle extinguishes and re-lights itself; flames on the fire turn blue and a wind whips up in their rooms. After another room change, there is a knock on the hotel room door and they find standing in front of them the ghost of Johann Winckelmann who tells them of some nearby caverns before leading them to an old building where they find a strange, golden medallion, in which the Colonel takes a keen interest. The following day, Mrs. Sunderland and Grace bundle the rest of the party onto a local train that takes them up to the caves. To Violet's dismay, a long walk lies ahead...



  15. Horror on the Orient Express: Player - Jim

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



  16. Horror on the Orient Express: Trailer

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



  17. Horror on the Orient Express 27: Sofia

    Paranoia, and the Eyes have it
    Sofia, 1925. Col. Goodenough proves to be a less-than-ideal patient as most of our heroes experience the delights of Sofia from a hospital bed. Violet receives some bad news from the resident doctor, whilst Grace ponders her newly-acquired arcane knowledge.
    Milos awakens from his coma, and fuels suspicions amongst the younger party members about Mrs. Sunderland. A week passes, during which the Col. Experiences an intensification of his disturbing visions (although he did, of course, see worse in the War).
    Upon their release, the group discuss their next plan. An attempt to destroy the simulacrum is made, with surprising consequences, prompting the party to merely place the baleful artefact in a safe place.
    Our heroes pay a visit to the University of Sofia in an attempt to recover the Head, but instead make a grisly discovery. Milos’s first aid technique leaves something to be desired, but he realises that every cloud has a silver lining, and takes the opportunity to perform a grim harvest for Grace’s benefit...



  18. Horror on the Orient Express 24: Belgrade

    Fair & Fowl
    The party board the train for Oraszac and soon face terror itself in the form of a large black cockerel. Showing impressive restraint in avoiding any obvious jokes that may occur, our heroes immediately set about dispatching the fowl beast.
    Luck and the dice are not with our heroes, alas, and we soon learn the full horror of the phrase ‘chicken leg face’. Violet buys the world’s most expensive pig, and the party disembark to visit a man who claims to be a doctor.
    The Keeper of Arcane Lore seems to take somewhat unseemly pleasure in describing the fine details of 1920s' Serbian medical practices, and the group are soon on their way once more to Oraszac.
    After some pig-trading and cart-riding, the party enjoy a warm reception in the small town, and are treated to a very-late spring harvest ritual which the Colonel and Milos find particularly stimulating.



  19. Horror on the Orient Express 17: Venice

    An arm or a leg?
    Venice, 1925. During another sumptuous breakfast of Parma Kippers, the waiter tells the party alarming tales of the appearance of multi-limbed fish in the canals of Venice. The companions return to the Gremanci Doll Works and continue their investigations which are rewarded with a suggestion that one of the legs of the Simulacrum is attached to a statue in a palazzo in Venice. Meanwhile Dr. Winstanley seeks the opinion of some scientists on Violet's health following her watery immersion the previous day.
    Maria Stagliani's maid visits the party after they return to their hotel and explains that Georgio hasn't turned up for an assignation with Maria. The party give the maid all possible assistance short of anything actually useful and Grace demonstrates that her diplomacy is as poor as her looks.
    Following a short trip to the palazzo, Mrs. Sunderland again works her wonders with a locked door and Dr. Winstanley, Grace and Violet pit their wits against the automata in the clock tower.



  20. Horror on the Orient Express: Player - Claire

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



  21. 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.



  22. Horror on the Orient Express 12: Milan

    A Death in the Family
    A Dr. Fenton Winstanley is called to our heroes to help tend to their various wounds. Tragically, his considerable medical skills fail him when they are most needed, and disaster befalls the party.
    Still coping with their bereavement, the party are lured into the streets of Milan by eerie singing, and learn that the Diva Caterina, due to sing in Aida at La Scala opera house, has vanished. Grace embarks upon a quest to ensnare the innocent Dr. Winstanley.
    The following morning, the party, along with Dr. Winstanley, decides to visit Il Duomo, famous cathedral at the centre of Milan. Here they encounter Father Angelico, and learn more of the strange malady currently affecting the Milanese citizens. Dr. Winstanley strikes up a conversation with three costumiers from La Scala, who tell him of the mysterious curse affecting the famous opera house. The rest of the party are surprised by a clumsy lepidopterist.
    A visit to La Scala follows – after swift talking from Violet, the party are admitted, but soon become lost in the confusing and somewhat surreal backstage area. Finally locating the costumiers, the group learn more of the curse, and of a costume dummy which may be of vital importance to the mission.
    Leaving the opera house sooner than they expected, the grieving party decide to take Dr. Winstanley into their confidence, and tell him all that has happened to them thus far.
    We also learn the best way to pronounce the word "murals", and discover a specialist web site for those who are big fans of Wookies.



  23. Horror on the Orient Express: Milan Newspaper 1

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



  24. Horror on the Orient Express 13: Milan

    Smutty for Some!
    (This episode was recorded before a live studio audience. Well, two people eating a Chinese takeaway).
    The ladies in the party go shopping for dresses, whilst the men go shopping for guns. Dr. Winstanley reveals his skill at cocktail creation, and the party enjoy a glass of Pimm's before a night at the opera. There is much discussion of ladies' monogloves throughout this episode.
    Our heroes head to La Scala - Violet is very excited at the prospect of four hours in an opera house. Strange goings-on during the famous aria, a glimpse of a marble torso, and some skilful ignoring of sub-plots lead the party backstage, where they indulge in a spot of dressing up, before becoming involved in a fist fight. Whilst the elderly members of the group scuffle, Violet sneakily "acquires" the object of their quest.
    Dr. Winstanley demonstrates how any time of the day can be "Pimms o'clock" whilst the rest of the party attend the funeral of a dear, departed friend.



  25. 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.



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