We have our fill of willing victims for now. Thanks all, and watch this space for future game opportunities.Required:Four to six brave persons willing to sacrifice their health and sanity in exchange for a depressingly small chance of saving the world.
The year is 1925, the place is Boston, and the system is “Cthulhu Dark”, which is an extremely lightweight version of the popular “Call of Cthulhu” roleplaying game. This is a system which is eminently accessible, even for those who have no experience, or even a negative experience, with system roleplaying games. The entire thing fits on one page (depending on how small you print), and can be freely obtained at this address: Cthulhu Dark
. Call of Cthulhu is a game based largely on the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, who wrote a particular sort of nightmarish horror fiction in the early part of the 20th century. It’s the sort of thing that you’ll like a great deal, if you like that sort of thing.Player Requirements:
I’m looking for players who enjoy the bleak mood of the Lovecraft stories more than the pulpy adventure-y side of things. Monsters in this world must be outwitted or, preferably, run from at great speed. They are not to be defeated with guns or fists. I’d like players who will relish the inevitable descent to the brink of madness as the hidden truths of the Mythos are revealed to them. This is not the place for jaded adventurers or mystics already half off their crocker.
For this game I’ll be running a published adventure, but I’d rather not reveal which one at this time. I can’t fathom why someone would want to spoil their fun by reading ahead, but I suppose that sometimes temptation might be too strong. On the other hand, if you’ve already either read or played the scenario in question then your fun might be limited; you’re the best judge of that. Feel free to PM me if you’d like to rule this out.
My preference is for players who can commit to posting every other day or so. If that’s potentially a burden then please consider whether this is the right game for you. Of course extenuating circumstances arise for all of us from time to time. My policy will be to carry along inactive characters in a semi-invulnerable and largely inaudible state until the suspension of disbelief becomes ridiculous, at which point they will be eaten. Pre-arranged absences may be easily covered by sending the character off on a separate investigative trail which may or may not bear fruit upon their return.Character Selection:
I will not be taking players on a first-come, first-served basis. All are welcome to post their character submissions here. If I’m fortunate enough to garner more interest than I have slots for, then I will apply a completely biased and capricious selection algorithm, offered with no justification whatsoever. Common human laws and interests and emotions have no validity or significance in the vast cosmos-at-large, after all.
If a character should die or become otherwise unable, unwilling, or undead, then the player of that character will have the first right to roll a new investigator to take their place. All replacement characters must establish a personal link to one of the existing characters, and then the rest of us will politely excuse the introduction of the stranger into our merry band and proceed to trust them with our very lives. If a player doesn’t wish to continue then we may maintain a waiting list; I’ll see about that.
It’s always more fun to have a gender mix of characters, but I won’t be stringent about that. There are no defined character roles necessary -- we needn’t necessarily have a professor, a doctor, a priest, a big game hunter or a scientist, for instance. That having been said, it’s nice to have some individual niches for people so everyone has their chance to shine.
All characters must meet the following characteristics. Character submissions should be made using the sheet below.
- Must be present in Boston in 1925, and be of adventuring age (18+) at that time.
- Must be ordinary, non-magical humans.
- Must be able to leave the country on short notice. We’ll be doing a little bit of globe-trotting. Don’t worry overmuch about expenses.
- Must have an occupation, though this could be something like “wastrel” or “hobo” if you like. This ties into the system.
- Must be plausible for the year 1925. Yes, this is a supernatural universe, but the supernatural works best when displayed against a background of normalcy. Please strive for a reasonable degree of period authenticity and adherence to genre.
- Must be friends with a certain Frank Walters, a photographer for the Boston Globe. You may be old school chums, more recent acquaintances, ex-lovers (not current, though), or the like. Yes, this is how I’ll rope you all in at the start.
- Must have a tie (other than Frank) with at least one other character. This should not be part of your character submission; we’ll work it out based on the group we end up with.Character Sheet:
[b]Player:[/b] Your screen name.
[b]Name:[/b] Your character's name
[b]Occupation:[/b] This is required; see above for details.
[b]Age:[/b] At least 18.
[b]Gender and Sexual Preference:[/b] Just in case it comes up.
[b]Appearance:[/b] You may add an image if you like, but it is not required. If you do, please use a photograph, not a drawing. Furthermore, I’d appreciate photos that look appropriate to the period.
[b]Personality:[/b] A short paragraph to describe what makes her or him tick, and how they come across to others.
[b]Bio:[/b] A brief history of your character.
Select the above (Ctrl+c), paste into your own PM or reply (Ctrl+v), and fill out the bits that want filling.On Sex:
Sex was never a huge element of HP Lovecraft’s writing, to put things mildly. I’m willing to relax that genre element a bit in this game, given the nature of the site we’re on. Plus, sex is fun. Relations between PCs are restricted only by mutual desire and convenience. Relations between PCs and NPCs may occur but will not be required to advance the plot. If a play-by-play seems warranted I’d ask that it be taken to a separate thread so the rest of the group can get on with things, and have the boot-knockers return to the fold when they free up. In the unlikely event that the entire party is involved in the same sexual encounter, then I suppose we could use the main thread, as it would just be awkward to have everyone shuffle out of the room leaving the GM to knit or what have you. (“Yes, it appears you’re all royally fucked,” is not considered to be a group sexual encounter.)The Fine Print:
The game will likely run under “Extreme Small Groups”, though I expect that little to no actual NC activity will occur, save for violence. Better safe than sorry. I’d expect a single IC thread, an OOC thread, and a character thread.
Dice rolls will be made using the Elliquiy dice bot. We’ll do a couple of practice rolls to get started to make sure everyone knows how to work the thing.
My preference is for third person past tense posting. (“Reginald entered the parlor, his thoughts occupied by the horrific sight he had glimpsed through the window. He sighed and poured himself another brandy.”) I’m not going to be a real stickler about it, though.
Be excellent to each other, etc., etc. You know the drill.