With it being Oct I decided to go digging through my Ravenloft stuff and came across my old carnival stuff. Its going to be a Gothic horror type set in a rather large carnival that has taken up residence on the old fair grounds were another carnival once set many years ago. The original Salt Marsh Carnival was ill fated, its owner a greedy man who cut corners. Due to this there were numerous accidents and eventually there was a massive fire that took place in the ringmasters tent. The fire spread fast and by the time it was noticed it was too late, the tent went up in a blaze of flames, a hundred people were killed and all the animals in it perished. It was rumored that a disgruntle worker was the one who started the fire but no one knows for sure.
Now there is a new carnival being built on the ruins of the old one. Parts of the old carnival still stand, fenced off and off limits.
The Freak Show will be a semi-sandbox that features horror, adventure, sex torture, the supernatural and a little mystery.
Characters are humans and humanoids of any gender, you can play almost any manner of fantasy race, you can play a carnival workeror someone in the freak show or someone who is visiting the carnival or sneaking in after sun set to see the acts like the freak show and strip show.
This will be a non system game
Henry Gladspell , the current owner, is known for his penny pinching and for his abuse the performers and circus animals without provocation. Ruthlessly he shakes down the carnies for his cut of their profits, charging them rent for the space they take on the circus grounds. Wary of violence, he is usually accompanied by his bodyguards, a pair of large strong freaks.
Originally the Freak Show was a large carnival but when attendance started to fall to the point many of the workers started to leave and Gladspell was on the verge of becoming broke so he sold off most the original carnival and opened a Freak Show that is open only from a few hours before sun set to sun rise to help disuse some of the less then legal activity going on.
Only it seems he had invoked some sort of horrible curse by building on the old grounds and awakened something sinister
The Freak Show consists of several small ramshackle buildings, a few medium sized ones and several trailers and cages on wheels that hold the strange and exotic beasts.