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4/13/2018 6:24 am  #71


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

Wow! A busy schedule indeed!!

​Love the sound of the S&S with added King in Yellow - a bit of Mythos seasoning is always welcome with Sword and Sorcery. Any chance you can share some details? Who are the PCS and how have they got dragged into whatever mess they are in?

​For myself, after an explosive end to the UNCLE agents trip to Argentina (literally), they are back in 1964 London this coming Sunday, for a more intelligence gathering episode (probably).


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4/16/2018 7:35 am  #72


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

Hey Gruntfuttock, good to speak to you again.

The S&S campaign (started off with Fate, got fed up with that, homebrewed various bits of it into a system that suits us).   The world is one of my own devising, a broken kingdom fallen into a number of feuding noble families.   There has been a vaguely Cthulhy tone to the whole thing since I can't stop myself some times

The heroes are a young lord from one of the northern families and his trusty and rather shy servant, wandering far from home after a fall-out with his father.      A large section of the campaign took place in one of the larger southern cities and while investigating the provenance of a forbidden book of magically charged poetry they discovered that the play "the King in Yellow" was gaining an underground following in the city, and that the author of poems and play might have been the same long dead heretical figure from dark tales etc.      The city was also a brewing cauldron of sedition and upheaval which our heroes quickly linked to the people who had seen the play performed.

The shy young servant went to see the play (it was mainly the common folk who were its audience, as it spoke of the decay and decadence of royalty) and found it affected him deeply.   From then on I had him make Will rolls to function in particular stress situations as he fell increasingly under the delusion that he was actually the Prince of Carcosa only play acting the role of being a servant in this brutal world.    The flip side of that was that when he was "being the Prince" he acted with more authority and dynamism - some wonderful roleplaying by the player.

That sequence ended at another performance of the King in Yellow this time being held for the noble court of the city who wanted to see this scandalous play.   Our heroes had realised that the King in Yellow himself was planning to manifest there and whatever the hell happened as a result would not be good.   It was a really intense session and much relied on roleplaying rather than dice based challenges (and certainly no combat) during which when it became apparent that the King in Yellow was about to appear through the poor actor playing him, and all the audience appeared much like cardboard cutouts on a stage, and the distant sound of applause and booing and weeping from the true audience in Carcosa could be heard... the young servant raced onto the stage and pushed the actor out of the way, sat down on the cardboard throne and declared HE was the true ruler of Carcosa and the King in Yellow had no place here, or anywhere.

I warned the player that directly facing the King in Yellow like that could cost the character his life.   There was a long pause and then a nod.  "I do it."

And with some suitably dramatic descriptions the King receded, gnashing its teeth and cursing, and the Prince of Carcosa triumphed.

We enjoyed the feel and sensation of it so much that we kept the "Prince/Servant" relationship going and occasional glimpses of what's happening in Carcosa.   Now that the pair have returned home the servant met again the elder brother of his master who used to treat him dreadfully... he met him while "the Prince" was uppermost and that was a fun scene.

I also knocked up some rules and an adventure specifically for those two characters in their Carcosan analogues.  If you're interested in seeing them let me know and I'll mail them to you.


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4/18/2018 6:13 am  #73


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

Hey, that's a great offer! I'd love to see the characters - sounds like a wonderful game.

One of the best things in playing (as a GM) is when you see players really get  into their PC roles, and so are ready to risk the ultimate sacrifice when the situation demands it. Good times.


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4/18/2018 7:00 am  #74


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

Gruntfuttock wrote:

Hey, that's a great offer! I'd love to see the characters - sounds like a wonderful game.

One of the best things in playing (as a GM) is when you see players really get  into their PC roles, and so are ready to risk the ultimate sacrifice when the situation demands it. Good times.

If you want to, drop me a PM with an email address and I'll send you my ruleset and (after adding a few explanatory notes) the scenario (when writing for myself I don't bother with too much explanatory stuff, but it would make cryptic reading to anyone else)


I've written a book!  Regency Drama and Cyberpunk thriller all rolled into one!   "A Step Beyond Context" available now.
My blog -Otherworlds - RPG  thoughts, settings, adventures
 

Yesterday 1:29 pm  #75


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

The London episode of our UNCLE game was a quiet intelligence gathering episode - until the Fourth Reich security team turned up in London trying to find the security leak in their organisation that lead to their secret weapons facility in Argentina been blown to bits.

The PCs protected their source, starting with an epic brawl up and down the escalator at Sloane Street tube station (pure hand-to-hand (and knee and feet) combat); and ending up with a merciless gunfight in a lock-up in the East End. With the lead Nazi intelligence officer in custody and his team either captured or dead, the PCs are now off to Amsterdam. The plan is to impersonate the Nazi security team and go on a tour of the 4R funding network, discovering who all their money men are, prior to stealing all their funds.


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Yesterday 2:45 pm  #76


Re: What RPG(s) are you playing/running/planning?

Had session 2 of my hangouts BoL game last night, and it was a hoot! In session 2, our heroes in Urceb were chased by black druids, rescued the daughter of a distressed local merchant from being sacrificed, freed a bunch of other folk being threatened, saw a black demon, and set sail on their newly bought galley with a host of followers. A bounty hunter caught up to them and there was a harrowing battle at sea. All in two-and-a-half hours!

http://noonetoplay.blogspot.com/2018/04/myths-of-lemuria-part-2.html

 

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