Tag: Roleplaying

September 23, 2016

The Haunter of the Dark Released

The Cthulhu Hack: The Haunter of the Dark takes HP Lovecraft’s final Mythos tale of doomed writer Robert Blake and guides you, in clear steps, through the process of turning it into an adventure for The Cthulhu Hack. With that approach in mind, you can then use the same tools and guidance to create classic adventures in mystery and horror. The supplement includes: an adventure outline—a […]

February 12, 2013

Ahead and Below

Current projects in progress: An almost modern day investigative/mystery adventure called ‘The Mobius Clause‘ sees the players taking on the roles of characters attending a key political event and attempting to avert the premature and sudden collapse of the world state into the Cold War. A setting and adventure for historical (or fantasy) games set during the time of the Avignon Papacy – or, in […]

January 2, 2013

Project First-Quarter

In an attempt to generate some output, I’m trying to define a plan. I work better with deadlines. If I say that I’ll do something, but lack a drop dead date, I have a tendency to keep at it endlessly. Given a chance, I will edit and re-edit my work until it falls apart, like picking at the loose strings on a well worn jumper. […]

August 14, 2012

Sense of Purpose

While I didn’t manage to run a playtest session last night, I did participate in a Cthulhu Dark (Graham Walmsley’s excellent one-page system for running uncompromising Mythos sessions) adventure. While the Keeper (probably) had a plan and a map, I don’t think the adventure had much more preparation. No, I tell a lie – a sensed a hint of a Esoterrorist adventure in there with […]

July 31, 2012

Playtesting the Stench 2

The playtest of my adventure module took a slide out into left field last night, as we lost two players and gained three to the vagaries of the real world. I think, under the circumstances, I managed to get it back on track under the pretext that one of the players not in attendance owed money, favours or anything else besides to the three newcomers. […]

July 26, 2012

Another Dimension

Non-player character motivation came into focus during the playtest session I ran last Monday, short as that session was. In the two hours played, the characters not only had the opportunity to meet the village smith and the tavern keeper, but also Archer, the settlement owner and administrator. I originally intended Archer as a simple landowner looking out for the well-being of his workers. A […]

July 20, 2012

Much, Too Much or Much Less

I believe that different game-masters and storytellers seek varied levels of detail from the supplements, adventures and modules that they buy. I think some will appreciate layers of atmosphere and flavour, while others prefer sparse, concise descriptions that get the point across without labouring it. I know that I prefer something with a solid sentence or three of flavour, followed with reasonable detail on features and pertinent encounters.