April playtesting

Dice imageIf you are interested any of these games, please email me with the game you wish to playtest in the subject line.

 

When the Dark is Gone

System: Standalone, freeform

Author: Becky Annison

Deadline: June 15th

Description:

Imagine the children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  They visited a magical land, fought battles alongside talking animals and centaurs and won a war against a powerful and evil enemy.  Then they returned home, no-one believed them and they were back to war time rations and maths homework.  What did that feel like? How did they live with the memories of what they experienced?

Did they end up in therapy?

When the Dark is Gone is a GM’d story game for 3-4 players, who take on the roles of Clients in a real-world, modern-day setting, whose serious psychological disorders are damaging them and those closest to them. The game is set in their group therapy session – one final attempt to get their lives back on track.

Rise and Fall

System: Standalone, freeform

Author: Elizabeth Lovegrove

Deadline: June 15th

Description:

Dystopias come from somewhere, and they go somewhere. They appear because someone is able to convince others that they are reasonable, and they disappear because someone is able to exploit their weaknesses. They rise, and they fall.

Rise and Fall is a GM-less story game for 2-5 people in which players create a dystopia, explore its rise to power, how everyday life operates during its tenure, and then how the regime is brought down.

 

 

 

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April playtesting

Dice imageIf you are interested any of these games, please email me with the game you wish to playtest in the subject line.

 

 

Heaven in a Wild Flower

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Authors: Matthew Sanderson

Deadline: May 31st

Description:

In late 1931, Professor Harold Bradley, a botanist, was part of a scientific team sent by the National Geographic Society to document the impact of the devastating Central China Floods. In their travels across the disaster stricken region, they arrived in Lanzhou. Here, Bradley spotted a garland of flowers hanging in the window of a small herbalist shop. The centrepiece of the garland was a red camellia that Bradley believed was a cutting of a Middlemist Red, the rarest flower on Earth, originally native to China but now thought extinct.

A year later, and funded out of his own pocket, Professor Bradley is about to mount a small expedition into central China, via Lanzhou, to find the Middlemist Red. The reward will be tremendous if he can find the flower in its natural habitat, but the Professor needs professionals to verify the discovery and document their journey.

The truth, or something like it

System: Ashen Stars

Authors: Piers Beckley

Deadline: May 31st

Description:

50 years ago, at the height of the Utopian era, the most powerful starship ever launched disappeared after a battle on the edge of the Bleed. Everyone on board was listed as missing, presumed dead.

Today, the lasers answer a distress call to find that the Mercator is back – and that the survivors haven’t aged a day. But how and why have they travelled through time?

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April Playtesting

Soldiers of Pen and Ink

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Adam Gauntlett

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description: The protagonists, sponsored by the Paris-based political organisation BNVS, have come to Spain to shoot a documentary on the war, and find themselves marooned in Madrid. One of their team goes missing, and their literary colleagues say it’s pointless – even dangerous – to ask what happened to him. In a war of competing ideologies, unorthodoxy can merit the death penalty, but is this Communist oppression or something more sinister?
 

Cthulhu Apocalypse: Slaves of the Green Man

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Gareth Hanrahan & Graham Walmsley

Duration: 2-4 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description: These three scenarios comprise the second quarter of the Cthulhu Apocalypse campaign and pick up three years after the final part of The Dead White World. It is now the summer of 1939. The decision that the characters made at the end of The Dead White World continues to haunt England. Horrors now stalk the empty and overgrown streets of the civilisation that once existed here. The passage of three long, strange years has transformed the world into an unrecognisable landscape of horrors. There are a few survivors, living in the ruins of the past, but under the unfathomable pressure of the Mythos, their humanity is slipping away, cracking and moulting in the process of becoming something new.
 

Mythos Expeditions – An Incident at the Border

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Kenneth Hite

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description:
On August 13 of 193-, during the Perseid meteor shower, something struck the Earth somewhere in the remote reaches of the Gran Chaco, a disputed and inhospitable borderland between Bolivia and Paraguay. Now, it’s late September, and the University has asked the Investigators to assist with a scratch expedition to find the impact site, make a full report of the incident, and recover any extraterrestrial material there, if any.
 

Mythos Expeditions – Cerulean Aureole

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Matthew Sanderson

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description:
Tuesday July 17th 1934. Present Franklin D. Roosevelt, on a 12,000 mile voyage from the Caribbean to Portland, Oregon, arrives at Clipperton Island. Four years later, in the summer of 1938, the President is organising a return to the island as part of a 6,000-mile cruise examining various islands known for their curious wildlife, including the Galapagos. As the short-list of candidates is prepared, the Miskatonic decides to organise an expedition of its own to Clipperton Island. With the journey taking a week from the southern tip of Baja California, they will have a week on the island before they have to head back to civilisation before they make their report. Upon an island with a dark past, of which humanity knows so very little, a week can seem a very long time indeed…
 

Mythos Expeditions – Lost on a Sea of Dreams

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Adam Gauntlett

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description:
The group, en route to Bermuda with a bathysphere to assist naturalist and oceanographer William Beebe, is blown off course. The captain is injured in the storm, and few others aboard know much about navigation. Moreover what little they do know seems contradicted by the stars; none of the constellations are in the right place. How will the expedition get back on course?
 

Mythos Expeditions – Tongued With Fire

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Author: Bill White

Duration: 1-2 sessions

Deadline: 30th April

Description:
The investigators are members of a Miskatonic University expedition whose purpose is to travel to a Christian settlement in India which some evidence suggests dates as far back as the 1st century AD. Their destination is the village of Usmavasati, which lies in the Siwali Hills on the edge of the Punjab region of northwestern India. Their aim is to advance historical knowledge of early Christianity, as well as possibly locate the source of a Prester John legend.
 

If you are interested any of these games, please email me with the game you wish to playtest in the subject line.

 

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April Playtesting

Sisters of Sorrow

System: Trail of Cthulhu

Written by: Adam Gauntlett

Deadline: 1st August

What it’s about:

Horror aboard UC-12, a mine-laying Unterseeboot operating in the North Atlantic.

The crew of UC-12 encounter an abandoned German vessel, and soon afterward the boat is infested with the same strange plant that apparently killed the other ship’s crew.

Please email if you’d like to test it.

 

Gaean Reach

System: GUMSHOE/Skulduggery

Deadline: 1st August

What it’s about:

Based on Jack Vance’s Gaean Reach stories. In this game, your characters pursue vengeance across the many worlds of a loosely connected interstellar civilization of the far future. Years ago, someone named Quandos Vorn did something terrible to you, and you swore to destroy them. Since that dark day, you’ve prepared yourself to hunt and confront this dread individual. Now you’re finally ready. Please email if you’d like to test it.

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