Starchaser
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
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Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
I was contemplating whether to post this here in GPIA or in GM wanted but I thought due to the wider discussion nature of this one I would put it in GPIA.

I want to run a Call of Cthulhu campaign (using a copy of the newly aquired 7e rules) revolving around a witch-cult, possibly world wide, who worship Shub-Niggurath. As a fertility deity I plan on making this adult rated but I only have a vague idea of what to do with this at present. I'm looking for a person(s) who can help flesh out an idea at least for the start of a longer campaign with a starting scenario and some ideas as to where to take it. This (these) persons may also be required to co-gm once the game is worked out.

There are a few things I need to consider to start off with:-

1. I don't want this to become a smut fest. Erotic content I'm fine with but I need to ensure it is plot-driven and not just a bunch of players cyber-sexting in-game. The Focus should be primarily on investigation and horror.

2. I'd like to have a relatively small party with a good mix of male and female characters and I believe it's better when all characters have a good reason to investigate the goings on rather than have them just randomly placed in the game and then try and get them all to talk to each other or investigate together,

3. I would absolutely love to have at least some part of this set in Japan but have no real cultural experience of the country at all.

So, Firstly what kind of interest can I expect in terms of people willing to play in this and is anyone willing to help out work out a plot and setting etc?

Replies here and by rmail are accepted.

This message was last edited by the user at 13:29, Fri 27 Oct.

PCO.Spvnky
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 13:14
Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
Starchaser:
1. I don't want this to become a smut fest. Erotic content I'm fine with but I need to ensure it is plot-driven and not just a bunch of players cyber-sexting in-game. The Focus should be primarily on investigation and horror.


It has been my experience that even in games that don't have any reason at all to become a sex game that certain players want to make it into one.  You may be heading on an inevitable path here.
Starchaser
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
That is true. I have in the past been involved in many such games. However, I still hang onto the dream that one day I am going to be able to run or play in a game that contains sexual content without it becoming the textual equivalent of a porn flick. I think it can be achieved by careful picking of players and by moving on the plot where necessary.

I *could* rate it mature and just have minor references with fade to blacks and actually am doing so / going to do so in two other games I'm currently running but I want to give this a try at being adult rated first and re-start it as mature if it fails as an adult game.
PCO.Spvnky
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
Well, I am always down for a CoC game....:)
nickedwards
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 17:10
Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
In reply to PCO.Spvnky (msg # 4):

I am also interested in this - a small party would at least reduce the risk of it falling apart too soon.

I am also happy/interested in helping out in terms of co-GMing - i am a pretty experienced keeper. I also have Secrets of Japan if that helps, though I have not run a Japan-themed scenario.
horus
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Fri 27 Oct 2017
at 19:36
Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
Would this be set in the modern day, or in a more ancient Japan?  The culture of the islands has changed markedly from then to now, but the underlying foundations of Japanese civilization still hold sway to a remarkable degree, almost as if the culture has incorporated the best of Japanese traditional values with the best of those ideas acquired from Western civilizations (mainly America, England, Germany, and France) over the centuries.

Would you seek to integrate Shub-Niggurath with the lores of Shinto, Buddhism, or would you make this witch-cult you mention something separate, apart, and hidden?

There is a certain inevitable resemblance between common artistic portrayals of The Goat With a Thousand Young and those so-called "tentacle monsters" prevalent as a hentai trope, so it would be wise to make a decision early on about any possible connections there.

I'd be interested in exploring this setting.  I'm no expert in Japanese culture, but did experience it first hand as a child for almost eight years, and find myself still heavily influenced by it in my thinking today.

Sukoshi Nihongo dekimasu. Asobi ni iku, yo.

(I speak a little Japanese.  I'm here to play.)
Starchaser
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Sun 29 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
O.k. There is obvious interest in this so I'll get a game set up tomorrow. I have some ideas and have come up with a new great old one directly descended from shub (using shub directly, at least at an early stage could prove fatal to investigators) I have also come up with concepts of three leser races that seve shub indirectly through the Great Old One I came up with.

At the moment all three races and the new entity are entwined in english folklore but the intention is to make them worldwide with diffrernt forms and style of worship based on geographical locaton.

This message was last edited by the user at 10:42, Sun 29 Oct.

horus
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Sun 29 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
In reply to Starchaser (msg # 7):

You may wish to look at the Lloigor.  They have aspects such as you describe.

I have some very old rules for CoC.  (First Edition, I think?)  Should I look into acquiring 7th edition if I intend to play?

The database at http://yokai.com/ may also be of interest as a resource.

Looking forward to this.
Starchaser
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]
Game link:- link to another game

Still in the design phase so currently I'm looking for a co-gm and some creative assistants. More info will be given after rtjs are accepted. Will be putting out a GM wanted ad today.

Horus: Thanks for the heads up. Will look into the yokai (I know a bit about Shinto but not much). I won't be using the Lloigor (but I am using them elsewhere ;-) ), My focus will be on some minor races that I have created, a great old one and later on Shub Niggurath and her ilk. (Hopefully by this point the characters will be clued up enough to not become Dark Young fodder).

This message was last edited by the user at 16:41, Mon 30 Oct.

Starchaser
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Mon 30 Oct 2017
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Re: Shub-Niggurath [Adult]

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