In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)   Posted by Keeper of Dark Secrets.Group: 0
Alan Russell
 player, 80 posts
 Crewman on Essex County
 about 40
Sat 14 Mar 2020
at 17:19
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Sorry guys, life's been crazy with this virus scare here.  Both my kids are out of school, wife's work has shut down... I'll try to catch up.  Don't wait on me!
Greg Powell
 player, 147 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Tue 17 Mar 2020
at 09:35
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Things are getting stabler... maybe later on this week I will re-start posting...
Greg Powell
 player, 162 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 05:00
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Recently I'm rolling really poorly... :(
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 13:17
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Greg Powell (msg # 95):

At least you're rolling. Thanks!
Greg Powell
 player, 163 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sun 12 Apr 2020
at 13:47
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYEDA3JcQqw
Alan Russell
 player, 89 posts
 Crewman on Essex County
 about 40
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 03:28
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
I apologize for my absence.  I will try to catch up.  One calamity after another. :(
Greg Powell
 player, 170 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 04:27
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Alan Russell (msg # 98):

I know what you mean... :/
Greg Powell
 player, 171 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 04:35
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Are we approaching the wrap up scenes or there are new development coming forward?
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 17:33
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
I had a good time with this and I hope you all did too. I regret that the other players didn't stay with us, though it was convenient to be able to use their characters in some ways.

Anyone have any questions about the plot or the scenario? I made very few alterations to the published text in this one.

Also, I'd welcome any feedback on my performance as Keeper and would be glad to offer suggestions for your development, privately or in the group, as you prefer.

I will point out in general that things might have gone a bit more smoothly for our castaways had they shared some of the information they were privy to individually. I often find that to be the case in these games, which typically apportion vital facts among the various characters so that no one sees the whole picture.

I'm opening up various private threads that represent what some of you learned.

This message was last edited by the GM at 17:35, Sat 18 Apr.

Emma Schuyler
 player, 120 posts
 late 20s
Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 19:15
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
I've enjoyed it ...  This was a new system for me and it honestly makes so much sense (very intuitive).

I don't know if we really had opportunities for sharing knowledge .. it seemed like there wasn't much "downtime" to converse once the scenario started rolling.
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Sat 18 Apr 2020
at 20:44
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Emma Schuyler (msg # 102):

Glad it was a good intro for you.

It is my favorite system in part because of the intuitive Ness of the percentile system. And also because I love HPL's Mythos.

Yes, because the whole thing takes place in the course of one niht, there are no obvious breaks, but it was possible for any investigator to say: "Listen, this seems important..." But it did need that choice on the part of a player.
Greg Powell
 player, 172 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 03:39
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
First time I played CoC7 as well and, thanks to your guidance, the ruleset felt very light and didn't disturb the flow of the adventure. I played CoC1 a lot, over over 30 years ago and I remember that, in that adventures, quite a high percentage of the characters, if not all, went insane :)
I think we didn't really nail down the full backstory, so it would be good if you could share it.
Overall it was a great experience - I appreciate short and snappy adventures - and I thank you very much! In my experience, unless you have a loyal group of players that keep playing in more than one of your various games, there is always high attrition when running adventures in on line platforms, no matter what you do, so you have just to accept it.
Greg Powell
 player, 173 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 03:43
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
I can see that you are looking forward to start a new CoC game link to a message in another game and I suggest you advertise it to the players that stayed until the end in this game. The characters of the new game should be somehow related to the characters of this game (maybe they are their ancestors, may be they are their descendants or their relatives, depending on the timeline).
I think this can make the game more fun and you may also want to introduce long ranging threads and underlying stories, where some families seem to have stricter relations with lovecraftian stories and happenings.
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 12:49
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Ah, yes, What Was It All About?

A jewel thief called Cassidy was released from prison. He got a job at a lighthouse on the coast of Massachusetts. The beacon failed a few weels ago. A ship wrecked in the stormy night. Among its cargo were gold coins belonging to the Esoteric Order of Dagon in nearby Innsmouth. Cassidy found some washed up on the beach.

Cassidy writes to his friend and former accomplice Francois Arouet, an expert in valuable things like jewels and art and precious metals, who's running an antiques shop in New Hampshire, trying to go straight. Arouet worries Cassidy will upset his new life. Cassidy wants him to help fence the coins. He heads for the lighthouse.

Meanwhile, there's concerns in the Coast Guard that Beacon Island may be a way station for rum runners (it isn't). The USCG sends an officer to work at the lighthouse undercover, using the name Turner. He also finds one of the coins and observes Cassidy being furtive. He advises his superiors and they send a Bureau of Investigation agent named Stewart Galvin to assist.

Cassidy is writing various Massachusetts libraries and colleges and historical societies to try to get a line on how valuable these coins might be. Unfortunately, he writes to the Esoteric Order of Dagon and they realize he has some of their gold. They send a couple of members to recover it. And they bring help.

The Dagonites observe the lighthouse and keepers for a few days. The head keeper, Sullivan, is getting spooked by glimpses of stalkers and decides to leave. They can't let him maybe take their gold away, so they ambush him, kill him, and stuff his body under the dock. Now they have to finish the job before his body is found.

As night falls, Turner sees something and goes to investigate. They ambush and kill him in the thickets. Now they have to finish the job. They invade the lighthouse, chase Cassidy up the stairs to the beacon room. The human Dagonite shoots out the lamp. Cassidy kills him and his two helpers, but not before they get him.

Because the lighthouse is dark, a coastal trader, the SS Essex County, piles up on the rocks. And that's where you came in.

This message was last edited by the GM at 12:50, Sun 19 Apr.

Greg Powell
 player, 175 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 13:28
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
...so at the end it was true that they did all this for the sake of gold... :)
Emma Schuyler
 player, 122 posts
 late 20s
Sun 19 Apr 2020
at 13:56
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
On sharing info ... I suppose it might be the scenario itself, but I never felt like we really "congealed" as a group ... it was more of a collection of individuals who didn't really know/trust others to get to the point of "hey, I think we should put these weird bits together to see if we can see something significant".

On that note, I will add that I'm now running a game using Basic Roleplaying (more or less the same engine as this game, minus sanity/Mythos), and the welcome mat is out.

link to another game
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 12:18
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Emma Schuyler:
On sharing info ... I suppose it might be the scenario itself, but I never felt like we really "congealed" as a group ... it was more of a collection of individuals who didn't really know/trust others ...

Agreed. That's why, when writing a scenario with pre-gens or during chargen, I usually try to promote connections among at least some of the characters, at least to form pairs. This one didn't lend itself to that very much.
Greg Powell
 player, 176 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 13:05
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Happens...
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 13:37
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
I'll delete this next week, if there's anything you want to snag before then.
Greg Powell
 player, 178 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Tue 21 Apr 2020
at 13:46
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Does this mean that you're not planning to re-run this adventure for a new group of players?

EDIT: this is the 1,000th post, by the way... ;)

This message was last edited by the player at 13:47, Tue 21 Apr.

Alan Russell
 player, 90 posts
 Crewman on Essex County
 about 40
Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 03:01
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Really wish the CovidPocalypse hadn't come along and I'd been able to participate more.  Thanks for running, you did a great job!
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 04:38
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Alan Russell (msg # 113):

Thanks for the kind words.
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Wed 22 Apr 2020
at 18:37
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Greg Powell (msg # 112):

I don't think I've ever repeated a scenario here on Rpol.
Greg Powell
 player, 179 posts
 Corporal, US Army
 mid-40s
Thu 23 Apr 2020
at 00:09
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
In reply to Keeper of Dark Secrets (msg # 115):

I did it (mostly for solo adventures, but also for groups) and it can often be interesting.
Keeper of Dark Secrets
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Fri 1 May 2020
at 11:26
Re: In the Parlor (Out-of-Character)
Once more, thanks to all of you.