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Eternal Lies – Session 6

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 1934: Overnight, the Investigators rested at the Hotel Cecil, setting watches in both rooms. Luke insured that the rooms were protected by hamsa symbols. While the others were resting, Tick Tock hit the bar. He struck up a conversation with the bartender there and noticed that the topaz that Dorothy had bought him at the occultist’s shop had taken on the appearance of an eye, watching him. The eye shifted into a grinning mouth.

Dorothy had a nightmare in which, once again, she was wandering the halls of Joy Grove Sanitarium, back in Savannah. She was dressed as a patient. The halls were dim and empty, but she could hear voices speaking in the distance. She glanced at the window of one of the patients’ rooms and saw her own reflection. Her eyes had been replaced by small mouths.

Tick Tock left the bar and noticed a man in the watching him from the hotel lobby. The man turned to leave, and Tick Tock followed him across the street to his car, which turned out to be the sedan that had been shadowing the group earlier. Tick Tock struck up a conversation with the man, who was large and belligerent. He seemed to know who all the Investigators were and where they had come from. He suggested that he’d been ordered to follow them and told Tick Tock that if they didn’t leave Los Angeles, harm might fall on them. Tick Tock mentioned his connections back east and eventually seemed to intimidate the man, who soon left.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 1934: The Investigators checked in with their various contacts. Chantelle sent word to her mother, while Luke checked in with his black market contact ELMER WICKER, who had acquired a copy of the 1909 edition of Communion Rites of Victorian Death Cults. He confirmed earlier observations about the stone that Douglas Henslowe had hidden in Savannah—that it is almost certainly an artifact taken from Abyssinia, where a war is brewing between the Abyssinians and the Italians. He mentioned Spanish archaeologist, BARTOLO ACUNA, as someone with similar interests who might be in the field there. Dorothy received money and a lecture from her grandfather. 

The group looked into movie star RICHARD SPEND, deceased in 1924. He appears in some of the photographs that were stored in Henslowe’s safe deposit box. His sister, YOLANDA SPENZEL, was found working as a live-in domestic at a mid-Wilshire mansion. She was bitter about the collapse of her brother’s career, which she felt was fueled as much by his participation in the orgies hosted by RAMON ECHAVARRIA, as he was by the advent of talking motion pictures. She mentioned other movie stars who attended these parties, such as OLIVIA CLARENDON, a currently popular queen of the screen.

The Investigators visited Ramon Echavarria’s old home in Highland Park. It was unoccupied, but the grounds appeared similar to the settings of some of the erotic photographs. They spoke to FRITZ MCDERMOTT, Echavarria’s former neighbor, a real estate executive, who told them about the strange parties Echavarria used to have in the 20s. He mentioned that there seemed to be very poor people mingling with the very rich. He also recognized SAMSON TRAMMEL’S business card with apparent distaste.

The Investigators moved to the address where the 1924 massacre, as identified by Yolanda Spenzel. They found an overgrown plot of land on the northern outskirts of Los Angeles. The area is currently under development, but this parcel is abandoned, containing the burnt remains of a barn and farmhouse. Arthur, Luke, and Dorothy identified occult symbols in the ruins that might’ve been used to summon something powerful and to focus occult energy on a specific point. The group noted that gasoline had probably been applied to the buildings, and further spread using Molotov cocktails. Chantelle fell into a ditch at the edge of the farm, where she found a head, mummified in some translucent glaze. It belonged to a balding man, appeared to be screaming and bore a second, inhuman mouth in the back of its neck.

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Eternal Lies – Session 5

NOVEMBER 3-4, 1934: While the other Investigators taking in the scene at the Cocoanut Grove Lounge, Tick Tock headed to a backroom for a game of poker. A small, serious group of players dealt him in and watched him closely as they played. One of them introduced himself as CAPTAIN WALKER. He questioned Tick Tock about what he was doing in L.A. He said he might send someone around to Tick Tock’s hotel room to offer him some employment opportunities. Tick Tock won big on a hand, and the game shut down.

Back in the Cocoanut Grove, John Barrymore bid Dorothy and Chantelle a good night. Arthur struck up a conversation with an ostentatious, fork-bearded man named CALVINO, who seemed familiar with the local occult scene. Calvino wasn’t especially friendly or open, but when asked about Hamsas, he did give Arthur a business card for the a shop he runs in L.A. Among other items, it carries Hamsa amulets.

The Investigators cashed out and headed back to the Hotel Cecil to compare notes. They made plans to head to the First Bank of Long Beach, but when they called to get information about it, they found that the bank had fallen victim to recent financial upheavals. Its holdings were now in the care of the newly formed FDIC. Nevertheless, they decided to head to the former site of the bank to see if they could find anything.

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NOVEMBER 5, 1934: On the way to the bank, they were again followed. This time, only a single driver seemed to be in the car that was tailing them. He seemed to be taking pains to conceal himself, unlike the men the Investigators had clashed with in Savannah. The party seemed to escape his notice and soon arrived at the bank.

The building was largely gutted and had been occupied by transients. The Investigators searched the old area, coming up empty. They also questioned some of the people who were sheltering there. The Investigators donated some money to the people they met, with most of Tick Tock’s poker winning going to a young woman with a badly injured leg.

The Investigators called JANET WINSTON-ROGERS to update her on their progress. She agreed to put a call through to the FDIC to see that Henslowe’s safe deposit box would be waiting for them. They drove across town to the FDIC offices and were given the box, which contained coded books of account, a post card that identified RAMON ECHAVARRIA and someone named ABRAHAM BUCHWALD as being key figures in what appeared to be some sort of large scale—possibly criminal— financial operation. The box also contained photos of a group of people engaged in disturbing sex acts. The location was difficult to ascertain, but the Investigators identified two of the participants as Edgar job and fallen movie star RICHARD SPEND. Spend is probably deceased.

The Investigators stopped at Calvino’s Occult Curiosities shop. The proprietor was no more friendly or helpful than he had been at the Cocoanut Grove, though he did offer a few hints about the parties Ramon Echavarria threw in the early twenties. The group traded some barbs with Calvino and then departed.

The Investigators returned to the Hotel Cecil to find that someone had tossed their rooms. It appeared that the culprits had searched their personal effects with precision. Some items were missing, including all of Dorothy’s travel funds. She called her grandfather to ask for more. He agreed to send the money, but lectured her on fiscal responsibility. Dorothy stopped at the front desk to lodge a complaint with the clerk there. Initially, he was dismissive, but a threat to sue the owners seemed to intimidate him. He promised to take steps to find out what may have happened.

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Eternal Lies Session 4

NOVEMBER 1, 1934: In Savannah, he Investigators left the decaying Henslowe Estate. A rain storm continued around them, as they made their way back to the DeSoto Beach Hotel. It had been a very long day. Dorothy Howard momentarily nodded at the wheel. She had a brief dream or vision in which she walked the Joy Grove Asylum’s halls, which were now empty. Inside the rooms she passed, she could see people moving. One of these patients came to the window of his room to stare out at her. He opened his eyes to look at her, and she saw two small mouths, whispering strange words. Dorothy woke at the wheel, before the car had any trouble.

The Investigators gathered in one of their rooms at the DeSoto Beach Hotel. Luke made the sign of a Hamsa on a piece of paper and stuck it to the wall, in hopes of protecting the group from whatever force seemed to be haunting Douglas Henslowe and Edgar Job—and which might be responsible for the strange mouth-like apparitions Luke had seen at various places since the investigation began.

With a little effort, the Investigators were able to open the box they had dug up at the Henslowe estate. It contained a key for another box—this one at the First Bank of Long Beach in California. Douglas had mentioned that he’d stashed some items there in 1924. In this box were a few other items—a strange volcanic stone, a diary from 1924, and a note for Walter Winston. Douglas seemed to have believed that Walter would’ve come looking for the box.

NOVEMBER 2: The Investigators checked in with their contacts, with Arthur Rowe writing to his friend Myra Banks to tell her what was happening with him. James “Tick Tock” Cohan checked in with his friend Joe Kelly to see if any more information had surfaced about the strange men who’ve been following the Investigators. It had been confirmed that one had been killed by Tick Tock’s associates in New York, and that he bore tattoos on him that were in Thai and that seemed to allude to a mouth or mouths. Dorothy Howard sent telegrams to her family, assuring them that she was fine and behaving in a proper fashion.

Chantelle Perrault also sent out a telegram—in this case to her mother, telling her what she’d found about Walter Winston’s past activities. Finally, Luke Davis checked in a dealer in black market antiquities, Elmer Wicker, to say what, if anything he could find out about the strange stone from the box. Wicker determined that it might be Abyssinian in origin, specifically from an area populated by the Afar people. He mentioned other digs that had happened there recently, including one led by a disreputable archaeologist named BARTOLO ACUÑA.

NOVEMBER 3: The Investigators reconnected with JANET WINSTON-ROGERS’ pilot, FRANK KEARNS, who flew them to Mines Field in Los Angeles. Along the way, they questioned him about his past travels with Walter Winston. Cheerful but guarded, Frank mentioned said that Walter was well-traveled. He mentioned stopovers in England and places “south of the border.” He said he’d heard about Walter visiting more distant or inaccessible locations like Southeast Asia and Africa.

Frank suggested some hotels for the Investigators to use while they were looking into the safe deposit box and possibly into the events of 1924. They settled on the Hotel Cecil, with its history of hauntings and strange deaths, in hopes of encountering real supernatural phenomena. Despite the beauty of the weather, they noticed prominent signs of the economic hardship inflicted on the area by the Great Depression.

As it was night, and the bank would most likely not be open, the Investigators decided to spend a night out. For the dilettantes and artists in the group, the natural stop-off seemed to be the Cocoanut Grove Ballroom at the Ambassador Hotel. Tick Tock and Luke went along. The former was looking for a game of cards and hobnobbed with some criminal types. The latter was just tolerating his companions’ interests, but met a young woman who insisted on buying him a drink and flirted with him somewhat aggressively.

Dorothy, meanwhile, was fascinated by the robotic monkeys that hopped around in the trees at the Cocoanut Grove. She and Chantelle made their way inside, hoping to meet a celebrity. They were unable to locate Clark Gable, but found friendly John Barrymore, who bought them champagne and took in the floor show with them. Arthur made his way over to the bar area, where he engaged a group of bohemian types in conversation. One of them, LEE DEMPSON attempted to get Arthur to leave with him to engage in sex and/or drug use. Dempson was a visibly beat up and obviously high and mentioned drugs from Bangkok. His companions mentioned him leaving L.A. for a while and then returning in his current broken down state.

Everyone noticed the entrance of a handsome, well-dressed man who made a big show of inappropriately eyeing the women around him. He was accompanied by an entourage of large men in zoos suits, who seemed out of place in the Hollywood crowd. They positioned themselves around the room, appearing to keep an eye on the scene. We left off with the Investigators enjoying libations. The players did the same as we celebrated a real life 2020 presidential victory for JOE BIDEN.

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Eternal Lies – Session 3

NOVEMBER 1, 1934: Having wrapped up their interviews with Douglas Henslowe and Edgar Job, the Investigators decided to leave the Joy Grove Asylum. On their way out, Dorothy was accosted by a heavyset, disheveled patient who identified herself as the movie star Olivia Clarendon. She appeared to be delusional, as Clarendon is a sleek, polished Hollywood icon, but Dorothy humored her. “Olivia” signed autographs, and the group left for Henslowe’s ancestral estate on the outskirts of Savannah.

While driving along the marshy roads, the Investigators convoy of two cars was approached by the sedan that had been tailing them earlier. It moved to ram Dorothy’s car, but Chantelle fired a very large pistol at it. The car went off the road, and the Investigators escaped, shaken, but unharmed.

The Investigators arrived at the Henslowe estate, a decaying plantation. Various outbuildings stood in disrepair, and the grounds themselves were overgrown and being claimed by the nearby swamp.  To be cautious, they approached on foot, but they were detected by a trio of guard dogs. In the ensuing scuffle, Luke Davis was badly mauled. The elderly groundskeeper, JOHN CORUTHERS appeared and called his dogs off.

After speaking with the Investigators and reading the letter of introduction Henslowe had given them, Coruthers escorted the Investigators to his shack. There, he tended to Luke’s injury. He also answered a few questions about the Henslowe family. Douglas and his mother are the only surviving members of what was once a very powerful family. As the Investigators already knew, Douglas has been in and out of Joy Grove since 1924, when experienced some sort of breakdown. Coruthers expressed disdain for Douglas, while also making his obeisance to the family clear. They Investigators warned Coruthers about the men in the sedan, as they noticed it was parked up the road.

On the basis of the letter of introduction, Coruthers escorted the Investigators to the main house. The house itself was largely dilapidated, with some sections being closed off entirely. Coruthers asked the Investigators to keep away from MOTHER HENSLOWE, who was resting on her sun porch. The Investigators looked around a bit, finding a dusty gothic interior. They made their way to Douglas’s room, where they found an old shovel standing by the door, caked in old dried mud. Looking around a bit more, they also found a basket full of a strange mix of stuff, including twine and purple ink.

Using a photograph of the house that they found in a book Douglas had mentioned, (indirectly,) the Investigators determined that he had buried a cache of materials from 1924 in the family graveyard, here on the estate. They dug up a box holding, among other things, a key to the safe deposit box Douglas had mentioned before. It is at the First Bank of Long Beach in California. Meanwhile, Tick Tock had put in a call to an associate back in New York. He was trying to identify the men in the sedan that had been following the Investigators. Aside from finding out that they appeared to be Asian and had been seen in Tick Tock’s neighborhood back home, the contact was unable to tell him much.

A heavy downpour began falling. The Investigators turned to leave. Despite their attempts to sneak away—and to use Coruthers as a distraction—they were set upon by the thugs from the sedan. An altercation broke out, with guns drawn, but no shots were fired. The thugs seemed to be speaking a strange alien tongue and who were made up of a peculiar mix of White and Asian men (peculiar for the time and place). They threw a typed sheet of paper at the Investigators, and then left. The paper read “DROP THIS CASE. GO HOME.”

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Eternal Lies – Session 2

I’m late getting this updated, but I’ve got sessions 2 and 3 ready to go. This one is a long one.

NOVEMBER 1, 1934: The Investigators arrived at the Joy Grove Asylum, finding themselves bumper-to-bumper with another sedan. Its driver, JAMES “TICK TOCK” COHAN was also sent by Janet Winston-Rogers. Tick Tock is a Murder, Incorporated enforcer.

It isn’t clear if Janet knows exactly what his job is, but she seemed to be aware of his capabilities—and of the fact that he was mentored by VINCE STACK, one of Walter Winston’s companions during the 1924 massacre. Vince was stabbed to death during that bloodbath, and Janet is hoping that she and Tick Tock can work together to find out what led to her father’s collapse and Vince’s death. Janet requested that Tick Tock make his way to Savannah and look for the group she had already sent there.

The Investigators compared notes. Tick Tock had noticed the car following them and was interested in meeting the only surviving member of the 1924 group, DOUGLAS HENSLOWE. The group headed inside to speak with Henslowe’s doctor, JONATHAN KEATON, who was impressed by Chantelle Perreault’s French charm and her connection to the Winston name. Keaton revealed himself to be a desperate careerist—willing to share information about his patients if he thinks doing so might improve his fortunes.

While Keaton was showing the group around Joy Grove, a patient charged down the hall and attacked Dorothy Howard. FRED CULVER was hulking and irrational. He seemed intent on biting Dorothy. Her companions moved to protect her, with Arthur Rowe speaking to Culver casually. Culver was caught off guard by this unexpected attempt at conversation. Orderlies stepped in and restrained him. While all this was going on, Luke Davis once again saw a strange mouth like form emerge out of the wall. It leered and drooled at him. Elsewhere, Luke noticed that someone had painted crude symbols in the plaster around a few water damaged areas. These were shaped like Hamsas, protective amulets worn by some in the Middle East.

Apologizing for the attack on Dorothy, Dr. Keaton led the Investigators to a room that had been set aside for patient interviews. Here, most of them met DOUGLAS HENSLOWE, the lone survivor of the 1924 massacre that led to Vince Stack’s death, as well as the nervous collapse of both Walter Winston and Henslowe. Arthur had long been an admirer of Henslowe and was deeply influenced by his work. Henslowe acknowledged their esthetic bond, before introducing himself to the others.

Henslowe appeared to be late middle-aged. He was sad, distant, and a bit druggy. He spoke with a gentlemanly Southern accent. The Investigators questioned him about the letter he sent to Walter. He answered, filling in some blanks around what happened on August 13, 1924 in Los Angeles. Henslowe said he was a part of a group, led by Walter Winston that was monitoring the activities of a dangerous cult of “fornicators.” All but Winston and Henslowe died. The group included:

  • WALTER WINSTON – Philanthropist and student of folklore and the occult.
  • DOUGLAS HENSLOWE – Cultured artist. Sensitive esthetically and otherwise.
  • VINCE STACK – Tough private investigator. Good as muscle and as an all around fixer. Stabbed to death.
  • KATHERINE CLARKE – Young, idealistic and clever. Good at manipulating people and learning secrets. Decapitated.
  • F.C. KULLMAN – Occult scholar and expert in the paranormal. A cynical authority on spiritualism. Shot.

Henslowe also shared the following about August 13 1924:

  • Katherine Clarke directed the rest of the group to a farm on that night. The cult was moving ahead with something sooner than expected, because “the stars we re right.”
  • Winston’s group came hastily armed, prepared to do whatever might be necessary to stop the cult. There was a shootout and a fire, with many people on both sides dying.
  • An unspecified “thing” appeared, perhaps summoned by the cult. It may have been responsible for some of the deaths.
  • Winston and Henslowe panicked and fled. Henslowe saw Stack shoot a man before being stabbed to death.

Henslowe seemed to sympathize with the Investigators. He directed them to his family’s estate, nearby. He’d stashed a notebook there with his observations on the time spent with Walter. He also mentioned that he’d stashed a key there for a safe deposit box. The box is at the First Bank of Long Beach. Henslowe said he placed some items from the 1924 Investigations in the box.

Doctor Keaton suggested that the Investigators speak to another one of his patients. This man had also been at the 1924 massacre, but had been participating in the cult ritual. His name was EDGAR JOB, and he was responsible for stabbing Vince Stack to death, after Stack shot the cult leader RAMON ECHAVARRIA.

Job was willing to talk to the Investigators about his past. He joined the Los Angeles cult after his friend and fellow student GEORGE AYERS introduced him to Echavarria. In 1923-24, Job attended drug- and sex-fueled parties thrown by Echavarria. Job said that Echavarria recognized that there was something special about him—perhaps his fascination with mathematics. Job is obsessed, in particular, with set theory.

Job mentioned that on the night of the ritual, the cultists were to be gifted with power. He had been singled out to be the focus of a spell, which Echavarria intoned over him. An entity was summoned that “screamed from its hands.” Many people died after Henslowe and Stack showed up with their friends. When questioned by Tick Tock, Job acknowledged that he’d killed Stack and claimed to feel remorse.

Job also bonded somewhat with Arthur, who drew him out by pretending to have attended Echavarria’s parties in the twenties. Arthur also claimed to have used a strange drug enjoyed by Job and the others in the past. It was called Nectar and seemed to serve as an aphrodisiac and as a mild-altering substance. Arthur promised to bring Job some Nectar, if he could.

Job spoke of finger-painting, a hobby which he said he’d taken up in collaboration with Henslowe—despite their profound differences. It became clear that Job was referring to the hamsas. The two men had been painting them in the runny plaster around the asylum. Job said they hoped they would be protected by them.

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Eternal Lies Session 1

OCTOBER 31, 1934: The PCs (hereafter referred to as “Investigators”) were all invited to the Rogers Building, a 700’ tower in Manhattan. Janet Winston-Rogers, a young corporate executive and socialite was requesting their help in determining what drove her father, Walter Winston, into decline and death. At one time, Walter was a world-traveller and avid scholar of the unknown, but he suffered a nervous collapse in 1924.

The Investigators who attended the meeting with Janet are:

  • LUKE DAVIS, 29 y.o., American occult archaeologist, NYU. Consulted with Walter in the past. Janet is hoping he can provide insight into her father’s drive toward the esoteric.
  • DOROTHY “DOT” HOWARD, 23 y.o., American socialite and occultist. Walter served as a father figure as she began her occult explorations.
  • CHANTELLE PERRAULT, 28 y.o., . She is Walter’s secret daughter and Janet’s long-lost half-sister. Janet is hoping that she might have some insight into the part of Walter’s life that his family was unaware of.
  • ARTHUR ROWE, 28 y.o., American painter. He was the student of Douglas Henslowe, a former associate of Walter, who escaped the strange events of 1924, before suffering an emotional collapse. Douglas is the scion of an old Southern family, and artist, and socially progressive.

Janet mentioned her father’s interest in the occult and the mysterious traveling he took up as a result. Walter worked with a group who were somehow opposing “bad people,” as he put it. Apparently his efforts in this area led to some sort of disturbance in August, 1924. Neither Walter nor Douglas was ever the same after. Walter retreated to his mansion in Aylesbury, Massachusetts, where he fell into a state of depression and paranoid anxiety. He died in July of this year.

Other details that arose during the meeting:

  • Janet’s mother died in 1932. Her death may have been linked to alcohol abuse.
  • Janet recently inherited two fortunes. Her husband, Horatio Rogers died in February 1933. Then Walter passed.
  • Walter refused to discuss the events of August, 1924.
  • Over the years since then, Walter received a handful of letters from Douglas. These remained unopened until his death, when Janet decided to read them.
  • The letters from Douglas pled with Walter to corroborate a narrative about the events of August, 1924. Lacking word from Walter, Douglas (and his doctors, apparently) will never be sure of what really happened.
  • Douglas mentions the possibly meaningless loss of someone’s life. He also mentions someone engaging in immoral behavior.
  • In the last ten years, Walter felt he was being observed by unseen agents. Janet reluctantly admitted to occasional similar feelings. In particular, she noticed strange movements in the mansion’s shadows.
  • Luke Davis scrutinized the office and noticed a mouth with jagged teeth emerge from a wall. It licked its lips and smiled at him. Then it disappeared.
  • Between them, Dorothy and Luke intuited that there might be some sort of occult voyeurism at work. Locations might be “tagged” to allow someone to look in on the amorous behavior of someone else. The entire practice is reminiscent of ancient sex cults.

The Investigators agreed to help Janet determine what happened to Walter. They compared notes in Dorothy’s car, noticing another automobile, whose passengers seemed to be watching them. Janet gave them the use of her private plane, the Silver Sable, which is piloted by Frank Kearns. He is a cheerful man, who appears to have a deep devotion to Janet. After the Investigators de-briefed, he flew them to Savannah, Georgia. Janet had suggested that they go here.

The Investigators took up residence at the DeSoto Beach Hotel, just outside Savannah. Dorothy and Luke checked in with people back home, while Arthur asked a bartender about his deepest fears. Everyone set out for one of the addresses from which Douglas sent his letters. It turned out to be the Joy Grove Asylum, an institution where Douglas has lived, on and off, for the last ten years. His ancestral estate is the other address from which he sent mail. It is nearby as well.

When they left the DeSoto, the Investigators noticed they were being followed by a fairly nice car. It was full of people in suits and fedoras. It pursued them through rural, swampy territory. The Investigators pulled up at the asylum, ready to question Douglas.

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Account of an epic campaign (RPG, not political)

Eternal Lies 2020

I thought it might be fun and interesting to keep a record of the game I’m just beginning to GM with my Saturday group. Pelgrane’s Eternal Lies is a lengthy campaign with enormous depth, especially if you factor in a very thoughtful online community that’s grown around it. I myself have run the game once in the past, (2018-19,) and benefitted enormously from the past efforts and online counsel of other GMs.

It’s a particularly interesting time to be running the game, as I have no other choice than to put it out there online. I’m lucky enough to have a patient and stable group who’ve stuck with me as we’ve all transitioned to the internet. They are experienced, proactive players, and they’ve already done some pretty hefty gaming since the pandemic changed all our lives. I thought a running GM’s account might be especially revealing under these circumstances.

I plan to keep my updates here pretty brief, like 2-3 paragraphs. We meet once a week, so a lot will happen, even if we don’t finish. (Always a possibility when you run something of this scope.) For this go-around, I just wanted to provide a setup and a bit of context. We are running on Google Meet. Dice rolling is done by the honor system. Anyone who cheats at a Cthulhu game is robbing only themself, I think. The ruleset is a slightly modified Delta Green/Call of Cthulhu 6.0. I’ve used Trail of Cthulhu in the past—a lot—and felt I needed to clear the mental slate, if I was going to make this be fun for everyone.

To give the PCs a way in, I decided to link them strongly to the 1924 investigation. Eternal Lies takes place in 1934, and initially the PCs are trying to clarify what happened to what is essentially a past Call of Cthulhu party, who got in over their heads. I decided that this time around I would strengthen that connection by insisting that everyone have a defined relationship to a 1924 Investigator. My hope is that this approach will cut down on the “I can’t see any reason why my character would go to Timbuktu and face the Vampire Lich” objections that players sometimes run across relative to their characters’ back stories and personalities. This choice I’m making may create more complications for me than it alleviates, as I’ll have to do even more additional writing to glom everything together, but I am OK with that, if it makes for a stronger game in the long run.

Anyway, I will put up another post shortly that introduces the setting and this group’s PCs. Don’t read unless you want spoilers!

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https://www.yog-sothoth.com/forums/topic/27178-eternal-lies-spoilers-gms-only (only available to members, but a great resource)

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Playing ‘City of Mist’ with geek musician Debs

One of the great things that I really appreciate about being part of the role-playing game community, and the wider nerd community in general, is the opportunity to meet a lot of cool, interesting people.

Last night I ran a City of Mist one-shot in my home at the request of a friend of mine, Daniel, who’s an active member of the RPG meetup that I run, the Chicago Alternative RPG Meetup (CARM). Daniel’s friend, Debs, was visiting from Vancouver and he had never had the chance to game with her before.

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