• Fallen London – Sailing the Sunless Sea

    A while back I made a couple of posts talking about Fallen London, a story-based game set in a world where the city of London was stolen by bats around the year 1862 and carried into a gigantic cavern beneath the Earth known as the Neath. The game takes place about 30 years later. London is still the capital of the British Empire but now it’s just down the river from Hell. Don’t worry, the devils are civilized; they even have an embassy in London now. They still want souls, of course, but they’re quite happy to pay good money for them. The reason for the theft of London (Did I say “theft”? Sorry, I didn’t mean that. There was no theft. Everything is well and will continue to be well.) is that it is now the home of the Echo Bazaar. It is the fifth city to host the Bazaar. I won’t go into any more details except to say that Fallen London features some absolutely amazing and evocative writing. There are hundreds of thousands of words of text and the game still has secrets that I haven’t discovered. Part of the setting is the Underzee; a vast subterranean ocean that fills most of the Neath. There are other cities and even empires out across the Underzee; the Tomb Colonies, the Khanate, the Iron Republic and others. Some of these you can visit in Fallen London while others are just mentioned. Last year Failbetter Games ran a Kickstarter for

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  • Greenbox 217

    Last time I gave an AAR on a Delta Green adventure I had run. In it I mentioned creating a list of weird items for the players to find when exploring the Greenbox but the players hit the correct one immediately and never did more than glance at the rest. So they won’t be wasted, here is everything that was in the Greenbox. Some are real and some are just red herrings. I’ve provided explanations for a few. A number of flat, square objects (total of 9, all between 1 and 1 1/2 feet across) wrapped in newspaper. When unwrapped these are all panes of glass with bio-hazard symbols drawn on them in a variety of substances, including blood and feces. Nothing else is unusual about them. The newspapers are from various cities on the east coast over a several month period about 4 years previous. 12 hardcover books, 15 paperbacks and a stack of photocopies. 2 old leather books. A VHS videotape. A narrow object about a foot long wrapped in cloth. These are all copies of the play The King in Yellow with several variations. The tape is of a performance of the play by an amateur theatrical troupe that ends in chaos when one of the actors pulls a dagger and stabs another, followed by the audience rushing the stage and attacking the cast. The wrapped object is the dagger. 4 large, square cardboard boxes. They appear water stained. The water stains were to indicate that this

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  • Delta Green – The Heat of the Moment

    My group decided to try Call of Cthulhu again and one of the players wanted to try Delta Green. I didn’t have anything particularly ready and decided to try the “No Security” scenario Lover in the Ice. Except I decided to set it in the middle of summer and on the coast. Yeah, I like making things difficult. The players created characters and were defined as already being part of the conspiracy; P-Cell operating out of Atlanta, Georgia. They get their invitation to the Night at the Opera and go get their briefing to the scenario code-named The Heat of the Moment The East coast is just starting to recover after having been hit by hurricane Gabriel. Gabriel was not of major strength but there were pockets of moderate to severe damage. One such location is on the coast of South Carolina about 20 miles north of Charleston; a place known as Garden Cove. Garden Cove is really two separate communities; Garden Cove and Garden Cove Beach. Garden Cove Beach is a small island (about 2 miles long and a half-mile wide) located across the Intercoastal Waterway from Garden Cove. A single bridge connected the two and during the storm it had been struck by a drifting barge. The bridge is currently closed while the Department of Transportation evaluates the damage, isolating Garden Cove Beach. Garden Cove Beach also happens to be the location of Greenbox 217. During the storm the integrity of the Greenbox was compromised. The local Friendly

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  • The PaleoGamer Plays: The Longest Journey – Part 7

    April visits the improbably named “Burns Flipper” and after enduring another carpet f-bombing get information on the Vanguard *and* the name of the missing Guardian. Along the way she plays MacGyver 2200, finds out that police power armor isn’t waterproof and wonders why Zack is hanging around outside her room. Then bad things happen. It’s the end of Chapter 3 of The Longest Journey!

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  • The PaleoGamer Plays: The Longest Journey – Part 6

    Having finally gotten into the police station, April attempts to enter the Archives only to find she needs someone to lend her a hand. Or at least an eye. She helps a guy with his stomach problems, finds that computer security is just as lax in the 23rd century as it is today and uncovers the startling truth about hovercraft safety. Just another step on The Longest Journey.

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