CALL OF CTHULU- THE MASKS OF NYARLHOTEP

Game Master Daniel Penfold 351

A play through of the Masks of Nyarlhotep campaign for Call of Cthulu.

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London 1920s


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Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

We're still here.


Male

Yep. Waiting for our new PCs.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Ah, in case I didn't mention it, Camris IS Jake!


Hi Jake please introduce your character in the gameplay thread and we can move forward


Hey, this is Ever_Anon aka Kira from the GM's Hell's Rebels game. Thanks for inviting me to join. I've created a basic profile, although I'm not sure what to do about equipment. Please let me know if anything seems off.

Luck Roll: 3d6 ⇒ (1, 2, 3) = 6


[ooc]Here's a link to an equipment list:

http://oregonredbox.wdfiles.com/local--files/call-of cthulhu/1920s_PriceList

Too be honest I'm not too worried about equipment- basic equipment is fine, although its likely you wouldn't be carrying around e.g. camping equipment all the time. Similarly you probably wouldn't be carrying around large firearms while in a city.


@Sylvia - please feel free to introduce your character into the gameplay.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

What edition of the rules are you guys using?


7th edition.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Sorry, had to do a quick revamp. Was using a Savage Worlds build.


Shadow's Status

Hi Folks, sorry for the long absence had to figure out a number of things in RL. Due to a significant change in circumstances, I will need to limit my presence on the boards and that includes dropping this game. I apologize for the long delay in making contact to inform you of this decision and I apologize if my absence created any issues within Gameplay.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Sorry to see you go man!


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

OK guys, I am going to fly up to Alaska for ten days on 27-Aug. Camping, boating, hiking etc. I should be back Sep 5-6 sometime, but until then I'll be out of contact. Bot me as needed!


No worries


Male

I'm doing some work on my house this week. I'll try to post if Henry is acknowledged, but since he's waiting outside the room for the police, I'm not in this scene.


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

Just trying to clarify the scene. I thought Jake and Barney were downstairs in the street with the recently knocked out thief, and everybody else was upstairs in the room with the other two. Is this right. We seem to be teleporting around.


Sylvia was upstairs, but came down to meet the police. She led the police around the corner to where Jake and Barney had just subdued the cultist.

The police then asked Barney to lead them upstairs. My post was assuming that you did so, but I admit that was premature. I'll edit it slightly so there aren't any assumptions.

Henry is still upstairs.


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter
Sylvia Bouche wrote:

Sylvia was upstairs, but came down to meet the police. She led the police around the corner to where Jake and Barney had just subdued the cultist.

The police then asked Barney to lead them upstairs. My post was assuming that you did so, but I admit that was premature. I'll edit it slightly so there aren't any assumptions.

Henry is still upstairs.

No problems... just confused. I guess more time passed than Barney had assumed :-)


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

Was Barney allowed to look around the room. He made his "Fast Talk" roll by quite a bit?

See post above Sylvia's.


Apologies missed that. Nothing else of note in the room. The cultists had looted it and taken all the documents etc.


Male

Hey guys, My wife has just gone into the hospital as we prepare to welcome our first child. Posting may be sporadic, and I won’t be able to do anything on the maps for a while.

I should be back to mostly normal in a couple weeks.


Congratulations Henry, hope all goes well.

I have not been feeling very well over the last couple of days, hence my lack of posting, I'll try to catch up as soon as I can.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Congrats Henry!


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

I've been playing Trail of Cthulhu instead of CofC lately, and I really appreciate the way it handles Investigation. It gets frustrating sometimes to put yourself in position for a clue, but the dice keep you from getting it. TofC assumes that if you put yourself in the right position, and you have the right skills you find the clue.

Also, I can't read the last clue. Writing is too small and when I zoom it up it gets digitized. Could you summarize?


Greetings from beyond the grave!

By now you know that all I've really left you is a whole heap of trouble. If I were still around to have an opinion on the matter, I would understand if you decided to walk away from it all. Hell, if I'm dead right now, that's a good indication I should have done the same. But you know me too well, and I know you too well. If you were the kind of person who always did the sensible thing we wouldn't be such good friends.

You have been there when I needed you in the past and I hope you will be again, even if it's too late to save me. I've been pulling threads all over the world and while most of them are still unraveling I think I'm onto something big. Carlton and Jonah can fill in more of the details for you - I've left some of my papers and notes with them, which should help you work out which hornet's nests you need to poke next.

I trust you to bring my killers to justice. Of course, I'm assuming I was murdered - it will be just plain embarrassing if I was run over by a trolley car! Follow my investigation to its bloody end, and seek out the truth. I'm not asking you to finish my book - none of you can write worth a damn.

Your friend, always.

Jackson


I've also added the plain text version to the notes/clues document.


Posting to all my games: I will be traveling for the holidays from December 21st-26th. I'll have my phone and may do some posting, but feel free to bot me as needed.


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

I feel like Barney is having a hard time fitting in... might be the dice rolls. Honest question... do you think he'll perform better in later parts of the adventure? If not maybe I could design a new character... Barney's brother Cary? who might bring some more "Streetsmart / Rogue like qualities to the game"?


If I'm honest I think Barney might struggle - the campaign relies on characters having knowledge style skills.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Well, there will be times when the muscle men will be needed to keep the big brains alive too.


Hi all, so we are pretty much at the end of chapter 1.

It seems like everyone is willing to continue which is encouraging.

However I think we need to change and address a few things. I think when we are in an investigation phase we need people to post maybe once every 2 days. I think I've been making the pace a bit fast and this has not allowed players to fully immerse themselves in the investigation process and this has also meant that some players have had to take the majority of the investigation side of things.

However, when we're in a combat phase it would be good if we could try to post once per day to keep the combat moving.

Secondly we have not heard from Henry for a while. I think I will keep his spot open for when/if he wants to return but will bench Henry for now meaning it will just be the three of you. As Call of Cthulu is not so much combat orientated this should not impact your enjoyment.

With regards to knowledge's/skills I realise that some of the skills need to be done there and then such as psychology. However, for some of the others such as history or archaeology don't forget your characters are not working in a vacuum. You can all discuss things you find with other NPCs and particularly in the larger cities in the campaign such as New York your characters will for the most part be able to access reference libraries or other institutions at least for some areas of expertise.

I know that Barney would like a few days to get his new character off the ground so we'll hold off on moving on with the story till after Xmas (I'm thinking probably the 27th Dec if that's Ok.)

Is there anything else you want to do in New York before we move on, I seem to remember you had an appointment to meet with Erica Carlyle at some point..

Finally - Assuming there is no more to learn in New York - where do you want to go to next - you have a lot of clues to places all over.
the world.

Happy Holidays to you all.

Dan.


Male Daytona 500 DM / 12

Thanks for running this Daniel. You've been very good at advancing the game... which can be a challenge for an investigative game in Play by Post. Hope you and all the other players have a great holiday season.


Virile Male Western Movie Actor SAN 50(50) | HP 12(12) | Move:8 | Status: OK

Dude, you are doing very well pace wise for a game past its first month, better than average for the games I've been in.

Jake is very interested in meeting with Erica Carlyle, Jackson's notes say she has some books in her safe.
In fact, the whole Carlyle Expedition excited his imagination. He wants to follow the same trail they took...


It might be an idea when you are talking to the NPCs to decide between yourselves who is taking the lead in the conversation.


I have survived the holiday family visit and am back!

Talking with Erica seems like a logical next move; our characters wouldn't rush out of the country immediately. Maybe we could also sweet-talk Lt. Poole into letting us read the stolen book before it's returned to Harvard.


@Barney - we should be in a position to introduce your new character shortly.


Male Human (Scottish American) Bounty Hunter

Barney will do his exit post when the interview (which he didn’t show up for BTW) is over.


Happy New Year all


So a quick explanation some books you find are powerful mythos tomes. Studying them can increase your Cthulu Mythos skill and in some cases help you to learn a spell. However this does take time (in most cases we are talking weeks, sometimes longer) and reading the books fully causes some permanent sanity loss.


@Barney - you can do your exit post and introduce your new character now.


Male Human (Irishman) Missionary - Spiritualist

Sorry about the delay. Crazy over the holidays. should be able to get up an ending/beginning post later this afternoon or early evening.

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