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Here's a video recorded of me running a Call of Cthulhu RPG at the Dead of Winter (invite only) con. NSFW, swearing near the end, the "F" word.

Some background:
The PCs were real historical figures from the 1920's. This is part of a possible CoC supplement I'd like to do, a bunch of statted real people that could get involved in mythos investigations.
The dramatis personae PCs were (you can look them up on Wikipedia):
William McDougall - noted psychologist, Harvard professor, racist eugenicist rectal opening

Dr. Prince - an Episcopalian minister who wrote papers about a girl with multiple personalities

Daniel Comstock - inventor of Technicolor film, who was screwed out of profits by sleazy business partner

Corrine Heline - dilettante New Age author who in the 1950's wrote a series of books about mystical interpretations of the Bible. A woman of independent means.

J. Malcolm Bird - former associate editor of Scientific American magazine, who enjoyed the company of nubile mediums who held seances in the nude.

Harry Houdini - do I need to introduce him?

In the scenario, they are called in to investigate a new medium, supposedly with genuine psychic abilities. This was in May 1926 (NYC). The video is the second session, the one where she was shown $2500 cash to prove she has supernatural abilities.

This game took place at Dead of Winter, in a haunted hotel's "study", which used to be a gift shop. The only windows were at the top of one wall that opened to another wood-panelled room with old maps, which had open windows--enough light leaked in that we could see in the room, but not really well. For the seance, I turned on a bunch of LED candles (what you see on camera) and had all PCs participating to join hands with me, NPCing as Emily, the supposed psychic. I am playing the soundtrack by Mica Levi to the excellent movie "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson.

I also had some freaky props around, like a Ouija board.

Most of this is dark (except the end), so you will need to listen to it. It's just over five minutes long.

This is a good example of how I like to run my role-playing games.

For those not familiar with Call of Cthulhu, a "San roll" or "roll for Sanity" means roll dice to see if you go insane due to what you are witnessing.

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Here's a video recorded of me running a Call of Cthulhu RPG at the Dead of Winter (invite only) con. NSFW, swearing near the end, the "F" word.

Some background:
The PCs were real historical figures from the 1920's. This is part of a possible CoC supplement I'd like to do, a bunch of statted real people that could get involved in mythos investigations.
The dramatis personae PCs were (you can look them up on Wikipedia):
William McDougall - noted psychologist, Harvard professor, racist eugenicist rectal opening

Dr. Prince - an Episcopalian minister who wrote papers about a girl with multiple personalities

Daniel Comstock - inventor of Technicolor film, who was screwed out of profits by sleazy business partner

Corrine Heline - dilettante New Age author who in the 1950's wrote a series of books about mystical interpretations of the Bible. A woman of independent means.

J. Malcolm Bird - former associate editor of Scientific American magazine, who enjoyed the company of nubile mediums who held seances in the nude.

Harry Houdini - do I need to introduce him?

In the scenario, they are called in to investigate a new medium, supposedly with genuine psychic abilities. This was in May 1926 (NYC). The video is the second session, the one where she was shown $2500 cash to prove she has supernatural abilities.

This game took place at Dead of Winter, in a haunted hotel's "study", which used to be a gift shop. The only windows were at the top of one wall that opened to another wood-panelled room with old maps, which had open windows--enough light leaked in that we could see in the room, but not really well. For the seance, I turned on a bunch of LED candles (what you see on camera) and had all PCs participating to join hands with me, NPCing as Emily, the supposed psychic. I am playing the soundtrack by Mica Levi to the excellent movie "Under the Skin" starring Scarlett Johansson.

I also had some freaky props around, like a Ouija board.

Most of this is dark (except the end), so you will need to listen to it. It's just over five minutes long.

This is a good example of how I like to run my role-playing games.

For those not familiar with Call of Cthulhu, a "San roll" or "roll for Sanity" means roll dice to see if you go insane due to what you are witnessing.

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The final article in a series on educational game development explores meta-gaming and how edu-larping, analog games, and informal school settings promote learning.  Hope you have enjoyed the series.
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