Tag Archive for horror

Interview with Kenneth Hite on the Dracula Dossier

dossier-coverDracula is not a novel. It’s the censored version of Bram Stoker’s after-action report of the failed British Intelligence attempt to recruit a vampire in 1894. Kenneth Hite has restored the deleted sections, inserting annotations and clues left by three generations of MI6 analysts. This is Dracula Unredacted.

Follow those clues to The Director’s Handbook, containing hundreds of encounters: shady NPCs, dangerous locations, conspiratorial nodes, and mysterious objects. Together they comprise The Dracula Dossier — an epic improvised, collaborative campaign for Night’s Black Agents, our award-winning vampire spy thriller RPG. The mission: Hunt and kill Dracula now, once and for all, before Britain falls to him forever.

I interviewed Kenneth Hite about the creation of the Dossier, advice on running it, and other topics. It’s coming to stores this week and the PDF is already out! Check out the free resources available for running Dracula Dossier.

RPPR Panel: Scary Parrots: Weird Horror in RPGs at Gen Con 2015

SHE-SAID-SWITCH-TO-OPTICSSponsor: Arc Dream is sponsoring this panel. Check out the Delta Green Kickstarter. New reward levels have been released so backers can get everything in print and PDF.

Synopsis: Horror gaming can go beyond Lovecraft and tentacles. Sometimes the most frightening moments in RPGs can come from obscure references and mundane moments. Surprise your players from a new direction! The panel will include Caleb Stokes (No Soul Left Behind, No Security), Ross Payton (Base Raiders, Zombies of the World), John Kennedy (Demonworld), and Jack Graham (Eclipse Phase). The title “Scary Parrots” refers to an RPPR game in which the players completely forgot about the plot and focused on a parrot THAT COULD NOT BE. Rather than dismiss the moment as a one-off, this panel will explore the unexpected places that the GM can exploit for terror. Between other writers of The Weird, discoveries in neuroscience, and philosophical thought experiments, this panel will provide a ton of original plot hooks and little disquieting scares to throw at your players.

RPPR Episode 114: Create A Cthulhu

silentlegionsNews: There’s a new benefit for RPPR Patreon backers. I’ll be at Comicpalooza from May 22 to 25 at booth 1912. I’ll also be running two demos of Base Raiders there. Boiling Point should be released in June.

Synopsis: Silent Legions is a new horror RPG that emphasizes creating your own mythos of evil gods, cultists, monsters, and artifacts. After all, we’re all fans of the Cthulhu mythos, but once you’ve seen one invisible blood sucking monster, you’ve seen all the star vampires. Caleb and I rolled up a bunch of random creations using Silent Legions and discuss how they would work in an actual game. We also discuss Silent Legions as a game. Plus there’s shout outs and anecdotes!

Shout Outs

  • Last Mechanical Monster: An Eisner nominated web comic about a mad scientist and his robot, based on a public domain Superman cartoon.
  • Witcher 3: Caleb has very important reasons for you to purchase this game.
  • Chroma Squad: It’s like Power Rangers, but in turn based RPG format.
  • DnB Radio: Drum and Bass music in streaming and podcast form!
  • Helldivers: A PS4 action game, where orbital drops give no fucks.
  • The Coldest War and Necessary Evil: The final two novels of the Milkweed trilogy.
  • Other Space: Hilarious sci-fi sitcom about an inept spaceship crew stranded in a parallel universe.

Music: Countach by Vitus von Degen