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Number of Investigators for Mask of Nyarlathotep

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#1 Paul_Va


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 06:18 AM

I'm getting ready to run Masks of Nyarlathotep for my gaming group, and I noticed in the campaign it recommends you play with no fewer than 6 investigators. I'm assuming this is due to the lethality of the scenario. However, I only have 4 players, so I'm wondering if anyone else has ever run it with 4, and if so, did you need to make any adjustments. Of course, I could always have two players run two characters, but it would be a little awkward for only two players to get to, or have to, run two characters and not the others, etc.
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#2 threedeesix


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 03:12 PM

I confess that I have not run the adventure before. But you should be able to run it with your 4 players and make adjustments on the fly. At least you know they designed it with 6 players in mind. So that makes it easy to adapt. If an encounter states 8 adversaries, then drop them to 6, monsters with multiple attacks can just miss a couple of times (the players will never know), etc. Personally, I don't think you'll have a problem.

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Posted 19 March 2014 - 03:36 PM

I ran it with 4 players back around 2004/2005. It went fairly well. Though, the campaign ended in Cairo when 2 of the investigators were eaten by ghouls, 1 went permanently insane, and the last spent a good amount of time in a sanitarium before returning to a different campaign 4 years later. The Bent Pyramid was a really tough ride for them, but I still consider the campaign a success. :)

I also ran it with 5 players in 2012. No real problems, though the campaign ended early due to some scheduling conflicts. No dead investigators throughout the New York and London chapters. One weak-willed PC did suffer some serious hits to his Sanity over that time.

Edited by K Peterson, 19 March 2014 - 03:38 PM.

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