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About mvincent

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    Call of Cthulhu player (since the start) and Cult of Chaos member.
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    Call of Cthulhu
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    Portland, Oregon
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    I have an affinity for miniatures and props.

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  1. I think it might be writer's intent for them to be the same (i.e. referring to the same d10 hours). And either way: using one of the rolls would likely make the other roll superfluous.
  2. The spell can be recited forwards (1 round) or backwards (2 rounds): Reciting it forwards takes 1 round and resurrects someone: "A complete corpse is necessary"... "the successfully resurrected need not be all in one piece—as long as the coffin is intact and sufficient care is taken to scrape together all the fragments and dust within, the spell succeeds" "Reciting the spell backward returns the resurrected entity to dust" and "takes two rounds"
  3. No (unless the Keeper wishes it, since it is technically open to interpretation). The spell can be used to resurrect corpses, as indicated by the text: "resurrected need not be all in one piece—as long as the coffin is intact and sufficient care is taken to scrape together all the fragments and dust within, the spell succeeds". If the designer intended that it required two castings (i.e. a highly unintuitive interpretation for the most common use of the spell), that would've been made explicit. That said, I'm surprised the spell's description is still so confusing after so many editions.
  4. mvincent


    Not Applicable, Not Applicable, For challenging scenarios, No, No, See below I'm not so much a Lovecraft fan myself, nor even a big fan of horror. I like Sandy Peterson, challenging environments, and roleplaying in a historical setting (because learning the history of our own world feels more useful than learning the history of a fantasy world). I still try to convey the scariness of the environment to my players because I believe they enjoy the thrill (adrenalin rush) and/or the novelty (being exposed to something alien and new).
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  6. That's what tip #5 is for. Pointing to a player and asking "what do you wish to do now?" focuses them. Move on (clockwise) to the next player if they don't know yet. By the time you reach the last player, any previously undecided players usually have an idea what they want to do (even if that's only joining one of the other PC's on their idea). It's ok (even preferable) for PC's to split up and follow different leads here... conversations are expedited with fewer PC's involved (and they're assumed to relay the information later).
  7. Believe it or not: I've run the previous edition at conventions, with each of the six chapters being a 4 hour session (discussed here). It worked pretty well, but I was also very fast and organized (having just run it for multiple home groups, where each chapter usually took about two 4-hour sessions). Some tips: Use (blue) painter's tape to affix the handouts to the appropriate pages in the book (so they are quickly ready) Prep ahead half a chapter at a time Skip side scenarios if need be Australia can be skipped (it wasn't in the original edition anyway). D
  8. (hmm... that doesn't appear to be "both", and they can indeed complain, but as for "why not"...) Restating: it can (based on my experience) break narration, slow the game, reinforce gamism, increase acrimony, make revelations about the opposition (breaking tension) and make unchangeable commitments to a character's fate. My players know that sudden results are the style of CoC (and their characters are fragile), not a railroad. Indeed, they know that I'd prefer their characters stay alive (as that's much easier on me as GM, campaign continuity-wise). Conversely, I absolutely "roll i
  9. Bullets don't really decelerate that much at mid range (plus, some bullets may even start to tumble at mid-range, potentially making them more injurious). Game-mechanics wise, there would be no extra damage from the force.
  10. There are certain instances in CoC where someone will certainly die (i.e. they are hit for 10d6 damage, they are by themselves and have no chance to escape, etc.). I'm actually a simulationist GM, but sometimes rolling it out can break narration, slow down the game, and reinforce the fact that you are playing a game. On some occasions: rolling everything out can even turn the session into an acrimonious downer. CoC is a horror game, and sometimes turning to the rest of the group and say something like "you hear screaming coming from the building that your friend entered... but then the sc
  11. Yes. The p.99 luck rules say "After each session of play, each player may make an improvement check for their luck". They do not stipulate that luck must've been spent. Otherwise it would be pretty hard (albeit not impossible) for the "starting value can be exceeded in play" rule to apply.
  12. I too have seen plenty of head-shots bounce off the skull. That said: CoC is deadly enough that I routinely handwave such things as successful instant-kills. This works both for and against the players: I've frequently declared a PC dead without ever rolling damage.
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  14. Ah, I didn't notice your name until now. Yes, my group has thoroughly enjoyed (and highly recommend) your adventures! Thank you for your work!
  15. It's one of my favorite AoC's. Some notes: it's pulpy: many combat opportunities if desired. This (and the fact that it mostly took place in a jungle with mutated dinosaurs) made it a useful transition for my D&D/Chult group. it provides high SAN rewards, which can be useful for the first adventure in a long campaign (i.e. PC's have more longevity, since the initial boost makes them less likely to snowball from failing future SAN rolls) The default starting date for the adventure is Feb-1924, which is the earliest date of any the AoC's. Their Great White Space has a
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