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    Been playing RPG's since the old blue box D&D, 1978 or so. Have DM'd a Greyhawk campaign since 1980 using AD&D 1, 2, 3, 3.5 and Pathfinder. Have also run MERP, Traveller and Stormbringer, generally as breaks in the main campaign. Have played Runequest, Rolemaster, Cthulu, Warhammer and Earthdawn off and on.<br />
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    My preference when running a game is for a gritty, low magic game in which the characters are ordinary folk engaged in extraordinary things as opposed to heroic untouchables.
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    Masks of Nyarlathotep & D&D 5e.
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    Frinton On Sea, England.
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    Playing and running since '78. It's all online these days with three games running with my group.

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  1. You'll be best off by guiding the player to create a "field agent" type character and suggest that they invest in skills that will help with the front line of investigation; things like Spot Hidden, Stealth for the physical acquisition of clues but also Persuade and Fast Talk/Charm for dealing with npcs. They will probably also need a fair amount of physical skills in case the fieldwork gets dirty and violent. The character can then have a small network of support npcs who deal with the more technical side of things when the investigator brings the clues to them for adding detail, things like Astronomy, Science, Occult etc. Those npcs don't decide what the clue means they just reveal what they are as you don't want the player to use the npc as a safety blanket; you don't want the investigator to keep coming back to the npc throughout the scenario. You could also consider using some of the Pulp Cthulhu rules, especially the Luck rules, which can provide a measure of outcome control for the player without erasing the danger as they still have to make choices about when to use them. At the table it's really just a matter of ensuring that when something potentially investigator killing is close that you signal it so the player has options. My experience of 1-1 indicates that the biggest difference from a "party" game is that you're looking to make the one investigator be and feel competent to investigate rather than blundering about like a fish out of water. If you're using existing scenarios then check the SAN losses; if the scenario has sudden, heavy losses then avoid using it; if it has a few low and slow drip losses then it's the kind of creepy or odd scenario that'll probably work well 1-1. That's what works for me.
  2. For sheer lunacy it has to be Jack Nicholson in The Shining. For bouncing back and forth it would be Toni Collette in Hereditary.
  3. It's only come up in a minor way so far in the Masks campaign I'm running. As we go forward I think it will become more prominent and may, as you allude to, make that particular investigator all but immunised against the effects of Sanity loss; the player wants to take some time out in the journey to Egypt to learn one of the spells picked up in London so the Talent will have obvious benefits when wielding magic. There may be some balancing factors that are more outside of the purview of mechanics so it'll be interesting to see if and how those develop; I'm not going to restrict the Talent now as it was chosen in good faith by the player and there is still the threat of death rather than insanity and it's possible that a perceived immunity to the latter may precipitate exposure to the former. If you asked me outright though I would say that I do think it's OP.
  4. A part of me wonders whether there was an intention to slap a pre-condition or a restriction on Resilient and that assumption made it through to the example but was missed from the talent description. Resilient seems a little strong when compared to a lot of the other Talents, which is what piqued my interest; not to mention the fact that one of my player's investigators has selected it for MoN.
  5. I may be missing something obvious here but; On Page 25 of Pulp Cthulhu it lists Resilient as; may spend Luck points to shrug off points of Sanity loss on a 1 for 1 basis. Under Luck spends on page 61 the example for Halving Sanity Loss states: Dirk sees an awful monster and fails his Sanity roll. The Keeper rolls and gets the maximum Sanity loss of 20 points. Dirk’s player decides that now is not a good time for Dirk to lose it, and so states he is spending 40 Luck to halve the Sanity loss to 10 points. Dirk also has the Resilient Talent; his player decides to spend 5 further Luck to reduce the Sanity loss by 5. Dirk is now losing only 5 Sanity points but has spent 45 Luck points in doing so. (Note that this is the wording form the errata update.) My question is: Why doesn't Dirk just spend 20 points of Luck from having Resilient rather than spending 40 on halving the loss and then another 5?
  6. Thank you for the kind words, Ronnie; it was a pleasure having you on-board. Are you still okay for this run too?
  7. I'm going to be running the above DG scenario on the dates below using Google Hangouts; roll dice however you see fit, video essential. It will use self generated pcs not pre-gens.The tone is mature, gritty and realistic.The dates I've put aside for it are all Mondays and I've gone for 4 which should be the maximum needed. It’s planned this far ahead due to my needing to fit work in around gaming.December 14th & 21stJanuary 11th & 25th.7:45-10:15 (GMT)I have one spare seat at the table and if anyone is interested or wants to know more than feel free to post below. Rich
  8. Personally I'd just use a Language roll for the language being faked and the same with trying to work out a regional identity. The result of the roll might pinpoint things more accurately. I tend to the simple though.
  9. I didn't put anything in the gap between Peru and New York. I asked the players to explain whether and how they'd stayed in touch with JE in the intervening period and what they'd be up to in respect of their various professions. I then asked them to use the Training rules on pg98 of the Keeper's Book to mechanise any improvements they'd been working on. It worked out okay and when they met up again prior to the fateful meeting with JE it felt like things had changed a little with them but the shared experience of Peru remained; we staged a reunion dinner scene.
  10. We had the dropped gun situation in my Masks game on Saturday. A cultist had felled an investigator with a spell and the gun was lying next to their prone body. Another investigator, now in mortal peril, wanted to grab the gun from the floor and desperately shoot the cultist. It didn't feel dramatically significant to just let them grab the gun as an action, but allowing them to pick the gun up and fire felt too pulpy. In the end I offered them the choice to either grab the gun and fire off shots with a penalty die or to grab the gun as an action and then be free to fire next round without the penalty. In the end they took the option of the penalty die, added a further penalty die by shooting three shots but received one bonus die for being at point blank range. This added a lovely range of dramatic choices for both myself and the player. The game doesn't need complex actions listed that cover every eventuality, just a touch of negotiation to go with some relatively simple mechanical risks and benefits.
  11. It doesn't have to be that way with DG. It's a simple task to tone down the horror aspects, with the associated SAN loss risk, and turn it into a less military and more investigative process. The whole go insane and/or die scenario process is usually a result on player/keeper expectations in a one-shot scenario and it's an easily fixed problem if you think it is a problem.
  12. The only one that stands out as being completely unsuitable to a simple conversion would be Grease Monkey - even then I guess a tinkerer of mechanical devices would work, ex-military using ballistae, onagers or scorpios. I don't think using any of the others will cause many headaches.
  13. Adapt the ones from Pulp or have your players do it and get some investment. But then I like an easy life.
  14. What might ease your workload is to get hold of Cthulhu Invictus, either version, which contains a wide variety of suitable Occupations.
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