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Some fitting music

A World Dark and Dreary


Song of my soul, my voice is dead

Die thou, unsung, as tears unshed

Shall dry and die in

Flander's Fields


- John McCrae, What Words Have I?, 1923


The times, they are certainly changing.

In the beginning of 1914, if you had told someone the world would look the way it did now, even lunatics would call you a madman. Who could have predicted that the assassination of the heir to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire would lead to the bloodiest and most horrific war the world has ever seen. The Weltkrieg, as it was eventually known, lasted for 5 bloody years which devastated Europe. It only ended with the flag of the German Kaiserriech flying on the Eiffel tower and the signing of the Peace with Honor.


The United States reluctantly listened to the advice of our first President, and choose to not meddle ourselves with foreign affairs, and survived that hellish war unscathed. It was this involvement that let the 1920's roar for us. We emerged from the Weltkireg as the worlds second largest economy, and the premiere liberal republic of the globe. All this happened as what survived of the Entente fell to Syndicalist rebellions. The original leadership of France and Britain have gone into exile, the former to Northern Africa and the latter to Canada



The Internationale was rising in Europe, and Syndicalism presented itself as a viable alternative to the current status quo. All the while, America was content to enjoy it's blissful isolation. All until 1929, when the stock market came crashing down upon us. The good times were over, and it became an open question whether the American Experiment would end in success. Opposition parties from the left and right threaten to destabilize the status quo of governance. But more than that, there are.... whispers.... of other forces at work. That there unnatural causes to many of the woes we now face.


But surely, this is nothing more than talk from people who take those newfangled novels written by Lovecraft that are so popular these days far too seriously. Things are getting better, the Great Depression that destroyed our economy is on its way out the door. The worst will soon be behind us. The world may be dark and dreary, but we'll get through it. We always have before.

Right?

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Act 1: The Man Out of Time

It's the end of the year, and things could certainly be worse. Sure, money's tight, but that's been the norm for years now. And things are getting better, after all. You know some folks who haven't had a job in years who got hired again.

Whatever your situation is, you're working an odd job right now. There is a lot of gambling that goes on at the horse racing tracks in Saratoga up north, has been for a while. Apparently, someone's convinced that some good for nothing has rigged things in his favor. He doesn't know how, he doesn't have any proof, just the fact that some lucky man walked away with far more cash than anyone ought to have the right to own.

Maybe you're the guy he hired to find out. Maybe you're his friend. Maybe you know a guy who knew a guy, and you're
doing this one the side. It's hard to complain when he's paying this much money in advance. Whats the worst that could happen?

Actually, it's probably bad luck to say that, what with the shocking amount of murders going on around here lately. But you shouldn't trouble yourself with that. The cops will get the scoundrel behind them eventually, you're sure of it!

Game Description:

This is going to be a game using call of Cthulhu set in the alternate history universe of Kaiserreich. This will be a subtle horror game: by this, I mean that I'm not going to be metaphorically be bludgeoning you with themes of cosmic insignificance, lots of blood and gore, frequent jump scares (as if those could work in PBP...) or things like this. Nor will there be a shoggoth lurking around every corner. Many of the scenarios you will face won't have to deal with pure lovecraftian cosmic horror. Some aspects of gothic horror will be present, as will the more ordinary horrors of trying to get by the next week without starving to death, the horrors of war, and witnessing the many forms of perfectly mundane injustice men inflict upon other men. Cosmic horror will be a part of the grand tapestry I plan on weaving (see what I did there?) with you all, but only a part. You may even find that other human beings are truly worse foes than anything supernatural you come across.

The game will start in December of the year 1935, set in upstate New York. As this is a call of Cthulhu game (how ever much creative licence I take with it), it is only natural for it to be set near New England.

Here you can read about what to expect from the campaign and what to keep in mind when building your character, then look at the character creation requirements before making a character. That thread also has the house rules the game will be using, so be sure to read it carefully.

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Last edited by Michael7123; May 11 '18 at 6:45pm..
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Originally Posted by MadHatter View Post
On cell. You using 7th edition coc?
Yep

How do I submit an application? Sorry, this is my first time using this site (couldn't resist a Kaiserreich-inspired campaign)

EDIT: nevermind, answered somewhere else

Are any of the three main US political parties not allowed for PCs?

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Originally Posted by TheUnspeakable View Post
Are any of the three main US political parties not allowed for PCs?
Well, there's four- the standard republicans and democrats, along with the new combined syndicates and Huey longs America first party.

You can be a member/ supporter of any of them, but please avoid being a particularly zealous member of either the syndicate party or the America first party.

I have never played COC nor own the game, I have played D&D and am familiar with the rules there. How different are the rules and mechanics in COC compared to D&D?

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Originally Posted by Obvious Spy View Post
I have never played COC nor own the game, I have played D&D and am familiar with the rules there. How different are the rules and mechanics in COC compared to D&D?
Well... both systems require you to make characters and roll dice.

And that’s about it.

In all seriousness , if you are used to the latest edition of DND, than this system will be about as easy to learn, if not easier. If you are used to any of the earlier editions, than you should have no problem at all learning the system. Don’t let the unusual system prevent you from applying- it’s my first time using it too.

You still taking applications Michael? I played 5th edition CoC a few years back and I'd be interested in building a deadbeat PI for your game.

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Originally Posted by Ilriyas the mage View Post
You still taking applications Michael? I played 5th edition CoC a few years back and I'd be interested in building a deadbeat PI for your game.
Still am! I’ve got no familiarity with 5th edition call of Cthulhu, so I don’t know what the learning curb will be like. With that said, this isn’t a very complicated RPG, so you should be fine. Just make sure to read up a bit on the lore and make a character app, and you should be good to go!

Just giving a heads up that I'll be closing off recruitment by this upcoming Sunday. Anyone who is still interested has plenty of time to apply, so I still encourage you to do so.

Looks like I have run across something interesting late in the process. Will see if I can get something finished and in by the deadline.







 

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