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Trail of Cthulhu - Bookhounds of London

Join us for a short campaign set in London during the 1930's, using the "Trail of Cthulhu" system. You can attend every session or just one here and there.

Our setting is the "Marlowe & Sons" bookstore in a seedy side street of SoHo.

This session features two investigations...

"The Poe Ritual" - This started in the last session. The group have performed a ceremony based on an urban legend..that burning pages from a first edition book by Edgar Allan Poe before a statue of Hypnos will grant a dream leading to a special book.

Having secured a Poe book from Neville Casters,a man with connections to Nazi Germany, they performed the ritual in the British Museum. The vision showed them an unknown Poe book, "The Red Nun", hidden in the basement walls of...somewhere.

"The Seance" - Lady Rachel McMaster is hosting seances in her house in Notting Hill. These are quite the event, complete with indoor fog and astonishing details from her spirit husband, "Swerdlow". Local gossip suggests that a key to the "trick" is a book she uses, "The Swerdlow Grimoire".

This is now highly desired by collectors,and John Leopold, major rival agent to "Marlowe & Sons", will be attending the next seance on behalf of an unnamed client....





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  • Sandy K.

    Gonna be about 20 minutes late.

    September 7, 2013

  • Tim K.

    Sorry, I've had some work-related stuff come up - I'm gonna have to catch you all next session.

    September 7, 2013

    • Paul M.

      No worries, next time!

      September 7, 2013

  • Paul M.

    You'll find pregen PDFs and a rules summary in the "Files" section of this site.

    PREGENS - I've assigned skills points and "Drive". This of course can be tweaked and changed,it's just to give a taste of the character and speed things up. We'll fill in the gaps tomorrow.

    RULES - The cheatsheet is handy for reference, though do note that these games aren't driven by the system and the rules, at least not with my GM style. The focus is on your characters, your decisions and interactions with the NPCs and mysteries. The system is there to support this when don't give it too much thought :-)

    September 6, 2013

  • Paul M.

    I'll post PDFs of the pregens on the message board later today.

    I'll be creating : Author, Journalist, Clergyman, Criminal,Professor,Dilettante and Tramp.

    I recommend picking from that list too if you want to create your own.

    Guidelines are:
    15 points to assign to Investigative abilities.
    55 points to assign to General abilities.

    If the ability is associated with your occupation, you get it half-price.

    In actual play,when you use an Investigative ability, there is no dice roll. You are automatically successful, because these skills are about what you "know".
    More than one point indicates a high level of skill,and those points can be spent to get additional insight into a situation. When you use a general ability, you roll 1D6 + your skill, against a target number (usually 4). Things like fighting, fleeing and sanity fall under this group.

    With all that said, it plays a lot like my CoC sessions (which were closer to "Trail" in many ways).

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Scott

    Do you have the pregens available? I've never made a ToC character and I'd like to understand the builds better. Also, if I made my own how many points would I have and what are some suggested character types?

    September 5, 2013

  • Tony R.

    Hey guys. I'm going to have to skip this session. Too much Grad School work. :-(
    I'll see ya all next session!

    September 5, 2013

  • Paul M.

    For the new players,I'll make a selection of 6 pre-gens which will be statted out, you pick names and some other stuff on the day.
    If you're familiar with "Trail" and want to go ahead and create one in advance,that's fine too.

    I play the rules extremely light, the focus is more on plot twists and characters.

    The common thread is that everyone has a relationship with the bookstore.

    September 3, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Also,as we have a decent size group,I may split you up and have some go to the seance,and the others follow up on "Poe".
    If you've played in my previous games,you know I like nothing more than a divided group :-)

    September 3, 2013

  • Paul M.

    @Richard, go ahead, only 15 points for investigation though, the other point goes to the store. 55 points aside from that.
    Occupations that would be good : Professor,Author,Criminal,Hobo,Dilettante.

    September 2, 2013

  • Richard

    Paul, do you want me to make up a character?

    September 2, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Have to move this out a week Ted,sorry!

    June 6, 2013

    • Ted S.

      not a problem

      June 6, 2013

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