My Life With Master - One Shot

My Life With Master

A roleplaying game of villainy, self-loathing and unrequited love.

In this game the players are the minions or servants of an evil master or mistress...the "Igors" and "Brides of Dracula" of the world. The world in this case, is an unnamed Eastern European village around the year 1805.

I will be playing "Master"...can you overcome your self-loathing and fear to rise against him? Will your secret love for the girl in the village make you stronger or prove to be your undoing?

The game is played as a series of scenes and unlike many games has an official "end". It is best suited for those who like their games (and humor) to have a very dark tone!

We'll spend the first hour or so creating master, the minions, the setting and have a quick overview of the rules. Then we'll blast through the scenes and should complete the whole game in this one session.

This is a one-shot in place of the normal "Call of Cthulhu" session, which will resume the following month.Thought I'd kick off 2013 with a change :-)

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  • Paul M.

    It worked really well, would run it again!

    January 12, 2013

  • Richard

    Hi Paul, sorry for the late cancellation, but I'm not going to make it today. I had found some extra caltrops too! Have fun and hope to see you soon.

    January 12, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Guys,make sure you bring D4's. The more the better.

    January 11, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Another thing that's different about the game is that although you're the minions, you don't really play as a group...you each have a "scene" that's done between your character and Master. At the end of the scene, you have one of three choices to make. We roll on it to see the outcome, then the scene ends and onto the next player. Very much like a movie in style.

    January 8, 2013

    • Bryan B.

      Ah, in a sense like Fiasco

      January 8, 2013

    • Paul M.

      Yep, along those lines.

      January 8, 2013

  • Paul M.

    I'm thinking we'll be done by 5pm..the game is played in strict "frames" so it's easy to control the pace and flow.
    Game itself should be around 3-4 hours, setup 1 hour.

    January 8, 2013

  • Ted S.

    How many hours do you think this scenario will run?

    January 8, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Some good ideas!! Here's where my mind is headed, based on a "Feeder" who is more "Brain" orientated.
    Early 1800's in an unnamed east European village, there is an old abandoned graveyard outside of town. Locals whisper about it being haunted.
    Beneath it is the remains of a crypt..home to Baron Ibramovich, last of a forgotten aristocracy. He is 200 years old, a "feeder" who credits his youth and longevity to a special diet of liver,kidney and brain.
    This of course can only come from a certain type of person in the village (maybe the rich, or the poor?), and master wants the new aristocracy to see the merits of this..the sign of a true blue blood.

    Of course, he doesn't eat it raw. His minions each have a role..a kidnapper, a killer, a butcher, a cook, a general servant...and someone to serenade master as he dines.
    The minions diet? They eat the rest of the body.

    The thing is...the diet doesn't seem to be as effective as it used to be..grey hairs are appearing..need more food.

    January 8, 2013

  • Hepcat M.

    I like the "Teacher" idea. Could make for a classic egomaniac who wants to bring his/her particular flavor of enlightenment to the ignorant masses: * by slowly but surely kidnapping important figures and replacing their brains with "pure" biomechanical replacements of his own design

    * by brainwashing the populace, introducing the Omega Serum (or whatever) into the water supply

    * or by having the minions steal parts & infiltrate the local radio/TV station to install the Omega Filter to the master antenna array

    Minions' conflict is that Master always takes the long, grandiose solution and would rather he just shoot the hero instead of leaving him almost certainly to die with a single henchman guarding him. Minions always see the easy solution right there but can't take it.

    Master's irrational-seeming behavior comes from him seeking praise from The Cabal, an interstellar race which thrives on gladiator-style bread and circuses and demands the hero/villain cat & mouse game.

    1 · January 7, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Eugene Tooms :-)

    December 22, 2012

  • Michael B.

    For some reason, I was envisioning a human leech creature like the one in the X-Files, living deep in the sewers.

    December 22, 2012

  • Paul M.

    Classic "feeder" examples are vampires.Dracula is more brain type, Countess Bathory the beast type. Of course, they can anything we come up with.
    A good example of a brain type "collector" would be,funnily enough, PT Barnum. A beast type, maybe Buffalo Bill from "Silence of the Lambs".

    December 22, 2012

  • Michael B.

    Feeder also has interesting possibilities....

    December 21, 2012

  • Tony R.

    I think that "the collector" can lead to some interesting situations.

    December 21, 2012

  • Paul M.

    Have a think about what Master "needs" from the villagers to meet his drive.
    You will be the minions who must get what he "needs" for him.

    December 21, 2012

  • Paul M.

    Start having a think about who,or what, "Master" is.
    Is he more intellectual..rationalizing the horrors he inflicts, or is he more physical..more about sadism?
    Is he a "Breeder" with a drive to create?
    Is he a "Feeder" with a drive to consume?
    Is he a "Teacher" with a drive to educate and make a point?
    Is he a "Collector" with a drive to possess?

    Is he a she?

    December 19, 2012

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