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The Lightening County: a world of darkness trpg in Temecula, CA.

A former member
Post #: 880
Name: Timothy J. Himes

City: Temecula, CA. United States.

Looking for: I am hoping to get involved with currently existing groups that are looking for players and or storytellers, and / or to start a new role-playing group in the Inland Empire area, near Temecula, CA.

How often can you game: I am looking to game at least once every week or every other week as my schedule permits.

Preferred age group: I am looking for mature minded role players (18 years of age and or older).

Preferred location of play: I would like to start role-playing at a local hobby store such as Thou Shalt Game -You can Google it for location and information-.

Do you prefer to run the games and or play in them: I have more experience running games because that is when I feel most comfortable. I am interested in playing in other games as long as the group is mature, not too large (no more than 5-6 people), and the Storyteller is experienced, knowledgeable about the game setting and rules, and is NOT a rules lawyer.

Gaming Issues: I do not get along well with people that take everything in a game too seriously, power gamers, and or people that simply cannot get involved in developing their character within the parameters of the story that the Storyteller establishes. I also have problems with people that have bad hygiene, do not shower before coming to a game, and or are generally "odd". I will not game with anyone that brings actual weapons to a game.

What games are you interested in: I prefer to run home brew games that use modified versions of the Storytelling System. Other than that, I would like to run / play in Vampire: The Requiem, Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Hunter: The Vigil chronicles, or Mortal games. I have no interest in Mage, Geist, Promethean, or Changeling. I am also interested in learning more about Shadowrun 4E, Hollow Earth: Expedition, and Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire. As well as perhaps getting in on trying out the D&D NEXT stuff, and or playing / running games using the AD&D2E system -because 3, 3.5. and 4 never did it for me. Never tried Pathfinder but I might be open to that as well with a good group.

To Contact Me: Please respond in this thread or shoot me a message through this site, or at t i m o t h y underscore h i m e s 1 at yahoo dot com.

More about yourself: (What kind of player and or Storyteller are you? What are you looking for in a game and or in a group): I am looking for mature minded people who have like minded interests. I have always enjoyed meeting new people that are looking to strike up new friendships both within and outside of the gaming group. Groups of people that want to go to the movies on some nights, just hang out on others, and or generally take the time when their schedule permits, to actually get to know one another both inside and outside of the game. As for the games that I prefer to play in, I prefer games that are equally balanced between action, drama, and intrigue. I like trying to solve mysteries, having a good combat scenario, and generally staying entertained. I do not enjoy games that are nothing but political where a group of players sit around for 4-8 hours just talking in-character, when NOTHING happens. I will get extremely bored very rapidly. Adversely, I do not enjoy dungeon crawl hack and slash, power games that are bent on just getting more "Power", collecting magic items, and whatever. I like role playing games when they are work to develop a story.
A former member
Post #: 900

so is anyone in Temecula or close by that is interested in starting a group?
Louis G.
user 6860278
Group Organizer
Buena Park, CA
Post #: 744

Dang, Temecula is a good ways off. We have a chunk of members in the San Diego area and most come from Orange and L.A. County.
A former member
Post #: 905
I know, its made it a real pain in the ass to get a group together out here.
A former member
Post #: 912
Yep folks, I'm still looking for players in the Temecula Area. I would prefer to have a group of 3-6 players. I have one or two people that have shown some interest, now I just need a couple more.

When we do get together to game, it will most likely be at Thou Shalt Game on Jefferson here in Temecula.

I just got my work schedule and my days off will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays so one of those days would be good. Otherwise, I work a swing from 2 to 10 pm the rest of the week.
Louis G.
user 6860278
Group Organizer
Buena Park, CA
Post #: 745

Have you meet Mike Olson? He is a friend of the DGS and he lives in Temecula.

He is a avid RPG'er and RPG designer himself. I can put you in contact with him if you'd like.

A former member
Post #: 936
Sorry that it took so long to respond but sure. Put me in contact with him. I am still looking to get a group together but have a couple people that seem interested in a world of darkness game that I am creating. I have posted more about that in other meet up groups. I called it The Lightening County.
A former member
Post #: 937
“The skies grew dark and the clouds were green. I heard the sound of an engine roar and the winds bent trees and telephone poles to the ground. Then, there was a flash and an explosion and lightning struck the old tree in the center of the Jacobs farm. The tree burned for a moment before the flames went out and the rain fell with hard stones of ice. Looking north toward the mountains that damned tree stood at the forefront of my mind, and during a break in the clouds the dim glow of the full moon cast that tree in the shape of a naked woman reaching upward from the ground as if she were clawing her way out of hell.”

- Gunther Daniels

Welcome to Aberdyne. A city built upon a lake, surrounded by forest, at the foot of giant snowcapped mountains somewhere in the middle of what America once was. The population is nearly one million, all spread throughout Eldersburg County in the great state of Colorado. Ranches hire farm hands all the time. Bo Reed made a fortune here selling tractors before his son opened the state prison at the base of Mount Black Rock. People still ride horses through the city and being a shit shoveler pays minimum wage. The air is usually cold, save for in the summer, when it gets hot enough to cook eggs on the sidewalk in front of the Town Hall.

Surrounding Aberdyne are several small towns, each with a population between five to ten thousand a piece and their own mish mash of agricultural fields, ranches, and farms.

It takes about twenty minutes to drive from downtown to the Lake Shore Hotel to purchase a room for the night, where you can fuck your mistress while looking out at the full moons reflection on the still waters.
Crime is at an all-time high. The Andajo tribe of Native American Indians built a Casino not fifteen miles outside the county border, as did the mafia on the opposite end. Blood usually follows when these two meet but the bodies are seldom found. The county sheriff’s office runs an election every few years, sometimes a few months apart. It gets hard to keep good people around. Aberdyne they say is a dark place filled with evil spirits that paint a beautiful picture.
Welcome home.

Lightening County is a fictional setting where the city of Aberdyne is the prime local set against the backdrop of “A World of Darkness”. Not the classic or the new, but somewhere in between. This is a table top role playing game (TRPG) setting that takes place in a somewhat more realistic world of darkness heavily inspired by both interpretations.
This is not a game of just personal horror, but the start of an on-going campaign where the players portray characters of their creation in a world where monsters are real.
Behind the scenes dark things watch with hungry eyes, blood runs in streams down into the gutter, and the sounds of sirens are heard nightly.
Aberdyne is a dark place, a place that calls out to dark things and the people here are often caught in the crossfire amidst a supernatural war as old as time.

Look to the works of Stephen King, Clive Barker, and Dean Koontz with a splash of Robert E. Howard for sheer savagery.

For the setting of Lightening County, and to try and keep the rules jargon to a minimum, I have chosen to allow only the following books for the time being. World of Darkness core systems, Armory, Armory: Reloaded, and the Hunter: The Vigil series. Night Stalkers, Spirit Slayers, Witch Finders, and Slasher in conjunction with Vampire: The Requiem, and Inferno.

All players will need to create entirely new characters for this setting. There are a few changes to the character creation rules that are used. These are discussed later.

During the burning summer of 1887, Jackson Spade rode his horse the Wench to the top of an obsidian mountain he later name Mount Black Rock.
From atop that mountain the lands were open, wide, and varied. From the deep perennial green forests to the highest mountain peaks, and the crystalline lake at the foot of the mountains base where he imagined a small home being built.
Behind him was Aberdyne Chase, a lovely French Canadian woman with long brown hair and almond eyes.
Jackson dismounted and took in a deep breath while surveying the land. The two had been traveling for several weeks now, down from the Rockies in search of a place to settle and call their own.
Having niggers blood running through his veins, Jackson was not a well-liked man. Still, his trade was in bounty hunting until he met Ms. Chase, who had already obtained a great deal of wealth from her families’ gold mines in California.
The two had planned to follow the Rockies southbound until they came across a place that seemed to call to their very souls. There, they planned to settle down and to raise a family far and away from the hustle of the rapidly expanding western frontiers.
Still, they were not alone. On the trail behind them, a hundred white and two score Chinese had come along for the grand adventure. They even picked up a few white Indians along the way.
When Aberdyne set her eyes on the lake below, Jackson put his big hands on her tiny shoulders and whispered in her ear. “Aberdyne Lake has a nice ring to it don’t cha think?”
She only smiled and pulled a Bowie knife from its sheath at her back. “Aye, that it does my love. But as it is and as it should be, we need to make amends to the spirits that live here if we are to live among them.”
Jackson took the knife from her and kissed her soft lips. Then, we turned and walked to the nearest Chinese he could find. “Min Cho, I need yer help atop the ridge. Ms. Chase has her eye on something and she wants your words about it.”
Never one to argue with Ms. Chase, Min Cho nodded so fast it made the long black braid of hair pop up and down. He hurried past Jackson and never saw he knife coming.
His throat was opened before he raised his hands and tried to scream. Blood rushed out over his golden colored shirt and he dropped to his knees. Another swipe and Min Cho’s head bounced off the ground, his face still distorted in disbelief.
The winds filled with screams then as the White Indians changed their shapes and sharp teeth gnashed and claws extended from long fingers. A howl in the distance marked the bloodbath that soon followed. All but the White Indians, Aberdyne Chase, and Jackson Spade lost their lives that day. Their blood coated the ground and seeped into the soil.
They needed a sacrifice to appease the spirits that dwelled here. It would be a sacrifice of innocence, of life, and of their very souls.
So began the long tradition of staining Mount Black Rock with blood. A tradition that carried on until early 1950’s when Jackson and his wife Aberdyne were captured by vigilantes and hung from the tree’s branches from that very spot where the first massacre took place.
In the distance, lightening flashed from the dark clouds that amassed forming thunderheads tall and wide. The blood from that first massacre had flowed down from the top of Mount Black Rock until stopping at the foot, in a place now known as the Black Field on The Jacob’s Farm.
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