The Laundry

  • April 28, 2013 · 12:30 PM
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I'd like to run a mini-campaign of The Laundry RPG based on the books by Charles Stross, perhaps starting with a one-shot. If April 28 is too soon, I can change the day to May 11 or 12.

The Laundry is:
• A secret government organization with authority over all occult espionage and computational demonology in the United Kingdom.
• A dumping ground for people who saw too much and who now get a sinecure and a state pension in exchange for not screaming ‘Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath’ to the News of the World.
• An asylum where the crazies are given a budget and a summoning grid to play with.

You may fall under multiple categories.

You work for the Laundry. Most of the time, this means going to meetings, filling out forms, filing reports, arguing capitalisation budgets and enduring the Machiavellian machinations of Human Resources. It combines the thrilling excitement of a menial office job with the dazzling action of ISO9001 certification and a bureaucracy that’s not so much Byzantine as it is cyclopean. Sometimes, they send you on missions, which combines the thrilling excitement of Things Trying To Eat You with the dazzling action of Running Away.

Jim's note: For those who are interested, the system used in the Laundry RPG is a flavor of BRP, the same used for Call of Cthulhu. If you know that system, and that setting, then you already know about 99% of what you need to play this game.

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  • Jim

    Thanks again, Michael, for running this one for us!

    April 30, 2013

    • Dan H.

      Yes, thanks for an enjoyable session.

      April 30, 2013

    • Michael

      It was my pleasure!

      April 30, 2013

  • Mathias

    Hi, what time do you think we'll wrap things up?

    April 27, 2013

    • Michael

      I'm not sure exactly, but probably by 5 or 6.

      April 27, 2013

  • Charlie

    Michael,

    This sounds cool. Would love to play. Is the location still TBD?

    April 23, 2013

    • Jim

      Mike, I'm just here to echo Charlie: If you have a location in mind, you should go ahead and post it ASAP. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing your player base when they realize that they can't physically get to the game (particularly true of the Metro-bound).

      April 25, 2013

    • Michael

      Thanks for the reminder. My apartment is close to the Red, Yellow, and Green lines, and usually has plentiful street parking on NY Ave and M St. behind my building. I'll private message everyone my phone number, since the door buzzer isn't currently working.

      April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've wanted to try out this system after reading the books. No experience actually playing the CoC system, but I am familiar with it in general terms.

    Are you expecting players to have their own copies of the source book?

    April 22, 2013

    • Michael

      I don't think that's necessary. The system is very easy to learn. I have pregen characters, and if we want to do full character creation we'll have two copies of the book on hand (mine and Jim's).

      April 22, 2013

    • Michael

      That said, the Laundry core book is an enjoyable read in its own right, especially if have read the novels.

      April 22, 2013

  • Judy T.

    I'd really like to play, but I'll have to work this Sunday for the MtG: Dragon's Maze prerelease. I'll keep an eye out to see if you schedule another event. :)

    April 22, 2013

  • Jim

    Michael, I've pushed this one up to the Main Page, choked RSVPs down to five players, and given you editorial rights. If it stays on the 28th, I can also attend (yay!).

    April 20, 2013

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