Jul 112012

It’s the 1930s, and The Dust Bowl has driven many farmers from their homes in America’s heartland to the fields of California, where there’s work to be had. When the blight reaches the small town of Bryson Springs, CA, wiping out the year’s orange crop, hundreds of so-called “Okies” are left to face a miserable existence in a shantytown built on the outskirts of the desiccated grove. But the suffering in Bryson Springs goes far beyond the mundane: something horrifying has taken root in the arid California soil, and a predator beyond comprehension stalks its prey among the dead orange trees. Now, a gruesome death has drawn an FBI agent, his prisoner, an enterprising reporter, and a communist orator into town, but can they figure out what evils plague the destitute farm workers of Bryson Springs, or will they become the latest quarry of a power that defies imagination?

(Continue reading for more information about this awesome horror scenario.)

Bryson Springs, the amazing horror scenario we played during this session, is the brainchild of Caleb Stokes of Hebanon Games. I highly recommend giving it a look-see. Its rich atmosphere, memorable characters and terrifying monsters are great fun for players and game masters alike. Be sure to visit their website and show them some love if you enjoyed this Actual Play.

Stay tuned for Part II, which should be coming in a few weeks!

  • Kemlin Dragos

    Did you guys ever post part 2 of this Actual Play?

    • RyGuy

      Unfortunately, we never got to play Part 2 because Paul (the guy who plays the FBI agent) has a wonky work schedule that doesn’t line up with anyone else’s availability too well. We were trying to make it work for a while, but eventually it kinda fell by the wayside.

      Something similar happened with the Dirty World game we posted a while back. We played Part I and then Ed moved away for a few months. It’s still possible that we might finish them, though. We’ve got the recordings to refresh our memories, and I’ve still got my notes.

      We’ll do our best to get on that.

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