Tune in to catch the electrifying season premiere of the hottest mystery series on TV! The disappearance of Julie Simpson, the prom queen at Paradise High, threw the small midwestern town of Paradise Bluff into turmoil. During last season’s cliffhanger finale, Sheriff Eddie Spencer and Deputy Curtis Wheeler chased a mysterious suspect to the old Henderson barn, where the shadowy figure vanished in a spectacular light show. Could it have been aliens? Meanwhile, prominent ne’er-do-well Billy DuPont and Sheriff Spencer’s youngest daughter, Patricia, were conducting their own investigation. Was Julie really going to leave her boyfriend Jace to run off with Billy? Now, as the new season opens, off-duty federal agent Fox Cooper arrives in town, and makes a startling discovery. What’s really strange about this year’s opener is the undue focus it places on local heiress Vanessa St. Clair, a character who, as far as the others remember, has just appeared in town. As Paradise Bluff seems to rewrite itself to accommodate the intruder, Sheriff Spencer Deputy Wheeler, Billy and Agent Cooper struggle to figure out who she is and why she has the terrifying power to warp reality as they know it. Can they find the truth, or will their storylines be permanently sidelined as a new character takes center stage?
This episode is a playtest of a Fate Accelerated module that Ryan is writing up inspired by the Too Many Cooks game that he ran previously. If you would like to hear the set-up for this session, in which the group created Paradise Bluff and its characters, you can find it here.