Aug 312016

This week, the gang tackles Chaosium’s Free RPG Day scenario “The Derelict,” written by Call of Cthulhu designer Sandy Petersen! Titus Burnhardt, a “tech maverick” who also goes by his brogrammer handle “T-Burn,” is a washed-up app developer who’s selling his yacht The Delilah in order to raise enough capital to launch his next big project. The buyer happens to be in Liverpool, which affords T-Burn one last opportunity to throw a kickass boat party during the transatlantic crossing! Titus invites his lawyer, Georgie Berkovich (of Berkovich & Berkovich), a milquetoast hanger-on who enjoys his professional proximity to the wealthy and famous, as well as Peter “Murph” Murphy, a childhood friend who currently serves as his personal bodyguard. The voyage proceeds according to plan until the travelers spot a looming hulk stranded on an iceberg in the North Atlantic, a refrigerated container ship that appears to be abandoned. Driven to investigate by the possibility of a huge salvage claim, the passengers explore the foreboding vessel in order to learn the fate of its crew, and, if possible, tow the derelict to shore. What they find, however, is a creature out of Viking legend, a terrifying Sciapod that wants to hunt them like animals. Can they survive?

  • Slowly Melting Snowman

    That was… bleak. I usually just shrug and laugh at your delightful CoC misadventures, but this got to me. Maybe it’s the seasonal shift to autumn, maybe I’m just feeling blue, but this really was all of the existential horror (man is the real monster!) without the usual mirth. Hmm…

    (This is not meant as a critique of your game, just an attempt to describe my unexpected feelings).

    • I wasn’t particularly happy with this session, mostly because I barely had time to skim the QuickStart rules for CoC 7e before I ran it, but damn was the scenario good! If it had that effect on you, I credit Sandy Petersen and my players entirely. I feel like their characters, Meyer’s especially, really brought the hopelessness and dread home. Things just kept getting worse and worse for Georgie, and we loved every second of it.

  • Chados

    There was plenty of mirth- I had to stop the playback once because I couldn’t stop laughing about Georgie. Poor, poor, Georgie. 🙁

    That was pretty amazing, and everybody roleplayed their characters well, even when it came down to Temp. insanity. Of course, that is when shit goes south, hard. Poor Murph. Poor T-Burn. Eh, fuck that guy. Seriously, SheltR? 😀

  • Hajino

    Really enjoyed this Podcast and Georgies continued downward spiral of misery. Poor guy. Probably had an awful time on the life boat too.
    I like the variation of these one shot game sessions a lot. Great work from all of you 🙂

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