This week, we re-visit the community of Skiatook, OK, where authorities are about to uncover a series of bloody, methodical murders. This time around, the Investigators who step up to solve the mystery are a small-town reporter for the local paper, a private eye from Chicago who happens to be related to one of the victims, and his plucky, tech-savvy nephew. Though they are faced with similar circumstances, this team’s investigation takes a much different path, one that may not lead them to the answers they seek. Can they uncover the sinister force behind the killings, or will they create more trouble for themselves than anyone thought possible?
As per our last Evening at the Burnwood Mansion: “On a stormy night in rural Massachusetts, a group of strangers meets in a spooky old mansion to hear the reading of a will. The deceased, an elderly, incredibly wealthy eccentric by the name of Jebediah Burnwood, has bequeathed his entire estate to anyone at the reading who spends the night in the house. However, it soon becomes evident that Burnwood’s interests went far beyond the eccentric, and the beneficiaries of his will find themselves trapped in an isolated old house with a terrifying predator from another world.” This time around, a violist, a historian, a pop singer, and a marine are called to the reading, and must survive the night at Mr. Burnwood’s horror-infested home. Join Alex as he runs a (mostly) new group of Investigators through his original Call of Cthulhu con scenario!
When we last left our band of Investigators, they had tracked down the source of the mysterious break-ins and assaults in Lancaster, PA: a Germanic holiday gremlin called a Belsnickel who comes as a dire warning to those in mortal danger. In order to keep the townspeople alive past Christmas, they’ll have to face down an ancient witch and her terrifying “pet.” While they tool up for the confrontation, Agent Lundy receives word that the FBI is hot on the trail of Frank Lamont after a former ally of theirs turned state’s evidence, and he decides to join the group in Pennsylvania. In order to gain more intel on their foe, the group summons the nightmarish Carriage Driver, who gives them a number of possibly useful spells. Can Frank and company infiltrate the crypt where the witch sleeps, defeat her and her holiday horror, and escape with their lives? More importantly, is it worth robbing a blood bank to power a Teleport spell? Listen to find out, in the epic conclusion of “Merry Christmas, Frank Lamont!”
This week, we wrap up Alex’s Call of Cthulhu one-shot, The Blackbourne Expedition! Miles from civilization in the arctic Svalbard Archipelago, our Investigators have discovered the isolated cabin where James Blackbourne and his fellow surveyors took refuge from the elements. When Doctor Appleton wanders off in the middle of the night, the remaining members of the party set off to track him down. Their search leads them to a set of puzzling animal tracks, into the heart of a dangerous winter wind storm, and toward a confrontation that could be the end of them all. Is there a connection between the mysterious tracks and Appleton’s disappearance? What dark purpose do the stone idols of the octopoid horror serve? What terrible fate befell James Blackbourne on Nordaustlandet? Listen to find out!
In the winter of 1920, a group of explorers set out from England to the Norwegian Svalbard archipelago to find the body of James Blackbourne, an aristocratic world traveler who died while working as a mining surveyor in the arctic desert. Blackbourne’s older brother, an academic socialite, has financed the expedition in order to learn his sibling’s fate, gathering a group of experts to assist him on his quest. There’s Anatoly Markov, former gamekeeper for the Russian Czar and newly expatriated arctic survival expert. Warren Appleton—of the Boston Appletons—was chosen for his completely legitimate credentials in a stunning variety of fields. Finally, there’s Kristopher Blackbourne, a distant cousin of the family working as a private detective in San Francisco. Armed with their wits and accompanied by their teams of sled dogs, these brave Investigators set out into the polar night to discover what befell James Blackbourne and his fellow surveyors. The horror they find in an abandoned shelter might just drive them insane, if it doesn’t kill them first.