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A series of adventures where evil and the Cthulhu mythos is not what it seems.
A series of adventures where evil and the Cthulhu mythos is not what it seems.
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A Warning...

Posted by Stygian Fox Publishing (Creator)
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As many of you know, we like things dark here. Very dark. But even we understand that certain subjects need a warning or explanation beforehand. See below for an example of how Brian approaches certain subjects in his scenarios.

Call of Cthulhu has always had horror, on occasion it has action too, but how often has it had pathos and sorrow?

Stephanie

"The Watchers By Brian M. Sammons  

A Note  

This short scenario exists for a few reasons, chief among them to teach the investigators a few lessons in approaching a mystery in the game. Namely that they should question everything, or at the very least, always be cautious. They should never automatically assume that the person hiring them to look into something is automatically trustworthy. Linda Lopez is a textbook example of an unreliable narrator. The fact she doesn’t know it makes it all the more believable and sad.  

This scenario is also about mental illness, a subject at home in the world of Call of Cthulhu, but it’s still a taboo and misunderstood topic for many. This is not a typical case of someone in the game being “crazy” and doing mad things. It should be presented more realistically and carefully. Some people are uncomfortable with mental illness, many have family members that suffer in some way or form from it but don’t talk about it because of the stigma still attached to issues of mental health. A Keeper should know their game group well before bringing up this subject. 

In regard to the character of Linda Lopez, she is an intelligent, good, kindhearted woman who is a victim of a sickness that she is not treating. She is not some cackling cultist looking to unleash nameless horror on the world for personal power, she is someone that is legitimately afraid for her life. Hopefully, investigators will recognize this difference when it comes time to “solve” this mystery."

Linda Lopez by George Cotronis (click the image for George's website)
Linda Lopez by George Cotronis (click the image for George's website)

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    1. Stygian Fox Publishing 10-time creator
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      To James & Samuel: Thank you. We, like you, believe empathy is what adds immersion to our games.
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    2. Stygian Fox Publishing 10-time creator
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      Savinien: Thank you for saying that. It means a lot. Would you mind being a content appraiser for this scenario? We'd like to portray Schizophrenia in an accurate and sympathetic way. If you would like to help, please email me at: stygianfox@post.com but feel under no pressure to do so.
      Stephanie

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      Savinien on

      As the son of a schizophrenic mother, thank you, both for speaking of the subject and warning keeper about it.

    4. james burke
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      All the best scenarios challenge us.
      Most of the scenarios I come up with, be they for D&D or other games, come from players approaching scenarios where they have to examine the world more closely around them from the perspective of others, especially the ones that have the most impact.

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      Samuel Briskin on

      Horror is about taking the audience/participants out of their comfort zone in a controlled environment, such as tabletop gaming. Especially in the theme of this scenario collection of "The Mythos Isn't The Only Horror Out There", genuine quiet-voices-in-the-dark mental illness is something that hits home in a controlled way that could be a fantastic way to shake players out of their expectations of what they're getting into, if it's the right group of players and handled well.

      So, kudos, Stygian Fox. Kudos for exploring this topic when other publishers shy away from it, and kudos for providing the heads-up for Keepers out there.