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?
"The Watchers By Brian M. Sammons
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."