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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 2 months 1 week ago #2974

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"The year is 1933. In South America, the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay is in full swing. The two countries are fighting over contested territory, which is believed to be rich in oil. You've been employed by a humanitarian charity, the Caduceus Foundation, to deliver medical aid to civilians caught up in the war. You are escorting doctors, nurses and medical supplies to an aid camp deep in the jungle of Gran Chaco.

"As well as needing medical staff, this expedition also needs adventurous types trained in wilderness and jungle survival. This is a Pulp Cthulhu adventure, so expect high action and create your heroes appropriately. The truth is that the Caduceus Foundation is a front for an organisation whose real agenda is to battle elements of the Cthulhu Mythos, but your characters don't know that yet. They are just heroes who have decided to extend help to those in need."


I'll be using the Slippery Slope play style from the Realms of Cthulhu book; pulpy damage / gritty sanity. Your characters can take a punch, but the dangers of the Mythos are as real as ever. In the words of Shane Hensley; "less of you will be stabbed by cultists and more of you will survive to have your face melted off by the Lurker at the Threshold." Good times.

In regards to character creation, don't worry about the usual $500 limitation on gear, just make a list of what your character would realistically have on their person, whilst trekking through the jungle (in 1933). Also, give some thought as to some friends and family members and your bonds to them. New York serves as the hub for most of the campaign, so bear that in mind. Try to have a character concept in mind for week one. Rolling up characters should not take too long, but there are some new features (Sanity and Corruption) that will need to be covered during character creation.

Extra benny in week one if you "cast" your character, by posting a picture of the person they would be played by if The Two Headed Serpent were a movie.

I'll be using the Fate is Cruel setting rule, you cannot spend bennies to reroll a critical fail.

There are nine chapters in the book and I will be awarding an advance for each one you complete. The way the campaign is set up, your decisions will determine the order you approach these chapters - or whether you miss some altogether.
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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 2 months 2 days ago #2983

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Freddy 'The Flash' Pinkerton III
Freddy ‘the Flash’ Pinkerton III born of Martha and William Pinkerton, of the Long Island Pinkertons grew up with not only a silver spoon in his mouth, but also 5 sisters. He learnt at a very early age how to get his way with ladies, and spent most of his miss spent youth travelling through the south, getting kicked out of schools and engaging in a plethora of manly pursuits. Eventually he finished of his schooling in Texas to give his parents a bit of breathing space, it was here that he first met his major love, automobiles.
The Pinkerton fortune in recent years has waned and suffered and the family, whilst it’s name still holds some sway, has faded into the lower echelons of society. Freddy, however will not have this and will use his name wherever possible and boast of his exaggerated travelling around the globe.
The only thing that enables Freddy to not be labelled and intolerable liar is the fact that he actually a very good racer, and has taken part in the Daytona races regularly and has done quite well indeed, thankyou very much. Fearless, brave to the point of foolhardy and manly, he has temporarily hung up his racing goggles because you know, there’s this nurse who would be really impressed if he did something, you know, to help people…..

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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 1 month 2 days ago #3066

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Reminder to post character bio/pic this week if you want that extra benny.

I'll be play testing a new luck mechanic. If your character ever does something that relies on pure luck, draw a card. If it is a red suit, you are lucky, if it is a black suit, you are unlucky. Players with the Lucky/Unlucky edges draw more cards and pick either the either the best or the worst outcome respectively.
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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 1 month 1 day ago #3072

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Howabout this,

As above but; If you have the lucky edge if you pick a heart you are 'really really really lucky beyond all comprehension' and if you have the unlucky advantage and you pull a spade, you are 'screwed beyond belief'.
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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 1 month 1 day ago #3073

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I was thinking about about making a distinction between the suits, i.e:

Clubs: Very Unlucky
Spades: Slightly Unlucky

Hearts: Slightly Lucky
Diamonds: Very Lucky



... but then I thought, luck is contextual, so I will keep the rules light and leave them open to interpretation as the narrative of the situation dictates.

I was umming and ahhing over how to deal with Jokers. I might rule that drawing a joker means that you must draw another card and the result is either VERY lucky or VERY unlucky depending on the next card. Just imagine being in a life or death situation, drawing a joker and knowing that the next card you draw will either spell doom or salvation for your character. I hope that will be pretty tense. :D

We'll play it by ear and adapt the rule if it needs refining in play.
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The Two Headed Serpent - Discussion 3 weeks 5 days ago #3091

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Father Patrick Ryggs roman catholic priest
Born 1885 Drumcondra Dublin to Clodagh Ralph(Dock yard Foreman) and Clara Susahnna(House wife) with thirteen children to bring up, I was the youngest.
I had a normal irish upbringing playing at drumcondra castle and house or at belvedere house with my siblings,or going to croke park to watch the gaelic football and hurling.I was drawn to the church at an early age, being an altar boy at Drumcondra Church of Ireland,to father Edward Crilly.
Educated at St Patricks N.S for boys
Pobal Scoil
All Hallows College
1914 saw the outbreak of war and I enlisted into Royal Dublin Fusiliers as a chaplain, and took up the role of religious and spiritual advisor to all men regardless of faiths, one thing war as taught me all men have a god in times of need. Many a man was broken by the carnage he faced. Three of my brothers Gerry, phillip and connor never returned and I remember every day with a prayer. My father died in a dockyard accident while I was at war I had time off to carry out the service for my father back In France two weeks and I had message that my mother had died many say it was a broken heart and id like to think it was.
I survived 1919 I was demobbed and returned to Dublin to carry on with my religious duties, moving to Sheldon Birmingham, Wandsworth London and eventually to New York America Ulster funnily enogh the move was easy as both my parents had passed.
Charity starts at home and roman catholic church does it best, if you`re catholic that is.
Caduceus Foundation does it better for everybody.
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Garuda - Thu 12 Jul - 14:57

SK guys. Very sorry but I don't feel well at all. I'm not going to be there this evening. Hopefully someone might run a one shot perhaps? See you next week.

Inept - Tue 10 Jul - 15:18

apologies Soloman Kane guys, I will be in London this week and in Poland next week... Captain Gunner will no doubt suffer a bout of drinking or a short sea voyage!

Sant - Thu 5 Jul - 17:04

I can run something 5e for the next couple weeks.. posting it in the serpents thread now...

Andrek - Thu 5 Jul - 16:40

Two Headed Serpent - looks like games off tonight. Look in your PM's

matt486 - Thu 5 Jul - 09:00

Solomon Kane guys, I've had to juggle some things around and I'll probably be a bit late. Should get there by about 9.

TheRanger - Thu 28 Jun - 18:48

Ill be attending tonight. At long last

Garuda - Thu 28 Jun - 13:06

Echoing Scott's post? Any folk not attending tonight? I plan on watching the match on the big screen in the bar, so I'll be at club early. Be ready to start our game about 8.45.

Sarge - Tue 26 Jun - 08:21

HOTOE Players. Will there be any absentees this Thursday due to England playing Belgium in the World Cup?

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