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This post is for all our pen and paper RPG readers out there who have been waiting for a gaming post from me for some time. I know that Halloween is fast approaching and a lot of you gamers are looking for something new and exciting to spruce up your Halloween. So put away the eggs, toilet paper and shaving cream you know who you are and grab your bag of lucky dice, and your Cosplay or LARP outfit and get ready to roll up a player character something new and different.
These games were chosen due to popularity and research of my own doing. The opinions herein are my own based on some of the research that I have done as well as ease of play set up and what not. Some of these games are really easy to play one-shots, which take no time set up on All Hallows Eve. They are a great way to introduce new players and old players alike to role-playing and to spruce up that Halloween party that seems to be going stagnant.
So stop bobbing for apples or chasing camp councillors around in a hockey mask and let me tell you a bit about the history of pen and paper horror roleplaying games. I would also recommend you to try any of the horror games in the history section as well.
They might take a bit longer to set up, and have a bit more of a learning curve, but these games will more than make up for that in play value. These were the games that set the benchmark for horror games in general, and as you will see changed the course of role play gaming in a lot of ways.
The game company Chaosium who created RuneQuest another Dungeons and Dragons variant, wanted to do something different than the average fantasy quest and they were looking for new ideas.
The original conception of Call of Cthulhu was Dark Worlds, a game commissioned by the publisher Chaosium but never published. He took over the writing of Call of Cthulhu, and the game was released in , using a version of the Basic Role-Playing system used in RuneQuest The setting of Call of Cthulhu is a darker version of our world, based on H.
The protagonists may also travel to places that are not of this earth, represented in the Dreamlands which can be accessed through dreams as well as being physically connected to the earth , to other planets, or into the voids of space. For as long as they stay functionally healthy and sane, characters grow and develop. Call of Cthulhu does not use levels , but is completely skill-based, with player characters getting better with their skills by succeeding at them. The players take the roles of ordinary people drawn into the realm of the mysterious: detectives, criminals, scholars, artists, war veterans, etc.
Often, happenings begin innocently enough, until more and more of the workings behind the scenes are revealed. Call of Cthulhu has a reputation as a game in which it is quite common for a player character to die in gruesome circumstances or end up in a mental institution.
Unlike most other role-playing games, eventual triumph of the players is not assumed. For those grounded in the RPG tradition, the very first release of Call of Cthulhu created a brand new framework for table-top gaming. Unlike its predecessor games, CoC assumed that most investigators would not survive, alive or sane, and that the only safe way to deal with the vast majority of nasty things described in the rule books was to run away. A well-run CoC campaign should engender a sense of foreboding and inevitable doom in its players.
TSR and Gygax now had some real competition and were losing a major share of the market and they needed to do something fast. They play-tested the adventure with a group of players each Halloween for five years before it was published. When they began work on Ravenloft, they felt the vampire archetype had become overused, trite, and mundane, and decided to create a frightening version of the creature for the module. When TSR was struggling to win back the market share Tracy and Laura were asked to update the rules and get it ready for release in The story involves a party of player characters PCs who travel to the land of Barovia , a small nation surrounded by a deadly magical fog.
The master of nearby Castle Ravenloft, Count Strahd von Zarovich , tyrannically rules the country, and a prologue explains that the residents must barricade their doors each night to avoid attacks by Strahd and his minions.
Such modifiers will raise or lower the basic point cost of the modified trait. Start with a character sheet see p.
As an alternative, there are numerous online resources that automate the process. We have included examples at each stage to illustrate the process. Roleplaying and Character Generation Edit A brief review of your favorite movies will demonstrate a central character around whom all events related to the plot are concerned.
In books, this is not always the case and stories exist that emphasize the group instead of the individual. Like most pencil and paper games, GURPs revolves around the group working together to accomplish the goals of the story and generally involves a collection of demigod-like characters, all perfectly designed and flawless. After your second character, you will soon realize that the only thing that really ever changes is your character class, or archetype.
This is where roleplaying comes into play. In the following bullets are a discussion of techniques to make your character more realistic and thereby add a more fully developed dimension to your gaming experience.
Character Concept. Decide your vision of your character. Look at what the GM has provided by way of briefing for the campaign and think about what sort of person you'd like to be in that world. Don't consider what kind of character is most likely to 'win', but which you think would be most fun to play. Sketch out your persona for the world without reference to point costs and similar distractions. The attributes are the foundation of your character.
Secondary traits and skills are derived from the attributes. Nothing to it. If, however, you want to add an element of realism to your character, make one attribute slightly above average, one slightly below, and keep the other two at average. This forces you to roleplay your skills and other characteristics instead of simply relying on dice rolls.
Social Attributes. Often overlooked, social attributes will dictate your position in the world. Sex, race, and class have all been ways of restricting people in the past, and wealth is now and will always be a big divide.
If you are poor, then you simply can't get into a lot of places because people usually of your own social class are paid to keep undesirables like you out.
Wealth opens a lot of doors, but not all: consider the shebeen owners in apartheid South Africa. Even if they accumulated a great deal of wealth and influence in their own community, they still weren't allowed in whites-only areas. Consider which disadvantages will make for good roleplaying opportunities, and which would be major barriers.
To use an apartheid campaign example, a black character can fit easily in with the servants and menial workers to gather information that they would not reveal to 'authority', but would have to work with a white partner who could access the areas the black couldn't. The same would apply to a woman in a Victorian steampunk setting, or a third-class emigrant on the Titanic. Advantages Advantages are special things that your character has that not many people have, if your character has Tenure or is Double Jointed those are advantages.
In an over the top or supers game you might be able or expected to download a variety of exotic abilities such as magical shields DR or death-ray vision Innate Attack.
In those games advantages may take up the majority of your character points, but in most games they take only a small to medium amount. Disadvantages There are two methods to choosing disadvantages, one being where you look through the book and select disadvantages that sound interesting to roleplay, and the other being where you have developed your background in the overview, so you already you already know how your character acts and more-or-less know his background.
Look for things that represent him or her accurately. That speaks mostly to mental disadvantages, for the physical ones, you should take only those that are intrinsic parts of your character, being quadriplegic or having a scar that won't heal will be extremely inconvenient during play at times, and it might be frustrating if you chose that characteristic on a passing whim.
Most PCs have quite a few skills, in over the top games characters may have more advantages then skills, but normally characters spend the majority of their time using skills, so they are fairly important. You could choose your skills by perusing the GURPS Characters Skills chapter and reading the descriptions of the various skills, that could take a considerable time , and if you aren't familiar with GURPS' skills that may be the best way to go.
Depending on the sort of campaign you're playing in, the ranks you might download in your skills varies. To flesh out your character and make it memorable, resist the urge to load up on god-like attributes, advantages, and skills.