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16 November 2015 @ 10:59 am
[CoC: HotOE] All aboard the horror train!  
Yesterday was the first real session of mutantur's Horror on the Orient Express game, after a three-session long intro to 7e and character generation. Of multiple characters each, in case one dies. Hey, it's Call of Cthulhu.

(Yes, I'm in two CoC games. It's what actually convinced me to finally buy that expensive set of dice I've been looking at for months.)

I'm playing Professor Luc Durand, a professor of linguistics at the Sorbonne, since Horror on the Orient Express is a grand tour of Europe and I knew we'd need someone who could talk to all the people we ran into. I also gave him social skills so we wouldn't have to translate all our negotiations. And Library Use because CoC.

And because it's Call of Cthulhu, he looks like this:

I did a google search for "bearded black and white professor" and was not disappointed.

Other members of the erstwhile party are a Russian husband hunter exiled member of the nobility (played by softlykarou, a Turkish goth ninja Bolshevik carpenter, an American thief "treasure hunter" antiquities and curiosities dealer, and an Italian freelance cardinal investigator for the Vatican. We went to Professor Smith's lecture, read about the mysterious man who died three times in the newspaper, heard about a magical statue in a Cheapside bedsit, then did a lot of research. Again, Call of Cthulhu.

My second greatest problem so far is that as an elderly professor, I can't really participate in most of the skullduggery so far, but that will change once we get on the way, I think. My greatest problem is that I've read multiple actual plays of Horror on the Orient Express before mutantur told me about his plan to run it once the new edition came out--the best of which was YSDC's audio version--and so I keep remembering what's going on. But not all of what's going on, and I'm not sure if it's because this is the expanded edition or because I'm not remembering it well. Like, the guy who died three times? I remember that. The guy who spontaneously combusted? Not ringing any bells. Not letting what I already know get in the way will be the hardest part.

Looking forward to more!
Current Mood: guiltyguilty
Current Music: 8-4 Play podcast
Ian, Viscount of the Osirian Wastes: enigmamutantur on November 16th, 2015 06:50 pm (UTC)
You're doing great at outwardly keeping your foreknowledge to yourself and I'm sorry it's still burdening you all this time since you've listened to it. Don't worry, there're more shakeups to come!

(Also, thank you for being the cause of my first LJ notification in years and causing me to page through my LJ icons again, heh.)
dorchadas: Great Old Onesdorchadas on November 16th, 2015 08:55 pm (UTC)
Yay! I'm really hoping that I can keep a lid on it during the more, uh, ridiculous parts that we've previously discussed.

If they're the same! I'm making sure not to look up anything at all about 7e HotOE, and the changes are an added incentive not to act on anything I know.