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He Who Laughs Last is a horror mystery RPG scenario set in modern day Los Angeles. The investigators are drawn into the mystery when their friend, who works as an assistant to a popular comedian, apparently commits suicide under suspicious circumstances. However, the police are unwilling to look into the mystery and multiple clue paths quickly lead the investigators into a deep and evil mystery thousands of years in the making.

This scenario is best run with 3-6 players and takes between 6-8 hours to play. It has been written for (and contains the complete rules for) the rules-light game system Cthulhu Dark, which was created by Graham Walmsley specifically to share with people like you and me. This book has everything you need to run this game, except the requisite friends, d6, and pencil and paper. It also helps if you like weirdness and horror.

The PDF package includes both Letter and A4 sized PDFs, as well as 10 b/w scene postcards (drawn by Jared Manninen) of the various locations in the scenario.

Also be sure to check out the He Who Laughs Last GM Kit, which gives plenty of props and PCs, as well as the He Who Laughs Last Short Story, which fictionalizes the scenario, both available for sale.

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Matthew R May 12, 2019 9:51 pm UTC
I've seen so many useless "previews" on this site that I make a point of calling them out every time, in the hopes that at least some of the publishers will pay attention and get the message: Hey publishers! Stop auto-generating previews from the first six pages of your document, without any consideration to the content of those pages!. The point of a preview is to help sell your product; a poor one makes you look lazy, incompetent, or both, which is *not* going to encourage people to buy.

I realize that with a product this short, there's a worry of giving "too much" away, but I'd argue that a bad preview is worse than none at all. And this is one of the worst I've ever seen: a credits page, a title page, a blank page, an introduction, and an unlabeled, two-page map of LA. That's one page of six that tells me anything useful about the product.
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David S May 22, 2019 5:02 pm UTC
Matthew - thank you for your feedback. I'm not sure exactly when I organized the preview pages, but upon review I agree that it wasn't helpful.

For some perspective, this was my first product for DTRPG, and I am but a lowly one-man show. I hear that I have offended you by providing a useless preview, but rest assured that was not my goal at all. It is not about being lazy but more about trying to run a self-publishing business with little to no instructions by DTRPG on how to best do that. There are no published "best practices," just trial and error. We wade in by ourselves and do what we can in the time we have, especially when it competes with all that real-life has to offer. I am not one of the fortunate few who can make a living by this.

I have updated the preview and I hope it gives a better picture of this book. Thank you for helping me better serve my customers.
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Matthew R May 23, 2019 2:03 am UTC
Thank you for taking my criticism to heart and doing something about it. The new preview is a definite improvement.

Rest assured that I wasn't offended; I just see this sort of thing way too often here, and I'm trying to *teach* some "best practices" by being the proverbial squeaky wheel. In other words, I'm hoping that if I make enough noise about it, it will cause publishers to take notice and think twice before posting useless previews in the future. I hope I didn't cause any hard feelings.
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John T October 17, 2017 4:28 pm UTC
Can this be ported to another location and used with other PC? I run a horror game set in New Orleans with my own set of PC. ;)
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David S November 13, 2017 4:32 am UTC
It could be moved to another location, yes. The scenario has a lot to do with Los Angeles and the movie/tv industry, but that wouldn't stop a creative GM.
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Randy R September 15, 2016 3:13 pm UTC
Can it easily be converted/played with standard (7e) Call of Cthulhu rules?
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Shannon M October 09, 2016 10:16 pm UTC
The full KS package has 7E conversions to it, I believe.
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David S August 23, 2017 3:59 am UTC
Here is a PDF for 6th ed COC conversions:
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Aaron B December 17, 2014 4:19 pm UTC
I supported this scenario on Kickstarter and was more than pleased with the result. The PDF is a good deal for an investigative adventure which will cover at least 2 standard 2-3 hour gaming sessions. And Cthulhu Dark is a relatively abstract system, and this scenario will easily work for a more robust RPG system.
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