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100 Creepy Things and Events to Find in a Spooky House

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This is a series of items, events and occurrences that could be found in a haunted, or otherwise creepy, house. Many of them are suitable for any setting or time period, whilst a few require settings having a technology equivalent to the 19th or 20th centuries depending, as they involve technology.

Not every encounter is immediately obvious as being disturbing; some of them will require players to be paying close attention. Others stand out more noticeably. Whether or not any of the encounters have a negative effect is up to the Game Master. The various items tend more to supernatural and cosmic horror than to gory horror, but there are a few examples of the latter.

There are one hundred items which can be chosen randomly using a d100, or required ones can be chosen. They are laid out in a table, with each entry having a name of what type of encounter it is, then details of the encounter.

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  • Mist - This would normally found in a room that is already damp, especially those underground like a cellar or a basement. The floor of this room is covered in a strange mist to about a foot in depth. The mist behaves oddly; it seems to be roiling by itself and, when a character walks through it, is not as disturbed by their passage as would be expected. Light sources refract oddly from it, failing to penetrate the mist.
  • Mouse/Rat - A small shape, as of a mouse or rat, is briefly spotted scuttling out of sight, perhaps through a hole in the wall. During the brief moment in which it is visible, it seems somehow misshapen; the proportions may be wrong, it may have an odd number of limbs or a tail that seems prehensile, or it may not even seem to be rat- or mouse-shaped at all if thought upon, but instead something different, such as a scuttling humanoid form.
  • Music Box - An open music box springs to life as a character passes. There is a mirror on the lid, reflecting a dancing ballerina on the top. The music, although a familiar tune, is slightly discordant and faster than normal. The reflection of the ballerina in the mirror on the box's lid, however, seems to be slightly lagging behind the movement of the actual figure it is reflecting.
  • Newspaper - This is a fairly recent local newspaper. The vast majority of it reads as normal, and a character may have already read this and will recognise it as a genuine edition. If a character looks carefully enough, they will discover a disturbing obituary - their own.
  • Painting - All the portraits in this room have had the canvas rot away, leaving the gilt frames surrounding damp, fungal looking stains on the walls. On a closer look, the patches resemble screaming faces, their mouths open in agony.

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August 12th, 2016
This is an extensive list of spooky events, with descriptions, that you can either drop into a game or be used as adventure hooks. I have had this nearly a week and so many of the suggestions just scream out to be turned into full adventures that thios [...]
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