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The Pipeline: A Call of Cthulhu Scenario for the 1980s

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In the Fall of 1986, contact was lost with Exxon Pumping Station #31 near Telegraph Creek, BC Canada. The media reported that a radical environmental group called the North Wind sabotaged the facility, leading to the deaths of several Exxon employees and a number of civilian contractors. The official statement made it clear that all members of the North Wind were killed during the incident by a group of private security personnel hired by Exxon.

Following the incident, the pipeline was shut down pending further investigation by the Canadian government and unnamed US agencies. The matter was soon forgotten by the public and no more was heard about The Pipeline Incident.

Until now.

The material in this book is designed for 7th edition Call of Cthulhu, but is backwards compatible with other editions. Besides providing a great deal of classic 80s horror action, this scenario is intended to explore and expand the concept of survival in Call of Cthulhu by providing additional challenges and pressures for the investigators to face. This makes the scenario particularly deadly, and so Keepers may wish to consider using the Pulp Cthulhu rules if they want to give their intestigators a better chance of making it out alive.

In addition to the scenario, this book includes some additional definitions, rules, and arctic hazards that the Keeper can use at their discretion throughout the scenario to enhance the cinematic feel of the story. These environmental rules can also be used in other arctic settings if the Keeper wants to make things more cinematic and dangerous.

This book contains 78 pages of content (82 pages total) including: 7 arctic hazards, a 45 page scenario (with 18 pages of handouts), 8 pages of NPCs (with 8 playable investigators), a new monster, a new occupation (Arctic Guide), new equipment, and new archaic weapons.

NOTE:
This is The Pipeline 2.0 with new and improved content.

Print-On-Demand copies of the handouts only can be purchase HERE.


 
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Alex G August 17, 2021 4:11 pm UTC
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I've had a number of requests for a regional map for players of The Pipeline, so I've made a version that can be found at the link below. Enjoy!

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MpXAsn7nSfP56pZuFVGFxLeEvd8wQt1r/view?usp=sharing
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Greger N June 30, 2021 7:28 am UTC
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Is it possible to get the area map without and markings on it? Or the markings in a separate layer, or something?
I think it would be better to not have some of the markings on there when giving the players the map.
It also feels a bit strange that the abandoned snowcat is marked on it like it is a permanent fixture.
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Greger N July 02, 2021 1:26 pm UTC
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After reading more of the scenario, I find it increasingly weird that things that are supposed to be clues during the scenario are marked in Handout #1
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Alex G July 02, 2021 3:43 pm UTC
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Email me at Alex@CriticalHitPublishing.com and I'll reply with an edited map. I hope you guys enjoy the scenario. :)
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Scott C August 08, 2021 5:02 pm UTC
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Good morning Alex. I just recently picked up the book in the “Premium Colour Sale” and am now doing the initial prep read through (loving it as I live in BC.). Would I be able to email you for the modified map as well?
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Alex G August 08, 2021 7:55 pm UTC
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Sure, just drop me an email.

Alex
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Scott C August 08, 2021 11:02 pm UTC
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Will do, thanks!
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Steven W September 13, 2020 6:18 pm UTC
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I'm going be running this with my group in a few days. One thing that caught my eye was the lack of vehicles at the pumping station, what happened to them?
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Alex G September 13, 2020 9:07 pm UTC
CREATOR
There's actually two snowcats in the garage (one s under repair), and a smashed snowmobile in the maintenance shack. There were two other snowmoblies, but they're lost somewhere in the snow.
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Steven W September 14, 2020 6:21 pm UTC
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Many thanks for the swift reply.
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Tony S May 14, 2020 2:01 am UTC
Hi Alex,

Thanks for your reply. Touche, although this was written in a world where an attention to detail and admitting mistakes is appreciated, not to mention setting them right if it's not too much trouble. It's not really that distracting, and I appreciate the work you put into this.

Thanks,

Tony

PS: "You're on your way, with Esso...(ding! ding!)" Glad to hear an Esso filling station does make a cameo in Highway of Blood.
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omar B March 05, 2020 12:32 am UTC
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question. i'm running (and very much enjoying) this scenario, and the players are at the pump station. they've started finding clues/evidence, but i can't figure out how they're supposed to figure out the timeline of the ritual. am i missing something in the text? i'm trying to add some additional clues of my own because it doesn't seem to be included
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Alex G March 05, 2020 4:26 am UTC
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The PCs won't necessarily know about the ritual. They should be drawn to the location by other means, such as an NPC or a PC taken by the Urayul. Another option would be to have William let it slip. Sorry to be so cryptic, but I don't want to give too many spoilers here.
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Tony S March 02, 2020 6:18 am UTC
Why is Esso called "Exxon" in this adventure? While Esso changed its name to Exxon in the USA in 1972, in the 1980's it was (and still is today) operating under the Esso brand name in Canada. For example, we don't have Exxon-branded gas stations here in Canada, we have Esso stations.
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Alex G March 02, 2020 6:47 pm UTC
CREATOR
Thanks for your questions! The simplest answer is that this takes place in Lovecraft's fictional version of our world that includes places like Arkham and Dunwich, so not everything is going to be a perfect match with reality.
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Alex G March 02, 2020 6:51 pm UTC
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On a side note, there IS an Esso gas station in our other scenario Highway of Blood. ;)
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Wayne S November 20, 2019 12:11 pm UTC
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Quick note its a 1980's adventure yet someone has the job as web designer.
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Alex G November 20, 2019 3:36 pm UTC
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She's sells rustic crafts, specializing in dream catchers or "webs". ;)
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Wayne S November 29, 2019 11:32 am UTC
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LOL it didn't quite mesh especially with the email exchange handout :) I re-did them as fax's.

We ran it and its really good, we had an issue after they reached the station with impetus. We felt it would of been better if there was more evidence there were survivors at the dig site. Maybe even a helicopter pilot etc. But players loved it.
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Alex G December 01, 2019 4:13 am UTC
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Actually, Exxon was using email in the early 1980s, so I thought that a state-of-the-art facility like pumping station #31 would use it.

In any case, I'm so glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your feedback.

Alex
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Kyle M April 27, 2021 6:50 am UTC
Email and the web are vastly different things. Email, chatrooms, bbs's, etc all vastly predate the world wide web and web browsing.
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Alex G April 27, 2021 2:57 pm UTC
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Well, this is Lovecraft's universe where there are different places that don't exist in our world like Arkham and Dunwich, so perhaps the world wide web shows up a few years earlier too. ;)
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Daniel Enoch T November 06, 2018 3:12 am UTC
Any chance of a POD of this?
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Alex G November 06, 2018 9:34 pm UTC
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I wish I could, but the Community Content rules don't allow for it. If they do, I will definitely do it.
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Alex G November 26, 2018 3:06 pm UTC
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Daniel, while I am not able to make the entire scenario available as a print-on-demand book, I was able to make the handouts available for print at the link below. I hope that helps.
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/258304/The-Pipeline-Book-of-Handouts
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Alex G January 25, 2019 3:20 pm UTC
CREATOR
Just following up, Daniel. It looks as if I will be getting The Pipeline available for print-on-demand within the next few weeks. I guess it pays to ask. Thanks!
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Daniel Enoch T January 28, 2019 4:43 am UTC
You gots a customer then! Thx!
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Alex G February 01, 2019 8:46 pm UTC
CREATOR
Just to let you know, the print-on-demand is now available. Thanks!
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