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This modern scenario takes place in the dreamy American town of Roselawn – but it could easily be transferred to other places or times to fit the Keepers needs.

Samuel Dawson owns Dawson's Funeral Home in Roselawn. After Sheriff Oakley finds the body of Henry Burrows in the old woods north of Roselawn and isn't able to track down any next of kin nor identify any cause of death, he transfers the body to Dawson who is commissioned with the cremation.

Trying to burn the body, Dawson finds out that Burrows can't be damaged by fire or any other means; even his scalpel leaves no mark on his skin. Dawson knew Burrows to be a reclusive man living in a small house near the edge of the forest. Intrigued by a mystery that contradicts every science-based approach he can think of, he decides to investigate the incident and goes missing.

The investigators enter the scenario after Dawson’s disappearance and will find out what secret the forest holds.

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Sara H March 23, 2020 6:08 am UTC
A clean scenario, much room for keepers. I was thinking about a question when I ran the session with my friends. Samuel Dawson indeed found Henry's notes and went to the opeaning. However, two doors of the woodhouse were locked, windows intact. How did he get inside? I do not think Mr.Dawson would lock himself outside and take the keys with him, in consideration of investigative convenience. And I am thinking about another question as well. The scenario is modern. There are no computers or monitioring devices mentioned in Dawson's house at all. How did a drunkard manage his property security? But this one is not as obvious as the last one.
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Benjamin S May 31, 2021 1:27 pm UTC
Hey Sara, thank you for the input. I think a broken window or forced open door might be a change I might consider for a rework. As for the second issue, I think that Dawson might have managed property security with a baseball or an old shotgun.
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Sean L August 21, 2019 1:30 pm UTC
What an excellent little game. Very much enjoy the storyline plus the mapping is very nice. I will likely run this the next time I am asked to fill in a one-shot night in our gaming group instead of running my own. Good work!
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Sean M August 11, 2019 5:11 pm UTC
A solid offering from a new author. A clean but evocative layout, with respectable art and maps. Provides enough information for the Keeper to easily adapt to changing circumstances without going overboard. The story itself is straightforward enough to be played through in a single session, but there are plenty of ways you could hook into the story to lead in new directions.
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Stephanie M August 11, 2019 3:59 pm UTC
A great title. Spooky with a kind of 'It came from the desert' vibe, The village is fleshed out enough to be interesting but not enough to flood you with ephemera that you have to remember. This leaves the Keeper to improvise and have fun too. The layout is clean and crisp (and per the template set out by Chaosium), the maps are really good and give a home brew rustic vibe while still be informative and detailed. It doesn't go over the top on style but that just adds to the home brew comfortable setting. The adventure itself is relatively straight forward and can be read in a very short amount of time leaving you to put the kids to bed before your friends arrive (more of this please!). An enterprising Keeper may wish to add extra plotlines or adversaries, especially if they are hard bitten veterans but this adventure (and I use the word 'Adventure' deliberately) has something most others do not. A sense of wonder. The ritual is unique and well thought out and the conclusion satisfying. For a new author it is surprisingly...See more
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