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The Highway of Blood: A Call of Cthulhu Scenario for the 1970s

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The Highway of Blood

You find yourselves in West Texas during one of the worst heatwaves the region has ever seen. You're driving along a stretch of lonely highway with the gas gauge edging slowly towards empty when you suddenly spot a sign that promises gas and maybe a cold drink!

Over the radio you hear Coyote Mike (a local DJ) say: “Welcome to another day in the seventh circle of Hell, with the mercury expected to top 110 degrees here on the Devil’s Backbone, and tomorrow ain’t lookin’ any better. As my ol’ grandpa used to say: You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can always adjust your sails to reach your destination. I don’t know where you’re headed, my friends, but here’s a little somethin’ to keep you rollin’ down the highway!”


As "Roll On Down the Highway" begins to play, you get the strange feeling that you're being watched, but that's crazy. After all, who'd be out here in the middle of nowhere?


The Highway of Blood is a scenario for Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition. It is set in 1975 and pays homage to the grindhouse movies of the time. For that reason, it is extremely deadly and gritty and is intended for MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY.

This is an extremely sandboxy scenario, and so the number of sessions will vary greatly depending on the players. This will work with almost any sort of characters from the time period from regular folks to law enforcement to mythos investigators. The replay value of the scenario is therefore very high, with a very different story and outcome each time.

The scenario includes multiple plot ideas, pre-generated characters, numerous handouts, cinematic car chase rules, as well as rules for dealing with the extreme desert environment that the characters find themselves in.


We have created a Spotify playlist for the soundtrack suggestions in the book. You can find it here:

https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0hTzvnqPKMrPiwEYEGG0N4


 
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Paul O July 26, 2020 9:47 am UTC
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Hi, this shipped over two months ago and I still haven't received it. I left it a while as it is coming to Australia, but I'm still waiting.
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Alex G July 26, 2020 2:58 pm UTC
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Hi Paul!
Unfortunately, I don't have any control over the print-on-demand materials as they're handled by DriveThruRPG. I will say that a short time ago I bought something on Etsy from Australia, and for some reason it took over two months to reach me in the US, so I suspect that there is an issue with customs.

If you haven't checked the tracking number, I'd try that next. I hope you get your book soon.

Alex
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David J L March 31, 2020 2:48 pm UTC
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I just spent my coronavirus lock down game book budget on this! I am super excited to see it!
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Alex G March 31, 2020 4:01 pm UTC
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We definitely appreciate it! Let us know how it goes when you run it.

Alex
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Ian C March 31, 2020 4:08 pm UTC
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Awesome, and thank you! Let us know what happens when you run it!
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Dale E March 22, 2020 10:32 pm UTC
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Two things I've noticed that may need correcting:
1. There are some inconsistent typos with "Wayland" and "Weyland", sometimes even appearing in the same sentence or section.
2. In the NPC section for the Dustbillies, the text mentions that certain stronger variants of them are listed below, but their section only has the "Typical" statblock and nothing else.
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Alex G March 23, 2020 12:00 am UTC
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Thanks for the feedback!
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Brian L February 24, 2020 1:59 am UTC
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I purchased the PDF and would like to purchase the hard copy also, is there a way I can get credit off the purchase of the hard copy for what I paid for the PDF?
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Alex G February 24, 2020 3:29 am UTC
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I can do that, Brian. I just need an email where I can send it.

Thanks!
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Brian L February 24, 2020 3:26 pm UTC
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slambert1972@outlook.com

thanks.
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Andrew B January 31, 2020 9:53 pm UTC
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Darn it... can this be obtained or will this be obtainable in print?
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Alex G February 01, 2020 1:25 am UTC
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I'm waiting for approval so that I can order the sample copies, but yes, it will be available in softcover and hardcover.
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Ian C February 15, 2020 4:28 am UTC
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Softcover and Hardcover are now available as Print on Demand!
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Andrew B February 22, 2020 9:51 am UTC
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Thanks!
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Morgan H January 27, 2020 11:57 pm UTC
I got copy of the Playtester Edition for play testing this. The GM for our sessions was Alex G, one of the authors. We played as college kids stumbling into The Highway of Blood. It was a fun game and very evocative of Grindhouse horror. I'm impressed that this scenario is 130 pages, full of useful Sandbox goodness, much deeper than I had expected when I played in it. For a longer and more rich game, I'd suggest going with Investigators. For a one-shot, the college kids works great. An amazing amount of content. I definitely recommend this.
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Ian C January 28, 2020 6:51 pm UTC
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Thanks Morgan! If you ever run it let us know how it went!
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Dale E January 24, 2020 11:52 pm UTC
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I like the Scott Brown reference.
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Ian C January 25, 2020 12:59 am UTC
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We were hoping someone would notice!
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Raymond C June 04, 2020 6:48 pm UTC
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Is this just a trick to get Seth to do a review? If so I hope it works.
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Ian C June 05, 2020 4:34 am UTC
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I actually don't think this scenario is something Seth would enjoy very much, but who knows?
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Alex G June 05, 2020 3:50 pm UTC
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"Is this just a trick to get Seth to do a review?"

I can neither confirm nor deny this.
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Luc L January 21, 2020 1:14 pm UTC
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Will there be a POD option soon ?
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Ian C January 21, 2020 1:37 pm UTC
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We have to wait for approval from Chaosium, but we have put that forward. Hopefully it will be available before too long!
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Luc L January 21, 2020 1:42 pm UTC
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Thanks a lot !
Hardcover please if possible
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Alex G January 21, 2020 3:09 pm UTC
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That's the plan.
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Luc L January 21, 2020 3:31 pm UTC
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Nothing beats a hardcover full color :)
thanks a lot.
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jeffrey W January 29, 2020 5:27 am UTC
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I second this. I really need this in print. Softcover monochrome is fine with me. I already purchased it in pdf but I don't have a way to print it out. I rather just buy black and white on demand.
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Alex G January 29, 2020 5:20 pm UTC
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I will approve as soon as I get the samples. I'm impatient to see them too. :)
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Ian C February 15, 2020 4:29 am UTC
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They are now available!
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