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Svalbard is a roguelike, standalone scenario that borrows elements from the world of H.P. Lovecraft. In this scenario, the characters will die a lot. But it is not a permadeath; they ‘respawn’, but do not reset. Each time, they bring back into the game the knowledge accumulated prior to their death which will enable them to progress. As they start to uncover the secrets and puzzles of the scenario, they begin to learn how to avoid their deaths altogether, and the goal of the scenario is no less than a ‘perfect run’ where the players complete the entire scenario without the death of a single character!

Through investigation, awareness, recollection, and comprehension, the players and their characters will experience a time-bending and relentless scenario as they are lost in time and space for an eventful evening! It is unlikely that your players have experienced anything like this in a role-playing game before.

Welcome to Svalbard.

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Michael H October 27, 2021 3:23 am UTC
Hey NEVR, how long do you think it would take to run through the module. Would it be measured in hours or sessions. Do you think it would be possible to play Svalbard in 4 hours. Also does the module come with pregen characters. Would it be possible to run the game with Chaosium's Call of Cthulhu.
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Jarle H October 27, 2021 10:10 am UTC
Hi! Playtest and replies from actual play would give a playtime of about 4-5 hours, though it is highly adjustable – variants and suggestions written into the scenario.

Concerning pre-gen characters: You will not find fully fleshed pre-generated characters with occupation, background, names etc. accompanying “Svalbard”; what you will find (as described in the Introduction: Part 3), is the simplified game system for “Svalbard” and how partially pre-generated characters accompany that system. These pre-determined, partially pre-generated characters are lethal, trained soldiers, and the only decision by the player is their specialty (Body, Dexterity, or Intellect), name and some equipment. It should take about two minutes to create your character.

Svalbard can be played with the included, simplified game system, or adapted to any system of your choice. Specific variants for Call of Cthulhus D100-system is included.
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