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Blank - A 2-Page 1920s Adventure for Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository

Blank - A 2-Page 1920s Adventure for Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository

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Players! Read no further! Keepers – and music lovers – forge ahead!


It’s New Year’s Eve in Boston and the clock counts down to 1925. You’ve snagged a special invitation to an exclusive celebration, an evening of buzzing burlesque, crackerjack comedy, and hot jazz! And even though it’s Prohibition, no one will bat an eye if you take a sip of something-something and dance until dawn. But the new year starts exactly wrong as you’re warned about a mysterious theft with catastrophic implications. Your favorite entertainers are in a jam. Investigators, it’s up to you to face the music.


In this two-page one-shot adventure in easy-to-absorb pamphlet format, playable in a single session by two or more players, investigators must save the day and discover the mysterious secret behind their favorite band’s success before it’s curtains for Billy Blank and the Blankety-Blanks. A twisted path will lead them to confronting “Banned in Boston” censors, criminal thugs, and a deadly horror that may destroy everything in its wake.


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This adventure includes 2 pages of scenario information with locations, scenes, NPCs, and clues to use at the Keeper's discretion. This condensed format is best used by Keepers who have run Call of Cthulhu scenarios before and who need a foundation for their own embellishments. This could be a useful scenario for first-time players or an abbreviated timeframe, such as a convention. There's also a short introduction to the "music" and lyrics of this scenario.

Trigger warnings: Censorship, Horror, Insanity, Jazz, Violence

The adventure begins on December 31, 1924 at the Vaudeville Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. A jam-packed theater holds patrons enjoying performances featuring famous acts such as comedian Jimmy Durante and burlesque performer Gladys Bentley. But everybody’s excited for Billy Blank and the Blankety-Blanks and all their latest hits! When the theater’s green room is ransacked during the after-party, something very secret and very special is stolen from the band. It’s a race against time across the city of Boston for the investigators to use all their resources and skills to gather clues and save Billy and the boys.

The scenario encompasses six scenes:

  • The Vaudeville Theater: The New Years Eve performance and party lead to a shocking discovery.

  • 2 Noyes St, “Too Noisy,” a Speakeasy: Gangsters may help or hinder.

  • Police Station / City Hall: If the investigators seek help from official channels.

  • Chase Residence: The home of the leader of Watch and Ward

  • Watch and Ward HQ: The center of a censorship movement by private citizens

  • Warehouse: [redacted to prevent spoilers]

Download

The download for this adventure consist of:

  • A two-page pamphlet in PDF format. It is 8 1/2" x 11" and is layed out to be folded in thirds. Two versions are provided, one for easy screen reading and the other with the second page flipped around for two-sided printing.

  • A handout of playlist of songs from Billy Blank and the Blankety-Blanks

  • Special bonus! The original lyrics for five Blankey-Blank songs for keepers to sing to their players! (Make up your own melody, please.)


This scenario is playable via theater of the mind. However, an optional supplement with maps is available under a separate title, Maps for Blank (Vaudeville Theater and more) - A 1920s Adventure for Call of Cthulhu - Miskatonic Repository 


Acknowledgements

This is a SanityFree Adventure.

Some players were harmed in the making of this adventure, or so they tell me. They got better. As always, thanks to them.

This is a great scenario to connect to another adventure such as the free convention scenario Murder in the Footlights from from Chaosium.

Spoiler: This adventure features this scenario writer’s take on a classic Lovecraftian monster, a Servitor of the Outer Gods.

 
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File Last Updated:
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