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What would you trade?

Nestled among the Appalachian foothills of Maine, the small town of Pennybrook has become home to a ghost story: a restless spirit wanders the cemetery at night, led by a ghostly lantern. The residents of the town are divided on the ghost itself. Is it the spirit of a recently departed loved one? A malevolent force brought about by intemperance? Or just the groundskeeper making his nightly rounds? No one can say for sure. Nestled in the swirling mists of Pennybrook there are answers to be found about this ghost story. But also a question must be asked: What would you trade? 

Written for Call of Cthulhu, 7th edition, this scenario for 3-4 investigators is set in 1920s Maine (with notes for adjustment of time period). Four pre-generated investigators are provided, each with their own motivations to visit Pennybrook. This scenario can be played in one to two 4-6 hour sessions. 

Content warnings: violence, blood, body horror, gaslighting, mention of ghosts, possible PvP, discussions of loss of a loved one, and feelings of being trapped

Included in purchase are: the entire scenario as a single document (33 pages), four pre-generated investigators, handouts, a map of the fictional city of Pennybrook, notes for Keeper preparation, investigator creation guidance, recommended hooks for use of previous investigators, seeds for future connections to other scenarios. 

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Chris B September 30, 2023 4:52 pm UTC
Just waiting on the clock to allow me to leave a review but this is a great scenario - Thanks Matt "Doc" Tracey this is going into my rotation to be played.
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Ed S September 30, 2023 1:29 am UTC
Just an observation -- it appears the content warning eliminates most of the reasons any Call of Cthulhu scenario is played and enjoyed.
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Chris B September 30, 2023 4:50 pm UTC
Did you buy it or are you just being Glib?

Its actually a pretty good scenario if you have purchased it - and if not maybe buy it and give it a go.
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Matt T September 30, 2023 7:56 pm UTC
Hi Ed,

I always err on the side of caution with my content warnings, especially since different players may not want the same things out of a game.

Just because they're listed doesn't mean they all have to be used by a Keeper (run the game how you want!), but including them is my way of letting people know themes they'll encounter in my work. If including them up front helps someone who might be uncomfortable with a recent loss (a theme I utilized with two major NPCs) or gaslighting, a Keeper can amend and adjust accordingly if they want to run this.

My rule #1 is always that my players have fun and don't feel uncomfortable in a bad way. Me including a wide scope of potential content warnings is just my author-side use of safety tools.
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Ed S September 30, 2023 11:54 pm UTC
As it is Call of Cthulhu, the name alone is the content warning, isn’t it?

Who plays a CoC scenario with bedrock expectations of –not- experiencing “violence, blood, body horror, gaslighting, possible PvP, discussions of loss of a loved one, and feelings of being trapped” ?

Anyway, thank you for bringing another viable scenario choice to the genre. Based on the review, it should do quite well.
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