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The Grindhouse: Volume 1

The Grindhouse: Volume 1



grindhouse [grahynd-hous] n. – A grindhouse or action house is an American slang term for a theatre that mainly shows low-budget horror, splatter and exploitation films for adults.

    These aren’t your typical Call of Cthulhu scenarios where some classy, well-dressed investigator sips tea and pours over leather books in some wood paneled library.
    These are burning dumpsters of pure horror where a fleeing private investigator limps through some filthy back alley on a busted ankle while a howling pack of mutants try to beat them to death with the limbs of their dead friends.
    In other words, these are not for the faint of heart, and are intended for mature audiences only. Player discretion is advised.


The Crimson King
This scenario takes place in the early 1980s. The characters have been invited to an exclusive nightclub that features early goth music with industrial and punk influences. Illicit drugs and overt sexuality are ubiquitous with the underground nightclubs of the time, and by all accounts The Court of the Crimson King is no exception.

Isle of the Damned
Set on a small island off the coast of Maine, this scenario takes place in the summer of 1974. A group of friends have rented a small vacation house with the intent of spending a week fishing, drinking, and maybe smoking a little weed. Things begin to go sideways when they hear a noise from beneath the cabin that leads them to a hidden door. What lies beyond will change their lives forever.

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Reed S September 21, 2021 12:55 pm UTC
Are the character sheets at the end of the scenarios premade characters for the players or should they be making their own?
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Alex G September 21, 2021 1:08 pm UTC
They are intended to be pre-generated characters for the players, though they were kept simple so that players could customize them with little effort. Then again, there's no reason a Keeper couldn't use them as NPCs. :)
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Ian C September 21, 2021 1:08 pm UTC
They are made for use with the scenario, but you can definitely make your own or use existing characters assuming they fit the 80s and 70s respectively.
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Reed S September 21, 2021 1:22 pm UTC
Okay cool, I just noticed that it talked about the possibility of the investigators being law enforcement and wasn't sure. Either way, love this and Highway of Blood and can't wait to run it soon
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Ian C September 21, 2021 5:27 pm UTC
Thank you! Glad you also loved Highway!
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Harald H September 20, 2021 12:01 pm UTC
This would be a nice little couple of adventures, with some violent approach as promised and a set of pre-gen characters to die in amusingly horrible ways... if not for a rather witless comment: so they have a 4 000 yrs. old vampire as the Big Bad. Great: some enemies are to overcome, others one needs to escape from.
But why the allusion to da Vinci and why the utterly useless, unnecessarily comment about religion?
"Throughout the millennia, he has taken on many identities and faces, including a reclusive alchemist, an Egyptian priest, a murderous tyrant, and a rabbinical prophet from Nazareth."
Oh, really? How witty and daring of you!
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Alex G September 20, 2021 1:32 pm UTC
Religious comment?
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Harald H September 20, 2021 2:33 pm UTC
"...and a rabbinical prophet from Nazareth." (from the description of the "Crimson King").
Where I come from rabbies, prophets and the man from Nazareth are religious figures.
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Alex G September 20, 2021 3:59 pm UTC
Fair enough. It's more of a reference to the origins of the vampire myths, many of which borrow heavily from Judeo-Christian mythology. The entire vampire concept of drinking blood was an oblique reference to the last supper, which itself borrowed from several Mediterranean myths that were popular at the time.

In any case, these scenarios are intended to be modified to fit the taste of the Keeper, so feel free to change his backstory to suit your preferences. We certainly appreciate the feedback.
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Gus D September 18, 2021 5:47 am UTC
Hi. Will you release a POD version of this book? Thanks!
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Alex G September 18, 2021 1:23 pm UTC
Hi Gus! Yes, we will definitely be doing that, but due to printing restrictions, we have to reach 251 sales first.
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Ian C September 18, 2021 1:28 pm UTC
251 Electronic sales, to be precise. Once the book hits Electrum Status we can apply to them for POD services.
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