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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 30 - An Unexpected Ally

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The investigators were tired, wounded and feeling frail after the long walk through the darkness of the ancient city and their encounters with the cultists last session. Things would not get much better, though they would find an unusual potential ally as they continued their explorations.

Deciding to quickly move on from the site of their recent battle with the zombified miners the investigators left the red plaza for the grey dullness of the light bulb trail through the darkness of the alien and mysterious constructions. Hubert was still acting strangely (and the players were taking advantage of the fact that Hubert's player would not be joining us for the first half of the session, starting with suggesting they leave poor Hubert behind).

Deeper into the buried city
They wandered dully on, almost like zombies themselves as they mechanically put one foot in front of the other. Rodrigo checked his compass, but found the needle was slowly spinning round and round. Eventually they found their way blocked once again by fallen masonry. They clambered over, hardly finding the energy to complain when Sebastian tripped and tore open his wounds from the earlier battle.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 29 - Lost in the Darkness

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Rodrigo might have got his hands on a lightning gun (model B) last session, but it would be a while before he actually got a chance to use it. It was time to move on from the scene of destruction at the bunkhouses and continue exploring the strange city that lay beneath the sands of the Great Sandy Desert.

Lightning Gun!
Whilst they could travel in any direction, the string of light bulbs that lead away from the cultist camp was too difficult to resist. A well-travelled path lay marked in the thick dust that covered every surface, and despite the promise of untold mysteries hidden in the dark, cyclopean ruins that lay about the investigators decided to follow the path.
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Friday, June 13, 2014

Masks of Nyarlathotep Campaign Journal: Chapter 28 - The City Beneath The Sands

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Once again we picked up right where the last session left off, this time with the investigators caught in an ambush by Koori cultists. It was the first of three encounters in what would prove to be a very combat-heavy session that would see at least one casualty amongst the investigators' party.


Showing some uncommon sense they decided to stay in the vehicles (mostly at least) and waited to see what the figures at the top of the escarpment would do. Apart from Rodrigo who immediately decided to start firing his .44! Spears soon started flying down, puncturing the doors of their trucks and smashing through the windshield. Sebastian took a hit to the leg, and angrily returned fire through the window of his truck, badly wounding one of the Kooris.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan

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The Strain (The Strain Trilogy, #1)The Strain by Guillermo del Toro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is a real thrill ride, one of those holiday thrillers that is difficult to put down. It's well written, avoiding the large swathes of dull exposition that some of these books fall prey to (I'm looking at you Dan Brown!) and has a very cinematic feel to events. The premise is good and the book's twist on the normal vampire myth is obviously from the nightmarish dreams of Guillermo del Toro.

If that's what you are after you will enjoy the book. It's not particularly deep, and once you step off the roller-coaster the plot holes and shallow characters become all too apparent. For a read on the beach or, as more likely in my case, whilst hiding in the tent from the holiday rain, it's recommended. I'm definitely reading the other two books in the series over the summer!

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