Sunday, July 3, 2016

[Achtung Cthulhu] Over the Rainbow

We pick up the action on a ghost-lit island in the middle of the North Atlantic and wrap up in a sinkhole on an island in a Greenland fjord. In between comes black goo, frantic chases, seal-leather short pants, hot cups of caribou blood, and chaotic firefights.



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Featuring:

Des
Jade
Jen
Dave S.
Renae

5 comments:

  1. So... all of the seriously/critically wounded people went through a mysterious portal while the healthy remained behind in relative safety? Relative being used to indicate they're surrounded by Nazis trying to kill them, but that is still probably safer.

    I also found Des's reaction to realising why narrative had been taken away from her character adorable. She went from plucky fighter to resigned frog-person within the span of a single sentence. Too bad she had to go, but sometimes people just croak out of nowhere.

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    1. Did Helga make it through? Thought only Fountain and Micheline managed.

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    2. Helga was on her way, but being so slow the gate collapsed before she reached it.

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  2. Some further comments on the exciting subject of language knowledge once upon a time. As I've noted before, in this period a professional academic with a specialism in something like Polish would almost certainly have studied German, French, and Latin as well, although that's not the same as being able to read them without a dictionary, especially if he or she hadn't used them lately.

    In facts it's not unlikely that any college-educated person has had Latin at school (although not as likely that they would retain it). While it hadn't been a requirement to attend Harvard (the closest analogy to Miskatonic University) since the later 19th century, Latin was still normal - it's not until after WWII that prep schools cease to dominate elite university admissions, I believe. And it was still a requirement to attend British universities in this period that one pass an exam in Latin and it was a compulsory subject in grammar schools, I think, let alone public schools.*

    But I think it's fair enough to say that people only recognize the occasional word if they haven't used the language in years.

    *To clarify, although you probably know this: "public school" in Britain = "elite private school."

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    1. That's a really good gloss on what the Other Language skill represents in CoC--a language that you've got enough of a grip on that you can read or speak it as a general rule, even if the going is slow. Higher percentages would represent understanding of idioms, slang, dialects, and so forth.

      I felt pretty good with allowing a Know roll (or was it an Idea roll?) to decipher bits and pieces from a related language. I could see allowing the same for academic characters and languages associated with their area of focus (Polish-->German; Latin or Ancient Greek, etc.).

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