Between production of the Breath of Gorr Kickstarter & the regular Twitch & Youtube shows, it’s been difficult to find time for creative projects outside of work. This weekend I got the chance to sit down and flesh out an idea I’ve had for a long time now. I was inspired by recent sessions of Call of Cthulhu during our Horror on the Orient Express series in which I ran the Investigators through the general plot of this story. Capitalizing on that idea, I wrote a short story based around these possible events. Reading it through, I realised that this would make for a great Mini Module that I’ll be releasing for free on the website.
To give you some context to the theme of the Module, here’s what happened last week on the Show:
Searching for the Sedefkar Simulacrum, an item of great power hunted for by Christians and Turkish Cultists alike, the Investigators find themselves in Venice, 1923. Having previously caused havoc within the city, they fled aboard the Orient while it was being destroyed by gigantic tentacles. After the initial assault, they found themselves traveling to Trieste and took command of the train alongside a trained physician, Dr. Gray. They scavenged for supplies, restored some kind of order and found food from a nearby village after needing to stop due to a snow pass blocking their way. That night, strange creatures attacked them, forming from the icicles of the Italian Alps and relentlessly sliding their way through the snow towards the train. In a desperate maneuver, Nancy crashed the train through the snowy pass and into safety.
During the course of the Orient Express Campaign, I began to grow more and more interested in the idea of a survival horror game based around events on the train itself. Managing a crew, finding supplies, and plotting a course through the Italian Alps. Cut off from civilization, but with a means of limited transport, this seemed to me to be a perfect stage for a good campaign arc.
My home campaign idea became a short story, which will soon become a Free Mini Module for use with Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition that (work depending) will hopefully be ready within the next couple of weeks. The working title is The Ghost Train, as a nod to the Orient Express campaign itself, but if you have a better one, suggest it in the comments below!