Mark Morrison transporting us to death under an African sun
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I was scheduled to run a game on Saturday at 8 am. The Con staff had inexplicably IDed it as “Delta Green”, despite my attempts to have it correctly named in the program. Nevertheless someone had signed up for my rather generically named event; sadly he was the only one. MrBlueSky (I’m using YSDC forum names) was kind enough to bring a gift all the way from Australia and it went a long way towards appeasing the Homunculus upon my return home later. Since the scenario I had prepared (mostly prepared… it is still a little underdone) demanded at least two characters, he instead had the “privilege” of play-testing my submission to this years DGML Shotgun Scenario contest. I hope he had fun… had fun… had fun… (look a joke only he can get!)
Since that only took about an hour (what can I say, it is short), we then had the good fortune to jump in on a game run by Horror on the Orient Express’ own Mark Morrison – that was the amazing thing about Necronomicon: you could find space in a Call of Cthulhu game GMed by famous (for CoC, I’m not wholly crazy) authors. Hell, my DG game was across from Sandy Peterson’s demo of Cthulhu Wars… such pretty (expensive) ‘miniatures’.
Returning to Mark Morrison – the five of us adjourned to the open air porch and found ourselves in the Kenya wilderness of 1939 in a scenario (unpublished, by Penelope Love) in part based on a Hemingway short story I’ve fortunately never read. The scenario is better than the story, in my opinion, but I must confess in school I found myself rooting for the Sea and not the Old Man. I played Wilson the “great” white hunter and leader of our safari and I came to most sticky end. It was a great game, showing that with good players and a great GM, you can make even a breezy veranda a place of nightmare and terror. (Confidential to M.M. – Dear god, please never make that hyena sound again. Yikes!)
After that MrBlueSky and I were joined by Keeper Murph of the Miskatonic University Podcast (whom listeners to their program will recall I promised a lunch when I was interviewed on the most recent episode). We supped at a nearby tavern, and discussed the state of the game, the weather in Australia (i.e. HOT), GenCon, etc. It was an enjoyable and convivial meal and I was glad to have the chance to talk with both of them. MrBlueSky also made some disturbing hints about a ritual taking place that very evening by the shore of the Providence River, which I unfortunately could not investigate due to my second scheduled game.
Next I returned to the Biltmore to drop off copies of “The Graveyards of Providence” to Tom Lynch who had agreed to sell them at the MRP table. (I still have a few for sale) and browsed the tables, briefly saying hello to Oscar Rios – I should note that I saw several Golden Goblin Press shirts – and then I returned to the Providence to prep for my game that evening.
After getting a chance to peruse the Chaosium booth briefly and drop off some instructions where they might wire my outstanding payments (The Royal Bank of the Caymen Islands, of course), I had the good fortune to listen in on the final hour or so of “The Last Flight of the L58“, as Keepered by Adam Scott Glancy and will hopefully soon appear in print form…