|Cover art by Doug Stambaugh|
As I mentioned over at The Everwayan a few weeks ago, I am planning to run +trey causey's brilliant Weird Adventures setting at Con of the North 2014! The book is 90% setting and built out with old school D&D in mind, but should port over brilliantly to FATE Accelerated Edition (FAE). Weird Adventures offers a pulp RPG setting with a D&Dified flavor.
The default setting is a place called The City, which is very much like New York. With an Underworld (and we're not just talking about the Hell Syndicate here), monsters, and sorcerers. If you thought "a 1920s version of Urban Arcana" you'd have the form, but not the substance. The substance is a setting that could have been written by fantasy and horror luminaries like China Mieville, Jeff Vandermeer, Fritz Leiber, and Cornell Woolrich.
So it's very cool.
We're going there in February.
Initially, I was planning to run a story called "The Cult of the Barren Madonna", as Our Lady of the Grave is one of the ways that the Virgin is venerated in this world. Then last weekend I learned about George Sylvester Viereck, and his connections with Aleister Crowley (I had no idea he ever lived in NYC!), and Crowley's apparent lover and Horst Wessel biographer Hanns Heinz Ewers - can't make stuff like this up!
Then a little more thinking, entirely new story ideas, a new title, a different blurb:
"The Anagrammatist, A Weird Adventures Story!"
Event Description: The mean streets of The City just got a lot meaner. Not only do you have to deal with the horrors dwelling under The City, Devils in the Financial district, and the Unspeakables of Little Carcossa, but The Anagrammatist is back, twisting people, places, and things into monsters. Stop him before he kills The City itself in this pulp-flavored supernatural thriller.