Sure, it's only a two hour game tomorrow. But "The Condor Falls" is the one scenario I am running at Con of the North that is not "on the fly" - even though it does involve aircraft. We'll be test driving the Achtung! Cthulhu Fate Core edition for a game set during the Spanish Civil War.
When I say the game is not on the fly, I mean that I have done a fair amount of historical research (for me) in order to get sufficiently grounded in the conflict. We've read John Preston's The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Repression, and Revenge. This is the definitive general history of the war. We also picked up a couple of books on the Condor Legion, Hitler's "volunteer" force in Spain, as well as Carlos Medina's text on the war (lots and lots of photos and maps of troop movements), and an Osprey on the Republican forces. I've had volume 1 of Peirats' definitive history of the CNT in the Spanish Revolution (the anarchists' preferred term for the social revolution that occurred in the Catalan region of the Republican zone) for a while.
I also downloaded the Smithsonian Folkways double album of the Songs of the Spanish Civil War.
The players will be members of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, one of the International Brigades that came to Spain to fight for the Spanish Republic. Some 2,800 men and women from the United States came to Spain to fight Franco's fascists and protect the democratic Republic. We owe them a great debt, as they had the courage and the foresight to try and stop evil while the leaders of the Western democracies stood silent and still.
|Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives|
My scenario is set late in the war, when things grew pretty desperate. It hardly seems necessary to add to the horror of the war with supernatural elements.