Monday, April 24, 2023

The Demonic & The Wretched - Wretched Darkness rpg And the Demonic Tome by Rafael Chandler

Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”
Mathew 12:45

So this morning I'm sitting around the diner with my players & we're discussing the Red Room. We've been talking for a solid month about doing a Wretched Darkness campaign coming up. We've done one shots and solitary adventures here & there. Now there are a metric ton of resources in the book to run a sustained urban or dark fantasy campaign. The problem is holding the player's attention with Wretched Darkness because it's a new game. There are a few tricks up my sleave yet that might just do it.

Imagine what might happen if the world of the near future became infected by demons. And no one really noticed. 
No seriously the world just goes on as it is. The weird and unhinged occult world begins to intrude on other supernatural creatures terrorities and here's where things get interesting. 
So instead of using the usual OSR supplements I decided to go with the Demonic Tome By Rafael Chandler. There are several reasons why?! The first of which is that all of the Wretched Darkness material goes to 10th level and the Demonic Tome goes to seventh. The second reason is that the Demonic Tome By Rafael Chandler is not that well known outside of OSR horror circles. 
One aspect of the supernatural invading the other is an old formula. And this can easily lead to other aspects of horror growing in power and might. 

The NPC demons are going to be growing in power and influence. The opening salvo of television style influence for this campaign is going to be late Eighties horror television programing such as Friday The 13th the Series and perhaps Gallio movies such as 'The Beyond'. We've been looking into cop shows and investigative murder shows as well as horror rpg's such as the original Kult rpg as well. 
Is such a  campaign sustainable over the long haul?! This is the question that right now is echoing through my head.  Wretched Darkness  is an excellent rpg and certainly can sustain a long term campaign. Can it sustain one such as what I'm elevator pitching to our players?! 
Only time will tell!  

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