'Terror on the Thames'

Wright, Peter (2015) 'Terror on the Thames'. In: Kenrick, Andrew (ed). 'Cthulhu Britannica: London Boxed Set' Book 3: Adventures in Mythos. Cubicle 7, Oxford, pp. 5-44. ISBN 978-0857442437

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Abstract

A historic problem for the tabletop roleplaying game (TRPG) is how a Gamemaster can justify the association of a group of player-characters from diverse backgrounds. This is less significant in fantasy TRPGs like Dungeons & Dragons, but for historically-set games like Call of Cthulhu, assembling a diverse group of PCs, often from different professions, social classes and backgrounds represents difficulties in verisimilitude and authenticity. ‘Terror on the Thames’ was conceived to explore how narrative strategies might used to achieve the kind of diversity found among player-character groups whilst avoiding the absurdity of such diverse groups operating as a collective. It achieves this avoidance by providing credible justification for each of the player character professions I designed for the Cthulhu Britannica: London Investigator’s Guide, to be present on the Louisiana Lady, a Mississippi riverboat re-floated on the Thames in the early 1920s.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Tabletop Roleplaying Game Literary Adaptation Interactive Narrative Call of Cthulhu Cthulhu Britannica
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: English Language & Literature
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 08:56
URI: http://repository.edgehill.ac.uk/id/eprint/10203

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