View Full Version : Gothic Horror Romance Adventure idea

01-17-2012, 04:31 PM
So something really off the wall. We have a new girl in our gaming group who is from a more 'roleplay' experience in D&D versus my group's tendency for a 'hack/slash' preference - not my preference, but I've learned to live with it. One of our other newer players, the new girl's best friend suggested I write a more roleplay heavy adventure, and try it out with our 3 newest gamers, rather than the older players which might be less comfortable trying that.

Anyway, I came up with the idea of trying to create a 16th - 17th century motif, Gothic Horror Romance adventure. Something like a cross between Jane Eyre and The Fall of House Usher. I have an aristocratic family, father and daughter, going on holiday to the West Country along with some highborn friends. They are going to the coastal moors which is largely uninhabited wilderness. The daughter and her friends will be consorting with the local gentry, a handsome common born hunter-ranger who will guide them on a fox hunt. However, a local smuggling gang is bringing intrigue to the area. The manor that the aristocratic family is visiting is haunted, the moors feature a pack of ghostly moor hounds that operate like Banshee - howling before the death some one who hears them, I am including a false werewolf, a murderer with a cursed ring combined with being a ravaging barbarian. I intend for one of the potential lovers of one of the PC girls to be murdered and become a ghost who maintains contact with the girl he loves to aid her in the troubles ahead. Anyway lots of ideas.

I approached Steve Russell of Rite Publishing with the above idea made into a patronage project for a standalone publication. He suggested I find a woman to author the work, to best market it as a patronage project. So I contacted Christina Stiles, who is currently writing Journeys to the West, an Open Design Project that recently hit it's budget as a Kickstarter project. Christina's first published adventure was Jigsaw, for Dungeon #61, a Masque of the Red Death (Ravenloft modern) adventure. She said her interest is piqued - I think I've sold her on the idea.

Meanwhile I updated this news to Steve and got him excited. Next we are looking at two choices for lead artist. One is Eric Quigley (http://www.ericquigley.com/) and the other is Emma Lazauski (http://www.inklingart.com/) - though I like both, though I'm thinking Emma's work is a bit too 'happy' for a dark adventure. Still I like her style.

Anyway, looks like this will become a patronage project, something that would be pubished by summer time.



01-19-2012, 12:13 AM
Good luck with that. It sounds like an interesting project. If I were carrying a heavy wallet, I'd look at give you some less verbal support.

As for artist, I think some of Emma's pieces on that site are nicely creepy.

01-19-2012, 10:33 AM
If you pushed the time period to late 19C you could use the Cthulhu by gaslight ruleset. 1500s might be too early for the kind of feel you have in mind.

01-19-2012, 11:30 AM
That will probably be a decision between me and Christina Stiles, the author - it could very well be anywhere from 16th to 19th century. Although Masque of the Red Death rules could be applied as well, which fit a 16th century world. Really the goal is to keep this using Pathfinder, with our own rules extension in the publication. Christina Stiles first published adventure was for Masque of the Red Death, Ravenloft. My goal is to keep it in the era of black powder pistols and muskets (which fits early 19th century). I think 19th century is too late a period in my thinking, but it is not out of the question.

Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, to me fits 18th century well enough, and this is the inspiration.

01-19-2012, 11:48 AM
1700s is much more fun on account of plunging necklines and the funky wigs!