An Unwelcome Guest – A system-free Cthulhu adventure
An Unwelcome Guest in Kildare Cove from Michael Humpreys is a Lovecraftian adventure set in the 1930′s that is meant to be used with whatever system you deem appropriate for a Cthulhu-esque game. Set in a town in Maine, An Unwelcome Guest is the first in a series of system-free adventures from Humphreys beginning when “mysterious and terrible events” begin to happen in Kildare Cove, Maine. The entire series is called The Dark History of Broke Moon Isle and, while each quest will be stand-alone, they will all – apparently – lead into the next adventure whether your party succeeds or fails. While An Unwelcome Guest is set in the 1930′s, the full campaign of The Dark History of Broke Moon Isle will follow the players as they face the threat to the world at different points in history between the far past (the second adventure is set in 1002 A.D. and follows a group of Vikings) and the present. It’s a really great setup that reminds me some of Eternal Darkness, a Gamecube game from Silicone Knights. Mood music will also be queued at various time during the adventure, telling you when to go to the web site to play a particular piece of mood-setting audio. I’ve never really done much ‘mood setting’ to be honest (I played in a Ravenloft game a long time ago where the DM did a fair amount of it to some success, however), even though I have typically been the GM in my group, but the audio clip provided on the Kickstarter page does have a nice, atmospheric feel to it. If you want more information, including a snippet of writing from An Unwelcome Guest you can go over to Kickstarter and check it out.
Do you like the idea of system-free settings. I can see both sides but, given my schedule, I often prefer to get the crunch with the setting.