Monday, March 18, 2013

099 - Big Sky Country 01 (Western)

Skype of Cthulhu presents a Call of Cthulhu scenario. Big Sky Country, by Jim Phillips.

Bannock, Montana Territory
Summer, 1869

Mysterious disappearances begin to haunt the remote mining town of Bannock, Montana.

Dramatis Persone:
  • Dan as Merrick Wilson, hunter;
  • Gary as Sheriff Jack Marsden;
  • Jim as The Keeper of Arcane Lore;
  • Shannon as Curly Mosely, gunslinger;
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6 comments:

Logar said...

I was skeptical of a Wild West Cthulhu because I never heard one before, but I quickly found this as one of my top 3 scenario favs. I think I might like to change my 100th ep fav character vote to Shannon's Curley! Is it too late? :) Be sure to give him an honorable mention.

This is great work guys. It feels just ... right somehow. Like an old-fashioned straight up classic scenario. I liked it as much as Mr. Corbett's House and you changed my mind about the setting. Great job Jim. Can't wait for the rest.

World Traveller Jim said...

Much appreciated, thanks. This scenario - so far - seems to have struck a chord with people. There's a fair bit of discussion on it (and Curly!) over at the MuP forms as well. There's still quite a bit more to come, hope you enjoy it!

Bishop said...

Thanks, Logar. I guess I'll have to do Curly at least one more time in that game as I am really a once month type of player in the group.

Where is this MuP link? Heh.

Bishop said...

P.S. Nvm, Jim. Found it. I'm that good or at least Curly thinks he is.

Jonathon M. Johnson said...

Before I started listening to this podcast, I started dabbling into the western genre for writing research if I wanted to head that direction for writing. I read a western, The Trailsman #325 Seminole Showdown – Jon Sharpe; watched a western, The Quick and the Dead – Louis L’Amour; and finally listened to a western; Big Sky Country – Skype of Cthulhu.

At the moment it is not looking like a direction I want to take. But maybe if I write a fantasy and time warp it to the western genre.

Since it is a western, we are going to have to do, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

The Good- Awesome western song intro. For these special events, Jim has always seemed to find very appropriate intro music. Jim led the group through the adventure fairly well, yet they seemed a bit lost at times. The thing from the sky is reminding me of the movie, “Cowboys & Aliens.” Love those traits that the players have. Reminds me of the background traits from D&D 5th edition. Love Jim’s signature scream; very distinguished from episode to episode. Thanks Dan for the truth about Skype. “Skype, she is a fickle bitch.” LOL

The Bad- The overall feel of this episode really did not have a western feel. Maybe more western terminology, more player western accents, western sound effects, etc… I heard some later episodes that talked about the Curly Mosely character and he did not live up to the expectations of what was talked about him. Jim gets crème-puffy on the group by having the players make too many rolls to save their butts. Tsk… Tsk…

The Ugly- Should have had the 100th episode, since it was about an hour long, in its own little special episode. It was a good listen, but still its own section would have been better.


Cheers

Jonathon M. Johnson
Colorado

World Traveller Jim said...

Thanks as always for the feedback Jonathon. I also rather like the Gaslight traits, it's a interesting and quick way to develop some individual characterization.

Might I suggest you check out the novel The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick deWitt. An existential Western, and a very good read IMHO.

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