October 2014 Blog Carnival: Things that go bump in the night
In the previous post I described something that is mostly true, cobbled together from my childhood and sprinkled with a little artistic licence. If I had told it straight it would have been an insight into nothing more than my psyche, a little embellishment though added the extra spice to it.
In case you’re wondering I did have that poster and it did freak me out each and every night it hung on my wall and it did eventually get replaced.
If you want to scare your players though, you do need to take something very familiar to them and spin it slightly; Hollywood has made fortunes featuring haunted; houses, bottles, dolls, paintings, boxes and nightmares from beyond. Heck someone made money from nothing more than two people in a house recording themselves on video cameras.
So a haunted poster is a great idea to freak your players out with; brought to life by the wishes and dreams of a small child, perhaps even a small demonic child 🙂 . You could even say that the poster is a portal between two worlds and that when the stars are right; correct ritual performed in front of it or even certain times of the year, those trapped within the poster are free to wreak havoc upon the living.
There is an excellent scenario for Call of Cthulhu in a haunted house which works because of the set-up; it may or may not be haunted, that’s up to the Keeper to decide.