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Trail of Cthulhu: The Dance in the Blood $5.95
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Trail of Cthulhu: The Dance in the Blood
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 01/31/2017 08:20:19

More terror stalks Britian in what is the author's third purist adventure. The introduction soon explains the dreadful truth that underlies the plot, one that involves the Investigators personally. Neatly, it doesn't matter if you are using the pre-generated characters provided or your players produce their own - the way it is set up enables you to accommodate either option. If players actually like their own characters, though, it is probably best to run this as a one-off. If they want to take the third path and create their own charaters specifically for this adventure, a few requirements are laid out. Indeed, Investigators who don't meet those requirements probably won't work very well in this adventure.

There's a neat twist to the Stability rules for Investigators going insane, that turns matters over to the players and makes it almost pleasurable to go round the bend. This will work best for those players who enjoy role-playing mental issues making it almost a competition to see who goes mad first, but other groups may find that they prefer the traditional approach of attempting to cling on to their sanity while the Keeper tries to chip it away (even if they do enjoy role-playing the almost inevitable madness). Take a look and choose what will work best for your game.

The main NPCs are listed, with brief notes and advice on role-playing them (particularly useful if you like to act out a bit - voices, gestures and the like - when speaking as that character). Then the adventure itself starts with the Investigators gathering in an hotel in the Lake District, not knowing each other and mostly a bit baffled about why they have even come there... then they see the photograph. That alone should rock them back on their heels, but it is only the beginning. Strange dreams, events, encounters... and no matter what their Stability score says, they will probably feel that they are going mad.

There are a few handouts - notes to be found and a crude sketchmap of the area - but that's about it. Note that with the pre-generated characters, you'll have to transfer them to a character sheet, they are presented in a narrative style which would make it fairly difficult to cut them out and distribute them amongst the players.

This is possibly the most purist adventure I have read. It ends with the Investigators facing a stark choice and an inevitable doom. It won't suit some folks, but if you are ready to embrace some mind-numbing horror that fair sends shivers up your spine... try this one cold, dark night.



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Trail of Cthulhu: The Dance in the Blood
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Tuukka U. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/01/2016 02:53:38

Nice story and easy for beginners. You can play through it nicely in a few hours.



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Trail of Cthulhu: The Dance in the Blood
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Timo S. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/29/2011 14:44:50

A very nice adventure with a nice twist that pulls the players in the plot.

SPOILERS

The point of this adventure is that the characters themself are the myrhos horrors and they find it out gradually. They then have a choice of surrendering to their natures or not to do it.

I felt this adventure was a good purchase and our group enjoyed it very much. The only ting i felt it lacked a bit was it could have had more information and depth on the npc characters since most of the investigation was based on dialogue with them. The npcs werent very interesting for me.

This is a good buy!



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Trail of Cthulhu: The Dance in the Blood
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Wolfgang H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/15/2010 12:37:05

„The Dance in the Blood“ is a very well crafted one-shot adventure for Trail of Cthulhu. My gaming group was immediately drawn into the story by its unique story hook and enjoyed the pre-generated characters which come with the adventure. No extra preparation on my part was necessary, story flow and timing were flawless. A word of warning though for more action oriented Groups, don't expect much fighting here. But if you are looking for a roleplaying rich, gripping story to treat your group with for an evening this adventure is highly recommended. A minor point of criticism is a slight lack of editing which still does not prevent me from giving this product full marks.



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