04 August 2011

Enough whining. Now, a question about small-town Nazi Cthulhu Cultists.

I've been kicking around this 1930's Weird War II game for months and months now, in which fine art and Nazis feature prominently.  I don't know when or if it will ever get off the ground, but thoughts have returned to it lately.  Prompted by such things as Christian's Pathfinder "game in a city block" setting in Lovitar, and Michael Curtis' Haunted House adventure, I've started to think small.  As in small town.  As in, "if this game ever gets started, where will it start?"

There's a lot of rationale for beginning the game in a big city, especially given that fine art would be a big part of the game.  But I also like the idea of beginning small, in a smaller town.  It's more manageable for me as a GM.  And there's something to be said for knowing your neighbors, even if they turn out to be Nazis and/or Cthulhu cultists.

So, any suggestions?  Some scenic European (or American) hamlet chock full of 1930's weirdness?

8 comments:

  1. Choose your locale first, then start digging.

    Any and every small town has it's strange, unpleasant stories. You just have to look at them at a certain, strange, non-euclidean angle to make it work. Just take some book about the history of your chosen locale and look through it. I bet, there will be inspiration, no matter where on the world it is.

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  2. How small? I know Charleston, SC and Wilmington, NC have their weirdness, and it might fit with the time frame. And give you an ocean from which the Cthulhu denizens could attack.

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  3. I would call Charleston SC a small town. Small City, perhaps, but a small town is like my home town growing up. A better small city would be Savannah GA--more weird character.

    Of course, why not go the comic book (or Lovecraft) route and make up a city. One could easily replace military town Pensecola FL with something like a decaying, Spanish-influenced mini-New Orleans.

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  4. Small town is the way to go, especially from the player perspective. I dig Savanah, but I'm thinking even smaller. Why not make something up?

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  5. I agree.

    A correction on my comment before: I meant to say I didn't view Charleston as a small town.

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  6. You have convinced me to just make something up!

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  7. I had to change the title of my post to include the word bone. Thanks. Have a groovy day with lots of fun and smiles.

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  8. Not really about small town weirdness, there is a great series of local history books published by Arcadia Publishing called Images of America, which are photographic histories of towns, counties, and cities around the US. They are great resources if you are looking for historical photographs of a specific place, especially small towns.
    http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/index.html

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