Roleplaying in the time of COVID is incredibly difficult. It’s already hard enough to get a group together under normal circumstances, and with 5 months of social distancing under out belts and no end in sight…it’s not going to get any better. Luckily, tabletop companies have been accounting for this in a variety of ways. From digital play to distanced dice rolls, the whole hobby is trying it’s damnedest to keep you playing all through the pandemic.
One or two-player versions of games have become popular as well, and Call of Cthulhu publisher Chaosium has clearly noticed. Over the weekend, they announced a new book titled Does Love Forgive, which features two different CoC scenarios specifically concocted for just two players. The scenarios initially appeared in February 2020 as a Polish release from authors Airis Kamińska and Anna Maria Mazur before being brought over and translated by Lynne Hardy. You can find out more details below.
Does Love Forgive? is a collection of two special scenarios for Call of Cthulhu originally released in Poland by Black Monk Games on February 14th, 2020. Usually, Call of Cthulhu is played with one Keeper and between four to six investigators. Sometimes, for any number of reasons, it can be hard to get such a large group of players together, so the scenarios in this collection have been specifically designed for just two people: one Keeper and one player.
Each of the standalone scenarios—Love You to Death and Mask of Desire—can be played over the course of one session and are suitable for all levels of Keeper and player experience. Advice is provided on how to support one-to-one play, as well as on how to create a bespoke investigator for each scenario or incorporate an existing investigator, if desired.
Love You to Death
Chicago: February 15th, 1929. It’s a cold winter’s day when the investigator’s good friend Hattie May appears in their office at the detective agency. Her beloved pet dog, Highball, is currently scheduled to be destroyed later today and she needs the investigator’s help getting him back from the Chicago PD. It doesn’t sound like too difficult task, does it—so how hard could it be?
New York: September, 1932. The investigator, together with their two close friends Anna Konrad and Lucas Reston, has been invited to a party at wealthy—and notorious—socialite Madame de Tisson’s swanky apartment on the Upper West Side. But both Anna and Lucas are distracted by Anna’s audition tomorrow for Nancy Turner, the famous jazz orchestra conductor. What is the link between that and the mysterious parcel that arrives the next day at the investigator’s apartment? And why do so many people seem to be interested in the contents of
You can pick up Does Love Forgive on the Chaosium store, where the PDF will run you $5.99.
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