The Play’s The Thing

The Play’s The Thing

A tragic Unknown Armies 3 love story, performed with extras in contemporary England.

This story begins in Lower Barton, a small English market town not far from Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the legendary playwright William Shakespeare.

The key players are all members of the Lower Barton Amateur Dramatics Society. They are on a mission to piece together a complete version of what they believe to be the final lost play of Shakespeare, and to perform it for your cultural pleasure.

Vignette Test: Monster of the Week to Unknown Armies

So, the experiment of taking an Unknown Armies setup and fast-pacing it through Monsters of the Week was a lot of fun.

How things played out was inevitably different as the MOTW hunters had very different motives to the UA cabal. But there were some emotional and situational echoes from the one shot that helped me make better GMing decisions in the campaign episode.

From Crunchy and Complex to Lean and Simple: a Campaign Development Experiment

From Crunchy and Complex to Lean and Simple: a Campaign Development Experiment

The Unknown Armies campaign I’m running is quite a complex beast. I’ve been thinking about how to tighten it up and simplify it, without sacrificing its essential occult conspiracy richness. So I’m spinning out a couple of storylines for a frightful Monster of the Week Halloween mini-arc. Without even playing the results, I’m already seeing benefits through the prep process.

Running For One Night Only at Furnace

Running For One Night Only at Furnace

Well, that was a bit of a rollercoaster! And unsurprisingly, a completely different story unfolded for the Royal Pains using what started out as a bit more of a cautious / risk-averse approach by the cabal.

Despite that, if the scenario had winning conditions, this group had the most ‘successful’ outcome. That’s not necessarily a good thing in Unknown Armies.