Monday, 8 July 2013

The truth is WAY out there

Cute little arcade-adventure Google Doodle today for the 66th anniversary of the Roswell Incident, the tip of the iceberg for gaming-hook-friendly Fortean and conspiracy events. See also Tunguska, Rasputin, the Arthur myth... UFOs, astral projections, mental telepathy, ESP, clairvoyance, spirit photography, telekinetic movement, full trance mediums, the Loch Ness monster and the theory of Atlantis.

What a given myth proves to be can vary from game to game, of course. Primeval explains Nessie so easily they never even bothered making a Nessie episode. In one convention adventure I used the Hollow Earth Expedition setting to explain Nessie, the Lost Legion and the idea of Arthur and his knights sleeping for centuries until they are needed again.

So what the the hidden truths of your setting? What is real, what has grown in the telling and what is utter hokum? Paranormal investigator PCs will rarely accept a hoax - certainly not as often as it happened in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Still, it would be nice if someone playing the Scully type was right more than once every two years...

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