||by Gabbye Birchak
played in July of 1985 in Denver
Total confusion reigns as the investigators try to figure out who is running the game.
No records were kept of this game, and no one can really remember what happened. There was one scenario involving a mysterious figure on a motorcycle, and at the final scenario all the investigators were summoned to a dinner at a restaurant. All clues were given anonymously, and no one ever knew who was running the game.
The world may never know the reasons why Gabbye Birchak decided to remain anonymous throughout this game. The investigators only learned the identity of the keeper through real investigative work: by learning who had made the reservations for dinner at the final scenario. But just for future reference, it was a really bad idea.
An anonymous keeper poses a number of serious problems. First of all, it is completely distracting from the story. With the very real mystery of who is running the game to be considered, no one cares about the events of the plot. Second, and more important, are the safety issues raised. If no one knows who the keeper is, no one knows who to discuss potential danger with, no one knows who to ask questions of, no one knows to whom to appeal in the event of an emergency. AHL
This may go down in the books as the least successful Cthulhu Lives game. While there was a genuine mystery as to who was putting on the game (most of the players suspected each other), the game itself could only be described as a dismal failure. The fun of our type of RPG is stepping into another world to investigate; when the investigation is carried out by the players themselves in the real world, it ceases to be a game and becomes a muddle of confusion. SB