|by Phil Bell, Sean Branney and Andrew Leman
played in October of 1985 at Ken Caryl Ranch, Colorado
The guests at a royal costume ball uncover a nest of vampires and the rightful heir to the throne of Transylvania.
This game won three Black Tentacle Awards: Best Plot, Best Special Effect, and Best Costume.
The SFX trophy went to Joe Givan for his spectacular Eye of AlHazred routine, performed with the assistance of his wife Raeben. This was the first game Joe and Raeben played in, and they made quite an impression with this illusion.
Andrew Leman took the Best Costume tentacle for his Ostrov owl guise, although very honorable mention went to Gabbye Birchak for her stunning Red Death ensemble and to Phil Bell for his black and white harlequin outfit.
For my mind, the biggest lesson of this game was that you cannot have more than a handful of investigators. Too many cooks spoil the broth and too many investigators cannot focus their investigation. This ended up being a very exciting game for many of the NPCs and a rather passive game for most of the players. Still, the period fancy dress costumes and the rented mansion gave the game a very memorable look. SB