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Episode 399: Webster’s Defines a Shoggoth As

June 12th, 2020 | Robin

The Gaming Hut goes below the depths for beloved Patreon backer Hector Trelane, who seeks tips on adapting the feel of Wolfgang Petersen’s 1981 classic Das Boot into a roleplaying setting.

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2 Responses to “Episode 399: Webster’s Defines a Shoggoth As”

  1. Douglas Sundseth says:

    I think Dread might be a really good vehicle for building the suspense that characterizes Das Boot. Everything that happens requires somebody to pull a piece. And whenever the tower falls, somebody gets sacrificed to save the rest of the people on the boat: “My leg is trapped; you can’t save me. You must close the hatch to save the boat. Tell my wife that my last thoughts were of her.”

  2. Cambias says:

    Seems like one could restore at least some player agency by giving them some risk/benefit trade-off. Run silent or try some clever maneuver? Which direction to flee — and try to out-guess the sub-hunters. Give them choices to make.

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