About to start a MCWoD game later this month. I have 4 players, 2 playing mages and 2 playing awakened! This game will therefore have a much more prominant light vs dark feel than if my players were any of the other classes. My overview/game notes are below. I am taking the Buffy/Angel Unisystem approach and plotting it out like it was a season of a TV series. I also took a page out of Charles Dunwoody's playbook ( http://www.rpg.net/column...lumn.phtml?colname=brave ) and am using some of the free d20 modern adventures to use as filler episodes.
CHIMERA: The Lion, Dragon and Goat
Chimera is a Three prong alliance of a demon, vampire, and werewolf, and their own various subordinates.
The Dragon: Terrance Stanhope (Vampire) - CEO of The Stanhope Corporation before he became a vampire. The soul that has been forced into his body has assumed the Stanhope identity. Perhaps the soul is even the founder of the Stanhope Corporation from years ago and coincidentally ended up in his great great great grandson's body? The Stanhope Corporation is analagous to Stark industries - a government contracted weapons manufacturer, among other things. Stanhope has entered into a working agreement with Rubicant for what he believes is their mutual benefit - but Rubicant is merely using him. However, Stanhope expects this, despite Rubicant's promises, and plans on using Rubicant as well.
The Lion: Rubicant (Demon) - Motivation needs developed. Being a demon though, his motivation is to simply cause chaos, as he believes that is the best way to serve the Iconnu. He will often attempt to make extremely strange things happen, and get them as much media attention as possible.
The Goat: Unnamed Werewolf - Not the smartest of the bunch, Stanhope and Rubicant are completely using him for their own means. He's a thug, basically, but smart enough to rule over his own gang of mooks.
Season one: Setting: Washington D.C. and surrounding areas.
01.) The Gathering -
Four individuals struggling with life after the Intrusion are recruited to become part of the IDA.
02.) B.F.E. - Black Rock Module
On the way back from their orientation at a North Carolina naval base, the heroes end up in a small town with a dark secret. A mysterious sigil is found in the town that will come back to haunt them. (The Lion).
03.) Baby Steps - Team bravo Module
The team has to stop a mad scientist mage who wants to revive dinosaurs and sell them as weapons to world governments. The whole thing is revealed as an elaborate training exercise.
04.) The Wolfpack - Create
The team is blindsided by an attack from a rogue pack of werewolves who all wear goat-head amulets.
06.) Into the Dragon's Lair. - No Man's Land
To find out more about The Goat, the Team heads to Stanhope Industries to meet with its CEO. They quickly learn that information always has a price.
07.) Little Gaming Shop of Horrors - The Tomb of Horrors and other D&D modules
While preparing to make a move based off the information given to them by Stanhope, the Team recieves a frantic call from a friend. Something has gone Horribly wrong at Gamer's Paradise. (Since they will most likely die horribly, each time they die, they will awaken in another place - Menzoberranzan, Greyhawk, Krynn... eventually they will escape what was obviously a powerful illusion and confront the iconnu agent who created it)
08.) Lambs to the Slaughter - Create
The heroes have a confrontation with The Goat. The Lion makes his first appearance after the heroes catch the Goat with his pants down and nearly kill him. The Lion's mage lieutenant sends them to the Silent City.
Silent City Arc
09.) Tim's Episode - Vigilante - City Setting
After being stranded in the intrusion zone by The Lion, the team must escape and make their way back to Virginia. Our vigilante is hunted by a group who operates frighteningly like he does, and is confronted by a villain who is revealed to be a twisted, evil version of himself.
10.) Laura's Episode - ???? - Town/Mansion Setting
Gwenyth must confront her own fears in this town that is eerily similar to Silent Hill, with a mansion straight out of Resident Evil
11.) Kathy's Episode - ???? - Hospital Setting
12.) Dawn's Episode - ???? - Rooftops
Jane is faced with her worst fears, losing her family, in a desperate race across the city rooftops which really puts her Clumsy nature to the test.
The Team escapes from the imprisonment they were put in. And is deployed to eliminate The Goat. How long were they inside the Silent City?
14.) War is Hell
Final confrontation with the Goat. Team Reassigned to the Intrusion Zone - hint that Chimera has control of higher-ups within the IDA and they moved to get the characters reassigned rather than dealing with them physically.
Nightmare Site Ideas:
Some of these are mine, some were suggested to me in threads elsewhere, which is why it sometimes changes in the way each is written.
The example given in the book is that the Mall of America is a self-replenishing Zombie Apocalypse. But when the zombies pass through the doors outside they fall down stone dead, so it is self contained.
I had an idea for a hospital where the sick and injured do not die, but their wounds will never heal inside that hospital, either. The sky is the limit with Nightmare Sites and the Nightmare Wave.
My buddy gave me the idead for one where people never age but when they leave all that time catches up to them - maybe not instantly, but within a few months.
A college where you lose 95% of what you learn each morning
A haunted house where the only things that inhabit it are beings that YOU dreamed of -- that know YOU and your weaknesses and fears
An NPC who ripped their own tongue out to prevent them from spreading some horrible story that gives a being more power the more people who hear it. That person could also start a killing spree by going after everyone who tells the story, so s/he cuts out the tounge of the people telling it as well, leaving them to die once the deed is done. I can plant a seed by having one of the PCs contacts talk about police investigating a murder where the victims tounge was cut out, but its beneath their notice cus its obviously not related at all to the intrusion.
A mercenary team...that's working FOR the Innconu. Season Two will involve moving the group to Chicago, closer to the intrusion zone. The team will run into a team similar to themselves, but this group is the SST - Stanhope Strike Team. A buddy who used to play Werewolf suggested this and was inspired by PENTEX's First Teams.
The Sears Tower in Chicago...when you step inside, each time is a different year/era. It could be the 60's, it could be the 90's...it could be that the team stands on the land BEFORE Chicago was even founded.
Seems like exactly the right terrain to do a Children of the Corn inspired story, which ends up in a small farming town on the edge of the Haunted Lands where people are being sacrificed to a fertility god. Have the produce that comes out of that area (corn is an obvious choice, but it could be soy, wheat, whatever) have some kind of odd effect on people who eat it, which is what draws your party to the area. Say it's being used in some kind of energy bars or new-agey health food, because it has more nutrients, but some small but non-trivial number of the people who eat it are going crazy and going into psychotic violent episodes. The blood of the sacrifices is what is used to "feed" the corn. People who eat it turn into wendigos. I don't mean sasquatch. The actual wendigo legend is people who resort to cannibalism gain the power from the person they ate and develop a craving to continue the practice of cannibalism. Hit up wikipedia and read about Ravenous the movie. could be a horrible unforeseen consequence of the blood sacrifices for the fertility god... who of course doesn't really exist and is a demonic agent of the Iconnu posing as a god
As the team faces more and more of the Innconu, they learn of one Alderman Richard T. Jones- he seems to have incredible sway over the various supernatural factions, playing them off one another, and no one dares cross him. But he has a dirty secret- he has no supernatural abilities whatsoever. He's getting by on complete guile, lies, and a few tricks. Should the various factions discover this, his enemies would eat him alive- possibly literally.
If you're still here, awesome. Thanks for reading so much. We are really excited about this game and I cannot wait to get it started. That said I still would love to hear advice and ideas from anyone who has any! I especially need development ideas about the werewolf in Chimera, since I haven't had a lot of inspiration where he is concerned.