The Movie Pitch
Steed and Mrs Peel meet Dracula.
The Elevator Speech
Agents of a secret government agency use magic, gadgets and weaponry to battle the forces of darkness in the fog-shrouded streets of Victorian London.
Pulp horror, with strong helpings of fisticuffs, weird science and stiff upper lips.
Player Character Roles
Junior agents of the Ministry of Blades, officially known as the Esoteric Research Office. Agents are drawn from all walks of British society, but all have been exposed to the horrors of the night and have not only survived, but have shown courage in fighting back.
- Distorted products of twisted science.
- Sinister criminal-types.
- Fiendish foreign agents.
Assorted evil-infested locations across London and the British Isles, including:
- Dimly-lit streets.
- Museums, cathedrals and other historic buildings.
- Occasional forays into the wider Empire and world.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (comics rather than the movie).
- Sherlock Holmes.
- Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
- The works of Edgar Allan Poe.
- The Avengers (the British 1960’s television series).
- Adam Adamant.
- Doctor Who.
- Castle Falkenstein.
- The Brothers Grimm.
The initial idea for this came from an organisation briefly described in the Victorian Age Vampire Storyteller’s Handbook, but rapidly evolved into a Victorian-era cross between the Avengers, James Bond and Dracula. I prefer it that way (they probably ship the emotionally-damaged off to a small village in North Wales)… The game style itself is very cinematic, I’m trying to encourage over-the-top action (players will not be penalised if they fail to achieve something spectacular) and ridiculous coincidences (the players can use Bennies to adjust the plot – although not at this stage of the campaign). Rules additions are coming from Rippers, the Savage Worlds Victorian horror campaign, and Thrilling Tales, Adamant Entertainment’s pulp supplement. I’m not sure whether this counts as Gaslight Fantasy or Steampunk but I’m happy with either appellation; I’m terming it “SteamPulp” as that seems to reflect the more action-oriented approach I’m taking.
The format of this summary was inspired by posts on I waste the Buddha with my Crossbow.