massivepony
 member, 9 posts
Wed 26 Oct 2022
at 16:32
[IC] The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Rural Horror
The themes: Human horror, Rural survival, Religious trauma.


"Listen team: this is a chance to really make something. A chance to make a name! Whoever gets down to Mount Pleasant and documents whats going on is going is going to get a Pulitzer for sure. If you don't have the stones to deal with some bible-bashers maybe you're not cut out to be a documentary film maker."

The 1970s were a time of unprecedented boom of fringe religious groups, but the horrific events that occurred at Mount Pleasant are what everyone remembers when they think of Appalachian cults. Without the documentary film produced by WVVA-Bluefield, the world may never have heard about the dire actions of Father Wallace Applewhite.



This game would be run using a stripped back version of Unknown Armies 2e, though it requires no knowledge of that system. It is a percentile, roll-under system, where you can name your own skills. The players would be members of a documentary film crew, and as such would be woefully ill equipped for direct combat, though their soft skills may allow for subtler approaches.
tibiotarsus
 member, 280 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Wed 26 Oct 2022
at 17:45
[IC] The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Rural Horror

Any supernatural elements, or just a cult being a cult? Also, what kind of rating?
massivepony
 member, 10 posts
Wed 26 Oct 2022
at 17:52
[IC] The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Rural Horror
In reply to tibiotarsus (msg # 2):

I'd be looking at a largely mundane cult, though with supernatural rumours that may (or may not) bear out. Either way the primary horror will be human in nature.

I'd probably end up at a 17+ rating.
tibiotarsus
 member, 281 posts
 Hopepunk with a shovel
Wed 26 Oct 2022
at 18:20
[IC] The Valley of the Shadow of Death: Rural Horror

Hmm. Ambiguity I'm very much into, so long as it doesn't ever fall clearly mundane: horror is interesting to me, horrible you can get on the news.

So using RPoL's Adult (18) rating, then? 'Cause that's a hard no for me in this context (and most contexts, honestly, but cult abuse in particular). I'd do Mature, but...yeah. Don't feel safe with this kind of content in an A game. Really cool setup, though.