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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Operation Sandstorm

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Scarlet & Cross Institute, my roleplay cabal in The Secret World have started their first major roleplay event, and whilst it's early days it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun. The event started with a meeting called by the Lord Nyles Montgomery at which he highlighted a growing threat in Egypt that needs to be countered (the Black Pharoah).

The SCI gathers in the Temple Club library. Vinculus lurks at the back

What I found particularly interesting is that the cabal is running this event in a very organised way, similar to a lot of pen 'n' paper games I used to play. We are being assigned missions and then have to complete them, either in-game or on the roleplay forums, by investigating a series of leads that have been created.

It's a new and intersting approach to guild roleplay that I haven't experienced before; much more organised than I'm used to. When I've run and participated in events in games in the past they have been very freeform, but I like the direction and set objectives that SCI have come up with. As I said it makes the event feel much more like a real game of Call of Cthulhu or something. It must be a hell of a lot of work to put something like this together, so I'm grateful for all those organising it.

Lord Nyles Montgomery addresses the troops
Here are the leads we have so far for phase one of the operation:
Intel has picked up several leads which you should follow-up on:
1. A Ms. Zhara Neferet is said to have been passing rumors at the Cafe Giza, regarding Akhenaten.

2. The Venice Information Network's inter-library index shows that an aged tomb entitled "Gods and Demigods of the Egyptian Pantheon" by Sir Elrick Ashington exists at Insmouth Academy's library. This may be useful.


3. Cult leader Ghazal Al-Karawan, AKA: "The Egret" is said to have valuable information regarding enemy cultist forces and their plans. Infiltration of the cult and capture is advised.


4. Dr. Klein, a head Orochi scientist, is suspected to possess information on the Black Pharaoh's powers and abilities. His last known whereabouts was at an Orochi dig site known as The Ankh.
You can follow the plot and what happens on the SCI forums here, and Vinculus' initial volunteer report is here.

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  1. When you were out of EQ2 for a while I ran a couple of RP events like this for AoV. I used the old tabletop style but had NPCs (level 1 toons with info etc) dotted around the place that the adventurers could visit to gather info from, or compete tasks for etc..we had a blast! And yeah, took a huge amount of organisation and mine seems like small fry compared to this..a lot of hard work for someone..hope you enjoy!

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