Author: Jim Phillips
Cover and Interior Art: Tobias White
Page Count: 21
Available Formats: PDF
PDF (DTRPG) – $Free
The newest addition to Chaosium’s Miskatonic Repository for the Call of Cthulhu Roleplaying game is a one-shot survival scenario by Jim Phillips of Skype of Cthulhu Podcast fame called Legs. Legs is a modern scenario for four to six players with color maps and pre-generated characters available at the end of the publication. Legs first premiered as a recorded test play on Skype of Cthulhu Podcast with Jim acting as keeper in 2011 for his fellow Skype of Cthulhu members. The published scenario would not come out until 2013 and was written for Call of Cthulhu 6th edition which is still freely disturbed on the Skype of Cthulhu Podcast website. Jim has just recently updated the scenario to the Call of Cthulhu 7th edition rules and has re-released it as part of Chaosium’s Miskatonic Repository for free on DriveThruRPG/RPGNow.
In this modern-day scenario the player characters are attending a convention for their favorite weird fiction author Harrison Paul Likenstuff. The investigators are on the final night of the convention at the hosting hotel, a large business hotel in a light-industrial district not far from O’Hare International airport in Chicago. The investigators have enjoyed several days of seminars, readings, and other Harrison Paul Likenstuff themed events. The grand finale of the convention is a fan produced film based off of one of Likenstuff’s stories named “Legs”. It is the biggest event for the whole convention and each of the players are eager to see if it lives up to the hype.
Legs is a rather short scenario and can be easily run in a four-hour time slot at a convention. Though it may not have been originally designed as a convention scenario its pacing and high energy action makes it a perfect convention scenario. The scenario is designed for four to six investigators and comes with five pre-generated characters, though it can be easily scaled up or scaled down to two players if needed. I’ve run this scenario several times at conventions and for my home groups. Players of Legs are sure to take away some fantastic tales of their horrible deaths or triumphant survivals. One thing is certain with this survival scenario, deaths with occur, so put away your favorite investigator and use a disposable character instead.
This is Jim’s first and only published scenario, though he has authored several others that have not been released for publication. Thankfully, Jim has recorded several test plays of these unpublished scenarios for us to listen to. The can be found at Skype of Cthulhu website. I’ve compiled a list of Jim’s unpublished scenarios that are available to listen to. A test play of Legs is also available but it does differ ever so slightly from the published PDF. Please download the PDF Legs and listen to Jim’s other scenarios. If you like it, please let Jim know so hopefully one day he might just publish more.
Test play recordings of unpublished scenarios by Jim Philips
Big Sky Country – 2013
Body of Work – 2011
Power Corrupts – 2013
Slaves to the Cause – 2011
The Happiness of Happi Valli – 2014
We Dream of Flying – 2018
Winter’s Bite – 2016
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