Embracing the Terror in Aliens & Asteroids

One of the things that has come up time and again is the “horror” or “terror” aspect of Aliens & Asteroids, and yet it’s something we’ve really just glossed over in those discussions. Well, I want to chat about that a bit. Though I am not a military person, I’ve seen glimpses of the lasting…

Day 10, A Churning Tide – 31 Days of Halloween 2015

We went back the next day to retrieve the body while there was still daylight, gagging and sobbing every step of the way. We never expected to have to bury one of our own until we were old and at the end of our natural lives. If the most rational of us could break in…

Day 9, The Darkness Gathers – 31 Days of Halloween 2015

The next night we needed answers. We weren’t going to find them without doing more exploration, so we trundled inside armed with a few new tools in the toolbox. We typically kept very clearly on the side of the modern paranormal investigator. Everything can be explained. Everything has a rational reason for being. But if…

Day 8, A Bit More Research – 31 Days of Halloween 2015

After the events of the night before, we knew we were missing some rather large pieces of the puzzle as far as the story of the asylum goes. Who was Dr. Hugo Curry? What the heck was that carving? Why are there so many angry spirits in the hospital? We got a few hours of…

Day 6, The Sleeping Quarters – 31 Days of Halloween

We chased the intern up the stairs and found her deposited in a heap on the top landing. She was pretty badly banged up and unconscious but still breathing. We knew from the plans that this floor had several beds, so we decided to stop here and make sure she was ok to move back…

Day 5, The Basement Stairs: 31 Days of Halloween 2015

The next night, we started up the stairs. We were all tired of walking through the awful water covering the basement floor and the last two incidents had everyone on edge. Though we should begin to divide and conquer to cover more ground, nobody was prepared to leave the relative safety of the group to…

Day 4, A Silent Scream: 31 Days of Halloween 2015

We stayed in the asylum after that, figuring we still had a few hours left before daylight would invade. The door next to the entrance to the electric chair room was not nearly as exciting to open. In fact, it was unlocked and opened smoothly as though it had been oiled sometime in the last…

Day 3, The Electric Chair: 31 Days of Halloween 2015

Our man was singed and confused, but sent home from the local ER within a few hours. We quickly decided we would leave him in the van with the tech guy the following night just to give him a bit more time to recover. He grumbled but eventually admitted it was the smart thing to…

Day 2, The Entryway: 31 Days of Halloween 2015

We’re back and we have a door to go through, so without waiting longer, we headed insight at nightfall. With our technical advisor in the van, there were five of us heading in. We might divide and conquer after a while, but we want to get the lay of the land first. The first thing…

Lovecraftian Randomness: Aberrant Descriptions

If you have ever played in a horror game and asked questions like: Where did that tentacle come from? Are human eyes supposed to have vertical slits? Why does that guy have flippers for hands? That might be an indication that you’re playing somewhere near the weird world of H.P. Lovecraft. Like getting near the…

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