At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

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At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Thu Jul 22, 2010 10:00 am

Edit: I forgot about this post. The 2016 edit is above in the library, read that one rather than these versions: it's a more enjoyable read full stop.

Hi, below is a link to a story I've written, the story purports to be the diary of "Gedney" - the hapless student kidnapped(?) by Elder Things whilst on an expedition to Antarctica.

Please post any constructive criticisms.





http://s640.photobucket.com/albums/uu12 ... 20Madness/
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:40 pm

It is now in pdf format, and I've corrected some of the more eccentric punctuation:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B6tLXqi ... sp=sharing
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Percy Shipton » Sun Aug 27, 2017 10:31 pm

I really enjoyed this. Than you for sharing.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:49 am

Thanks.

I like your avatar. Who was it?
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Percy Shipton » Mon Aug 28, 2017 4:26 pm

His name is Eric Shipton. He was a mountain explorer, coffee farmer, service man, and said to have found a Yeti track.

My screen name is a combination of Percy Fawcett (explorer) and Eric Shipton.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Tue Aug 29, 2017 11:12 am

I'm guessing that he was a contemporary of Mallory?

Coincidence! I watched the film (and wouldn't recommend it) LOST CITY OF Z a few nights back. Also, and I have to mention this, a hero of mine is Peter Fleming, his 1931 book BRAZILIAN ADVENTURE recounts a laughable expedition in search of Fawcett.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Percy Shipton » Wed Aug 30, 2017 10:30 pm

I think they are close enough to be contemporaries.

"The Lost City of Z" was a major let down. I don't get it, it could have easily been a quality film.

I don't know much about Flemming, I'll have to take a look.

I've been fascinated with adventurers and adventuring ever since childhood, when I saw the adventures of Alby Mangels.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Thu Aug 31, 2017 11:40 am

I agree. The film could've been a good one--the wealth of detail... a serious, and true, Indiana Jones-like movie.

One of the first things said about Peter Fleming, although personally it doesn't mean much, is that he was Ian Fleming's elder brother. Peter's 1935 book NEWS FROM TARTARY, a travel diary through China with a Swiss journalist, is a classic.

Never heard of Alby Mangels before. Searched for WORLD SAFARI on Netflix, guess it's too old. Have you watched TRACKS, a movie about Robyn Davidson? Similar era to Mangels.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Mr. Handy » Fri Sep 01, 2017 3:42 am

I remember Peter Fleming and Ella Maillart's trip across China being part of your game, Forbidden Journey: An Adventure in China. I was just thinking about it because another game set in China has been proposed recently. I would like to continue it if you ever decide to pick it up again.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:46 am

Lots of ideas in that one, but the story never quite followed the path I imagined. I don't wish to continue. Funnily enough, I saw the proposed "China" game too, and wondered how it would pan out.

However, I'd be up for playing the 3rd scenario from Arkham Horror Card Game?
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Postby Percy Shipton » Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:43 pm

Tabs wrote:I agree. The film could've been a good one--the wealth of detail... a serious, and true, Indiana Jones-like movie.

One of the first things said about Peter Fleming, although personally it doesn't mean much, is that he was Ian Fleming's elder brother. Peter's 1935 book NEWS FROM TARTARY, a travel diary through China with a Swiss journalist, is a classic.

Never heard of Alby Mangels before. Searched for WORLD SAFARI on Netflix, guess it's too old. Have you watched TRACKS, a movie about Robyn Davidson? Similar era to Mangels.



News from Tartary looks like an interesting read — I'll put it on my to read list.

You might be able to find World Safari on youtube. Just googled Robyn Davidson. She used camels which is an interesting and practical choice. I've always wanted to travel by pack mule to the tip of South America. I know it's vastly different terrain (and animal) than Australia, but it would be worth a look with all things considered.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:37 am

Tabs wrote:Lots of ideas in that one, but the story never quite followed the path I imagined. I don't wish to continue. Funnily enough, I saw the proposed "China" game too, and wondered how it would pan out.

However, I'd be up for playing the 3rd scenario from Arkham Horror Card Game?

Yes, please! :) I'd be up for that too.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Sat Sep 02, 2017 3:29 pm

It's a beautiful summer's day here in England, so I sat outside and watched WORLD SAFARI! The first part, the voyage to Tonga, felt to me like KON TIKI--another good book,--and I kept thinking, "I wish there was live sound," and, "This would make a great film."

Mr. Handy, I've had a quick look, and it seems we have some XP to spend! BTW, our cards have long since been packed away, but Daisy's initial deck was the starter one from the rulebook? I'll use Skids's starter deck too.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Percy Shipton » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:08 am

I agree that live sound would've been excellent, but it was done in Alby's "do it yourself" style.

It's rainy here in Mexico, which is kind of nice actually.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:53 am

Tabs wrote:It's a beautiful summer's day here in England, so I sat outside and watched WORLD SAFARI! The first part, the voyage to Tonga, felt to me like KON TIKI--another good book,--and I kept thinking, "I wish there was live sound," and, "This would make a great film."

Mr. Handy, I've had a quick look, and it seems we have some XP to spend! BTW, our cards have long since been packed away, but Daisy's initial deck was the starter one from the rulebook? I'll use Skids's starter deck too.

I know I used Daisy's starter deck, with a couple of cards replaced by my purchases after the first scenario (which are recorded). I'm sure you didn't use Skids's starter deck, as you had two copies of Dynamite Blast and other cards, but you're free to use your starter deck or rebuild it the way you like it if you wish. Your own purchases after the first scenario are also recorded. In addition, we'll get to spend XP before we proceed to the third scenario if we haven't already.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:12 am

Making an Xmas "would like" list. Stumbled on this: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/216 ... expedition After reading a few lines of the intro I knew I had to post it here!
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Mr. Handy » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:26 am

Ooh, that reminds me! There's a Kickstarter in its last week for Expedition: The Horror, a mythos-themed expansion for Expedition: The Roleplaying Card Game (which you can also get through the Kickstarter). I'm planning to back it.

The Lost Expedition looks good too. I think I've heard of it, and that's one I'd like to get as well.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Tabs » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:15 am

The game looks interesting; but it must have cool art, for me--I guess that is why I adore FFG games.

I played Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu a few weeks back, and I found it to be surprisingly fun--its art is pretty good, too.
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Re: At the Mountains of Madness: The Diary of Rudolf Gedney

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:22 am

For me, gameplay is paramount, though cool art is nice to have too. I also love FFG's games. The way I look at Expedition is that it's a hybrid between a card game and an RPG, so I can use my imagination to make up for the lack of art just like in a tabletop or play-by-post RPG.

I have Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu, but I have not had time to play it yet.
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