The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

1985, Dunwich, England: Will the Time Lord, his companions, and a team from UNIT uncover the secrets that this decaying town harbors, or will they fall prey to its horrific perils?

This is Classic Doctor Who meets Call of Cthulhu, the third of a series of connected adventures set in different eras and locations that started with The Terror Out of Time and The Ninth Planet.

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The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Wed Sep 05, 2012 5:13 am

The Zero Room is a room in the TARDIS that is cut off from the rest of the universe, where you can come to relax and chat. All Out of Character discussion, whether game-related or not, can take place here.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby yockenthwaite » Wed Sep 05, 2012 6:56 am

Looking forward to this. I researched Dunwich, UK recently for a Yog-Sothothery magazine article, and it has a fascinating history. Want to go visit sometime! Should prove a very interesting location for our adventure.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby CrackheadC. » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:14 am

What can you tell me about Dunwich and its history, since you've already done some research for an article? Thinking about some character background.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby yockenthwaite » Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:33 am

By the present day, or 1985, medieval Dunwich had largely fallen into the sea and was just a rump settlement with very few inhabitants. The quickest way to read up on its history is to look at two useful web pages:

http://www.dunwich.org.uk/history/

and

http://www.dunwichmuseum.org.uk/whathappened/index.php

It's probably best to create a character from elsewhere, perhaps someone - for example an archaeologist - with an interest in the place's history. Or someone else with a connection to UNIT, as Mr Handy asks. You could for instance be a scientist, maybe a geologist, or a marine specialist. Lots and lots of possible ideas. But probably best not a native of Dunwich :)
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby CrackheadC. » Thu Sep 06, 2012 1:34 am

Very interesting stuff there. I wasn't planning on a native to the area, but I thought if it had some more recent historical relevance I might be able to work with that.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:50 am

Thanks for the links, Yockenthwaite! They'll be useful to me as well as to the other players. I've done some background research myself on Dunwich to prepare for this game, but I haven't come across either of them before. I'll be sure to look through them in more detail when I have the time. The picture galleries will also have some useful images I can put in the game. I'd like to make this as authentic as possible, though the characters who live there in my game will of course be fictional.

Yes, it's probably best if you're not a native of Dunwich. If you really want to be, I can work something out, though you wouldn't start out in Dunwich. There would be obvious advantages if you have local knowledge, and it would make perfect sense that you'd be tapped by UNIT for this assigment. However, there would be disadvantages that aren't so obvious.

There is one bit of relatively recent Dunwich history that's relevant. During World War Two, 40-odd years before this adventure takes place, it was part of the "chain home system" and hosted an RDF site (radar to Americans like me).
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby jaysun81 » Fri Sep 07, 2012 3:06 am

Just signing in.

I'm looking forward to giving the ole TARDIS another spin.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Thorn » Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:58 am

Count Brook in as well :)
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Sep 08, 2012 4:39 am

Welcome back!

Thorn, please don't forget Brook's Sanity increase and skill improvement rolls. The instructions are in the OOC thread in The Ninth Planet. Or I could roll for you if you prefer.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby aine » Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:36 am

I'd like to sign up again if I may. I'll read up on UNIT for some character ideas. Are there any limitations to character creation/occupations due to it being 1985? Which is the best sheet to use? (Just thinking ahead).
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Mon Sep 10, 2012 3:57 am

Welcome back! You should just use the Modern character sheet for 1985; people were playing modern CoC that took place in 1985 when it was 1985, after all. Most of the traditional CoC occupations will work, and there are no limitations due to the era. Common occupations in UNIT are soldiers, military officers, pilots, drivers, scientists, technicians, and researchers, though those aren't the only ones. You could also be a "friendly" (journalist Sarah Jane Smith being the prime example) associated with UNIT but not a member, which widens the possibilities.

I'm sorry I didn't have time this weekend to get anything done, and I still need to get caught up in my other games, which I haven't updated in two weeks. Next weekend is a three-day weekend for me, so I should be able to post character creation instructions then.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Thorn » Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:34 pm

Yes, I'd appreciate it if you roll for me, Mr. Handy :)
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:33 am

Brook gains 1 Sanity.

Listen does not increase.

I'm sorry. :( Given my luck, it's usually better to roll things yourself. I'll roll Sanity and skill increases for the other characters as I have time.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby aefpunk » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:01 am

Hi everyone,

I wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I posted in the "players looking for game" forum and Mr. Hardy said I was welcome to join this campaign. I look forward to gaming with everyone! This is my first time playing CoC- excited to do some investigating!
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby SSior.27 » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:22 am

Hoping to jump into another of your wonderful games. Will be thinking about characters...
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:26 am

Thank you! Welcome aboard, both of you! I should be posting character creation information and instructions this weekend, hopefully on Saturday.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby aine » Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:22 am

I like this new Play colour scheme, it's more in keeping than the previous cheerful blue.

Hello aefpunk!
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby aefpunk » Sat Sep 15, 2012 7:23 pm

Hi Aine!

I look forward to creating my character, Mr. Handy!
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby MadJaymilton » Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:27 pm

I'm definitely interested in playing and am currently thinking of some character ideas. Right now I'm thinking possibly a mechanic/driver... someone has to maintain the vehicle fleets.
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Re: The Zero Room - OOC Chat Thread

Postby Mr. Handy » Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:28 am

Welcome aboard! That can work. You'll want to check under Technician in the Your Career in U.N.I.T. thread for the occupational skills (you'd just take Drive Auto as the skill you're free to choose). I've just posted that thread recently, and it lists occupational skills for the most likely occupations. If you want something different than what's listed there, let me know what you have in mind and I'll give you a suitable list of occupational skills.

Next I'll post the character creation threads. They should appear before too long, and then you'll be able to get started building your characters.
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