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RMS Titanic: The Millionaire's Special $2.50
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RMS Titanic: The Millionaire's Special
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/23/2017 09:20:04

OK, we all know that the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage... but what else was going on? In this adventure, the Investigators - all travelling aboard and in First Class, no less - meet a gentleman who has a mummy (the Egyptian sort) that he's going to donate to an American museum but is eager to show it off to anyone who is interested. There's a legend that anyone who looks at this particular mummy's face is doomed, but that's all a silly superstition, isn't it?

The background for the Keeper explains how the being doomed stuff is not quite as silly as it sounds (with a little bit of help from the Mythos, of course) and provides a spine for the adventure. This begins with a luncheon date with the mummy's owner and ends (naturally) with a certain iceberg... There's some interesting background on the trans-Atlantic trade of the time, and a quite detailed timeline of the Titanic's voyage. Rather neatly, all the encounters and events of the adventure are included in the timeline, making it clear what is going on around the Investigators as well as whatever they are focussed on at the time. There's a goodly sprinkling of NPCs who do not have anything to do with the plot, another nice touch to remind players that the world does not revolve around their characters... subplots such as shipboard romances or gambling games are also encouraged.

There are vivid descriptions of scenes, the Titanic was noted for her luxury and there is plenty to draw upon here as you set the scene for your players. Six pre-generated characters are provided, or you can use/generate your own, but they will need a high Credit Rating to be in first class. Additional rules material is provided for everything from playing cards to surviving in icy waters. The actual sinking is handled well, and perhaps at least some of the Investigators will survive... or will something else catch up with them? There are some general notes about handling subsequent events should you have survivors on your hands.

Overall, it's a good exciting adventure which could probably be played out in a longish evening. Fact and fiction are woven together well but as always when dealing with real events, be aware of your group's needs - I have a role-player friend who lost an ancestor on the Titantic and was very upset and annoyed about the movie, I'd not invite him to play this... but for those without such a connection it makes for an excellent game and knowing what will happen adds a certain edge.



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RMS Titanic: The Millionaire's Special
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Sven A. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/07/2014 12:12:36

Pretty nice and just long enough for an evening's play. It is not very cthulhu-ish but more like a traditional horror mystery.

The story and motivation for the PC:s are a bit weak but a crafty GM will mend this. It's good to have read or watched something about the Titanic before playing this, as it will be easier to find the right atmosphere.



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RMS Titanic: The Millionaire's Special
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Paul B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/04/2013 07:14:40

The premise seems quite simple - a wealthy man with aspirations and a keen interest in the overlap between science and parapsychology seeks to make a name for himself with the mummified remains of an Egyptian Princess. With his valuable possession in tow, he heads for home in the US - aboard the RMS Titanic. What could go wrong when you're carrying the corpse of the unlucky princess on the maiden voyage of an unsinkable ship?

A short, punchy premise and adventure, filled with pages of clues, a timeline, general encounters and a six-pack of pregenerated characters. Good entertainment for a single evening, which you could expand out into something more substantial. Well worth hunting around online for some authentic handouts (boarding passes, perhaps) and deck plans of the ship, just to add some extra authenticity.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
RMS Titanic: The Millionaire's Special
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
by Michael H. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/15/2012 14:32:39

The Millionaire's Special is based on an excellent premise, connecting a cursed mummy, Lovecraftian horror, and a tragedy that people still find interesting a century later. It's a short adventure, suitable for a single evening of play, and while it can be played as a pulpy "battle the bad guy" kind of adventure, it's really all about horror on multiple levels: that of the ancient evil brought on board, the implications of its existence, and the fact that the PCs might be in some way responsible for the doomed ship. What more could you want for $2.50.



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