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Subject: Night's Black Laundry via Gaean Reach Skulduggery rss

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A quick character generation sheet for Night's Black Laundry - my mash-up of Night's Black Agents and The Laundry.

I based the character generator on The Gaean Reach - the Vancian space opera Gumshoe game from Robin Laws. The system - which Laws based on his game Skulduggery - uses a random selection of three cards to give you all the Investigative and General skills for your character.

Night's Black Laundry is my Gumshoe-powered version of Charles Stross's The Laundry series. It owes a nod to some of the rules from Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan's excellent The Laundry game from Cubicle 7.

I put the cards together to play the first adventure from the recent Laundry mission supplement Unconventional Diplomacy. 'Legacy Code' by my friend WJ MacGuffin starts off with an innocuous babysitter run to St Hilda of Grantham’s Home For Disgruntled Waifs And Strays, but it was never going to be that easy and before they know it, the team find themselves far afield and out of their depth (well, into their depth, actually).

To compliment the character generation, I also put together a bunch of taglines. The Gaean Reach uses a simple system to get people to use thematically appropriate language to build up the atmosphere - and, in return, the GM gifts them with tokens they can spend on emergency skill expertise, pool refreshes, and avoiding certain death. It's a bit like being handed a trio of Fortune Cookie slips.

Given the penchant for jargon round the New Annex of Capital Laundry Services, taglines seemed to be a perfect fit to urge on exquisitely painful buzzwordplay.

Offsite links to my Google Drive:

Night's Black Laundry chargen cards - http://goo.gl/vGF8r7
Night's Black Laundry character sheet - http://goo.gl/8T96t4
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Great idea! The catchphrases of political shows from Yes Minister through House of Cards to In the Loop very much create their own atmosphere, just as the Vancian phrases do.
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Red Wine Pie wrote:
Great idea! The catchphrases of political shows from Yes Minister through House of Cards to In the Loop very much create their own atmosphere, just as the Vancian phrases do.

I only picked quotes from Laundry books or generic buzzwords. Your referenced sources would be ideal for widening the tagline pool.
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