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Been meaning to do this all week. Haven't. Hang on.

OK. Last night we play our first session of Geist. I'd been meaning to pull out my copy of the book and the character sheets and take some notes, but I just hadn't had time, and then it was game time! Shit.

I had vague stirrings of inspiration from this song:

But only just. And then I grabbed my copy of Eureka!, and flipped it open, and there it was. My plot. Bang-ba-doo-bang.

Oh, before we get started: Our Kickstarter is, as of a couple of seconds ago, at $4739. We are $301 away from our funding goal, so I'm pretty sure we'll make that in the next 39 days, but wouldn't it be awesome to get to $6000 and have rules for ghosts in curse the darkness or to $7500 and have a fiction anthology, well, then pledge and help us boost the signal! (Some of you already have, and you're awesome.)

Oh, and!

Steak, ramps, beer, eggplant, rainbow carrots.

Salted/peppered the steaks, cooked 'em in the skillet, flipped 'em, added a gratin made of manchego, bread crumbs and garlic salt. Into oven to melt and finished.

Carrots: Sauteed to a light sear in the pan with some olive oil and salt.

Ramps: Used the bulbs to make the sauce, sauteed the greens.

Beer: Made a sauce with the ramp bulbs, beef stock, manchego, mozzarella, Parmesan.

Eggplant: Sliced thin and boiled, used as a kind of a base.

Verdict: Steak was awesome, sauce was awesome, carrots were awesome. Eggplant was kinda boring; should've grilled it but I didn't have a spare burner.

The characters (whom you met here) start out at the coffee shop, discussing Johnny Jackson.

Johnny Jackson is a recently-apprehended serial killer who was strangling people with banjo strings. The police caught him, in fact, because they found where he bought his strings. Johnny Mac states that he and Johnny Jackson played in a band for a few months in Louisiana sometime back (an ongoing character bit is that Johnny Mac knows everyone, and I fully intend to exploit that). Ian opines that Jackson needs killin', the other characters aren't sure that the police can't handle this, since, y'know, he's already in custody.

But here's the weird bit. Jackson is affable as hell and his lawyer has been leaking video of him talking to the Internet. Jackson claims that his killings were a deal with the Devil to make the storms come and the seas rise. And, sure enough, two days after his apprehension, the police found another body (killed before he was caught). And then the rain started.

Now, this is Seattle, so rain isn't exactly rare. But it's been two weeks, the rain hasn't stopped. It's constant, heavy, drizzly rain, and people are starting to get nervous. Including the Sin-Eaters.

They recall that a young Chinese girl named Lin was murdered outside Pike Place Market, so they head down there to see if she left a ghost. They find her death stain, and Johnny Mac chats with two fellows standing near the door where she was found, smoking (he knows one of them, obviously). They tell him where she was found and by whom, but the characters don't see a ghost.

And then the characters hear a twang and a sustained note. Their geists all respond - Nixie's shifts, Alistair's perks up in interest, Ian's shushes it, Cassie's sings in harmony and Johnny's sits down and howls. They try to trace it somewhere, and find a shrine to Lin in a fruit stand nearby (where her family worked). On that stand is a small mirror. Johnny Mac gets close and peer at it - and sees Lin in the mirror, screaming, pounding on the glass.

The characters talk a bit, and they try to figure this out. If Lin is a ghost, is she trapped in there? If they break the mirror, will that free her or send her to the Underworld, or destroy her? Does she have another anchor somewhere? Nixie tries to rouse her geist and see what it thinks, and she succeeds in getting its attention. It turns that attention to the sound (which is bothering it), and Nixie's hand flies up and the mirror falls off the shrine.

Alistair goes in and picks up the mirror (nodding the man working there). He uses plasmic infusion to wake her up, and he feels her take his hand. He puts the mirror down and leads her out, and she tells him that she's trapped in the note. "He's still playing," she says. "He's trapped us all. And when he finishes the song, the seas rise."

At this point, Nixie's geist enters the conversation. The Voice from the Deeps doesn't really speak, so much as send out a blast It ripples water in the puddles nearby. The Voice, it seems, thinks this is significant.

"Shit," says Nixie.

Players, don't read this next bit.

So what's going on? I'm not 100% yet, but here's what I know. Johnny Jackson made a deal with something, which he thinks is the Devil. He's trying to drown out the land (70% water, 30% land, cinch) and end the world, for reasons only he understands. But here's the thing: The thing he made the deal with was trying to make the deal with Johnny Mac, the Sin-Eater.

More details later.


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