Unknown Armies: The Power of Love

CONTENT WARNING: This episode contains themes of domestic abuse.

A group of bar buddies discover that one of their friends has radically changed his life and seems to be an abusive relationship. They investigate to see if they can help him out of the relationship but soon learn that things are not as they seem. The friend has delusions of another girlfriend, a perfect manic pixie dream girl, while a shady barfly knows too much about the dark secrets behind what’s going on. Four men plunge into the occult underground without knowing what they’re doing or exactly why.

  12 comments for “Unknown Armies: The Power of Love

  1. Teapot
    June 14, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Man, Caleb’s take on Saving Silverman is pretty dark.

    The Farm and bar reminded me of Stolze’s 7&7.

  2. sevrl bats
    June 14, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    I v v approve of not using the specific supernatural content from the books

    tbh always thought Call of Cthulhu worked much better that way, too, I like namedropping deities but day-to-day original monsters are much more fun for everyone involved

    the patriomancer interrupting the “you’re as bad as him” like with a shotgun and an oh, no, she’s not was the best

    I was super pleased they were siblings, two different toxic responses to toxic masculinity

    been a while since I looped a campaign repeatedly but I get the feeling I’m gonna be comin back to this one again and again

  3. Ravn Rasmussen
    June 14, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    Holy crap this was glorious. I can’t help but feel that UA is the perfect game for the RPPR crew.

  4. Twibbit
    June 14, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    How is it that “the Farm” managed to come off as more mentally healthy than the siblings O.O

  5. Jace911
    June 14, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    The fucking Galadriel doll. You sons of bitches, you brought it to life.

  6. James
    June 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    I knew no fear until I saw the Galadriel doll was the image for an Unknown Armies game. Then I was ever so afraid. Seriously though, that doll be creepy.

  7. Twisting H
    June 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Fantastic and stomach squirming disturbing. I loved the successive progression of reveals about Mr. F. The players were legitimately consumed by his mystery.

    Can’t wait until you write this up and publish it. The Lover in the Ice of Unknown Armies.

  8. UnitOmega
    June 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    “They’re a couple of feet away but the shotgun is on multiple of you”

    Goddamn it Caleb you should know by now that’s not how shotguns work. Unless they’re a tropemancer with the power of TV shotguns. I’ve shot clay pigeons before and the spread is still pretty tight dozens of feet in the air, let alone a few feet away. Even with certain chokes you’re talking yards of distance before they spread a foot or more.

    Other than this singular petpeeve, great scenario of creepifying and unfortunate… whatever genre exactly you want to call Unknown Armies.

  9. 0_o
    June 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Ha ha ha loved it so much! Need a Galadriel doll like right now!

  10. Ian W
    June 18, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Wow, this was really dark but really funny. I’m so conflicted. Why do you do this to me Caleb?! Why?!

    Also, Ross’s character was MVP

  11. June 19, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    That was a hell of a game. Thanks for a great demonstration of Unknown Armies. It’s really helpful. That contrast between the Patriamancer and the archetype of the Shrew — brilliant stuff. Classic Stokesian horror. And I loved the Farm. He deserves to be in the UA canon.

    One nitpick for improvement: I was just reading about Hunches, and apparently you’re supposed to always use the Hunch result on your very next roll. So basically, you have some inkling of how the next roll is going to go, so you can plan accordingly. That also avoids the possibility of forgetting to use the roll later on in the scenario.

  12. Chados
    June 27, 2017 at 9:04 am

    I asked if there’d be more UA, and was pleasantly surprised that there was!

    I think the trigger warnings for UA are actually used pretty well, here and I appreciate them- though the situations in this episode don’t bother me overmuch. What shitty situations, and awful(some, player) characters! And it’s so good. Can’t wait to see if you can make a campaign out of it.

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