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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Torn From The Headlines: Monsters Are (Probably Not) Real...

Definitive Proof Of The Mothman... Or Just An Owl With A Snake In Its Talons?

With the rapid advances in modern photographic technology you have to wonder why we aren't flooded with crystal clear images of UFOs or cryptids? Or even ghosts?

Possibly because they don't actually exist?

In your roleplaying games, especially contemporary era, investigative-style settings, there's always the cushion of belief granted by the player's knowledge that "monsters" do exist because it's part of the game's setting.

But wouldn't it be nice to experience genuine surprise at your table by springing an actual ghost encounter in your espionage game or a UFO abduction in your true crime game?

There have recently been a couple of news stories doing the rounds that proport to present evidence of genuine cryptids (but probably don't) that might serve as an initial stimulus for an adventure idea:

Chinese dragon or special effects hoax?

2 comments:

  1. I have some relatives who were amateur ghost hunters (among some other delusional tendencies). They actually stopped because some experiences made them feel like they were getting too close to something dangerous.

    I think they're ridiculous, BUT I'm pretty jealous of having an experience like that...something that genuinely terrified them that they at least leave open to supernatural possibilities. I'd like to give it a shot, but even if it scared the crap out of me, I think I'd have a hard time separating that from the fact that it kinda makes sense to be a little on edge when you hang around old deserted places at night...

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    1. I'm with you there 100 per cent. I'd love to think these things are real, but after thousands of years there's still no quantifiable proof of their existence.

      But that said there's something wonderfully primal about the idea of sneaking around a creaky, old, supposedly 'haunted' house. It's cavemen jumping at shadows. The original fear.

      As is often cited, we fear what we don't understand or can't comprehend... but that doesn't make it supernatural.

      These days though I prefer to get my chills via the television or cinema screen ;)

      But if you ever do join your relatives on a ghost hunt PLEASE catalogue it in great depth on your blog!

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