Review: Miskatonic Repository – La Recette (Call of Cthulhu)


La Recette
La Recette is a modern investigative horror scenario for Call of Cthulhu, written by G.A. Patrick and published via the Miskatonic Repository.
By Aaron T. Huss

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La Recette is a short scenario for Call of Cthulhu set in 1920s Louisiana. It’s a fairly straightforward scenario and the included pregenerated characters are embedded in the backstory that sparks the scenario. Sharing anymore than that would introduce too many spoilers.

The developer calls this a scenario, but it doesn’t really fit well as a scenario. Instead, it makes a really good vignette that is both creepy and macabre. If you think of it as a vignette, you can get rid of the backstory and pregenerated characters and use it when the right situation comes up without sidelining the adventure’s storyline. There’s nothing in here that would break the adventure and instead can marry into it quite easily. In that regards, it’s a great little pick-up!

***Spoilers***

Without getting into too much detail… the vignette potential involves a recently deceased individual with vital information locked away in his or her head. There is a supposed person in the bayou who can help and only asks for a small price to be paid. The best part is the price to pay can be sourced during the trip without forcing the PCs down another side trek.  Just know that it takes place in the US, but you can probably adapt it elsewhere with another area akin to the Louisiana bayou.

If you as a Keeper find the players making decisions you didn’t expect (cause that never happens in Call of Cthulhu), pick this up as a low cost, pregenerated vignette to resolve the issue of when an informant or key source of information winds up unexpectedly dead.

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