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  • They Came from Beyond the Grave!

    Onyx Path have announced working on the new game on They Came From series - this time it will be horror, sex, suspense, and ham of early 1960s through to late 1970s horror movies in setting called They Came from Beyond the Grave! (referred to sometimes as TCfBtG!). New game will have Kickstarter later this year. Here is full sum up:

    'They Came from Beyond the Grave! draws from 60s and 70s horror films similarly to how They Came from Beneath the Sea! built off of the wonder, horror, thrills, and hilarity of 1950s science fiction. They Came from Beyond the Grave! (referred to sometimes as TCfBtG!) encompasses the horror, sex, suspense, and ham of early 1960s through to late 1970s horror movies. This game will be designed to evoke everything dramatic and theatrical of the classics from Hammer, Amicus, and Roger Corman libraries, along with other “dark house” movie gems, where mysteries take place in old manors, old vampires stalk guests, and something evil lurks in the woods.'

    From rumors Storyguide will be called her Devil - - and Quips will be more scary than hilarious. But a lot of humor still will be in the game, as the main From Beneath the Sea! mechanics.

    What are your hopes and possible inspirations for this game, dear forumers?


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  • #2
    How much game will be like 'Satanic Rites of Dracula'?



    Last edited by wyrdhamster; 01-10-2020, 08:05 PM.


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    • #3
      That sounds awesome 😊


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      • #4
        I'm glad you're looking forward to it!


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        • #5
          I am looking forward to this as well!

          Will my first campaign be "Technicolor Gothic" or "The Devil Wore Go-Go Boots"?


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          • #6
            I'm kind of looking forward to next year and They Came from the Hardware Store. Figure that'll focus on slashers like Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers and others from the late 70s into the 80s who use chainsaws, machetes, power drills and other tools in ways the manufacturer didn't intend to hack n slash sexually active teenagers.

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            • #7
              They came from around the camp?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Grimmi05 View Post
                They came from around the camp?
                A bit too specific. Sure Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp would be represented, but there's a whole slew of others. The original Halloween. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The Hills Have Eyes. Once you look past the sci-fi space setting, the original Alien movie is basically a slasher film in space with Ripley as "the final girl." More conventionally you have Final Exam, Prom Night, Chopping Mall and many others. The Nightmare on Elm Street involves an obviously supernatural antagonist beyond "masked dude with close combat weapon" but it's still a slasher movie.

                Here's a decent, but by no means comprehensive list of some 80s slasher movies There's plenty of obvious one, but even Tightrope with Clint Eastwood is on the list. Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock's classic and perhaps the grandparent of the genre, deserves a mention even though it's a slasher movie with a body count of only two within the movie (three if you count Mother, who died well before the movie's events).

                While this is described as the slasher subset of horror, the antagonists weren't necessarily lone maniacs. They could be a cult (Children of the Corn), a weird family (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), weird mutants (The Hills Have Eyes) and odder things. Squint a little bit and isn't Jaws basically a slasher movie on the water? For that matter Predator is a slasher in a jungle with heavily armed badass soldiers and Arnold Schwarzenegger as "the final girl."

                So coming up with a "They Came from Be..." title that encompasses all that is going to be challenging at best.

                Hmmm, how about They Came from Before the Rewrites?

                Still, it's a doable game for "They Came from Be." Plus, there are some identifiable commonalities and tropes to be used.

                The setting should be ordinary but isolating. The camp in the wilderness. The college with a curfew. The Mall that's closed. The neighborhood where everyone locks their doors at night. Slasher settings aren't about haunted houses, remote jungles (usually) or threatening environments. The settings are safe and normal areas that become alien and threatening. Even in Alien the crew of the Nostromo were basically "space truckers" coming back from a routine job when something outside the routine occurred.

                The threat should be dangerous but comprehensible - at least at first. Michael Myers is... a guy with a big knife. He's not a vampire or a ghost or some kind of mind-shattering Lovecraftian horror. He's a person with a knife. Freddy Kruger is a supernatural menace who kills you in your dreams... but you can manifest your own powers and fight him in your dreams. Unfortunately...

                ...the universe and luck are on the slasher's side. Your cell phone's batteries died. The car won't start. The gun is jammed. If you're familiar with Trinity and the way that Talents can use Dramatic Editing to literally shift the universe in ways that benefit them (the villain dropped a clue, in that closest is... a fully loaded sniper rifle, etc), in this game, you're the ordinary schlubs and the slasher is the Talent literally cutting you to pieces.

                Meanwhile, you'll tend to do dumb things or make bad decisions. "This isolated area of the lake shore is the perfect spot for us to strip completely naked, have sex and be utterly oblivious to our surroundings."

                Still, you'll do those dumb, titillating things because in this game you'll be playing two characters. You'll play an actor/actress and you'll also portray the character that they're playing within the film. Or TV show. Or Opnet program.

                Figure the thing is that you can place any of the "They Came from Be" series in any of the three current Aeon Ages using this game/movie within a game. A group of Aeon characters could play out a group of scientists, G-men and everyday folks dealing with an invasion of squid people in their coastal town, then portray some Fearless Werewolf killers playing Hammer Horror in "...Beyond the grave" before portraying a group of young, horny med students stuck in a hospital with Doctor Scalpel. And they're doing all this during a month-long trip to the Asteroid Belt to pass the time, help out the character who's a pop star with her auditions or analyzing the movies in question for clues that related to real-world problem (the editor concealed clues to a storehouse of Aberrant technology in the films).

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                • #9
                  Re: The Came From Be...

                  I imagine there are quite a few places this series can go (although they are going to run of of prepositions that start with B rather quickly).

                  In addition to the Slasher films of the late 70's through early 90's, they could do B-Movie love letter to Science Fiction (Aliens, Rockets, and Ray Guns), Post Apocalypse (Atomic Mutants), Spy Movies, Westerns, and Sword & Sorcery!


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                  • #10
                    I would say "They came from before the rewrites" is too meta for 70-80s slasher maybe if it was 90s slasher films like scream and the like. hmmmm...maybe "They Came From Behind the Shadows?" I think that might fit the 70s and 80s slashers abit more or at the 70s.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Grimmi05 View Post
                      I would say "They came from before the rewrites" is too meta for 70-80s slasher maybe if it was 90s slasher films like scream and the like. hmmmm...maybe "They Came From Behind the Shadows?" I think that might fit the 70s and 80s slashers abit more or at the 70s.
                      They Came from Behind the Shadow for the win, I think. It fits really well. I don't recall all that much of a unique take on horror in the 90s, though. It was still pretty much slashers with the occasional Dracula and the like.

                      That said, you did see Scream in 1996 and Blair Witch Project kicked off the "found footage" genre in 1999. So, maybe 70s-80s for slashers and 90s-00s for They Came from Before the Editing.

                      Except that Scream is just a more self-referential slasher movie. And found-footage comes off a little silly at times. "Oh, no, the lake monster is slowly dragging Billy to his doom! Should I drop the camera, grab that nearby ax and try to save him or keep filming while he squirms and begs for his life? Keep filming it is."

                      It can be effective. The original Paranormal Activity used the cameras to very good effect. And then the sequels kind of drove the whole thing into the ground.
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                      • #12
                        Hmm.

                        They Came From Beyond/Between the Stars for all things classic alien invasion.

                        They Came From Behind the Computer Screen about the range of bizarre "computers are magic" cyber horror stuff from the 80s and 90s. War-games, Brainstorm, Lawnmower Man, Brainscan, Weird Science, Virtuosity, etc.

                        They Came From Beneath the Streets, about monsters in the sewers.


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                        • #13
                          There was a lot about They Came from Beyond the Grave! in previous Pathcast - https://onyxpathcast.podbean.com/e/e...ute-pitches-2/ - Around 37:30 of audition - Mathew Dawkins does a great sum-up -

                          A humorous game based on the gothic horror of the 1970s, where the characters fought with Dracula, werewolves, the Frankenstein monster - or the Devil Himself. The second part of the game is playing with the same characters - in the sense of the same statistics - in the 19th century - e.g. as the ancestors of the heroes of the 1970s. Works such as Hammer inspired this stories, in addition to normal characters, the possibility of using the scenery that the monster can not escape the characters and monsters, are poisoned in the scene) or play statistics by dying for the characters. The narrator in the game is called the Devil Himself.


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                          • #14
                            As mentioned in latest Monday Meeting Notes, They Came From Beyond the Grave! will be next Onyx Path Kickstarter! Date is not set, for now, but most of them were in two-four weeks after previous one. But there is right now start of Actual Play on Twitch, done by Vorporal Tales! Poster to this game and general write-up of TCFBtGrave! below.



                            'You want to know more about They Came From Beyond the Grave!, especially since that’s going to be the subject of our next Kickstarter.
                            Well, it is the second game in the They Came From…! game line, and this time, rather than being based in the world of Sci-Fi movies of the 50s, TCFBtGrave! is set in two time periods favored by horror movies of the 60s and 70s: the Victorian Era and the late 60s into the 70s.
                            In fact, the game supports either era, or both with players swapping back and forth between the two. Hammer Horror is of course a huge influence, along with Roger Corman horror films, and even the Dark Shadows TV series.
                            (…) TCFBtGrave! uses the Storypath System plus Quip cards that allow players to contribute appropriate (or far more often extremely inappropriate) comments and dialogue that is often hilarious, but also can give mechanical benefits to the character. With the cards, the player doesn’t need to be funny, just how they use the quip.
                            Similarly, there are cards for filmic situations appropriate to the genre we’re emulating, like “The Devil Himself!”, or “Missing Scene” which allows for a miraculous escape that players can note as having happened during that scene. It was amazing, just a shame the scene is missing, but at least we’re all OK.
                            Honestly, we should have one titled “Christopher Lee’s Voice”, but that might be too powerful for players.
                            Keep an eye out on our social media as we continue to tease the game, and check out the actual play sessions that are available on our Twitch channel.'


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                            • #15
                              And I just got done recording our actual play with Red Moon Roleplaying, so keep your ears open!


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