Crude Oil, Part 1 (Scenario)

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Shadis, Issue 26

Pages: 38-51

Author(s): Matt Starosick,John Wick

Artist(s): N/A, the artwork for the scenario came from the then current CoC rulebook.

Setting: 1928

Appears in: Shadis, Issue 26.

Campaign: N/A


A man has been murdered in the oil boom town of New Jerusalem, 40 miles south of Boston and his body dumped in Vermont. With an interstate crime apparently having taken place, the Bureau of Investigation (BOI) sends in a team to get to the bottom of things.


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Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

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The drilling of the third well in the New Jerusalem oil field tapped into an underground chamber where a large number of Formless Spawn of Tsathoggua were interred. One of these has escaped and is trying to free the others. When the investigators arrive they will only have a few days to figure out what is happening and prevent the freeing of the remaining Formless Spawn. The outcome of this scenario effects the opening of part two of the scenario which is set in the same area in the 1990s.


Player Handouts: Pre-Gen characters (Stats only, character sheets have to be made by the Keeper.), entry from the diary of Kathleen O'Bannon

Locations: New Jerusalem, New Jerusalem Oilfield

Creatures: Formless Spawn

Tomes and Artifacts: N/A

Campaigns / Scenarios: N/A


  • Alderac Entertainment offered a set of deluxe player handouts (Full NPC stats, autopsy photographs (For mature players only.), Pre-gen character sheets, etc.) to readers who contacted the magazine.
  • At the time the scenario is set the correct term for the FBI would still have been BOI as the renaming did not take place until 1935.

Keeper Comments

Comments to Keepers about this scenario; Possibly how to run it successfully. Keep general DISCUSSION on the talk page.

  • This is a highly scripted scenario with a specific timeline for the events to occur given at the start. Keepers will have to be prepared for Players getting ahead of the timeline.
  • The authors indicate that some material had to be left out due to space considerations, one thing that does seem to be missing is an introduction for two of the player characters who are described as "agency detectives" (eg Private Detectives.), its not clear who bought them into the case, probably the simplest solution is to have them hired by Sean O'Bannon, the owner of the oilfield, especially as they are at the site before the BOI investigators arrive.