Night of the Boot Hill Bandits

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Pages: 19

Author(s): Jay Sprenkle

Artist(s): None

Setting: 1850s, Gaslight, Wild West, Weird West

Appears in: Night of the Kachina (Monograph).



This Call of Cthulhu adventure is suitable for a single gaming session with beginning players. It's set in a tiny town, Elota in New Mexico, in the year 1851. Investigators are called in after a body disappears from the church. The scenario attempts to strike an even balance between combat and investigation. This adventure was inspired by several television shows: "Wild Wild West" (the series, not the movie), "High Plains Drifter", "Purgatory", and "Brisco County Jr.".


Spoilers - Keepers Eyes Only

Players should not read any further.


The Investigators are hired when the body of a prominent citizen of Elota mysteriously goes missing from the church. The body was actually stolen by a nest of Ghouls, but this is not the first such body they have taken. The ghouls' theft of previous corpses has been covered up by the town undertaker, who agreed to conceal their activities in exchange for valuables from the town's graves. However, their recent move into taking bodies from the church itself has frightened him badly, not least because he fears his bargain will be discovered. The arrival of the Investigators makes the opportunistic undertaker re-consider his position: perhaps he could point the Investigators towards the ghoul nest and high-tail it Back East with his ill-gotten loot.


Player Handouts: None

Locations: Elota is a small town in New Mexico, Dreamlands (potentially)

Creatures: Ghouls

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Campaigns / Scenarios:


Includes a short section on historical information relevant to the scenario.

The presentation of this scenario is very sparse, incorporating a lot of whitespace and spreading out a few stat blocks over entire pages. Despite an overall page count of 19, is is probably more more comparable to an 8 page scenario.

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