This is the story of how I found Lamentations of the Flame Princess after playing D&D IV for a year or so, fell head over heels maniacally in love with it, and proceeded to start a game with people who’d never played before and had the best time ever.
The first RPG I ever played was D&D IV, so when I found this whole ‘old school’ community it was all brand new for me and more exciting than I can ever properly explain. My lady Rose and my brother Michael had played the only game I’d ever run (a single session of Gamma World IV) and half a stand-in session of Call of Cthulhu and D&D IV respectively. Roy and Ellen had never played anything at all.
For our first game I took Down And Out In Gothmagog by Jeff Rients from Secret Santicore 2011, tweaked it a little and jammed A Stranger Storm from the LotFP Referee Book in the middle of it all.
Rose and I decided we needed to infuse a bottle of gin with tea for the occasion, despite having never infused anything ever before, so we went shopping and realised that we knew next to nothing about gin. We settled on a bottle of Plymouth due to the friar on the bottle looking really pleased with himself, got a box of Earl Grey from T2, and created a bottle of Earl of Grey’s Private Gin Reserve.
1 700ml bottle of Plymouth Gin
6 teaspoons of Earl Grey
Pour the gin into a decanter, grab yourself a little funnel and dump 6 teaspoons of Earl Grey into it. Stopper the decanter so you don’t knock it over like a fool and let it steep for 8 hours, swirling it around whenever you think of it. In the meantime make that bottle pretty as shit.
When the 8 hours is up grab your little funnel to pour the gin back into its home. T2 have nylon make-your-own-teabags which you can pour the gin through to catch all the little broken up leaves, but if you can’t get those maybe use a strainer?
Serve with tonic, a little lime, and simple syrup if you want to end up with a headache.
We made a giant pile of delicious sandwiches and set up on our balcony to roll up some characters.
What followed was the single best game I have ever played.
It’s all reproduced below, it’s a novella, written mostly for ourselves, so if your attention span fails you feel free to skip to the highlights and finale of the last fight.