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Feb. 17th, 2005

Horror is my thing.  For years (1987 - 2001, I think) I ran a monthly Chill campaign, often inspired by things I read on the web.  There's something very satisfying, if somewhat perverse, about taking things from the news and thrusting your players into them. Right now I'm playtesting for the new version of Chill, and this article (gacked from inventedepics) just leaped out and demanded my attention.

In my Chill world, the Vatican had a cadre of literal "men in black" who went around the world dealing with the worst manifestations of the supernatural.  My player group was almost entirely female characters (even the male player had a female character) and the Vatican squad (led by a half-demon Jesuit seeking redemption for his sinful nature) was horrified that this highly effective group was all female.  Even worse, every time they came into contact, they lost about half their number (the priests, not the ladies).  Not that it was the fault of my player team -- they were just that much more effective.

In case the article goes bye-bye, I quote a tiny bit below (and have saved the rest for evil machinations later).

Vatican University Debuts Satanism Classes

In a classroom ringed by Rome's pine-covered hills, 100 priests solemnly stood in prayer, made the sign of the cross and got down to business: a lesson on Satanism, demonic possession and exorcism.

Worried about ritual killings in Italy and simple adolescent angst, a Vatican-recognized university launched the course Thursday to help priests and seminarians understand what makes people turn to the occult. The class is billed as the first of its kind, with wide-ranging instruction by exorcists, psychologists and a police criminologist.

The Pontifical Academy "Regina Apostolorum" wants to clear up misconceptions _ especially about exorcisms, a practice most priests do not carry out.


(any egregious errors are entirely the fault of Smirnoff, which makes a very tasty and effective painkiller in the form of Smirnoff Vanilla Twist)



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Feb. 18th, 2005 09:28 am (UTC)
That Chill stuff sounds pretty neat.

Chill was one game I've never played - or even read for that matter. A friend of mine has a whole lot of stuff for it, but he's never run it when I've been around.
Feb. 18th, 2005 01:23 pm (UTC)
That's interesting. Last time I ran Chill, I included a shadowy branch of the Church that did much the same thing as SAVE, except of course that they weren't as good at it because their methods and motives were hamstrung by dogma. (SAVE has its issues, too, of course.)

We had one character in the group who was a priest and had washed out of that organization and joined SAVE instead. That was fun.
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Feb. 18th, 2005 08:50 pm (UTC)
Talkin' Chill
I'd love to, but I signed a pesky NDA. Chill in general, though, I love to talk about. Like how I got the nickname "Evil, evil, Bitch" and why I'm proud of it... but right now I gots to work. Later...
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