The Atrocity Exhibition, playthrough

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I have now played the scenario  The Atrocity Exhibition with my group. I thought we would finish it in one session but no, it took two 6 hour sessions. I just did not want to rush through it since we had such a good time.

I moved the scenario in time to the mid 1990s and the players had a really fun idea when it came to characters. Since my playgroup have stuck together for a long time we played KULT in the late 90s. And one campaign that we played was abandoned and we sort of left it unfinished. So then Jenny got the idea that they should re-make them for new KULT and the scenario would be sort of a story about what happened to them.

So, everyone re-made the characters based on the old Archetypes. So we had a Ronin, a Artist, a Deceiver, a Veteran and an Occultist. The Veteran was not part of the old group since he was a new player.

The scenario played very well and we had quite some time just with the characters before the opening. And then all hell, literally, broke loose. It became very weird and dramatic.

One memorable scene was when the Ronin in the group was trapped in a room with Purgatides that danced around him, playing instruments of bone and with the melodies spread madness. In a desperate act he pierced his eardums to silence them and then was both broken and deaf for the rest of the scenario.

The most tragic scene was in Djeraba when the Femme Fatale managed to seduce/still Vauquelins wrath and save the Artist by offering herself to him. But in their act of passion he slit her throat. And in the final scene the surviving characters faced her as a purgatide. The Ronin that had a relationship with her could not bear himself to kill her and was strangled by her.

In the end only The Artist and the Veteran survived. The others were lost in the Purgatory or slain by Vauquelin himself.

It was a truly great experiece. A masterly written scenario by Jason Fryer and I highly recommend it. My advice is to let it take its time. Don’t rush it. And use the images in the book when you show the exhibition.