Nyarlathotep: His Part in My Downfall

GM: Roderick Hamilton
Rules: Only War (set in WW2 Cthulhu).
Max number of players: 4

Day: Sunday 29 March.

There’s sand in your shoes, sand in your tank, sand in your cuppa char, and Rommel’s got the Afrika Korps breathing down your neck. The last thing you and the lads need is an encounter with inexplicable forces, knowledge of which could Drive One Mad From The Revelation! Luckily you and the rest of the crew of D for Dragon have what it takes to handle such circumstances – Courage, Pluck, and a few dozen rounds of 75mm High Explosive, courtesy of the Yanks.

This scenario places the players as the crew of a British M3 Grant medium tank in the Western Desert theatre, early 1942. Themes of exploration, adventure, and cosmic horror are expected, no player-versus-player, personal horror or heavy gore. Combat is to be expected but should only take up around 25% of the session. No historical knowledge required, and if you have a lot of it, be prepared to hold it in for the sake of the other players. Nerdy chat is welcome before and after.

This is part of the 1st Go Play Manchester Online meetup on Saturday28 /Sunday 29 March, which you can sign up to here.

The Undoing

System: Only War
GM: Roderick Hamilton


FROM: Office of the Piyotri Arch-Magos

TO: Office of the Piyotri Planetary Governor

SUBJECT: Analysis Calamitus


Astropathic Choir corrupted. Cleansing complete.

Cause Unknown. Deemed Malign.

Next Inquisitorial visit expected: 4.2 Solar Years

Total Planetary Subjugation predicted: 0.09 Solar Years.

Phenomenological Epicentre: Capstan Township, LouAnn County.

Recourse: Folorn Hope.

Alternatives: None.


Thought for the day: Only in death does duty end.


The Undoing is a horror game set in the Warhammer 40k Universe. Players will take control of the members of a doomed squad of Penal Troopers – criminals under a suspended death sentence, used as shock troops and cannon fodder – as they descend into the grimdark wilds to face an existential threat beyond their understanding.

It is not a question of how they will die, rather, whether you can make your deaths count for something.

As a horror game, this session will explore many of the unpleasant elements of the 40k universe – specifically Supernatural, Body and Psychological horror, together with a fair bit of Gore. Please get in touch if you want to check whether this game will be right for you.



The Emperor Protects

System: Only War

GM: Roderick Hamilton

Citizens of Vuultath IX! What have YOU done for your Emperor?
– Gain New Skills!
– Make New Friends!
– Learn to Fight!
– Free Uniform!
+++Defend Proud Vuultath from the Enemies of Mankind!+++


The Emperor Protects will use the Only War system to give you a taste of life as an ordinary human in the vast Warhammer 40,000 universe.

You will play citizen-soldiers of a small market town on one of the innumerable worlds in the Imperium, rising to the defence of your neighbours as a shadow falls across your world.

The odds will be long. The price of failure immense. But you will show the citizens of Vuultath that The Emperor Protects.

“To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter, and the laughter of thirsting gods.”

Only War uses a percentile system for easily adapted combat, and The Emperor Protects will include streamlined rules in order to keep the story moving quickly. Players can expect some interaction and investigation, along with tactical planning and deadly, deadly combat.