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Viral: A Modern Call of Cthulhu Scenario

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Viral: Unredacted – A Modern Call of Cthulhu Scenario

Join Marco Proudfoot, host of the successful YouTube channel The Spektral Krew, as he and his fellow paranormal investigators journey to an island off the coast of Sicily to explore its very dark past. The only public information is a pixelated satellite map and a pile of redacted documents, but a little digging on the Dark Web has revealed something far more sinister. What better way to make their final push for one million subscribers than to stream their investigation live from the island! The Krew hopes to find evidence of the paranormal, but what they discover is so much more horrific than just orbs of dust and incoherent voices in the static.

Viral is a scenario set in the modern era, and is designed to be run in one, two, or more sessions, depending on the Keeper’s preference. The scenario includes the background history of the island, a timeline of events, information to create an immersive ghost-hunting experience, detailed location descriptions, five pre-generated characters, new spell, new Mythos tome, new Sanity rules, thirty-four pages of player handouts, five detailed full-color maps, and much, much more.

"A fantastic example of how to do a modern day (Call of Cthulhu) adventure right." – Seth Skorkowsky

"A highly original, superbly produced and insidiously chilling modern Call of Cthulhu scenario that raises the bar for creativity and production values among Miskatonic Repository scenarios." – RPG.net

NOTE: Viral has been updated and now contains 14 pages of new material including an extended Prologue and an optional expanded ending. The new prologue (One Night in Perla) give the Spektral Krew the opportunity to explore the nearby fishing village of Perla where they can learn even more about the secrets surrounding the cursed Isola di Malamente. The optional ending sets the characters up for an ongoing campaign, or the upcoming sequel: Quarantine.

WARNING: Viral is intended for mature audiences. The Keeper and players should be aware that this scenario contains situations, scenes, and imagery that some might find intense, particularly if they have experienced any real life trauma.

Special Audio Credit: Italian audio handout produced by J. W. White.



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John H March 08, 2024 7:49 pm UTC
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Hi, Just bought Viral, very excited to run this scenario I've heard great things about!
I can't initially see any difference between the REDACTED and UNREDACTED files. Am I missing something?
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Bud S March 10, 2024 11:41 am UTC
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It was mis-labelled and it's on Alex's list to fix. As you were.
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Alex G March 10, 2024 3:46 pm UTC
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As far as I know, there is no REDACTED one.
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Hiro M November 29, 2023 3:17 pm UTC
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Nice to meet you. I purchased the item and was reading it in preparation for playing, but I have a question. Is the explanation for points 1 and 2 on the map of Malament Island on page 91 of Vilal Final reversed?

I think maybe point 1 is the lighthouse and point 2 is the cove, but I'm not sure. I apologize if someone else has already pointed this out before; I'm not very familiar with English.
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Alex G November 29, 2023 7:28 pm UTC
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Yes, that's an error that we'll be correcting at some point. I hope you enjoy the scenario!
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Hiro M November 30, 2023 12:43 pm UTC
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Thank you for your reply. Since English is not my strong suit, I was worried that I might have missed some nuances in the translation and overlooked some mechanisms.
When I show the MAP to the players, I'll show them the corrected and translated version.
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Chompy C October 29, 2023 4:40 pm UTC
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Below the chapel, "The central alcove contains a stone pedestal at the far end with an iron box on top..."

What is in this box? It seems very important, but the contents are never mentioned so far as I can see.
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Alex G October 30, 2023 5:35 am UTC
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Nah, it was just to give Keeper something to play with if they wanted. I like putting in the odd detail that could be used for a later plot hook.
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Chompy C October 30, 2023 5:21 pm UTC
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Thanks for answering! A word or two to that effect in the text might save a bit of searching, if there's any future revisions.

Does give me a good excuse to trawl through the books for some goodies. xD
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Jamie W October 23, 2023 4:16 pm UTC
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Hi, would it be possible to get a clean version of the hospital maps without any labels? Thanks!
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Alex G October 23, 2023 8:01 pm UTC
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Based on how the file is built, it wouldn't be that easy. Of course most of the information would be known to the PCs, so I don't think the labels will be a problem if the players see them.
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Chiara S October 09, 2023 12:35 pm UTC
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Hello!
What's the difference between Viral_-_Unredacted_v.3.pdf and Viral_-_Redacted.pdf?

I have noticed some mistake with the Italian words...
At page 18, "Tramoto dell’Hotel (Hotel Sunset)". The name should be "Hotel Tramonto (Hotel Sunset)".
At page 19: "TOUR DELLA BAIA: $20/€25 ALL’ORAAY". It's "TOUR DELLA BAIA: $20/€25 ALL’ORA".
At page 33: Instead of "INGRESSO VIETATO", you should use "DIVIETO DI ACCESSO". "No trespassing per order of the Italian Navy" is traslated as "Limite invalicabile per ordine della Marina militare", but the sign should be "Zona Militare Limite invalicabile". You can found the sign online.
At page 38: "...Sil sergente Bianchi è giù. Sono riuscito a trascinarlo dentro... non so cosa c’è sulla pelle. Si sta muovendo..." should be "...Il sergente Bianchi è a terra. Sono riuscito a trascinarlo dentro... non so cosa ci sia sulla...See more
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Bud S October 10, 2023 2:46 pm UTC
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We had all of the Italian and Latin checked by a native Italian speaker (Luca Alexander Volpino) so... we're pretty much going to leave it as it is.
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Chompy C October 03, 2023 4:11 pm UTC
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Hello! Is it possible to get a "clean" version of the player map handout, without the sticky notes on it?
I can see a small version in the "attachment" preview on the email from Maya, but the larger version is partly obscured by the notes.
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Bud S October 08, 2023 10:26 pm UTC
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I'll ask Alex.
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Alex G October 23, 2023 7:56 pm UTC
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Here you go.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R7YlOy-rrSjW-B3mX59FRooP6dKpuuR7/view?usp=sharing
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Chompy C October 29, 2023 4:36 pm UTC
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Thanks! Proved very handy!
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Travis T September 26, 2023 1:32 pm UTC
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After I bought this I found a list of recommended viewing like the Ghost Adventures episodes and now I can't find it again. Am I losing my mind?
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Alex G September 26, 2023 6:57 pm UTC
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They're on pages 29 and 30... though you could still be losing your mind. If you go insane as a result of this scenario, it would certainly boost sales. ;)
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Travis T September 26, 2023 10:12 pm UTC
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HA! So they are! I can't wait to play this. I ordered one of the badges from zazzle and have it ready to go for our Halloween game
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Alex G September 27, 2023 1:24 pm UTC
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Excellent! Have fun!
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Robert F July 25, 2023 7:43 pm UTC
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Any chance of getting the Pre-Gens and the blank Investigator sheet in an editable PDF format?

I would like to run this at my FLGS and need to tweak the Pre-Gens instead of recreating them.
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Alex G July 25, 2023 8:05 pm UTC
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Not in that style I'm afraid. I could potentially get you the pre-gens on a standard sheet.
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Robert F July 27, 2023 8:21 pm UTC
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Thanks, I've been working through them on a fillable PDF. Your sheets have the "Exposure" boxes, "Spektral Krew" logo, and other bits. I'll pen the Exposure in at the bottom. Regardless the scenario is very cool. Thanks again.
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Kevin D June 24, 2023 11:40 pm UTC
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HI!! I purchased this scenario English. I downloaded the file Viral_VTT_Images.zip, but it shows that all the images are corrupted.
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Alex G June 25, 2023 12:00 am UTC
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I would try either unzipping the file again or downloading the zip file again.
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Kevin D June 25, 2023 12:10 am UTC
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I tried this and it did make some of the images in the second half normal, but it still corrupted some of them.
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Graham P April 19, 2023 12:52 am UTC
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Hello! This scenario looks so awesome. I'm having issues opening up (Viral_VTT_Images.zip) and (Viral_VTT_Hospital_Floor_Plans.zip). The other files work fine. Am I doing something wrong? I tried to upload to Roll20 and it didn't work. I also tried to open with a basic photo editor and it didn't work. Can you please let me know!
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Graham P April 19, 2023 12:53 am UTC
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Never mind. Figured it out. User error!
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Michael F March 09, 2023 8:30 pm UTC
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I've run this scenario online before with great success, and it turns out that I will likely be running this in person at the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society in a couple of weeks. I was wondering if there is any way that I could get a discount on purchasing the book version given that I've already purchased the zip file. Thank you!
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Alex G March 10, 2023 1:51 pm UTC
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We're somewhat limited by the PoD costs, but if you email me, I can get you a discount link.

alex@criticalhitpublishing.com
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Robert F February 15, 2023 10:56 pm UTC
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I'm reading through it to prepare to run this for my group and have some questions.

Page 8
Corrina's "Custom Witch Board", it's not detailed on the Spektral Krew Gear list, is it basically a Custom Ouija Board?

Page 14
Static gear, mentions "with the exception of the drone".
There is no "drone" detailed with the other gear or on the PC descriptions, and who controls it.

I am looking forward to running this. Thanks!
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Alex G February 16, 2023 1:22 am UTC
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Yes, a witch board is basically the same as a Ouiija board. The drone is mentioned as an option on page 30. Originally a drone was going to potentially play a larger part, and we left it as an option for players.
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Taylor D January 15, 2023 9:30 am UTC
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Hi there! I'm really looking forward to running this for my players, such an amazing scenario! Is there any way to get ahold of higher scale versions of the art included? I wanted to try using a VTT like Alchemy to create a "mood," per-se, and I'm hoping to use them as backgrounds, if possible.
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Alex G January 15, 2023 4:08 pm UTC
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Which images were you interested in?
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Taylor D January 24, 2023 4:17 pm UTC
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I'm so sorry, I didn't realize I wouldn't get a notification if you replied--Basically any of the more "scenic" ones like the art(s) of Perla, the docks, and maybe some larger versions of the areas they'll visit like the bridge, lighthouse, etc. Just that kind of stuff!
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Alex G January 24, 2023 9:07 pm UTC
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Email me at: Alex@CriticalHitPublishing.com and I'll give you a link to the files.
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Alex G January 25, 2023 2:22 am UTC
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Actually, I just put the VTT files with the other product downloads on DTRPG, so you can get them there. Enjoy!
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Bud S January 26, 2023 2:33 pm UTC
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Hey Taylor D. Just seen your review.

Just thought I would address something you mentioned.

*Spoilers*

We put the Taint on the character sheet as "Exposure" for two reasons.

1 - Taint would allow metagaming and potentially make them avoid interactive with the environment.
2 - Having the players keep track of it gives the Keeper less to think about (they already have enough balls to juggle!)
3 - It's like a ticking time-bomb that creates tension

I'm not sure if Alex could create a version of the character sheet without it (if he has the time) for those who want to play it out like that).

The sequel is probably 12 months off - we're currently in the middle of putting together our next collaboration - a Cthulhu Modern scenario called "Inversion".

The sequel - Quarantine - will follow that.
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Taylor D February 09, 2023 6:27 am UTC
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Thank you for responding! I'm def more of a hands-on DM (something I could probably learn to let go of, not gonna lie!) so it's definitely more of a preference thing for me, in hindsight. But thank you for responding! I totally see your points.

I'm honestly stoked about whatever you've got cooking, so I'll stay tuned! :D
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Mark W January 08, 2023 11:46 am UTC
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Picking this up after hearing about it on the Grognard Files.
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Bud S January 12, 2023 7:13 pm UTC
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Hope you enjoy it.
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William L December 24, 2022 4:29 am UTC
Hi,
Is there by any chance a french version on the way ? great content btw :)
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Bud S December 28, 2022 5:37 pm UTC
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Hi,

Unfortunately, it's not as easy as simply translating it. The layout has to be redone - which is a nightmare - and we were lucky that the guy who did the Korean translation had already laid it out prior to contacting us. Also, we have no idea of the demand for a French version.
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Dawoon J December 03, 2022 11:13 am UTC
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HI!! I purchased this scenario English.
I want to get a Korean translated version.
my E-mail address is jungd15@gmail.com
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Alex G December 03, 2022 1:27 pm UTC
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Copy sent! Enjoy! :)
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