I'm planning a Cthulhu Dark one shot for my group set on a Transatlantic Boeing. So spooky things to happen on an aeroplane thread?
>Birds fly into the windows breaking their necks>Emergency lights turn on , all the oxygen masks have been carefully cut in half.>Hear the sound of a baby crying faintly, no babies can be found on the plane.>The food is suspiciously tasty
>>40238278You're a big jpg
Trying to reach the cockpit is impossible; heading in that direction only leads through seemingly infinite compartments. After some time, they start to repeat. Passengers in these compartments insist there is nothing wrong.
>>40238130There are multiple Fringe and X-Files episodes that feature strange happenings on planes, also be wary of gremlins out on the wing.
>>40238130Perfectly clear sky. Suddenly the plane gets covered in a massive shadow, bigger than the plane, that advances along the length of the plane. Just as quickly as it came, the shadow is gone.Otherworldly howling coming from within the storage areas.Rustling noises coming from the overhead bins on both sides.
There's a clown on the wing of the plane!
>>40238511Ok after me shitposting, have something useful. >plane is buzzed by obsolete WWII fighters.>a passenger dies suddenly but can still be seen walking around or in crowds >all of the navigational equipment is knocked out by lightning strike, then when rebooted, it the radar shows landmass that should not exist or the navigational computer shows totally alien coastline. >the intercom plays what can only be messages from old cabin crew or entirely different planes >the door to the flight deck remains locked and impenetrable. Screams are heard over the intercom and "oh my God what is that thing!?" etc. Blood leaks around the pressure door (which is sealed and it shouldn't do). The plane remains steady and continues flying. Every so often howling can be heard from behind the door.
>>40238648Also have a thought OP. Do the players know it's a horror game? If not, make each a smuggler or something. One smuggling rare frogs in his hand luggage, another a drug mule, another millitary intel. Brief the players that they know there are other smugglers aboard but no one knows (or can divulge to someone else) what he is carrying. Then start to play with things. A small green frog is seen hopping down the aisle followed by a stewardess being frogtongued into the hold.Russian fighters (from WWII) demand the plane lands and return what was stolenA US sheriff appears (as in wild west) and demands that the drug mule come with himI'm not sure how well I'm explaining this but trying to give everyone a secret which the weird can play off.
>>40238782Unfortunately I've done a few of these style one shots so as soon as I announce its cthulhu dark they'll know. Loving the suggestions so far
>>40238822Don't tell them its Chtulu dark. Tell them it's a crime thing.
>>40238822Some people hoot and howl when I suggest this, but I've had good luck promoting a horror atmosphere by withholding access to the players' sheets. Players tend to use their sheets as security blankets, fidgeting with the paper and re-reading their stats to keep themselves separated from the situation. Forcing them to roleplay without specific knowledge of their characters' chances of success causes them to be uneasy, which helps the game.
The voyage is unevetful, when suddenly the plane yanks back, metal screeching and creaking. Windows are suddenly awash with water, but the plane is above the clouds... Something is clogging the engines, the plane's air conditioning starts spitting out strange clear goo.The plane just rammed full force into an atmospheric beast. The "water" and goo are its blood and flesh.
>>40238130I just want to tell you good luck, were all counting on you
>>40238966You glorious bastard. Sorry OP but can we now make this Airplane + Cthulu?
Everyone on board except one person passes out and dies from hypoxia. The one person alive either eventually succumbs to the lack of oxygen too or dies when the plane inevitably crashes. This has actually happened a few times in reality
>>40239060>The one person crashes this plane with no survivorsFTFY
>>40238130If you want something closer to life, a microdownburst is one of the scariest things that can happen to a pilot
>>40238782>make one smuggling rare pepes in his hand luggage
The flight gets delayed and they have to sit on the fucking plane for several hours.
>>40238130Just out of curiosity, what are your thoughts on why they're on a plane, of all things?Like, did the plane just happen to be over a cultist ritual and get caught in it? Is there a cultist in the plane with creepy stuff, just trying to transport them when it went a bit wrong? Was a cultist trying to cast some magic so he could turn the plane into a bullet to kill the thing from >>40238924 ?Also I wanna steal this idea
>>40238130There is a Twilight Zone episode about this
The trick will be pacing. A plane incident usually happens and then it's over. You want to stretch it to form a tension curve.Tension will start high on a plane in flight. Then there should be doubt whether something really is wrong (What Gremlins?), so the mission is to convince the flight crew and find out what's happening.Then there should be a bang. As soon as evidence is secured and generally accepted there's no point in hiding any more, so attack. Create a pressing problem that must take priority, should be easy on a flying plane. Now the tension is in the balance between fixing the big problem and protecting against/investigating the other problem (Gremlin).In all of this plot tunnel there should be some player agency. Is there a traitor on board to unmask? Is there a peripheral complication to solve (ATC, chain of command on board, panicking passengers, unrelated terrorist, ...)? Is there internal tension in the party to address?Whenever there is an enclosed situation and survival at stake I like to present the players with lots of options, even if they're far-fetched. Maybe in the cargo hold there's luggage with weapons, explosives, a trained hunting dog, climbing gear, several parachutes, motion activated wildlife cameras, a gift wrapped chemistry set, golf clubs, walkie talkies, a fire axe, ...You can structure time (and tension) as well as break out of the aluminum tube a little if you have military jets checking out the emergency plane. A radio description of a trained soldier of /something/ hanging off the plane is better than the PCs seeing something themselves.Use weather, radio contact quality, working condition of cabin lights and heating, unsettling sounds in the fuselage (mechanical and not!), and ultimately access to areas to manage tension.You need a good reason why the plane isn't making an emergency landing right away. Either the cockpit cannot be accessed, or there is a complicated technical reason having to do with stuck flaps
>>40240550I was going to have the plot be one of the passengers is a cultist trying to escape his life, and his old buddies are making sure he can't get away
A flight from JFK to LAX, sucks but whatever.However right as it lands in LAX you quickly lose consciousness and find yourself back awake on a recent flight leaving JFK...This has happened 1000 times now and despite every action you think of NOTHING can break the cycle. You've tried crashing the plan, jumping out the door, being detained as a terrorist, learned the names and history of every single person on the plane but all of it for nothing.What are you missing? Can you figure it out before the last vestiges of your sanity is stripped away?
The flight attendent comes around to deliver the complementary peanuts. The label on the bag says lightly salted but the party opens their bags to find overly salted peanuts
>>40240729Maybe he has some tricks up his sleeves, just in case his buddies prove remotely competent.He could, by chance, steal one PC's hair, saliva, or even blood to cast something in the bathroom that makes whatever is hunting him think the PC is its target for a while.He could have a dampening spell going that keeps him somewhat concealed from his buddies' scrying, but he must regularly refresh it with blood sacrifice. His last victim lies dead in a locked airport bathroom stall, but it's about time for the next. Hey, wanna join the Mile High Club?If he is a serious cultist and he panics then he might be a more immediate threat to the plane's flightworthiness than the creature.It wouldn't even have to be a creature, just a destiny entanglement geas that gives him and any plane he's on a much increased chance of catastrophe scenarios occurring simply by bending stochastics. The adventure would then be to reveal there's a curse and discover the jinx, then deal with him in a way that appeases Fortuna.
>>40240913The real horror is: that white crystal powder is mostly sugar.
>>40240914Definitely going to steal some of these , the "creature" hunting him is going to be the ghost of his young daughter who was killed in his escape and has been twisted by his buddies
The in-flight movie is biodome with Pauly Shore and it can't be turned off.
>>40240951Maybe she's not really hunting him, it just appears so because she's smoke and there's fire all around. But what' really stirring the coals of destiny is something else, even less corporeal. She's just there to help him, she knows what's coming. But he's too freaked to get it and evades her with all tricks.
>>40238130The engines cut out. There is panic and the pilots prepare to crash land and ditch. But the ground never comes. For hours, the ground never comes. The altimeter hits zero. The ground never comes. Everyone is gliding in eerie silence with no engines.This is especially effective because of the low tingling fear of crashing is suddenly supplanted by the terror of the inexplicable.
>>40241015you're a monster.
Guys, I have to prep a game of Dread and this is perfect as a scenario. Wouldn't even need cultists.I think it should be set in the 50s though. When flying was still boss.
>>40238130The engines fail/stall/etc., the plane falls... and just keeps falling. Never hits the ground.
>>40241015That's pure evil
>>40241156No, evil is charging 10 bucks for earplugs and blinders so you can nap through it.
OP, how do you prep for Cthulhu Dark?Do you create plot nodes with progress vectors?Do you think of a story and see how it goes when players roll high?How do you structure your notes?
>>40241285I'm slightly notorious in my group for winging things. I set up a story and a narrative at the start with several locked points , for example in this scenario they'll probably be Cockpit door is locked with an emergency release in the storage area, ghost girl starts interfering , actual monster appearing later. I then write down a few points and some possible dialogue for inbetween these fixed points and create some maps based on that. From there i'll judge how the players are reacting/rolling and wing it
>>40241405So you take the investigate rolls as you go?
>Early on, when things are just starting to get fishy, they fly over some landmark. Shortly after, they fly over it again.>They pass through a storm cloud over land, emerge over water with no land in sight.>Passengers are mostly interchangeable, non-specific, generic people. They sometimes switch- people will be sitting in seats that aren't theirs, one person goes into the bathroom and another comes out, etc.>The pilot's voice changes midway through the flight. Nobody bats an eye.>The plane is an airline nobody's heard of. The products- snacks, pillows, towels, etc.- all have different logos.General reality glitches are fun
>>40241593>snacks, pillows, towels, etc.- all have different logos.This actually happens. Some airlines don't refurbish used planes they buy with logos of another airline on the upholstery. Airports are supplied by catering from one airline only, and although they usually use the packaging of the customer, orders get misplaced.
>>40241573Yeah, since I'll have the majority of information pre set depending on what and when they roll it I'll doll out some info
>>40241593The logo of the plane is a feather, with the old-fashioned Elder Sign worked into it subtly?>All through the flight, different people have nosily begun conversations with just about everyone on the plane, apparently old friends catching up. Every-fucking-body has a dear old friend they lost touch with, who stops by to say hello before returning to their seat.>Turns out these people are all one thing that assumes the form of somebody from people's past, and begins talking to them, to learn more about their pasts and who they are, so it can later mimic them.>When it speaks with one of the PCs, it fucks up, and assumes the form of somebody who the PC knows died at a much younger age.
Nice. I love these threads.>The plane's interior lights short out and can't be turned back on, leaving the cabin in a perpetual gloom that begins playing tricks on the PCs' and the other passagers' minds.>Any passenger entering the restroom never returns to their seat and is never seen again.>The PCs eventually come to notice that they each see little things inside the plane like the color of other passengers' luggage, the flight attendants' name tags and the number of unoccupied seats differently from each other.>On a long overnight flight, stars are seen above and below the plane, there are too many moons, the morning never dawns, etc.>While always upbeat and casual, all the Captain's intercom announcements carry a subtle undercurrent of uneasiness.>Someone or something is trapped in the cargo compartment beneath the PC's feet and keeps trying to find a way up into passenger cabin. The flight attendants are quite pointedly but worriedly ignoring it.>One by one, everyone aboard the plane begins to experience nosebleeds.>Outside the windows the earth begins to swing up as if the plane is doing a slow-motion barrel roll, but gravity within the plane remains normal.>Each passenger discovers a weapon of some sort duct taped under their seat cushion.>Anyone falling asleep aboard suffers from the same specific nightmare in which the plane breaks up in midair and everyone falls to their deaths.
>There is a child sitting behind one of the PCs which constantly kicks his chair every time he's about to say something about [category of DM's choice]>The mother apparently doesn't notice this behavior, and if the PC tells the kid to stop, the kid just tears up a little and acts innocent>Later, when said PC is more or less alone, the kid leans over and quickly whispers something like "Stop trying to talk about it. They'll notice you, and in noticing, they'll know you."
>>40242096Alternatively:>There's a kid kicking the back of the PC's seat for who mother keeps apologizing. All of a sudden the kicking stops, and when the PC looks back there is no child. When asked a or him or her, the mother claims that she has no such child and that there was never a child sitting there at all.
>One by one, all the people fall asleep, later revealed to be comatose>The flight attendants are noticeably worried>One of the players falls asleep and wakes up in the airport they just departed from, where he sees many of the passengers>Every now and then the plane will fly through a cloud that fogs up the interior, the fog clears and people have changed seats or disappeared entirely, no one else notices>Someone keeps whispering everything everyone says exactly at the same time>More of the players experience the dreams>Deja vu is common throughout>The dream world and reality begins to blur>Eerie singing of hymns can be heard only by players>The players notice they've been flying for too long> Everyone on the plane was dead all along
>>40242211>This happens to all the passengers and even the crew slowly over the course of the session until the PCs are left alone to combat whatever nasty beasty is the one-shot's big bad.
>>40238130You want to TPK don't you. Why not just narrate the whole thing after character creation?
>On a long, transcontinental flight, the PCs slowly become aware that the actions and conversations of everyone else in the plane have been looping every hour or so.
>>40242341What's that shitpost supposed to mean?
>>40242361>What is Railroading>What was the joke
>>40242307I don't know. It's feasible that the OP isn't setting up an inescapable death trap with this scenario and just wants to put his players in the most dire straits imaginable.
>>40242417Sorry the thumbnail of the vid wasn't at that part. I've not heard that song singe elementary school. I tend not to embed.
>>40242432It's Cuthulu. Cuthulu = TPK.
>>40241952>barrel rollIt's called an aileron spin.
Passengers get digested in their seat.There's a leak in the seals on the doors causing a violet hissing noise like when you flush the toilet.The clouds appear to be mountains or the ocean such that the plane appears lower, about to crash.The air circulation system pumps out a white fog, stops, then begins to pump out a dark fog.Opening the window flap reveals pitch blackness. There are dim lights dancing in this void that look like stars until one attaches itself to the window, revealing itself to be a squid or some other animal found at the bottom of the ocean. Could be combined with the leak to have water spray in. Curtains, lots and lots of curtains dividing sections of the plane. The seats aren't numbered, and there's no way to orientate oneself to which way is the front of the plane.Planes fly so high that oxygen masks are needed.
>There is some sort of unexplained malfunction with the air conditioning inside the cabin, and the temperature begins climbing or dropping to Saharan or Arctic conditions.>While using the onboard WiFi, the PCs come across breaking news reports claiming that their plane has crashed, killing all aboard.>The flight is plagues by both turbulence and crying babies, although it seems like the babies always start crying just before the turbulence starts.>The flight attendants all look worried, and one passes an unasked for drink to one of the PCs. On the paper napkin provided as a coaster, there is a hastily scrawled "Help Us!">The plane periodically shudders while making worrying groaning noises, and looking down the length of the cabin it seems as if the entire aircraft is slowly being bent or warped out of shape.
>>40242680Nice to know the correct terminology! Thanks!
>>40238130>Look out the winow>The plane has wings, not those of a plane - but actual flapping wings, like a turkey and a pterodactyl shat out a 3 month premature hellchild.>No passengers other than the players have noticed this, and even the players remember getting on an actual plane.>As the "plane" continues to head through turbulence patches more and more of it becomes biological on the inside - viens in the walls, passengers become molded, one with their seats.>Eventually the entire plane turns into the insides of a massive flying creature.Can the players escape before they become one with the plane? Or digested by it?
>>40238130>I'm planning a Cthulhu Dark one shot for my group set on a Transatlantic Boeing. So spooky things to happen on an aeroplane thread?>Hellraiser-style nightmare loop (think "inevitable doom" situation repeated over a few times)>Thunderstorm/Lightning reveals that some people onboard apparently are already dead (like Pirates of the Caribbean, the whole "Barbossa in a full moon" thing)I think everything else has already been covered ITT.
>>40238130Just watch Altitude and make it actually good.
>>40238856Don't let them know what system it is. You may want to just print out the rules with certain things omitted.
>>40243740Agreed. Make the session seem like a crime drama one-shot, a "locked room" mystery where the guilty party has got to be someone on the plane. Slowly, slowly ramp up the wrongness and the paranormality of events as things to from bad to worse.
>>40238245>The food is suspiciously tastyYOU FIEND.
In your opinion, is it a dick move of the DM to make a game where you can't survive the end of it?Cos I'm kinda thinking of making one of those
>>40244178I think that it depends on the expectations of the crew you've got playing your game and how attached they'll become to the characters they're creating. What sort of game did you have in mind?
>>40238245>One of the players says "What's the deal with this Airline food?"
>>40244253>There is a human finger secreted into their meal.
>>40244178It is ok, as long as you convince them that they could have survived even without mind-reading
>>40244242Well basically everything in this thread.Kinda like, players are on a plane for their own reasons that make it seem like a sorta normal game, but eventually a cultist starts doing some messed up stuff to try to use the aeroplane into a weapon to kill eldrich horror beast flying in the sky.If they dont stop the cultist, they ram headfirst into giant eldrich horror. If they do stop the cultist, there's the giant eldrich horror still floating about, which kills them.
>>40241015>not enjoying trouble in the bubble
I've just archived this thread on Sup/tg/. I hope that it doesn't die quite so soon though.http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?searchall=Just+Plane+Scary
>>40238130Really? No-one is going to suggest seeing something on the wing that others never seem to notice?
>>40248710>Really? No-one is going to suggest seeing something on the wing that others never seem to notice?Nope.>>40238354>be wary of gremlins out on the wing>>40238576>on the wing of the planeNobody is going to suggest that. You're definitely the first. You would know this if you had read the thread.
>>40244427Which is bullshit. Of the 2edgy4u kind.>>40244324Well the GM better have said this oneshot will kill the characters off or IT IS a "That GM" thing.
Snakes start apparating inside the plane, as in they slither out of the toilet, the inside of your seat, the stewardess' skirt, etc. but absolutely nobody bats an eye.
>>40243740>>40244040You know, keeping the system secret and then feeding the players to a TPK is a "That GM" move. A classic dick move.
>>40240652>Movie poster>"Whoa, that looks pretty awesome. I'm gonna go watch the trailer and maybe download the movie!">Google "altitude movie">Synopsis pops up to the right of search results>"A plane full of teens-">mfw
>>40249180My post and it was the result of an image search for "horror plane"
>>40249180>"A plane full of teens-"What did you expect, a group of fifty-year-old men?
>>40240254Go back to reddit
>>40238130>So spooky things to happen on an aeroplane thread?Could there be a sci-fi setting to this?