18th Century, blackpowder, dreadpunk, Ghastly Affair, gothic game, Gothic Gaming, Gothic Literature, Gothic Romance, Historical, mannerpunk, nineteenth century, OGL, Romantic Age, Romantic Horror, Romantic-era, rpg
TL/DR: Buy it.
A Ghastly Potpourri is a supplement for the A Ghastly Affair role-playing game. Written by Daniel James Hanley, it contains a collection of material that will be useful for any game set in the late 18th century. It also holds a short story by William Rutter, author of Hunter’s Song. I picked up the printed version, a 6″ by 9″ perfect-bound book.
Please bear with me, because I’m going to veer off course and talk about the title for a minute. It puzzled me. A “potpourri” is a mix of herbs and flower petals. Was it a veiled reference to personal hygiene of the 18th century? This book offers a mix of random material that all blended nicely together. Was this the reason for the title? I hopped out to Wikipedia and took a look at the definition and I saw this gem: “[…] the word pourri means rotten”. Hmmm… So…
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