Matthew Pook reviews Invasive Procedures:

As a one-shot horror adventure, Invasive Procedures is a close, claustrophobic, and challenging affair.


I received an email from Ben Monroe, who had urged his friend Matt Steele to try Invasive Procedures, a disturbing adventure for Fear Itself. Matt’s comments are below. Matt also told me “As the Terror Rabbit and host of the Dead of Winter Horror Invitational, Invasive Procedures will be the scenario I bring to run”.

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Nominated for Best Adventure in the 2012 ENnie awards

The kids all say Our Lady’s Hospital is haunted. You can see why, when you look at it, that big gloomy pile of staring windows and rusting beds. They should have torn the place down years ago, instead of letting it linger on like this. I’d hate to be a patient there. They send you there to die.

You are a patient in an old, rambling hospital. Part of it is shut down, part of it lies in decay. The equipment is out of date, the staff are unmotivated and the whole place reeks of disinfectant, death and seventy years of despair. The hospital has ghosts and spirits walking the halls but they are the least of your worries. You should be afraid of what comes out at night. You should be afraid of what makes the ghosts flee.

Dr Drake, the resident surgeon is a genius and like all genuises, he has his secrets, his obsessions and his madness. One such obsession has taken root in the hospital. You can’t stop it, all you can do is try to get out alive.

Invasive Procedures is the new Fear Itself adventure from Gareth Hanrahan, author of Arkham Detective Tales, three Skulduggery settings and the forthcoming Brief Cases: Three Adventures for Mutant City Blues. Invasive Procedures includes an extract from The Book of Unremitting Horror.

Invasive Procedures now includes conversion information so you can run this adventure with the Trail of Cthulhu system.

You can download a layout map of Our Lady’s Hospital in the Resources section.

Stock #:PELG09 Author: Gareth Hanrahan
Artist:Pascal Quidault Pages: 52 page Perfect Bound

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Here at Pelgrane we’ve increased our production over the past four months so we have a lot of new projects that need playtesting in exchange for our eternal gratitude and a credit in the relevant book/PDF.

If you’re interested in helping us out with the playtests, please email me stating the name of the playtest you’d like to do (e.g. Blastback Playtest), where you heard about it and if you’ve ever playtested for Pelgrane before. Usually playtests will run for about 6 weeks so please let me know your availability as well.

Trail of Cthulhu

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The Rending Box – The fourth and final part of Graham Walmsley’s Purist Adventures. In an antiques shop in North London, there is a box. Inside the box is an ancient creature, seeping through into the world. It will show the Investigators the universe as it really is. 1 Session.

Mutant City Blues

3 Brief Cases by Gareth Hanrahan.

The Kids Aren’t Alright – An attack in a Mutant City high school suggests that there’s at least one unidentified mutant among the students. As the characters investigate, they find a mutant dorphing ring. 1 Session.

Shoulder to Shoulder – The squad are sworn to protect the people – even people who decry and despise mutants. When an anti-mutant activist is targeted by terrorists, can the squad overcome their personal feelings on the matter and stop the bomber? 1 Session.

Blastback – An accident at a mutant-only gym brings the characters into the shadowy world of mutant prize-fighting. 1 Session.

Fear Itself

Invasive Proceedures - The kids all say Our Lady’s Hospital is haunted. You can see why, when you look at it, that big gloomy pile of staring windows and rusting beds. They should have torn the place down years ago, instead of letting it linger on like this. I’d hate to be a patient there. They send you there to die. Genuinely chilling adventure by Gareth Hanrahan. 2-5 Sessions.

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