This weekend I’ll be running Observer Effect from “A Night at the Opera” scenario book. Previously, I’ve run “Last Things Last”, “Sentinels of Twilight”, and “Music From a Darkened Room”.
So, “information design” – how do you apply that when learning a module? First-off, the design of Delta Green scenarios are fantastic: good overviews, awareness of page spreads, distinctive heading sizes (three levels of headings as far as I can see), handouts, stats, it’s all well presented. Plus, the PDF has bookmarks, always great – though I did modify those for “Music From a Darkened Room” to add more, so I could quickly jump to specific sub-headings during play.
I’ve also listened to three separate actual play podcasts:
- The Redacted Files (my favourite)
- The Rancor’s Brothel
- RPPR (my least favourite – going “full insane” mode can be annoying to listen to)
In addition to this, for me to internalise the scenario, I like to create a single-page summary of a scenario, often using Google Sheets to do so. Here’s my WIP draft copy:
Let me know if this was helpful, or if you have any suggestions on learning a scenario inside-and-out.