Content Warnings: Strong Language
After receiving a vision of the future, three ordinary people in 1919 must figure out how creatures from outside time manipulated the destruction of a neighborhood. Anarchism and capitalism threaten to meet in conflagration. What’s the plan?
No project, no flood.
The Great Molasses Flood is a weird historical fiction campaign based on a real-life disaster, using the Rosette Diceless system from Future Proof Games, a system designed in part by Gregory, the host and Narrator.
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Lorenzo Caligari: A firefighter and veteran; second-generation Italian immigrant. He has Boundless Endurance and the Secret, “Why doesn’t Lorenzo talk about his older brother Salvatore?”
Sam Michaels: A sailor and veteran on leave. He has Uncanny Insights and the Secret, “Why does Sam stay at sea despite the difficulties and limitations?”
Harmony Wright: An activist for the Socialist Party of Boston. She has Inner Peace and the Secret, “Why did Harmony come to Boston?”
Ashley: A temporal activist from 2019 who plucked the trio from disaster in order to send them back and stop the Cut-Up Men from changing history.
The Cut-Up Man: A strange individual with yellow, papery skin and a gray suit made of newsprint. A member of a group of retrospectacle beings who turned the disaster into a readymade art piece.
James: The barkeep and owner of the Block and Tackle bar.
Robert: Guard at the Purity Distilling tank on the North End.
Angelico Alfonso: An old Italian anarchist.
John Berry: A stonecutter who was hanging out with the firefighters.
Paddy Driscoll: A firefighter who became trapped among the wreckage of the firehouse.
Arthur Jell: The administrator for Purity Distilling in Boston.
George Lahey: A firefighter who was speaking with a strange man in a suit before the disaster.
The theme song for this campaign is “Great Molasses Disaster” by Robin Aigner and Parlor Game, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 license.
The main historical source for this campaign is Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919 by Stephen Puleo. Additional credit to James Gleick’s Time Travel: A History.