Wednesday, June 29, 2011

On the Road

CoastConFan takes a look at driving in the classic era of the Mythos. The embedded videos are a glimpse at just how difficult getting around could be in the early 20th century. As he points out, there's a good reason period drivers carried so many spares.

From a prop perspective, you might find it handy to have a vintage road atlas for any areas you're going to be spending a lot of time in. They can be picked up surprisingly cheaply on Ebay, and you can't beat the level of authenticity they provide. Not to mention how gorgeous classic oil and gas company graphic designs are.

The one drawback to using original source material is that reality can vary considerably from the set-up of a published scenario. One of the segments in Pagan Publishing's "The Walker in the Wastes" takes place near my home in upstate New York. Without giving away any major spoilers, the poor condition of the roads and lack of train access has an impact on the story. In reality, the paved roads and railroad service between the segment location and New York city were among the best in the world in the classic era.


CoastConFan said...

Transportation could indeed be a major problem circa 1925, due to road conditions and limited railroad service. You might also consider riverboats and ferries as a source of transportation and if daring enough, aircraft. Busses were available by this time, but they travel over the same roads as automobiles. Try a horse and buggy some time, they just love gunshots, zombies and cultists with torches. A simple trip 50 miles from a city could plunge you back into the Victorian Era. BTW electricity, although having been around for decades, didn’t always get out to the remote areas. Yes the 1920s can really be fun with technology and progress being spotty. Happy hunting.

Phil said...

Thanks guys. I'd love to see more of these kinds of links. Comes in very handy not just for gamers, but for us folks who want to add an extra bit of aunthenticity to our items. Heck just the onthe rday I was looking all over the net tryign to find out what pencils looked like in the 1920's.