... was a massive success! Hooray!
I was so nervousd it'd fall on it's face and feel really flat but I'm really pleased with how it turned out. The players really got into character and played their parts well, and the gaming table was in a dark room with a single table lamp plonked in the middle. The music was Ennio Morricone's soundtrack to the movie 'The Thing' which suited the game down to the ground, and the atmosphere and mood was palpable.
The highlights were the police interrogation, the search of the student's room, and most of all the conflict with the bad guys on the river, in which the academic of the group - with no skill in firearms - panic fired with his eyes closed at the cultist with the pistol and got him through the heart... and then had to roll against his sanity for seeing a violently killed corpse for the first time. Crazy stuff. Literally.
I was really pleased with the session. The players were well into it and were not only pursuing the clues but justifying why they would get involved and press on, and looking for reasons why their characters would continue investigating even though it was obviously dangerous and life threatening. They did a cracking job.
I'm more than relieved that it all went well. Looking forward to next Thursday, now!