The Symphony of Erich Zann

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Author/Creator : Axolotl all credits goes to him.

“But despite all I have done it remains an humiliating fact that I cannot find the house, the street, or even the locality, where, during the last months of my impoverished life as a student of metaphysics at the university, I heard the music of Erich Zann.”
– H.P.Lovecraft, The Music of Erich Zann

***The Symphony of Erich Zann*** is loosely a sequel to Lovecraft’s *The Music of Erich Zann*, similar to what the Dunwhich Legacy was to the Dunwhich Horror. The investigators must enter the Auseil Theatre, where the violist once performed, and stop an orchestra from playing his music.

This custom scenario can be played as both a standalone and as a side story to any campaign. (thematically works best as a side-story in the middle of Path to Carcosa). If you play as a side story, it costs each investigator 2 xp for a chance to get some nifty story assets.
In *The Symphony of Erich Zann*, the horror is not as tangible as in your previous adventures. The terror is in the overwhelming music that you hear throughout the theatre. Music treacheries do not discard themselves after a certain amount time – instead, there is a maximum amount of Music treacheries that can be in play at once, written on the agenda. When the maximum would be exceeded, you must discard the earliest Music treachery that was put into play. As such, the music will continuously flow and evolve as the investigators march forward into the theatre.
**How to play:**
– You can download these print and play files to print the scenario yourself or with a printing service. The Scenario Guide is included in the download.
– You can play this scenario on Tabletop Simulator following this link and the instructions there. https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2030415817
Hope you enjoy this scenario and I would love to read your feedback or criticism on any aspect of it! ~

My verdict:

Background story:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Visual experience:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Overall experience:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Average:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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Sully
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Sully

I’m just waiting for my printing service to send this then I will let you know how it plays

K-Roc
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K-Roc

Do you have a project file you could share for the printed card setup?

sully
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sully

I don’t know what a project file is I’m sorry. I just spent hours taking screen shots of individual card pictures and uploaded them to printer studios.co.uk. I will share what I did once I see final outcome it was a ball ache uploading them to make sure the right front card had the right back lol. Im sure there must be easier ways of doing it

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Do you know what type of format would make it easier for you next time? I thought you could use the individual card images for the website. I can try to provide the correct files next time.

Also, thanks for trying it out and hope you enjoy the scenario!

sully
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sully

individual card pictures are needed for uploading to the print service I use. I think they may accept pdfs with several cards on but I had to go on the site and arrange each individual picture so that each card had the right pic on the reverse side. it comes as a pack of ready made playing cards not sheets that have to be cut and folded

sully
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sully

ignore my remarks on individual files you did supply them im getting confused with another scenario I had to upload and get printed that did not have individual file pics

Kos
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Kos

Did you proofread the files? Advise to wait until you know all the typos are fixed.

Mike hawkins
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Mike hawkins

the Scenario is absolutely amazing! The only fuzzy part was the gallery. I assume the extra clue you get from the investigate action on that location is taken from the token pool? If not, I can see just getting stuck.

But I would emphasize that is a minuscule question about a masterpiece! Amazing work! I love what you did with the performer investigators. And the scenario begs to be played with “symphony fantastique”.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Hi Mike, thanks for trying it out and I’m glad you enjoyed it!! The action on the Gallery is supposed to just be clue acceleration and grab the clue from the Auditorium (thematically you have the high ground can see what’s going on from there). There should be enough clues in general, not counting the locations with only 1 clues. (2 per on the Gallery, 2 per on the Auditorium, and 1 per in the lobby). The first act costs 3 per, the ‘second act’ fight doesn’t actually remove the clues from the game, since it puts them on the… Read more »

Kos
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Kos

Printed out the content, found more typos. If I made a list would you be willing to update?

Axolotl
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Axolotl

I will gladly! I might wait a bit for more feedback before making a big update, but I’m grateful for any feedback!

uriel
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uriel

If it’s just typos it would be great to have them sooner rather than later. I saw a few minor typos as well, nothing that breaks the game, but it will be nice to have a typo-free version before ordering a print 🙂 Anyway, just my two cents. Thank you for creating and sharing this!

Axolotl
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Axolotl

That’s fair! I’ll go over the story text again. If you could point out some of the mistakes you saw to me I’ll fix them and try to bring out a bugfix version as soon as i can.

If it’s the interspaced french words in the intro of the scenario guide, that’s just me trying to evoke a French accent from the conductor, althouh I don’t think it works too well.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

It’s been updated with fixed typos that people pointed out to me! If you see anything else let me know!

uriel
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uriel

Thanks for the update. I think Kos got all the typos I noticed. Haven’t read the back of agenda/act cards though, I don’t want to spoil it for myself 🙂

Kos
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Kos

TSoEZ errata (following the pdfs from first to last:) 1. Beyond the Curtain: – to ward something off -> to ward off something – slip out of your bag and drift along -> slipped .. drifted – chill does not transport, -> icy vent – illimitable is legal but measureless is more common nowadays 2. Overture – home of .. -> home to one of.. – in search of -> in search for 3. Crescendo – missing when you would exceed the maximum 4. Opus Magnum had sprung up -> persist = present -> sprang up (or has sprung up)… Read more »

Axolotl
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Axolotl

This is perfect! I’ll be fixing these and uploading a new version possibly within a week. (Making the files takes a bit of time) A few notes: 1. Illimitable was used in the original short story, so I’ll keep it 3. The original parenthesis in Agenda 1 was just a reminder of the special rules detailed in the scenario guide, there wouldn’t be enough space on Agenda 3, so I decided to only put the reminder once. 4. I changed it to “with the rhythm” instead, to make it fit in the space. 5. “The player was dripping with an… Read more »

Kos
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Kos

Agreed. Thanks for sharing. Just remember the h in “labyrinthine vertigo”. This text you keep referring to was that Lovecrafts writing?

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Indeed! The scenario is loosely a sequel to Lovecraft’s The Music of Erich Zann!

Kos
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Kos

About Surge: found in another campaign that FFG does not capitalize game effects in AH:LCG, so it should be gains surge, not gains Surge – while I don’t prefer it, specific in-game internal consistency beats general boardgame conventions.

Kos
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Kos

I haven’t played AH:LCG in quite some time, so some details were foggy, highlighted in the points below. Hope you find them of some use 😉

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Hey! Thanks a bunch for your comprehensive list! You caught on a lot of sneaky mistakes and questionable wording. I’ll be fixing it shortly and uploading a new version hopefully sooner rather than later.

I was wondering how you were so proficient at English? I honestly would never have noticed some of these.

Kos
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Kos

Thanks! And thanks for asking – I was raised bilingual Dutch/Greek, which helps, along with a talent for natural language. My parents read me bedtime stories as a small kid.
Nowadays I do pro bono* rulebook proofreading of a lot of kickstarters**. As a mathematician by study and programmer by trade I am used to choose precise wording where others fail.
*) it is in my interest to have something as good as possible.
**) as of late, also hobby expansions for WQ:ACG & MD.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Amazing! I would never have thought that English wasn’t even your first language. I’m working on a new scenario, when it’s ready, would you be willing to help proofread the cards before I post it on Arkham Central? It would make the whole process a lot simpler.

You can find me on Reddit by the username MedicalNote.

Kos
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Kos

Also, while it may not be convention, if I were to design a card with duplicates, I would vary each copy a bit on the stats, so they feel more like an entity instead of an element of a set. It would impact player agency as well. One card with more eva, but less batttle and so on. Just my 2$.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

This is always fun! My favourite scenarios are always the ones with a bunch of unique enemies / locations to meet and explore. That’s why I made multiple different musicians with different mechanics to explore! The design problem with too many unique encounter cards is that it makes the encounter deck much more unpredictable, and hard to play around. If you know how a Swarm of Rats look like you can better prepare for it when a second or third one appears. This is much more important for more difficult enemies or treacheries like rotting remains. In the case of… Read more »

Kos
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Kos

Haha sorry my design talent has been neglected for too long. I wouldn’t know where to start.. The only thing I would love to create is a card based version of Lord of Destruction that is actually fun to play, modular, diceless, Dragonhold style. Personally, if the original work were deemed shoddy and sloppy I would have no qualms whatsoever if I could improve the wording. I play AH:ACG withOUT replacing Chaos tokens – because it is a flaw in FFG design. Some games should have memory. AH bathes in memory. On recognizing and counting cards, keep the title but… Read more »

Axolotl
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Axolotl

The scenario has been updated to it’s tentative final version (1.1) with fixed typos / wording changes and added replayability!

Let me know if there’s any mistakes, but this will probably be the last version unless I make a ‘Return to’ in the future.

Sully
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Sully

I’m still waiting for my printed copy to arrive so too late to change anything. Not bothered by typos but what have you changed to add replayability

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Hey!

I’ve just added two new locations to randomly pick from – so nothing too major.

I’ve added a single encounter card with surge that adds a bit of uncertainty.

I’ve changed one of the abilities on a reward card to be slightly more interesting.

Finally, I’ve reduced the difficulty by a little bit, it was pretty harsh so be prepared for a challenge! If that doesn’t bother you then nothing else is different!

Hope you enjoy! There were no game-breaking bugs or anything so it should generally play the same.

josh
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josh

Which printer service did you use? I have been using makeplayingcards.com for my previous printings, but I just received an email from them saying that some of these images are having their text cut off when uploaded.
Anyone else have these issues?

UTGun
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UTGun

Tried out this afternoon, Overall a good game experience, a really good background story but the gameplay is a bit fuzzy and overly complicated sometimes.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Thanks for the feedback! Yeah, with all the treacheries are kind of annoying to keep track of everything. Glad you had a good experience though!

Christopher U.
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Christopher U.

I played this two weeks ago on TTS. I noticed a lot of typos, but skimming the comments perhaps they’ve been fixed, but not on TTS. I will say it was really enjoyable for me. I think you did a great job. We did a four player game of Marie, Lola, Patrice, and Winnie. I like that you incorporated the Performer keyword, but I wish there was also a beneficial payoff to playing a Performer other than being assigned a weakness. The largest criticisms from the group were: 1) it felt like there were too many things to keep track… Read more »

Axolotl
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Axolotl

Thanks for playing! The number of things to keep track of is the most annoying part of the scenario for sure!

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Lance
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Lance

Were we playing it correct, that if you advance the final Agenda 3a while still in Act 2a, the only option is to resign? This unfortunately prevented us from seeing many of the “set aside” locations, but perhaps we just played extremely poorly. 🙂

MedicalNote
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MedicalNote

Unfortunately that’s correct! I thought the doom threshold would have been long enough for most parties. Did you feel like you were running out of time or the boss fight took too long? I know if you don’t rush it the number of music treacheries will stack up and make it much harder.

Thanks for playing! Feels bad that you didn’t get to my favourite part of the scenario but I hope you still enjoyed it.

Axolotl
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Axolotl

I accidently used my reddit username to reply- MedicalNote is me, the creator.

Lance
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Lance

Think Mae also was chatting with you about our session. I think we just got bogged down early on based on some unlucky combos and were super-slow getting clues for Act 1. At that point, it became very hard to catch up. Might have to give this another go to actually get to the Stage Hall.