Halloween Hootenanny VII – Ghostbusters RPG – Game Session

Game summary for October 27, 2012, Pumpkin Patch Panic (shortened) adventure; present characters included Corey Jackson, Mallory Tillis, Mihashi Fumio, Rakesh Dutta, Roland McIvers, and Stan Blevins.

The night’s adventures began in the midst of a crazy Halloween night.  Already the team had hunted for a werewolf downtown and only succeeded in blasting a beloved pet sheep dog.  Later, they responded to a call at Butcher Mansion where a séance to contact axe murderer Sam Haney went horribly wrong.  The team blasted a bunch of apple spooks who started bobbing for the guests!  They then followed a lead to an old cemetery next to the Stuffin’ Stuff Mortuary Supply Company.

Outside the gates, they discovered a bizarre sign declaring “Pumpkin Patch Off Limits!”  Moments later, a young boy stepped out of the bushes and introduced himself as Chip Chocolate.  Chip asked the ghostbusters to find his friend Lionel and dog Snooty.  The team entered the cemetery and was soon attacked by a trio of ghosties with a love for throwing tombstones!  Proton packs blasted away, destroying several tombstones and burning down at least one tree.  Finally, all three ghosts were trapped, but they had to run back to HQ to empty the traps.

The team then found Lionel and Snooty in an old mausoleum.  Lionel was nearly hysterical and wrapped up in his blanket.  Snooty, strangely, was walking around upright, wearing a scarf and pilot hat, and making machinegun sounds toward an unconscious man in the corner.  The team played charades with the odd dog, took some readings, and decided to leave Lionel where he was for now.

Soon, the group discovered a vast pumpkin patch filled with glowing orange gourds.  A dark figure on a flaming horse appeared and revealed himself as Samhain, Lord of Halloween!  The creature offered the ghostbusters a contest:  smash one gourd and banish Samhain for a year or smash the other and release the ghosts of seven savage murderers!  The ghostbusters examined both pumpkins, took readings, and decided on one.  It was incorrect!  Samhain cackled as the spirits were released and proclaimed Halloween eternal until all were put to rest!  He gave them a sporting chance, however, in the form of a scroll listing the names of the killers, what they did, and how they died.

The team was unsure how to proceed and were returning to HQ when their office associate, Kathy, called over the radio with an urgent dispatch back to Butcher Mansion!  Seems there was some major ghost activity going on!  The team sped off to the massive house and the Halloween party going within.

As they pulled into the drive, there passed by a speeding vampire in a pink Chevy!  The team wheeled about and pulled him over.  They discovered his license was several hundred years expired, and he turned into a bat and flew away.

Perplexed, the team headed up to the mansion and found several police cars out front.  The officers said they could see in some of the windows, and saw lots of blood, but they could not enter the house, and no one could leave.  Apparently unaware of the possible deaths, the party was still in full swing!  The ghostbusters used their proton packs to blast through some sort of force field and enter, but the field sealed behind them.  Inside they found a party raging with people in costume dancing alongside fully manifested ghosts!

The ghostbusters looked around and found the servants’ wing.  In one of the rooms they found body parts and a suit of skin (still dripping) along with a floating axe.  One of the team threw up, which caused another to vomit into his pack!  They went to the bathroom to clean up the mess and found a ghost in the form of a talking poo swirling down the drain yelling “Hi-dy ho!”  The team then found another servant room with a young man impaled and pinned to the wall with screwdrivers in the closet.

The ghostbusters decided to get the guests out and tried to blast through the field again.  This just brought on panic and several injuries.  Then the team had a conversation with a ghost of a cheerleader named Cindy who told them about a mean ghost in the garage.  They entered and found the hulking, pasty white spirit of Michelle Mayor clubbing some party goes with a hammer!  An epic battle ensued with proton packs proving useless.  The team tried hitting her with a jack and shovel, to no avail.  Knowing she had been crushed to death under a car, they tried to run her over with a car parked in the garage but failed.  Finally, the car got flipped over and landed on her toe, which caused her pain.  The team finally jacked the car up and conned her into trying to fix it.  They then released the jack and put the ghost to rest!

Next they went looking for the kitchen where they expected to find the Kelsey triplets.  Inside the three ghosts were slicing cheese, and they quickly attacked!  Hijinks ensued, and Stan found a party goer with a Chad R. Cheese mouse costume.  He quickly traded outfits and ran into the kitchen, scaring the three ghosts (who were killed by thousands of rabid rats) into nonexistence.  In the process, he also ended up covered in melted cheese.  He spent the rest of the evening in the cheesy mouse suit.

The group then went from bathroom to bathroom looking for the ghost of Abnormal Crates, a psycho who killed people in the shower.  They were frustrated and unable to find him when a wet naked woman partial wrapped in a towel came screaming across the foyer yelling about a man with meat cleaver in the bathroom.  The group ran to investigate and found the shower running but no sign of Mr. Crates.  Knowing the ghost was drowned by a cross-dressing football player, Corey put on a dress and wig over his uniform and stood in the shower while the team waited outside the door.  Nothing happened.  So, he stripped butt naked (but for a soaked towel wrapped around his head), and waited.  The curtains whipped open, and Abnormal Crates attacked!  Stan ran in, grabbed the ghost, and gave him a brutal swirly!  He nearly lost his grip from shock when he saw Corey was still naked but managed to drown the ghost and put him to rest.

With only two ghosts to go, the team went looking for Groggy Gruber, a killer of school children who was burned at the stake as a warlock.  Rakesh put on an Angus Young costume, and the group went into the wine cellar.  The discovered scratch marks on the floor and found a secret doorway!  On the other side was a hot furnace room and spike-fisted Groggy Gruber and his hideously burned visage!  One of the team made a Molotov cocktail from the wine and started him on fire, while another took a mop and shoved him into the furnace, but the stubborn ghost clung tenaciously to the opening!  Roland did some quick physics and mathematical deductions, took the mop, and tried to leverage Groggy into the fire.  A moment later he slammed the handle into Groggy’s groin and just kicked him in!  The ghost cried foul on the low blow but disintegrated into vapor all the same.

Finally, Rakesh donned a Boy Scout costume and went out on the patio that suddenly transformed into a campfire scene!  A massive man with a brown paper bag of his head stood before them holding a hook.  The team noticed a small hole in the front of the bag and the appearance of blood all around it and soaking through.  The team hit the campfire killer, Jimmy Lee Kurtz, with all they had, which was to say they were completely ineffective.  Jimmy started hooking the team, causing injury and panic.  Meanwhile a car backfired, causing the ghost to jump.  Another team member did a cartwheel through the air and whipped the bag off his head, revealing a gunshot wound as his fatal injury!  One of the team went running into the mansion, found the trophy room, and snagged a hunting rifle.  Another team member, unsure if a gun was even in the house decided to bluff the ghost!  He pretended his proton pack was a rifle, took aim, and yelled “bang!”  The shock was so great it scared Jimmy Lee right back into the grave!

With a booming laugh, Samhain appeared and congratulated the ghostbusters on raining on his parade.  As he disappeared into a puff of orange smoke, he called out, “See you next year!”