Saturday, 30 March 2013

The Eagle landed at Mapledurham

Mapledurham US troop

While loads of other people went off to spend the day celebrating International Tabletop Games Day, we went off to Mapledurham House for a WW2 reenactment day to watch people virtually massacre each other in real life instead. Before you ask, no... that's not me. Mapledurham is where they filmed The Eagle Has Landed, so today we've got a film based plot hook.
Oberst Steiner, a German parachute unit commander, is sent to England on a covert mission to kidnap Prime Minister Winston Churchill and bring him to Berlin. The seemingly impossible assignment becomes more and more feasible as the mission grows nearer with Steiner and his men arriving in England to a very real possibility of success. - The Eagle has landed

The book and film are told from the German perspective, but we can twist it enough to make an interesting sub-mission for a group of allied investigators, simply by telling it from the other side.

The story takes place in a small village with the Germans trying to kidnap Churchill, who is supposed to be on holiday there. What if Churchill was actually there to attend a meeting with the investigators to discuss whatever mission they are about to go on?

The simple option is to throw this in as a quick, one shot as the investigators try to prevent Churchill's abduction. If you want to add a mythos twist to it, or start a bigger investigation...

What if, just like the film, one of the German agent falls into the watermill and gets revealed. But... rather than just being a German infiltrator, he's revealed to be something more, something darker... It seems that the Germans are experimenting with merging man and beast.

Whether this overrides your current mission, or sends another team off chasing mysterious monster factories is up to you.



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