Hot on the heels of the Early Dark series, we’re moving on to the next game in our Let’s Study series of Alternate History games with Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein (DH:LoF).
When I first heard of the game I was admittedly intrigued. My last brush with the Frankenstein’s Monster was from White-Wolf’s Promethean: the Created, which while interesting and evocative, was a very hard game to run and play. Dark Harvest on the other hand promised a novel approach to what could have happened if Victor Frankenstein had turned his attentions towards the creation of his own perfect state.
What really seized my imagination was the abuse of Frankenstein’s discoveries to benefit the rich at the cost of the poor. Add the body horror of pillaging the poor for desirable body parts for wealthy patrons who never have to age or die because of their status is something that is utterly abhorent to think about. It makes for a perfect decadent society, drunk on immortality and vanity at the cost of their fellow man.
It’s a powerful hook, and nothing breeds the kind of hate for a villain than one that decided to murder your character’s sister for her beautiful blue eyes to wear for a party. Players will relish every victory and work desperately towards ending the establishment.
So let’s take this week to pick Dark Harvest: Legacy of Frankenstein apart and see what we find, and what kind of games we can run with it.