Doyle and Houdini

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was a huge supporter of Psychical Research and Spiritualism. He was convinced that in the future, everyone would accept mediums and psychic as part of the world.
He was knighted for his action in the Boer War.
Prior to WWI, Doyle foresaw war and studied German military tactics. When war broke out he tried to enlist, and when refused (he *was* 55) he began organizing civilian brigades.
Harry Houdini had faked being a Medium early in his career. When WWI broke out he tried to enlist and when refused (he *was* 43 years old), he instead entertained troops. Rumors persist he had briefly been a spy. Later in life, he spent time debunking psychics and mediums.
Doyle and Houdini were friends.
So WHY hasn’t anyone written a story or created a game setting about the Ghost Brigade, the Great War Psychic Corps of Britain and England run jointly by the Father of Detectives and the Master Escapist?!

About okcstephens

Owen K.C. Stephens Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens is the Starfinder Design Lead for Paizo Publishing, the Freeport and Pathfinder RPG developer for Green Ronin, a developer for Rite Publishing, and the publisher and lead genius of Rogue Genius Games. Owen has written game material for numerous other companies, including Wizards of the Coast, Kobold Press, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck. He also consults, freelances, and in the off season, sleeps.

Posted on March 7, 2016, in Adventure Design, Adventure Sketch, Anachronistic Adventurers, Diesel Pulp, Game Design, Makes Perfect Sense, Microsetting and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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