So, I met up with Cat Tobin and Steve Bassett tonight and they tried out Murderous Ghosts. It was fun. I found it creepy too. There were three of us, so Cat was GM, Steve was the Player, and I hoped to get in a second game (and watched the first). It took us about an hour (we took our time!) and so we didn't have a second game. Work night, people loaded with the cold, etc.
Points that came up! Feel free to muse on or ignore any of the following.
* Cat was a little thrown by the "both players should read..." in the GM Intro. She wondered if there was supposed to be a GM and two players (it didn't help I was there making three!). I guess "the player and GM should both read..."
* On Player-5 -6 -7 -8 -9 -10 you get a Free Draw on Turn 1 (at the start of the game). This just means take a card into your hand, but count it as a High Hand. Steve wasn't sure if he should have a card in his hand at the end of this. But he decided he should have (and I think he's right).
* On GM-15 and GM-16 Cat wondered if the "her" was the ghost or the player. She decided ghost for advantage/disadvantage but it wasn't super-clear.
* On GM-18 there are the options for escape and survive (Cat hadn't realized that Steve could have gotten either outcome on his draw). Maybe something pointing out that the player may survive or escape and will tell you how.
* Steve got excited when he got 21 - Blackjack! Only to realize he was Bust. So, a plea from Steve who hit 21 a couple of times. He'd like it to be a High Hand. (But you're obviously free to ignore him!) He read 21+ as 22, 23..., whereas I read it as 21, 22,... (I think the Blackjack association also fed into that.)
Anyway, in the end Steve's spelunker had escaped a ghost by jumping away off a wooden beam and breaking his legs. He was pitifully lying there, bravely crawling away, when a little boy child in a sailor suit kicked him to death after he didn't play with him. He roused its curiosity, then its pity, but came up short in the end.
I was wigged out, and Cat was a bit too. Steve had fun even though he was murdered.