The Mystery Of Miss Trees

This game ran at Ambercon UK 2009. It is only here for nostalgic reasons.
Read Harmony Ackerman's journal here.

Game Description

Title: The Mystery of Miss Trees
Players: 6
Mode: Tabletop

Life at the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans is not a bed of roses; the academic regimen is punishing and the discipline is worse. So when you were offered a chance to visit with the school's principle benefactor and see the sights of New York high society you jumped at the chance. Maybe you were a little too eager; losing your chaperon on the plane was bad enough, (how do you lose someone on a plane?) but when you reached Miss Flaumel's house, things got seriously strange.

A game for six players. Characters comprising teenagers of between 11 and 14 years to be created by the players before the con. Character design requirements will be communicated and do not require any numbers or a great deal of writing.

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans - view from great drive

Set in one hundred, fifty acres of idyllic Californian countryside, the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans offers a chance in life to those children who are so often failed by the modern world.

Life's tragedies are harsh on all children, but how much harder is it for their intelligence to be quenched by the unfeeling and under-funded behemoth that is the state welfare system? These children, who may be tomorrow's great men and women — scientists or politicians, doctors or artists — are welcomed by the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans. Whoever they are, whatever their background, we are here to see that they achieve their full potential.

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans is a private foundation, funded by private donation. None of our children pay fees of any kind, and all truly gifted children are welcome.

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans - sports

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans was founded in 1873, since which time it has battled untiringly to ensure that the truly gifted have a chance to fulfil their potential. Our facilities are second to none, be it in acedemia, arts or sports. Among our past pupils we count seven four-star generals, four Olympic medal winners, three state governors and a Nobel Prize winner.

Whereever our pupils' talents lie, the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans caters for their needs. We have seven fully equiped and state-of-the-art laboratories, two language laboratories, two acres of gardens, three gymnasiums, a running track and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Over the last five years our senior pupils have been building a computer, which this year will take over the school record keeping in addition to aiding the pupils' education in many subjects, not least computing itself.

The Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans - riding

But it is not just in school-time that the Carlos Cory School for Gifted Orphans excels. All of our pupils take part in a wide-ranging programme of activities. Our founder, Carlos Cory, worked his way up from lowly ranch-hand to millionaire horse-breeder. He felt strongly that caring for horses taught many great life-lessons and determined that every pupil of his school be taught to ride. It is a tradition that we are proud to continue to this day. We own thirty horses, which are cared for by the pupils and used by them on frequent outings and vacations. Not to mention their use during lessons as varied as art, genetics and mathematics.

We accept all children who come to us. We have a good relationship with the California State Welfare Department, but many of our children come from other states and even other countries. Some are brought to us privately. Whoever the child is, whatever their background, whatever their needs, however they are gifted, bring them to us. We wont let them down.

Matters Arising

This is an Amber game, set somewhere within the books' sequence, although the characters know nothing of Amber, Chaos or anything else.

The date is the 12th of July, 1980.


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