Along the lines of Use Your Town in Your Next Game, I recently came across Entrances to Hell (thanks, Boing Boing!).
Once you get past the lame navigation, this site presents a variety of user-submitted pictures of what could be entrances to Hell. There’s a good mix of modern and ancient locations, and some very fun ones (like this stairway in Mexico guarded by hellcats, which is actually kind of creepy).
Apart from GMing With Pictures, I dig this site for two reasons. One is that these photos make great inspiration for supernatural games, and the other is that I love the idea of a modern world filled with what are, in many cases, very innocent-looking portals to Hell.
It’d be a perfect fit for Dark Matter, Unknown Armies and similar games, and it sounds like a neat premise for a campaign.
Drop a little creepy music, show them the picture, slowly describe their steps down making an echo with a cup on a board . . .
Yeah you could definitely get some good creep out from your players and set the mood for their adventure. Very nice!
I am using one of these pics in combination with JA’s suggestions from above in my game this Saturday. I have the perfect scene already planned for the adventure, and this is just icing on the cake!
Those are really great. I had already been using photographs of caverns, but many of these bring an urban element I didn’t have.
The urban aspect really got my mental gears turning — it’s got a very pseudo-X-Files/Dark Matter vibe, at least for me.