This will be a short Pelgrane’s Nest – the fledgings are demanding fresh freelancer flesh (say that three times quickly!).

The 13th Age work flow is now established, with the Bestiary printed, 13 True Ways on preorder, and two others in layout. Ken Hite has written much more than we expected for  his latest KWAS Voodoo 2 and done the same with Hideous Creatures: Serpent Folk, so the subcription becomes even better value. The collection of Ken’s first 13 KWAS issues is available as a single download from the store.

More Content for Pelgrane Press – Project Shakespeare Monkeys

With magical PR chap Wade Rockett’s help, we’ve devised a social media calendar. We’ve been sticking to this schedule for a solid month now and it’s going well – from your perspective, is simply means regular articles from Robin, Ken, Gareth and the Fire Opalites which we then wrap up into Page XX for our monthly visitors. In particular, it means extra snippets of content from Robin to spice up your games, including the lines of ours which need more love such as Mutant City Blues and The Dying Earth.

13th Age

The 13 True Ways print version is available for preorder – get the PDF download now. Kickstarter backers have their PDF already, and we’ll get you an update on the other Kickstarter goodies soon. I am particularly excited about the six new classes, and can’t wait to play the Occulist – unique in that if you play it – you are actually the only one in the entire world. I’ve scratched together some pages to create a sampler you can download here.

The 13th Age Bestiary is en route to our shipping points – those lucky Fire Opalites already have their copies. We’ve sent out the address change request to Bestiary customers, and I hope the Bestiaries will be shipping on Friday. Limited editions won’t be out for a while.

Chris Huth has moved from 13 True Ways layout to Shadows of Eldolan, and then The Book of Loot (you can see a sample of Loot here). We hope to have both of these at GenCon.

The Eyes of the Stone Thief is progressing – here is a sample of Herwin Wielink’s cartography.

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Trail of Cthulhu

Soldiers of Pen and Ink now has cover art in the style of Spanish Civil War posters. It will be a 72-page mini-campaign available in print format.

Dulce et Decorum Est, our Great War collection has been printed and will ship to pre-orderers at the end of July.

Mythos Expeditions has been copy edited, and is waiting on layout.. Here is a double-page spread.

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Ken Writes About Stuff Subscription

Ken has been rather over-excited in the past two or three months and has written much more more than he was supposed to for Voodoo 1, Voodoo 2 and Serpent Folk – the lastest releases of KWAS. For this reason, we have increased the cost of those individual episodes. However, the cost of the subscription will remain the same, at least for now – so it’s exceptional value. The more subscribers we have, the more all subscribers benefit with extra content at no extra charge – it’s like a Kickstarter in that respect. This month, subscribers are getting both Voodoo 2 and Hideous Creatures: Serpent Folk on their order links so that they will now have a month in hand.

For those of you who missed out, the first year’s subscription is available as a single volume from the store.

The Rest

Gar has mainly been working with Rob on polishing up The Book of Loot; he’s also produced a list of suggestions for Fear Itself 2nd Edition which will change it so it better suits the specific genres for which it is designed, with campaign frames for different styles of horror game.

The Gaean Reach and The Gaean Reach Gazetteer have been printed and will ship to pre-orderers at the end of July.

Better Know a Freelancer – Robin D Laws

Robin D Laws wrote The Dying Earth, the GUMSHOE system, the Gaean Reach and DramaSystem. He created The Birds comic strip writes fiction and critical analyis and has access to Canadian ice wine.

Robin D Laws. Say that name, savour it, then read on. Don’t say it three times while looking in a mirror though, unless you want a mildly irritated Canadian in your bathroom. (This also works for Rob Ford, but you have to use a horizontal mirror lined with white powder). Robin D Laws is a game design powerhouse. To use a coding reference, if Ken writes source code for GUMSHOE, then Robin wrote the GUMSHOE compiler – he’s that badass. He annoys a few people with his game design innovations, and “transforms the way I game” with a bunch of others. Eventually though, it’s like “I was doing that stuff all along.”

Who, though, is the fool? The game designer who annoys people, or the publisher who pays him to annoy them? (This probably sounds better in Latin).

Aside from the quality of his work, my experience working with him on The Dying Earth gave me falsely high expectations of professionalism in the industry. Well, thank you for that. As a Canadian, he is ideally suited to his role of official translator between American English and English.

We didn’t quite burn him out with Hillfolk, but he needed some time to refersh with other projects and publishers, though he still produced a 13th Age adventure and monthly Page XX columns for us. He did all of this whilst knocking out a second edition of Feng Shui with all the latest gaming technology and produces half of a droll and award-winning podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, which is released on time with terrifying efficiency – all the more extraordinary considering his co-host.

Now Robin D Laws, with his “Robin’s Laws of Gaming” hat on has written Getting Started with Tabletop Roleplaying Games. Read a sample here.  He is knee deep in the outer black at work on his Esoterrorists campaign which will be shattering your brain towards the end of the year. As I mentioned above you may also have also have noticed more articles on our website by Robin D Laws – each one a polished stone of inspiration your GUMSHOE games.

“Robin D Laws, Robin D Laws, Robin D Laws. Ah, there you are. You have my ice wine, I hope?”

 


pelgThe holiday season is sneaking up on us, and I picture our US readers slumping on the sofa (couch?) almost immobile; easy pickings for a hungry pelgrane. So, what new releases might consume you? We launch Dust and Mirrors, the Night’s Black Agents sound track album; the long-awaitied Esoterror Summoning, which is as dangerous as it sounds; the DramaSystem Pitch of the Month and the latest version of GUMSHOE Esoterrorists 2.0 in PDF form.

Here in the Pelgrane office we are making preparations for Dragonmeet and the arrival in London of the largest gathering of Pelgranistas current and honourary ever seen together. Robin Laws and Ken Hite, Rob Heinsoo, Gareth Hanrahan, Cat Tobin, and Ralf Schemmann, Paula and Steve Dempsey will all descend on the nest for feasting and mockery, and at Dragonmeet James Semple, Beth Lewis, Scott Dorward and Sasha Bilton will be joining us.orc

Poor old Cat is wearing an additional hat – that of Dragonmeet organiser – so I am keeping my squawking to a minimum so as not to disturb her.

13th Age

The Bestiary is in layout, we have samples of The Naga over on ENWorld, and that old stalwart the Orc remade for 13th Age. I am very please with how the Bestiary has turned out, and we’d love to hear how your players have dealt with these clever, fearsome and quirky adversaries.

You have until the 6th December to get the Hatchling edition of the Bestiary – after that, it’s straightforward pre-order only.

The Monk and the Commander classes from 13 True Ways are available for playtest and download from your Bestiary and 13th Age RPG order pages.

The Eyes of the Stone Thief, our living dungeon supplement is now 100,000 words in, and is full of inventiveness. We’ll put out a request for some playtesting next month.

Esoterrorists

EsorrThe latest version of GUMSHOE is included in Esoterrorists 2.0, out now in ebook form. As well as advice on running GUMSHOE and creating adventures, it includes an entire new scenario, and additional creature of horror. To top it all Gareth Hanrahan adds a small-town horror which combines crack OV operatives with local PCs in Station Duty. Take a look at this Eso 2.0 Sampler.

Gareth Hanrahan’s Esoterror Summoning Guide is out now.

Esoterrorists now has a Russian version by Studio 101 to join the many others It’s the latest version, and they’ve used this attractive format:

Night’s Black Agents

  • James Semple and his team have created an entire sound track album Dust and Mirrors, to add atmosphere to your games. It lives up to the cinematic quality of James’ previous work for Ashen Stars and Esoterrorists. But hearing is believing.

Urban Parkour:

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  • We’ve added a sampler for the music and The Double Tap Expansion book to Night’s Black Agents order download pages.
  • Kenneth Hite is continuing to work on the Dracula Dossier frame ready for Gareth to get into the meat of it. I’m pretty certain we’ll be Kickstarting this along side Dracula Unredacted. There are so many opportunities for spy-themed goodies in rewards, as well as a limited edition Dracula Unredacted in a fascimile cover.
  • Night’s Black Agents has really taken off in France, and 7eme cercle are creating a GM’s screen for it, and we will produce a British version.

TimeWatch

With The Day of the Doctor behind us, what better time to discuss Master Game Master Kevin Kulp’s take on GUMSHOE, the TimeWatch RPG? It is nearing a Kickstarter; it features GUMSHOE innovations such as a token-based refresh economy and Chronal Stabilty to avoid paradox.

 Ashen Stars

Ralf Schemmann, ProFantasy Master Mapper has been working on some sweet deckplans for the forthcoming Ashen Stars supplement – Accretion Disk. Here is the second:

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The New World

Surrealist Paris 4 (2)New World, Bill White’s Narrative RPG of Freewheeling Mash-Up History has had another draft and is ready for more playtesting. The game now requires a native culture, a newcomer culture, and an outsider culture – which is more generalised than the original conception. The newcomers, for example, no longer need to be colonists, they could be migrants or even slaves.

It seems Kickstarter is the way of things, and this game positively demands a custom deck of cards and perhaps a dry-erase board. So we will probably do that.

Trail of Cthulhu

  • I sensed an absence of frozen tundra in our Mythos Expeditions supplement, so the adorable Jeff Tidball (Eternal Lies) has stepped up and produced an sombre expedition Greenland which is in need of playtesting.
  • The Book of the New Jerusalem (Paula Dempsey’s follow up to Occult Guide) has been delayed a little, but Steve Dempsey’s companion book of warring occult factions has now been playtested.
  • Benoît Felten has been working on art for Dreamhounds of Paris
  • We have a cover for Adam Guantletts’s Dulce e Decorum Est, a collection featuring adventures set in the Great War, and it’s awaiting layout and art.
  • Cthulhu Apocalypse: Slaves of the Mother is being illustrated – we hope it will be out in February. Here is the cover. Can you recognise the location?Slaves_Cover_final

Gaean Reach

Gaean Reach is with Chris Huth, and in a reverse of our usual practice has been laid out before illustration, with Chris Huth, Rachel Kahn (DramaSystem) and Hilary Wade (Dying Earth. Skulduggery) creating the art. We hope to have it on pre-order in December.

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DramaSystem and Hillfolk

This Page XX sees the first of the Series Pitch of the Month (the High Fantasy No Crowns by Sean Patrick Fannon on general release to which anyone can subscribe. The final pre-orders will go out next week, then Hillfolk and Blood on the Snow will be released.

Kickstarter Backers

We’ve emailed vouchers for your Series Pitch of the Month subscription. If not, email support.

Most of the rewards have gone out now, and most pre-orders and we are working on the ultra-limited editions hand-sewn covers. Wallpapers are still outstanding and we’ll get those out next month.

Thank you so much for making DramaSystem what it has become – way more than we expected.