Author Archives: Cat Tobin

Relics of Drowned Sahua

by Jay Godden, edited by Isaac Rolfe and Rob Heinsoo, art by lee Moyer & Aaron McConnell Read the introductory post here. The Ancient Sahuans were a proud and noble people, living during the reign of the Wizard King as rulers of their independent coastal citadel. Their magic, craftsmanship, skill at war, and shipbuilding prowess […]

View From the Pelgrane’s Nest – September 2022

We are slowly, but surely, getting back into the swing of things here in the Pelgrane’s Nest, and See Page XX is back! See Page XX is one of the key ways we communicate what we’re working on, and what’s coming up in Pelgrane Press, and during the pandemic this vital outlet fell by the […]

Playtesting: Intelligent Animals (Non-Human Heroes) in Swords of the Serpentine

by Kevin Kulp Now that we’ve explained the rules for non-human Heroes in Swords of the Serpentine, let’s start with the first Ancestry: Intelligent Animals. Please go read those base rules if you haven’t yet, as it will make this article make much more sense. Each month’s Ancestry will follow the same format, as shown […]

Playtesting Rules: Non-Human Heroes in Swords of the Serpentine

by Kevin Kulp Classic sword and sorcery stories feature human heroes almost exclusively, but that doesn’t mean your game needs to look like this. If you want to use the GUMSHOE Swords of the Serpentine rules for high- or epic fantasy, you’ll want access to non-human heroes. This monthly series will feature Ancestries for non-human […]

My Sanity Is False! Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Cthulhu

by Tony Williams (you can download a crib sheet here for this variant rule). Here is a suggested rule variant for Trail of Cthulhu to make the dance towards insanity more peripatetic. I wanted to bring the sense of teetering over the abyss of insanity more to the fore. One false step and your investigator would […]

Cassilda’s Song

The War of the Sisters STRANGER: Have you fashioned your masks? CAMILLA AND CASSILDA: Father, they shall not be masks for long. STRANGER: From what have you fashioned them? CAMILLA: From Rodrigo’s red flesh. CASSILDA: From my song of green joy. Cassilda’s Song, a massive scenario series for The Yellow King Roleplaying Game, spans all […]

October playtesting

Please email for instructions on how to take part in this playtest! Title: The Ocean Game System:Fear Itself Authors: Original material by Dave Allsop, developed by Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan and Padraic Barrett Deadline for return of feedback: Tuesday, 6th December 2022 Number of sessions: 1-2 sessions per each of the four adventures Description: A campaign framework […]

Relics of the Flight of Izanagi

by Jay Godden, edited by Isaac Rolfe and Rob Heinsoo, art by Kobayashi Eitaku Read the introductory post here. These items are inspired by a fictionalised retelling of the Shinto creation myth. In my own Dragon Empire, there is a large archipelago off the coast which is largely aesthetically inspired by Kamakura period Japan, where […]

Brought to Light

From the rotting rooftops of Sag Harbor to the glittering ballrooms of Alderhall, the city of Eversink welcomes you – assuming you can survive it! This collection features four one-shot adventures for Swords of the Serpentine, each designed to be played in four hours with pre-generated Heroes. Featured by Pelgrane Press at Gen Con and […]

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