Author Archives: Robin Laws

This Shock Card Comes In Liquid Form

To discard most Shock cards, characters in The Yellow King Roleplaying Game pay a price or take a risk. There’s an easier way to make this Shock Card disappear. Shock Card 2 shots bourbon ½ shot cherry brandy 1 shot red vermouth 2 dashes Angostura bitters ½ can limonata Stir, serve on the rocks. The […]

Redmedic

In the reality horror world of The Yellow King Roleplaying Game, a redmedic is a parasitic humanoid guised as a doctor or nurse. In our reality, it is a refreshing cocktail starring muddled fresh strawberries. Redmedic 2 shots gin ¼ shot gum syrup (or simple syrup) 3 dashes rhubarb bitters 3 – 5 strawberries ½ […]

Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: The Bert-Adjacent Ugly Wheels of Commerce

In the latest episode of their green but not envious podcast, Ken and Robin talk premise subversion, the Bert & Ernie theory of creative production (with Jeff Tidball), Poe in the Yellow King, and TikTok moldavite curses.

Black Lake

Today’s cocktail brings lightless deliciousness from the Lake of Hali. Black Lake 2 shots Cachaça 2 shots chilled espresso, incl 2 tsp sugar or sweetener 6 shots water 2 dashes mole bitters ½ tsp vanilla extract Stir. Serve on the rocks. Requires the advance prep of making and chilling the espresso, but more than worth […]

Slip into Summer with the Yellow Thing

Summer weather has made a surprise appearance up here in the land of the silverbirch. And that means it’s time once again for the feature that really draws you to a site for a publisher of tabletop roleplaying games—cocktail recipes. Let’s return to the favorite color of our favorite grim-visaged, reality-bending monarch with… The Yellow […]

Core Vs. Alternate Scenes

In response to our scenario design workshop, we were asked to delve a bit further into the distinction between core and alternate scenes in a GUMSHOE adventure. TL;DR: Make sure there’s one path through a GUMSHOE scenario. Those are your core scenes. Add more paths. Those are your alternate scenes. A Core Scene provides one […]

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