Category Archives: Swords of the Serpentine

Words of the Serpentine: Finishing the Book

By Kevin Kulp My dining room table is covered by the Swords of the Serpentine printer’s proof, finished. Well, almost finished: we’re flagging a cropping issue on the non-color proof, there’s a handful of “we’re worried the ink won’t dry!” image saturation issues that inimitable publisher Cat Tobin will hammer out with the printer’s customer […]

How to Read the Rules: a quick-start guide for Swords of the Serpentine

By Kevin Kulp Swords of the Serpentine (abbreviated SotS, or #SerpentineRPG) is Pelgrane Press’s new GUMSHOE sword & sorcery game by Emily Dresner and Kevin Kulp. It features morale-based social combat, a freeform sorcery system, cinematic combat, a canal-strewn setting that echoes classic fantasy cities like Lankhmar and Ankh-Morpork, and an Allegiance system that let […]

Exploring Bookhounds of Eversink

By Kevin Kulp “Bookhounds of Eversink” (p. 28 of the Adventurer’s Edition) is a quick-start campaign setup for your Swords of the Serpentine game. The premise, which will be familiar to folks who have read or played in Pelgrane’s other Bookhound game Bookhounds of London, is that adventures focus on the acquisition or sale of […]

Serpentine Plot Hooks: Rebellious Factions Part 2

By Kevin Kulp Combining focused ambition with poor judgment is a great basis for an adventure. When you want to run a last-minute Swords of the Serpentine game and aren’t sure where to begin, start with one or more of the factions. You’ll see an example of this in the two free adventures here at […]

Serpentine Plot Hooks: Rebellious Factions Part 1

By Kevin Kulp Combining focused ambition with poor judgment is a great basis for an adventure. When you want to run a last-minute Swords of the Serpentine game and aren’t sure where to begin, start with one or more of the factions. You’ll see an example of this in the two free adventures here at […]

A Small-Town Setting for Swords of the Serpentine

by Kevin Kulp Want to set a Swords of the Serpentine game outside of Eversink? See Page XX will periodically give you starting ideas for alternate game settings, including Allegiance information. This month we’ll look at Joining, the small town I’m using to test future rules for non-human heroes. I wanted a setting that starts […]

The Iconic Hero: Elric of Melniboné in Swords of the Serpentine

by Kevin Kulp As mentioned when we looked at Conan, it’s fun to see how a hero you know translates into Swords of the Serpentine. Let’s take a look at two ways to play Michael Moorcock’s classic antihero Elric of Melniboné using the SotS rules. You’ve probably heard of Elric or seen pictures of him […]

Sin-drinker: an Adventure Seed for Swords of the Serpentine

By Kevin Kulp Here’s an adventure seed to use alongside of (or instead of) A Corpse Astray from the Swords of the Serpentine core book. This adventure seed should fill one or two game sessions, and the supporting characters here can be integrated into ongoing plots in your game. Due to space limitations you’ll want […]

Six Heroes #3: Swords of the Serpentine pre-made adventuring party

Four Six Heroes #3: Swords of the Serpentine pre-made adventuring party By Kevin Kulp This month we’re cheating and giving you six heroes instead of four; these are the pre-generated heroes used in The Dripping Throne adventure at Gen Con Online 2020, playtested with four or five different player groups. Most of the Heroes have […]

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