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Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff: From What Steve Did

In the latest episode of their entirely authentic podcast, Ken and Robin talk combining The Esoterrorists with Night’s Black Agents, Krazy Kat in the dreamlands, the Beardmore Viking Hoax, and Happy Science.

Anthrospiders

A creature for The Esoterrorists Powerful Outer Dark entities regularly promise immortality to the human would-be sorcerers who aid them. Sometimes they outright lie and can grant no such thing. Other entities can offer an indefinite existence, but in the awful, suffering form of an anthrospider. Esoterrorists agreeing to aid ODEs expect a far different […]

Scareport

A scenario hook for The Esoterrorists This one works well for one-shots, particularly at a convention everyone flew into. The team assembles in a diner not so far from a small regional airport. Its Mr. Verity, a nervous man resembling an elderly Steve Buscemi, congratulates them on receiving a simple case for once. Local citizens […]

Outer Dark Viewing Window

A Scenario Hook for The Esoterrorists Mr. Verity meets and briefs the team in Detroit, where Ordo Veritatis analysts have correlated an uptick both in violent crime and Internet searches of terms related to the Outer Dark. Following up on the apparently random homicides listed in the dossier, investigators spot a pattern, or lack thereof, […]

The Actualizer

A foe for The Esoterrorists / Fear Itself The metamorphic Outer Dark entity known as the Actualizer crosses over into our realm during the first of several life stages. It lodges itself in a human host, who it impels to commit a series of murders. With each slaying it gains psychic energy it will eventually […]

See Page XX – April 2008

The following articles originally appeared on an earlier iteration of See Page XX in April 2008.  This month we step beyond the limitations of the pixel and into the glorious world of sound. James Semple introduces us to the new theme for Esoterrorists, Luke Crane shares air with Vincent Baker, and Paul MacClean advises us […]

See Page XX: How to Design for GUMSHOE

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. A column on roleplaying by Robin D. Laws [Ed.—This was originally an internal design document, but it should come in useful for anyone interested in GUMSEHOE background creation.] The GUMSHOE system departs from standard RPG design practice in a couple of significant ways. Neither of […]

See Page XX: GUMSHOE Example Of Play

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. A column on roleplaying by Robin D. Laws We join a session of The Esoterrorists already in progress. The characters are FBI agent Juan Marino (played by Rich), science writer Martina Kruta (played by Lynne), and shady club owner Oscar Yorba (played by Tim.) In […]

See Page XX: Kitting Out GUMSHOE

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. A column on roleplaying by Robin D. Laws The GUMSHOE system seen in The Esoterrorists and upcoming follow-on games and supplements can be used for any mystery or procedural game. We’ll be presenting new settings in the future, but in the meantime, the game’s core […]

See Page XX: Red Herrings and Ticking Clocks

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007. A column on roleplaying by Robin D. Laws For the past couple of installments we’ve been examining investigative scenario construction from a macro perspective, mostly looking at the way scenes interact with one another. This time let’s zoom in a bit and talk about a […]

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