Tag Archives: RDL

See Page XX: What If They Seek the Book?

A column about roleplaying by Robin D. Laws A colleague currently running The Yellow King Roleplaying Game recently asked me what happens when one of your players determines to seek out “The King in Yellow,” the fictional play that brings mental dissolution and reality shattering supernatural effects to all who read it. The answer is: […]

See P. XX: How to Negotiate with the Game Master’s Characters

A column about roleplaying by Robin D. Laws You’ve found your way to Carcosa, and the bleak shores of Hali. A boatman, his visage concealed by a cloak, poles his way up to you. You ask for passage across the black lake. He leans forward, his caul falling partly away to reveal a mask-like visage. […]

Using Pushes in Standard GUMSHOE

Game Moderators seeing the Push rules in The Yellow King Roleplaying Game and now second edition Mutant City Blues sometimes ask how to import them into previous GUMSHOE games. To recap how Pushes work, players get two of them per scenario. They can spend Pushes to gain non-informational benefits from their investigative abilities. For example: […]

The Unbearable Lightness of an Empty Explosives Bag

When asked to explain GUMSHOE, a key part of my standard spiel goes like this: “GUMSHOE says that it is never interesting to fail to get information. When you use an Investigative ability, you never have to roll a die. If you have the right ability and use it in the right way, you simply […]

Additional Reasons to Automatically Succeed

GUMSHOE divides abilities according to whether failure at that ability can drive narrative. Because it is never interesting to fail to get information, you never fail with your investigative abilities. General abilities, on the other hand, do offer the possibility of something interesting—if often horrible—happening when you fail a test. You can fail to run […]

See Page XX: Tear Up Your Character Sheet, You’ve Been Voted Off the Island

This post originally appeared on DyingEarth.com between 2004 and 2007.  A column about roleplaying by Robin D. Laws I always thought that the great breakthrough of the roleplaying hobby into the pop culture mainstream would occur at a remove. As Hollywood’s obsession with brightly-colored genre properties ready for their CGI close-ups accelerates, I always figured […]

See Page XX: Table Sense

A column about Roleplaying by Robin D. Laws I did it again. As heard in a recent episode of Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, I made up a new term. Since it is easier to cite articles than podcast episodes, and because new terms want to be propagated, I’ll revisit it here. The term: […]

My Favorite Monster with Robin D. Laws

When choosing his favorite monster, Robin looked to three criteria: ickiness, impersonality, and versatility. GUMSHOE is the groundbreaking investigative roleplaying system by Robin D. Laws that shifts the focus of play away from finding clues (or worse, not finding them), and toward interpreting clues, solving mysteries and moving the action forward. GUMSHOE powers many Pelgrane […]

The Montparnasse Train Wreck of 1895

If your Yellow King Roleplaying Game art students make it all the way to October 1895 unscathed, a dramatic news event awaits them. The Granville-Paris Express spectacularly crashes at 4 pm on the 22nd of October. According to history as it comes down to us, the driver enters the Montparnasse station too quickly and is […]

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