The Esoterrorists Bundle of Holding is a rather good deal.

Currently for twenty bucks you get the PDFs for the Esoterrorists occult horror investigation game, a bunch of adventures, some suitable music for your campaigns, and – this is what got my wallet out – first look at a new campaign that Robin Laws is working on.  Good stuff all around, and at a nicely reasonable price, too.  Check it, as they say, out.


Tweet of the Day, This Really Is A Great RPG Hook edition.

You can write an entire adventure around this:

…and note that I’m not making any jokes about Taylor Swift in particular, here. I figure that the kids can have their music in peace and quiet without the old farts sneering at them. God knows that that being done to me ticked me off, when I was their age…

Moe Lane

PS: I assume that all of you know what The Esoterrorists is.


In The Mail: The Esoterrorists, Second edition.

The Esoterrorists is, of course, Robin Laws’ investigation-centric* roleplaying game of horror, monsters, and the global conspiracy to stop both. The second edition expands on the first with regard to some game mechanics and a seriously expanded description of the campaign setting; I’ve been looking forward to the print version for some time.  Not least because it’s very pretty.

God knows when I’m going to play it, though.

Moe Lane

*GUMSHOE, to be precise.  Robin Laws likes to think a lot about roleplaying games, in a non-pretentious way; he also wanted to work out a game system where clues and mysteries got the same attention that most games dedicate to combat.  And this was the result.


Annoying, it is…

…when a piece does not gel.

Ach, well. Lemme change the subject: I feel like throwing some money at roleplaying game publisher Pelgrane Press. So… Esoterrorists, or Trail of Cthulhu? The first is ‘occult counter-ops trying to keep a lid on Magicians Behaving Badly;’ the second is Pulp-era Cthulhu Mythos adventuring. I have rather more of the latter than the former, if that helps.


A plethora of Trail of Cthulhu / Esoterrorist resources.

Although I should probably come up with something more squamous than “plethora.”

Anyway: I think that I’ve previously mentioned Trail of Cthulhu, which is Ken Hite’s exceptionally good sourcebook for 1930’s-style Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying (the default time period is actually the 1920s, which is of course a completely different style from a roleplaying standard) for the GUMSHOE system, which is an attempt to create a roleplaying game that is actually designed to accommodate mysteries and investigation.  It’s the same game engine that’s used by Robin Laws’ The Esoterrorists, which more of a modern occult-horror investigation/repression game.

Good gaming stuff, in other words – and Steve Jackson Games is selling supplements for both Trail of Cthulhu and The Esoterrorists as part of their PDF publishing service. Significant savings over the dead-tree version, instantly accessible, good stuff with which to get your geek on – a nice deal all around.  Check them out

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