Bundle of Holding with old and new Trail of Cthulhu offers.

They offered the first Trail of Cthulhu (1930s GUMSHOE Cthulhu RPG) a few years back, and now they’re reanimating it; and they’ve also added a new Bundle. I pretty much own everything in either bundle – Pelgrane makes good games – and I can say honestly that they’re worth the money you’d spend to get them in PDF. Eternal Lies alone is one of those campaign books that you approach with a certain amount of awe. So check ’em out.


Tweet of the Day, Pandemic: Trail of Cthulhu edition.

I should convince one of my players that she should volunteer to pitch this game at gaming stores. She does that – they pay her in games, which is a sweet deal under the right financial circumstances. Anyway: looks cool.


I have been remiss about the Trail of Cthulhu Bundle of Holding.

The only reason I haven’t bought that particular collection of roleplaying game e-books is because I already own it all. Except maybe the music.  The important thing, though, is that all of the Trail of Cthulhu books listed there are excellent and they’re based around a rules-set that revolves around investigation and mystery solving the same way that other games revolve around combat. Worth your time to pick up on the cheap.


In the mail: The Armitage Files.

It’s a campaign book, more or less, for Trail of Cthulhu (which is, of course, a game of 1930s-era Cthulhu Mythos roleplaying): I’ve wanted it for my collection for some time.  As always, I’d like to thank my readers for buying it for me: I’m not exactly sure why I get to have my completely frivolous hobbies partially subsidized, but it’s greatly appreciated.


Pelgrane Press donates “RMS Titanic: The Millionaire’s Special” to charity.

RMS Titanic: The Millionaire’s Special” is a one-shot adventure for Kenneth Hite’s extremely excellent Trail of Cthulhu, which hopefully most people reading this will know by now is a Cthulhu Mythos RPG set (mostly) during the Great Depression.  Anyway: Pelgrane Press is donating all proceeds from the game to support the Heroes in the Dark charity. Their goal is “to create audio comics to be enjoyed by the blind and sight-impaired,” which sounds like something that’s reasonably worth tossing a couple of bucks at, particularly since you also get a gaming PDF about the Titanic out of it.  Check it out.


Ooh: new gaming books in.

Trail of Cthulhu’s Bookhounds of London & GUMSHOE’s Book of Unremitting Horror. Plus, thanks to the reaction to people like this (I decided to let some of all y’all see some of the hate mail after all)…

…reacting to posts like this, the PayPal account has been refilled to the point where I can go buy The Esoterror Fact Book now.  So keep that hate and rage coming, folks!  This is, like, my major source of disposable income at the moment*.

Besides: it’s a good life, having idiots hate you.

Moe Lane (more…)


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.


Chomping my way through RPG supplements…

Shadows over Filmland and Stunning Eldritch Tales; they’re both for the Trail of Cthulhu roleplaying game… which, if I haven’t mentioned before, is a pretty good mystery-geared RPG (genre: pulp horror).  This is rarer – much rarer – than it looks; most RPGs are either combat-oriented or character-oriented.  Which means that most RPGs are better suited for either hitting the orc for 2d6+4 crushing damage, or else analyzing the subtle inner torments that come with being a member of a ‘monstrous’ race, and how they affect your ability to order a pizza*.  Finding out how the orc is involved with the murder of Professor Plotwagon is usually handled in an ad hoc manner; it’s nice to have a game system that’s designed for the mystery genre.

I mention this mostly because I am growing heartily sick of watching this administration muck up a message that is the political equivalent of FREE BEER; worse, I’m getting bored with it, too.  Depression-era cosmic horror pulp is a bit of a relief.

Moe Lane

*Yes.  Dragonlance, as seen through the lens of the World of Darkness, would be hysterical.  If you don’t get that joke, don’t worry: it’s just geeks being geeks.


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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