Tried it a bunch of different ways and formats. I gotta say, Zoom was better than Twitch which was way better than Discord; if we’re going to be doing conventions virtually for the time being, Zoom seems to handle it best. I also had the most fun at the Pelgrane Press panels. Heck, I even ran into an old online friend at one, which was pretty cool. I wonder how they’re going to do it for Dragon Con.
No, really. I’d like to know, because it’s gonna be in a month and there hasn’t been much in the way of info about their virtual program. It’d be ironic if this is the one that I can’t go to, because Dragon Con was absolutely the one con I was definitely going to go to this year…
Details for the Pelgrane Press GUMSHOE Community Contest here. Interestingly, I have something already in mind for both Ashen Stars (gritty reboot of 1960s science fiction series) and Timewatch (time travel). One of them is even already written down! So, no reason why I can’t put them both together for this…
I gotta say: Pelgrane Press has excellent customer service. I had ordered WORLDBREAKER a while back, but I guess it was supposed to get fulfilled by a third party at the time and never got shipped. I noticed the problem recently (I had gotten the PDF, too, which is why it didn’t register to me that the print copy hadn’t been shipped) and when I brought it up they resolved the issue right away. No fuss, no muss, no nonsense. It’s one of the many reasons why I buy their products.
And good LORD but did they have the time of getting THE YELLOW KING RPG to us! Not just the insanity and chaos from earlier: the shippers also managed to lose the shipments, find them, not pass them along, and then pieces of the trucks started to break. But it’s here, now. I can finally lose myself in entropic madness.
Swords of the Serpentine: sword-and-sorcery RPG from Pelgrane Press, using the GUMSHOE rules. Very Conanesque.
I’m going to do two sessions; one is this Friday, and it’s going to be in meatspace (I haven’t seen some of these folks in a while). The online session is tentatively being blocked out for the weekend of either February 9th or 16th: I actually have to figure out who is available for that. If you are interested, or you were interested and want to remind me, drop me a line via Contact. You’ll need a computer that can handle Google Hangouts.
Shoot me an email or reply here if you’re interested in signing up for a video gaming session. It’ll probably be on a weekend night, and everything has to be done before February 28th. Also: the files are proprietary, so they will NOT be given out except as part of the actual Swords of the Serpentine playtest process. I’ve had a good relationship with Pelgrane Press in the past, not least because I take this stricture seriously.
Hope to hear from enough of you folks soon!
PS: I don’t expect any of my readers are the sort to pirate the files, but better safe than sorry. Also: Emily Dresner from the old In Nominedays co-wrote this book, and I’d rather cut off my left pinkie finger than have to explain what happened.
Cthulhu City is one of Pelgrane Press’s supplements for Trail of Cthulhu, and it’s rather good. I know this because I got the PDF ahead of the print book, and I’ve read it already. It’s packed full of Lovecraftian goodness, all mixed in an excellent mix that works well for an urban campaign. Plus, I like Pelgrane’s design aesthetic when it comes to Trail of Cthulhu. Very elegant and high-toned.