Pretty. Also: squamous.
Hideous Creatures isn’t out yet, which is probably for the best, because I may or may not have blown my accumulated Christmas/birthday money in one fell swoop and couldn’t afford it anyway. Still. The bestiary entries in Trail of Cthulhu games are fascinating, not to mention often providing a spark of inspiration.
So pretty. And shiny!
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.
Time to make what Charlie Ross calls a save vs. shiny roll:
…Oh, who am I kidding? Cthulhu City is precisely the sort of Trail of Cthulhu supplement that I’d buy on sight, and Pelgrane Press knows it. There was never any hope for me. Save yourself!
PS: Basically, it looks like they’re combining Cthulhu, urban noir, and probably Lovecraft’s deep-seated loathing of any city that wasn’t Providence into one big, happy pile. Fun!
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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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.