GUMSHOE Archive

  • Ashen Stars (GUMSHOE) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 304 massive pages, 1 page cover (though the front cover of the print edition is its separate pdf), 1 page editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page blank, leaving us with no less than 298 pages of raw content – so let’s fire up the engines, shall we? Yes, we shall!   This was moved forward in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   First of all, what *is* Ashen Stars? The unimaginative and not really helpful reply would be that it represents a variant of the brilliant GUMSHOE-rules-system for a Scifi-context. Since I already have covered plentiful GUMSHOE-systems in […]

    Ashen Stars (GUMSHOE)

    Ashen Stars (GUMSHOE) This massive sourcebook clocks in at 304 massive pages, 1 page cover (though the front cover of the print edition is its separate pdf), 1 page editorial, 3 pages of ToC, 1 page blank, leaving us with no less than 298 pages of raw content – so let’s fire up the engines, shall we? Yes, we shall!   This was moved forward in my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.   First of all, what *is* Ashen Stars? The unimaginative and not really helpful reply would be that it represents a variant of the brilliant GUMSHOE-rules-system for a Scifi-context. Since I already have covered plentiful GUMSHOE-systems in […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE) This epic 4-part mega-adventure/campaign for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 148 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 143 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purposes of a critical and honest review.   All right, so this would be the first *big* Night’s Black Agents-campaign released – and it ultimately is a release we needed. Why? Because NBA changes quite a significant amount of assumptions when compared to the more horror-centric iterations of the GUMSHOE-system, like the inspiring Esoterrorists. While I have A LOT of shadowrun-experience under my […]

    Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents: The Zalozhniy Quartet (GUMSHOE) This epic 4-part mega-adventure/campaign for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 148 pages, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 143 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This was moved up on my review-queue due to me receiving a print copy for the purposes of a critical and honest review.   All right, so this would be the first *big* Night’s Black Agents-campaign released – and it ultimately is a release we needed. Why? Because NBA changes quite a significant amount of assumptions when compared to the more horror-centric iterations of the GUMSHOE-system, like the inspiring Esoterrorists. While I have A LOT of shadowrun-experience under my […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE) This massive expansion book for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 134 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up forward in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an honest and critical review.   All right, so, if you recall my original review of Night’s black Agents, you’ll recall that I have received said book as a gift from a friend of mine and how much I loved it – however, there always remained one particular observation that […]

    Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents: Double Tap (GUMSHOE) This massive expansion book for Night’s Black Agents clocks in at 134 pages, 1 page front cover, 1 page inside of front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving us with 123 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   This review was moved up forward in my reviewing queue due to me receiving a print copy in exchange for an honest and critical review.   All right, so, if you recall my original review of Night’s black Agents, you’ll recall that I have received said book as a gift from a friend of mine and how much I loved it – however, there always remained one particular observation that […]

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  • Fear Itself (GUMSHOE) Fear Itself clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 86 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This book was moved forward on my review-queue due to me receiving a physical copy in exchange for an unbiased and critical review.   We begin this variant of the GUMSHOE system with a disclaimer that kind of makes me sad for its necessity: Fear Itself is, more so than ToC, Esoterrorists or Night’s Black Agents a hardcore horror-game. PCs will die. Uncomfortable topics will be mentioned and explored. The fact that players and GMs buying a horror game have to be notified that […]

    Fear Itself (GUMSHOE)

    Fear Itself (GUMSHOE) Fear Itself clocks in at 91 pages, 1 page front cover, 3 pages of editorial, 1 page ToC, leaving us with 86 pages of content, so let’s take a look, shall we?   This book was moved forward on my review-queue due to me receiving a physical copy in exchange for an unbiased and critical review.   We begin this variant of the GUMSHOE system with a disclaimer that kind of makes me sad for its necessity: Fear Itself is, more so than ToC, Esoterrorists or Night’s Black Agents a hardcore horror-game. PCs will die. Uncomfortable topics will be mentioned and explored. The fact that players and GMs buying a horror game have to be notified that […]

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  • The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE) The Esoterrorists clocks in at 161 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving 155 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I received a print copy of this book for the purpose of providing a critical and unbiased review. This book was moved up in my review-queue due to this fact.   The Esoterrorists is the game that originally introduced the GUMSHOE-engine, which has since then been used in quite an intriguing array of systems that provide some overlap and options to combine them.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would be “Trail of Cthulhu,” Pelgrane Press’ investigative Cthulhu-horror game […]

    The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE)

    The Esoterrorists 2nd Edition (GUMSHOE) The Esoterrorists clocks in at 161 pages, 1 page front cover, 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, leaving 155 pages of content, so let’s take a look!   I received a print copy of this book for the purpose of providing a critical and unbiased review. This book was moved up in my review-queue due to this fact.   The Esoterrorists is the game that originally introduced the GUMSHOE-engine, which has since then been used in quite an intriguing array of systems that provide some overlap and options to combine them.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would be “Trail of Cthulhu,” Pelgrane Press’ investigative Cthulhu-horror game […]

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  • Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE)

    Night’s Black Agents (GUMSHOE) Night’s Black Agents, as a hardcover, is a massive 232 page-book, with 2 pages of editorial, 3 pages of ToC, which leaves us with 227 pages of content – so let’s take a look!   Wait for a second – before we do: Yes, this means I’m branching out into GUMSHOE, at least occasionally. Why? Well, I actually got Night’s Black Agents as a present from a friend of mine (thanks, Paco!) and had been playing with it for quite some time. Before I get into the nit and grit, let’s start with a brief discussion of GUMSHOE, the engine of this RPG.   The system you’re probably most likely to know the engine from would […]

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